What to See and Do in Madrid

Where to Stay, Where to Eat, and What to Do in Madrid, Spain

small group tours to spainAfter completing almost 3 weeks with his small group tours in Paris and the Normandy Invasion Beaches, The Professor headed to Spain for 3 days of rest and relaxation.  Madrid was surprisingly cool at this time of the year which made exploring comfortable. Check out what The Traveling Professor did on his short stay in the charming city of Madrid.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (218)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Spain

3 Elegant Lunch Spots in Paris

Elegant Dining at Bargain Prices

small group tours to ParisWe just completed 2 small group tours to Paris.  Each group had 7 travelers and we completed our "Paris Beyond the Eiffel Tower Tour".  Our guide, the well-known Michael Osman, took us past the typical tourist destinations of Paris and opened our eyes to lesser-known but wonderful sites like the Musée Jacquemart-André, Musée Nissim de Camondo, Parc Monceau, a walk through the passages of Paris, and the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix.  An important part of each day on our small group tours of Paris was lunch.  In today's blog post I will point out 3 bargain lunches in Paris, 2 of them at some of the most elegant locations to be found.

Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (471)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Paris

How to Save on Airport Parking

Tips on Saving Money on Parking Your Car

save money on airport parkingThe Traveling Professor is surprised about how costs can vary on airport parking. For example, at New York's JFK airport parking can be about $25 if parking on-site, about $18 a day if parking off-site.  Westchester airport charges an amazing $30 a day. At Dallas DFW airport it is $31 per day.  So, if traveling on a 2-week trip, it would not be impossible to spend a whopping $350 just to park a car.  Considering airfares to Europe are only a few hundred dollars more, that's a lot of money.  Nice friends or relatives may offer to drive you to the airport, but if you are like me, I hate to impose upon them  An obvious alternative is to use a close by off-site facility which usually saves 30%-50% and sometimes that is a good choice.  In today's blog post, The Professor will give a few more good tips on how to save on airport parking.

Sunday, May 6, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (266)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Travel Tips

3 Good 2-Star Hotels in Paris

Great Bargains with Comfort and Style in Paris

hotel chopin, best 2 star hotels in parisAnyone who travels to Paris knows that lodging can be very expensive. I have been traveling to Paris well over 20 years and probably have made nearly 100 trips to the City of Light.  Over the years I have uncovered some 2-star hotels that are well worth staying in.  These hotels listed below have charm and style, but best of all, the price is right.  They are well-located and offer a stay in Paris that will not soon be forgotten.  Try one of them on your next tour to Paris.

Friday, May 4, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (433)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

Top 5 Tips for Exchanging Money

Some Tips You Will Never See Published Anywhere Else

Top Tips for Exchanging MoneyIn Europe, the only place I have ever seen U.S. dollars is the LHR airport.  I have never seen U.S. dollars accepted anywhere else in Europe. Since the introduction of the euro about 20 years ago, things have gotten simpler since a single currency is accepted in most European Union countries, there are still many countries (Iceland, Norway, Croatia, Denmark come to mind) who do not accept euros. In this blog post The Traveling Professor gives some simple and never published before ways to exchange currency to use in Europe.

Thursday, May 3, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (380)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
Categories: Travel Tips

4 Good Airline Tips No One Ever Told You Before

Travel in Style and Save Money

4 best airline tipsAir travel is a big hassle. Airline customer service is horrible at best, airlines treat their customers like cattle with long waits, no personal service, and charge ridiculous fees.  However, some travelers are treated like VIPs with large seats, preferred boarding, lounge access, reduced or eliminated baggage fees. Find out how to fly like a VIP without spending a lot of money.  Read all about it in today's The Traveling Professor blog post

Wednesday, May 2, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (581)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Save on Airfare
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5 Good Packing Tips for Air Travel

Make Your Life Simpler

5 packing tipsFor his small group tours and personal trips, The Traveling Professor probably flies about 75,000 to 100,000 miles per year on multiple trips.  That's a lot of experience with packing. There are lots of ways to make the packing experience more streamlined and easier. Read about The Traveling Professor's top 5 packing tips and enjoy your next trip to Europe or South American with less hassle.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (461)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Travel Tips

3 Upscale Hotels in Florence

Stay in Style in Florence

best luxury hotels in florenceEvery now and then it is a good idea to splurge on hotel accommodations.  We frequently present good value 3 or 4 star hotels on our small group tours to Italy.  Today we take a little bit different direction with telling about some luxurious hotels in Florence.  These are all full service Florence hotels, some of them offering spa services, superior dining, and spacious rooms.

Saturday, April 28, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (206)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

Tours as Fundraisers or Professional Development Programs

An Effective Way to Raise Money and Gain Loyal Members

tours as fundraisersThe Traveling Professor offers and runs about 10-15 small group tours through The Traveling Professor website each year. However, we do run tours that are not offered on our website. Usually these tours are for private organizations who are running these tours to raise funds and build loyalty for their own organization. In other situations, small group tours are offered as professional development programs. In this blog post, I will describe the benefits of running a small group tour for your organization.

Friday, April 27, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (164)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel
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Peru Trip Report

Report with Photos of Our Trip to Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Amazon

small group tours to PeruWe recently got back from a small group tour to Peru.  The Traveling Professor has been bringing his small group tours to Peru for almost 8 years now and this was our 20th trip.  It included Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon jungle.  We made the tour with 15 travelers from all over the United States.  In this blog post, The Traveling Professor will tell you about our accommodations, the outstanding food, and what was on our very exciting itinerary. Check out the blog post for our small group tour to Peru trip review.

Thursday, April 26, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (163)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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New Paris Restaurant List

small group tours to ParisWe do several small group tours to Pairs each year.  We are always uncovering places to dine. We did three small group tours to Paris this year and have added some spots to our list. Most of them are on the Left Bank, on the inexpensive side.  If you have ever been with The Traveling Professor on one of his small group tours, the names are very recognizable for reliable, good food. 

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Chase Sapphire Reserve Card and Why You Need to Get It

Chase Sapphire Reserve Card for TravlersThe Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card is a great deal.  A lot of websites will tell you why, but they are probably receiving a commission for telling you so.  The Traveling Professor receives NO compensation for telling you why this is such a great travel card and why everyone should have it.  The Professor owns less than 5 credit cards and the Chase Sapphire Reserve is one of them and he will tell you why this card, over any other, should be in every traveler's wallet.

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Canadian Rockies by Rail

Canadian Rockies by RailIn our 2018 Traveler Survey, 45% of our respondents said they would be interested in a rail tour through the Canadian Rockies. So, The Traveling Professor got right on it and started reaching out to various vendors, contacts, hotels and guides to put together a tour. In today's blog post, The Professor lays out an itinerary for a terrific tour of the Canadian Rockies by rail.  However, in the end, travelers must ask themselves if this is a trip worth taking.

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3 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Prevent Losing Your Luggage

Lost Luggage TipsLost luggage can ruin a trip.  In my experience in traveling with over 100 travelers per year, about 15% of all luggage is misplaced.  By that I mean luggage is either lost or arrives late. The Professor has been traveling 60,000+ miles for each of the last 10 years or so and has seen just about everything.  So here are his 3 ridiculously simple tips on how not to lose your bags.

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Scottish Highlands by Scenic Railway

small group tours to ScotlandIn September, The Traveling Professor did an inaugural tour to Scotland.  We did this as a small group tour to Scotland with 10 travelers. One of the biggest surprises we had is how beautiful the Scottish Highlands are, and that the best way to see them is by scenic rail.  In this blog post The Traveling Professor will tell you a little bit about some of the scenic Scottish highlands routes.

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3 Places to Eat in Rome

Places to Eat in RomeWith all the problems Rome is having, it is still remains a great place to eat. The superstar dish here of course is pasta, but there is so much more than that. When we go on a Traveling Professor small group tour to Italy and visit Rome, we go to traditional restaurants as well as some more modern places. Check out today's blog post to find out about three of The Traveling Professor's favorite places to eat in Rome.

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4 Tips for Booking a Trip to Machu Picchu

Tours to Machu PicchuProfessor Steve Solosky has been running small group tours to Machu Picchu and Peru for about 8 years.  He has also been designated by The New York Times Travel Show as a Peru Expert. Get his expert advice on planning a trip to Machu Picchu.  The Professor will share his experience on when to go, making bookings, and itinerary. Also, follow The Professor's blog post to get the best tips on traveling to Machu Picchu.

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How to Get the Best Airfares to Italy

Small group tours to ItalyOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy, we often help travelers in getting airfare to and from Italy. Airfares to Italy can vary greatly.  For instance, we selected travel dates departing from New York's JFK airport on June 1, 2019 and returning on June 10, 2019 to demonstrate how travelers can get the best airfares to Italy.  Read the blog post and hopefully The Traveling Professor can help you save money on airfare to Italy.

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Two Hotels in Florence Italy

Hotels in Oltrarno Area of FlorenceFlorence is a Renaissance city full of art and culture.  The food and wine is not bad either. Travelers will always need a place to lay their head down in the evening and nothing is better than the Oltrarno area of Florence.  The Traveling Professor and Melanie Wilson have come up with two pick for the traveler to visit on their next trip to Italy.

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5 Easy Tips for Booking Hotels

best hotel booking tipsMost people go to a hotel site, pick out a room and book it.  They can go directly to the hotel website or use a booking search engine like Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz, Trivago or many of the other hotel booking sites out there. But if you really want to save money, take a look at a few of The Traveling Professor's hotel booking tips you won't see anywhere else.

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