4 Things to Do in Copenhagen

One of Europe's Most Popular Cities

Things to do in CopenhagenEveryone who goes to Copenhagen loves it.  It's a clean and casual city filled with plenty of things to do. We like the restaurants, pedestrian walkways, good transportation, and friendly people.  It is a bit on the expensive side, but if you purchase the Copenhagen Card, transportation and museum admission (including Tivoli Gardens) is free. Read about how to enjoy Copenhagen in today's blog post.

Friday, February 2, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (261)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

5 Places to See in Oslo

The Most Underrated City in Europe

top things to do in OsloFor me, the most underrated city in Europe is Oslo.  It has it all.  Beautiful scenery as it sits on the base of a fjord. The Viking history and culture is impressive. The Opera house may be the most beautiful in the world. The city is clean, never overcrowded and the tram transportation system is easy and makes it a pleasure to get around. It has the feeling of serenity and easiness. There is plenty to see and do in Oslo, but take a look at The Professor's top 5 picks of things to see in Oslo.

Thursday, February 1, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (368)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

3 Good But Cheap Hotels in Paris

One and Two Star Wonders in Paris

small group tours to parisOne of the primary and most expensive costs of vacationing in Paris is the cost of hotels. Everyone wants a hotel that is clean, quiet and comfortable.  Location is also of prime importance too. Here are 3 selections by The Traveling Professor for good and cheap Paris hotel choices. Check them out on your next trip to Paris.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (417)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Paris

How to Get Free Travel Insurance

Save Money and Get Insured

how to get free travel insuranceTravel insurance can be expensive.  I just ran a quote on $5,000 worth of travel insurance that included reimbursement for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical care, and medical transportation and a bunch of other options for an international trip.  The premium was $359.  That's more than 10% of the cost of a typical Traveling Professor small group tour.  In today's blog post, I will show you how to get free travel insurance.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (530)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

4 Places to Eat in Rome

Eating and Drinking in Rome Has Never Been So Much Fun!

small group tours to italyOn our small group tours to Italy, a stop in Rome is a must not only for the history and culture, but of course also for the food.  Some people think that Roman food is pretty standard, without much change from restaurant to restaurant.  But let me tell you, Roman food is much more than that.  Today, I outline 4 of The Traveling Professor's "go to" places to dine when in Rome.

Friday, January 19, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (352)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Italy

What to See and Do in Norway

Oslo, Flam, and Bergen

We have been on several small group tours to Norway - it is one of The Traveling Professor's favorite destinations.  It cannot be beat for natural beauty.  It is also rich in culture and history.  We love the food there too. In our travels on our small group tours, we've found some great hotels and developed exciting itineraries. Check out today's blog post to learn more about traveling to Norway.

Thursday, January 18, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (324)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

The "I See Dead People (and Pets)" Tour of Paris

Famous Last Resting Places of People their Pets

montmartre cemeteryParis has something for everyone. There is food, culture, history, nightlife, architecture, and more.  And for something else, check out the last resting places of people and their pets. In today's blog post I have listed several places of interest that you might not go to on your first trip to Paris, but are definitely interesting and enjoyable.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (255)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Paris

3 Great Tips for Booking Hotels

Get What You Want for Less Money

best hotel booking tipsOver the years, through my small group tours and through my personal trips, I have gained much experience in dealing with hotels. I've found strategies I can use to save money and get perks.  The Traveling Professor is happy to share his hotel booking experiences so that you can get the best hotel experience possible while saving money.  Read today's blog post for some great tips on booking hotels.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (387)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Should You Get a Travel Credit Card?

Are They Worth It?

best travel credit cardYou've been asked by Jennifer Garner with the "what's in your wallet?" advertisements for travel credit cards.  No doubt that you have been pitched all types of credit cards on airlines, on posters, on radio and on TV for credit cards that promise free travel. In today's blog I will tell you if you even need a travel credit card and what are the best features to look for in a travel credit card. 

Monday, January 15, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (320)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Travel Tips

My Favorites of 2017

Hotels, Cities, Activities, Restaurants

small group tours traveling professorThe Traveling Professor went a lot of places in 2017 taking 8-15 travelers on his small group tours.  We traveled to Iceland three times.  We went to Peru and added on a trip to the remote Peruvian destination of Chachapoyas.  We traveled to Paris four times. We did two small group tours to Ireland.  Italy was another destination with visits to Rome, Florence, and Venice.  Croatia was an a great success as we ran our first small group tour there.  I always love Copenhagen and Norway which we did with a small group of about 14 travelers.  We ended up the year with a fabulous Austrian Christmas Market tour to Vienna, Steyr, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich.  In this blog post, I will tell you about my favorite hotels, restaurants and experiences of The Traveling Professor's small group tours.

Thursday, December 21, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (384)/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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