5 Favorite Small Cities in Europe

With Hotel and Dining Recommendations

Best Small Cities EuropeOne of the advantages of running small group tours to Europe, is that we get to visit a variety of different places.  Sometimes we do it with our small group tours, sometimes we visit these small cities when doing research for a tour. In today's blog post The Traveling Professor tells you about his favorite small cities in Europe, one each in France, Italy, and Norway and two in Austria.

Saturday, January 5, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (282)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

3 Luxury Places to Stay in Florence, Italy

Everyone Loves a Bit of Comfort. Find It At These Hotels

Tours to FlorenceMy co-author for my upcoming book, "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Florence" loves luxury and Melanie Wilson has come up with some excellent choices for travelers to pamper themselves on their next tour to Florence.  The nice thing about luxury hotels in Florence is that they have an uncanny ability to mix the old and the new.  Check out this selection of luxury hotels in Florence, Italy.

Thursday, January 3, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (196)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

5 Worst Mistakes an International Traveler Can Make

Read and Avoid Disaster on the Road

Travel MistakesWith well over a million and a half miles of international air travel under his belt and over 20 years on the road, The Traveling Professor has learned a thing or two about travel and how to travel smart. There are a few things every international travel should do, but there a few critical mistakes an international traveler should avoid. All of the travel mistakes The Professor points out are easy to avoid too and The Professor tells you how. Check out today's international blog post to see the 5 worst mistakes an international traveler can make.  We welcome your comments too.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (679)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Travel Tips

Is Rome in Ruins?

Is Rome Still Worth Visiting?

Garbage in RomeBack in February 2015, I put up a blog post called, The Rome Problem.  In it, The Traveling Professor talked about some of the problems of visiting Rome in terms of crime, harassment, trash, and public transportation.  It seems that The New York Times has noticed too. They recently published an article called "Rome in Ruins", outlining many of the same problems The Traveling Professor pointed out 4 years ago.  The problems are not limited to cities like Rome.  Paris, for instance, has many of the same problems.  However, travelers should be made aware of what they can expect the next time they visit Rome.  Check out my blog post.

Sunday, December 30, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (278)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Italy

Tired of Looking for Someone to Travel With?

Why Traveling Professor Tours May be the Solution

tired of looking for a travel partnerWhen I reflect upon how The Traveling Professor concept started, it goes back to the early 2000's.  Back then, I used to travel alone to Paris. Frankly, I enjoyed the freedom during the day of doing what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it.  But when it came to dinner time, I yearned to socialize with other adults like me. After my book, The Traveling Professor's Guide to Paris was published, and my travel story was publicized in places like The Wall Street Journal and Newsday, travelers who did not have a travel partner wanted to travel with me and my small group tours of active adults.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Read more in today's blog post.

Monday, December 24, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (490)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.3

5 Inexpensive but Good Hotels in Paris

Great Location and Super Value

small group tours to ParisParis hotels can be quite expensive at any time of the year.  Since lodging expense is a significant part of any traveler's budget, looking for good and inexpensive budget accommodations can be a priority.  The Traveling Professor has been running small group tours to Paris for over 10 years.  Benefit from his research and knowledge in finding an inexpensive but good hotel in Paris.

Friday, December 21, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (277)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.3
Categories: Paris

Christmas in Bavaria and Austria

How It Differs from the United States. Check our Photos Too

Christmas Markets of Bavaria and AustriaWe've spent the last two Christmas seasons in Bavaria and Austria.  We've enjoyed it very much with all of the traditions and special customs.  In today's blog post, I will try to describe how the holiday season is celebrated in these different countries, according to our experiences in our small group tours to the Bavarian and Austrian Christmas tours that we have done in the past.  My overall comment about how Christmas is celebrated in this part of the world is that it is less commercial than what we do in the United States.  Of course there are malls and gift giving, but in Bavaria and Austria it seems to be more of a social event. See my blog post for more details.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (159)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Germany & Austria

Where to Travel in 2019

The Professor's Tour Schedule is Here

small group tour 2019 tour scheduleThe Traveling Professor has been running small group tours to places like Paris, Italy, Peru and other great destinations for over 10 years. We've built a loyal following who like our personal service, top hotels, small groups, exciting and unique itineraries, as well top hotels and special services. We're traveling again in 2019 and we invite you to look at our 2019 tour schedule. 

Monday, December 17, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (227)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.2
Categories: General Travel

6 Foolish Ways to Spend Money on Travel

Be Frugal but Not Cheap

Spend money foolishly in EuropeThere are a lot of blog posts out there on how to save money on your next international trip.  However, today The Professor gives some tips on how to be foolish in spending money on a tour. There are ways to spend money wisely, without being cheap on your next tour to Europe.

Thursday, December 13, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (493)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Travel Tips

Smart Tips to Save on Travel

6 Good Travel Tips for International Travel

travel tips for europeTravelers are always flooded with tips on how to save money on a trip. Most of the tips I see online are kind of obvious or are unrealistic. The Traveling Professor writes about six of his best travel tips.  All of these tips will easily save money and on top of it, many of them will also add to your comfort and increase the enjoyability factor of your next international trip.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (330)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.3
Categories: Travel Tips
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Discovering Southern Italy's Jewish Heritage

Italy's Jewish HeritageOur dear friends, Tess and Elena have been running wonderful tours to Southern Italy for some time now.  Their company is called The Heart of Southern Italy.  Like us, they love to show small groups the real Italy, especially in Puglia, one of the most beautiful places all in Italy.  Puglia is the home of the best food in Italy and wonderful scenery.  It is far away from the throbbing crowds of Rome, Florence, and Venice.  Now they have introduced a tour The Traveling Professor highly recommends, Discovering Southern Italy's Jewish Heritage.  Read all about it in their guest blog post.

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How We Pack for a 3 Week Tour to Europe

eBagsLinda and I will be departing on a 21-day small group tours to Paris, Normandy Invasion Beaches, Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands.  Everything, as usual, goes in our carry-on.  We will take one suitcase each and a small backpack.  We will take into consideration the weather, the terrain we will be walking on, the sites to be visited.  21 days is actually a short trip for us, we have gone on trips as long as 44 days with just a carry on.  Look at the blog post to see how we pack and what we pack.

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3 Almost Off the Radar Places to Visit in Paris

3 Almost off the Radar Places in ParisEveryone knows the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Orsay, Rodin and the Arc de Triomphe.  They are some of the most popular places to visit while on a tour to Paris. However, Paris has many more attractive options to visit. In this blog post The Traveling Professor lists 3 of his "almost off the radar" places to visit on your next trip to Paris.

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