2 Inexpensive Hotels in Florence

Reliable, Clean, and Well-Located

inexpensive hotels in florenceSometimes it's not necessary to stay in a 4 or 5 star hotel in Florence to find something that is well-located, clean, comfortable and quiet.  There are good deals to be found at reasonable rates. In today's blog post we have two picks for inexpensive hotels in Florence, Italy.  If you have traveled with The Professor one one of his small group tours, you may recommend one of the selections.  Check out all of The Professor's picks for inexpensive hotels in Florence in this blog post. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (386)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy

4 Good Tips for Buying Train Tickets in Europe

Save Money and Travel in Style on High Speed European Trains

How to Buy High Speed Train Tickets in EuropeHigh-speed train travel in Europe is wonderful.  Travelers can expect new and modern trains.  Speeds of 150-180 MPH are not uncommon, whisking travelers from city center to city center without the hassle of security procedures like those found at airports.  Seating is comfortable. The views can be terrific.  Costs can be significantly less than flying by air. Check out The Traveling Professor's tips on buying train tickets in Europe. 

Monday, July 2, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (366)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

How to Beat the Crowds in Italy

Enjoy and Avoid the Big Tourist Crush

how to beat the crowds in ItalyItaly is a beautiful and diversified country.  Great food, history, culture, architecture and more. The big problem with Italy is that the crowds have become overwhelming. It's not uncommon to wait for hours to get into the Vatican Museum in Rome or the Accademia to see David in Florence. The streets of Venice are packed with tourists, many from cruise ships.  Who wants to go on vacation and be in the press of humanity or wait in line for hours?  Listen to The Traveling Professor on how to beat the crowds in Italy.

Friday, June 29, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (274)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 2.5
Categories: Italy

How to Save Money When Booking Hotels

6 Good Tips for Booking Hotels

how to save money on hotelsLodging is probably the most expensive component of any trip and one of the most important factors in making a trip successful. Over the years, through his small group tours or booking hotels personally, The Traveling Professor has lots of experience in booking hotels. Look at The Professor's blog post today and save yourself a few bucks on your next hotel booking and maybe even get a better hotel (and perks) than you ever thought you could.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (283)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

4 Things to Do in Iceland

And Some Tips on How to Do It the Right Way

small group tours to icelandSo far, The Traveling Professor has done 3 small group tours to Iceland. But what are the best things to do in Iceland? Iceland can be enjoyed just about any season and there are admittedly more activities to do outdoors than indoors.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post on the 4 best things to do in Iceland, and I have also added in some bonus seasonal activities to do while in Iceland.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (544)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7

Results of our 2018 Travel Survey

What Our Subscribers Thought About Travel in 2018 and Beyond

2018 Travel SurveyEarlier this month, The Traveling Professor sent out a questionnaire to all mailing list members and all social media (Facebook and Twitter) followers.   Hundreds and hundreds of email subscribers completed the questionnaire. The answers were revealing.  We learned who our subscribers are.  We learned where they wanted to take our small group tours to.  We learned what they liked (and didn't like) about The Traveling Professor's small group tours.    Check out the results in the travel blog post.  You will be surprised!

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (414)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel

4 Off the Radar Cities to Visit in Northern Italy

Get to Know the Real Italy

small group tours to italyEveryone wants to see Rome, Florence and Venice.  And why not?  They should be seen.  However, the larger cities of Italy are expensive and full of tourists, trinket shops, ordinary restaurants, and standard chain hotels.  Why not relax and visit the REAL Italy on your next trip? Enjoy the tastes and culture of smaller authentic cities. Avoid the crowds and long lines, eat real Italian food, see amazing sites, and stay at outstanding hotels all less expensively than can be done in the large cities.

Thursday, June 7, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (414)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.1
Categories: Italy

Normandy Invasion Beaches Tour

How to Plan a D Day Tour

Normandy Invasion Beaches TourToday is the 74th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion.  The Traveling Professor just completed a small group tour to the Normandy Invasion Beaches with 12 travelers.  There are quite a few ways to do a tour of the Normandy Invasion Beaches.  Some people do it as a one-day big bus tour from Paris, some people do a self-drive tour, some people hire a private guide.  Then, there is the issue of how many days to spend on the beaches and where to stay.  The Professor gives his opinion on all of this with today's blog post on how to do a D Day tour of the Normandy Invasion Beaches.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (280)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: Paris

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 (311)/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 (562)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris
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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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