4 Favorite Small Towns in Europe

Off the Beaten Path, But Worth Visiting

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.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (333)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Protect Your Valuables While Traveling

Stylish and Functional Travel Purse

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.

Sunday, January 6, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (300)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

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 (314)/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 (212)/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 (861)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.9
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 (296)/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 (516)/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 (309)/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 (179)/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 (248)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.2
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2 Hotels in the Marais in Paris

hotels in MaraisThe Marais area of Paris is one of the most delightful and desirous places to stay.  It is a charming area that retains much of the traditional Paris architecture, culture, and best of all, cooking.  It is full of markets, relaxing squares, wonderful bakeries and restaurants. It is an excellent place to base a stay in Paris for the good travel connections too.  See The Traveling Professor's picks for hotels in the Marais section of Paris.

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Where to Eat in Edinburgh Scotland

small group tours to ScotlandThe Traveling Professor small group tours to Scotland are consistently sold out, sometimes 18 months in advance. Scotland has plenty to offer.  There are great cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow.  The Scottish Highlands have some of the most spectacular scenery one could ask for and when there is train travel involved like on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Scotland, it is even more spectacular. Almost anyone who travels to Scotland spends time in Edinburgh.  In this edition of The Traveling Professor's blog post, we give you our Edinburgh restaurant list. 

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The Absolute Best Places to Eat in Rome, Venice and Paris

Andy Herbach Eating and DrinkingWhenever we go on a small group tour to Italy or Paris (or anywhere else, for that matter), I strongly suggest travelers take a copy of Andy Herbach's books.  Andy Herbach is the author of the Eating & Drinking series of menu translators and restaurant guides, including Eating & Drinking in Paris, Eating & Drinking in Italy, Eating & Drinking in Spain and Portugal and Eating & Drinking in Latin America.  The Professor can tell you, without equivocation, these are the best guides for not only selecting the best places to eat, but in helping diners read and translate what's on the menu.  No more "point and pray" when selecting from a menu.  Andy's guides help you order confidently and correctly from the menu.
Andy is also the author of several books published by Europe Made Easy Travel Guides, including Paris Walks, Europe Made Easy, Italy Made Easy, Paris Made Easy, Berlin Made Easy, Amsterdam Made Easy, French Riviera Made Easy, Provence Made Easy, Oslo Made Easy, and Barcelona Made Easy

Read today's blog post to find Andy Herbach's best restaurants in Paris, Venice, and Rome.

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Shockingly Low Air Fares to Europe

cheap airfares to europeEveryone is always looking for inexpensive flights to Europe. I can remember flying R/T between New York and Paris in 2000 for $351 and I thought that was a bargain.  Can you get to Europe even cheaper now?  You sure can.  By using some easy strategy, it is easy to get to Europe on legacy airlines like American, Delta, and British airlines. Check out today's blog post and see The Traveling Professor's tips on bargain airfares to Europe both in economy and luxury class. 

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