Scotland Trip Report

Edinburgh, the Borders and the Highlands

small group tour to scotlandEarly in September we did our inaugural small group tour to Scotland.  We traveled with 10 active adult travelers to Edinburgh, down to the Borders area, up to the Highlands and finished up in Glasgow.  We covered quite a bit of ground by train, ferry, and small van. Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post and find out what we did, what we saw, and how much we enjoyed our small group tour to Scotland.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (218)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Ireland & Scotland

Two Tips for Comfortable and Inexpensive Air Travel

Fly Comfortably and Inexpensively to Europe

premium economy flightsThe Traveling Professor just got back from a 42-day trip.  We did a small group tour to Scotland.  We also traveled with a small group to Paris and the Normandy Invasion Beaches.  Our last small group tour was to Croatia for a land and sea trip. On top of that, let's throw in an overnight stay in Barcelona on the way home for just me and Linda.  The worst part about traveling to/from Europe are the flights of course.  On this trip we followed two of my tips and flew to and from Europe comfortably and although not necessarily cheaply, but we felt we got a great value on our flight.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post for more details.

Monday, October 22, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (295)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Save on Airfare

Planning a Trip to Giverny, Home of Monet

It's Like Being IN a Monet Painting

Tips for Planning a Trip to Giverny Home of MonetOne of the greatest, if not the greatest, Impressionists painters of all time is Claude Monet. His home, gardens, and studio is located about 75 km (about 45 miles) from the center of Paris.  We have done a trip to Giverny many times on our small group tours to Paris. It is an easy day trip done as a group or individually by car or train. If done right, a trip to Giverny is more than worthwhile.  Look at today's blog post for The Professor's best tips on planning a trip to Giverny.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (256)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

4 Paris Restaurants Featured in Movies You Know

Where Hollywood Meets Paris

small group tours to ParisOn our small group tours to Paris, The Professor always likes to point out sites featured in movies.  It's part of the fun in traveling to Paris.  In today's blog post, The Professor points out some restaurants featured in movies you know.  And, you can dine at these restaurants too.  Join The Professor on his next small group tour to Paris or go on your own to see where Hollywood meets Paris.

Monday, September 3, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (277)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Paris

5 Tips for Planning an Amalfi Coast Trip

Hotels, Activities, Excursion on the Amalfi Coast

small group tours to Amalfi CoastThe Amalfi Coast is a wonderful destination and The Traveling Professor has run several small group tours to Amalfi.  When planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast including Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Capri, and Ravello, there are a few considerations to consider.  Probably lodging is the #1 concern along with how to get from place to place, what to see and do, and of course where to eat.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor gives some of his best tips in planning an Amalfi Coast tour.

Sunday, September 2, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (466)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Italy

2 Tips for Flying to Europe Inexpensively and Comfortably

Get to Europe Cheaper and Comfortably

How to Fly to Europe Inexpensively The worst part about travel to Europe is the horrible experience that it is to fly coach class on a trans-Atlantic flight. In this blog post, I will give a great tip on how to fly to Europe in comfort without spending the big bucks to fly business class.  And if just looking for a way to get there inexpensively on one of those legacy carriers, The Traveling Professor will give you some good tips on that too. Check out today's blog post on how to get to Europe inexpensively and in comfort. 

Friday, August 31, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (519)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Save on Airfare
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4 Places to Go in the Winter

Less Crowds and Lower Costs

Small Group Tours to IcelandAs I write this, it is over 90 degrees Farenheit in the Northeast United States.  Boy, do I wish I could go somewhere where it is cool now. I'm thinking of some of my favorite destinations to visit in the winter time.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post and get some advice on some good places to go when the weather isn't hot.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (247)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Five 2-Star Hotels in Paris

Good Budget Friendly Picks

best 2 star hotels in ParisHotels in Paris can be expensive and a good bargain is hard to find.  The Traveling Professor, on his small group tours to Paris, has used several good 2-star hotels. The Professor's requirements for a good 2-star hotel is that they must be clean, comfortable, and quiet.  Location also plays a big factor into selecting a Paris hotel.  In this blog post, The Professor has selected five good 2-star hotels for your next trip to Paris.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (305)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Paris

Croatia: What to Do and See

Tips for Seeing this Amazing Destination

small group tours to croatiaOne of the hottest travel destinations now is Croatia. The Traveling Professor has been visiting on his small group tours to Croatia and we have a trip scheduled for this year and 2 for 2019.  Located on the Adriatic Sea, I expected the food to be more Italian than Mediterranean, and I was wrong.  The coastline is staggeringly beautiful, the cities are ancient and exciting.  We found the people to be incredibly warm and welcoming. And lastly, the price is right.  Read more to find out about the exciting travel destination of Croatia.

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (264)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Croatia

Two Pizza Spots in Florence

Great Italian Pizza

pizza in florence italyI know, I know, Florence is full of art and culture.  Most people go there to see the nude dude, David or the Uffizi Gallery or hang out in one of the great piazzas sipping coffee or eating gelato.  For me, it's all about the pizza. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor will tell you about two of his favorite pizza spots in Florence.

Thursday, August 23, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (262)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy
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5 Worst Mistakes an International Traveler Can Make

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.

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3 Luxury Places to Stay in Florence, Italy

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.

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5 Favorite Small Cities in Europe

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.

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Protect Your Valuables While Traveling

Travel Product of the MonthEvery now and then we get the opportunity to review a product that we think will be of good use to our travelers.  A few months ago we were sent the 130 Degrees® Anti-Theft Purse and Linda used while we were on a small group tour to Paris. Take a look at the review and we think this might be a good product for your consideration.

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4 Favorite Small Towns in Europe

small group tours to NorwayOf course we do small group tours to places like Paris, Rome, Dublin and Oslo. Those are big, bustling cities with mass transit systems, big hotels, lots of museums and restaurants. However, on The Traveling Professor's travels, we have found places that are tiny, off the beaten path places, that we just love to visit. Check out our favorite small towns in Italy, Iceland, Norway, that you have not heard of, but would like to.

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3 GREAT Things to Know When Booking International Airfare

Tips for Booking International AirfaresThere is little rhyme or reason on why airlines price airfares the way they do.  I'm not sure if anyone can figure it out. However, there are some things that can be counted on. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor goes over some very basic pointers to take into consideration when purchasing international airfares.  These tips will help the traveler save time, save money and relieve some of the confusing issues surrounding the purchase of international airfares.

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Tips for Flying Smart in the Winter

sleep in airportBad weather, especially in the winter, is a primary cause of flights being cancelled or delayed.  This weekend we saw a good percentage of flights get cancelled due to snow and cold weather. If you flight is cancelled or delayed, don't count on the airlines to help out. They might provide some food vouchers or they might provide a hotel, but don't count on it.  However, there are some steps you can take to minimize the chance you will be on a cancelled flight and there are steps to be taken in case a flight is cancelled or delayed.

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