Where to Eat in Edinburgh

18 of The Professor's Picks

small group tours to scotlandThe Traveling Professor is doing his first small group tour to Scotland next month.  We're really excited about it as well as the dozen-or-so travelers going with us. In March, we had the chance to scout out the restaurants scene in Edinburgh and we came up with some good ones.  Linda and I spent a considerable amount of time in the Malt Shovel refining the list.  Check it out in today's blog post. 

Sunday, July 29, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (393)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel
Tags: Edinburgh

3 Quick and Easy Tips for Flying with Award Miles

Useful Tips to Getting More from Your Award Miles

tips for using award milesFlyers earn and use a lot of award miles.  How many? American Airlines President Robert Isom revealed a stunning statistic:  over 1,500,000,000 award miles are redeemed per day or over 500 billion miles earned or redeemed per year. That's just on American Airlines!  The Traveling Professor has researched ways to make the most of your frequent flyer awards program.  Here are just 3 useful tips on earning and using award miles.  Happy Travels!

Saturday, July 28, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (565)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.3
Categories: Save on Airfare

7 Things to Do in Prague

Enjoy One of the Most Fascinating Cities in the World

Visit PraguePrague appears to be a city where the past, present and future meet. You can admire old world structures, visit contemporary landmarks and admire futuristic attractions. It can be intimidating to come up with an itinerary for making the most out of your stay. So with that in mind, here's a quick guide of some of the best things to do to get that genuine Prague experience.
Thursday, July 26, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (298)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel
Tags: Prague

5 Festivals in Europe

From Germany to Italy to Finland to Scotland to Croatia

The world is full of festivals, and more seem to emerge each year. Some revolve around music, some around food and drink, some live performances, and some holidays. But all of them, or at least all of the big ones, have one thing in common: they’re incredible cultural showcases.  So, on your next tour to Europe, make sure to visit one of these great festivals.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (242)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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2 Favorite Restaurants in Florence

Try These Two Spots When in Florence

small group tours to italyFlorence seems to have it all.  Great art, fantastic architecture, gelato, and of course, great restaurants.  There are few cities in Italy that have better restaurants to select from.  On our small group tours to Italy, it's always a hard choice as where to eat.  Check out my two picks for great restaurants to eat in while in Florence.

Monday, July 16, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (301)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

3 Favorite Cities in Norway

Delightful Places for a Delightful Vacation

small group tours to NorwayAfter my initial visit to Norway, it quickly became one of my favorite travel destinations.  Oh yes, everyone thinks it is outrageously expensive, but it is a lot less expensive than Iceland and only a little bit more expensive than Italy or France. In any case, Norway is full of natural beauty, cultural richness, good food and wonderful people.  We now regularly offer a small group tour to Norway.  Read my blog post and find out my favorite cities in Norway.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (353)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

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 (429)/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 (481)/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 (311)/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 (327)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips
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Discovering Southern Italy's Jewish Heritage

Italy's Jewish HeritageOur dear friends, Tess and Elena have been running wonderful tours to Southern Italy for some time now.  Their company is called The Heart of Southern Italy.  Like us, they love to show small groups the real Italy, especially in Puglia, one of the most beautiful places all in Italy.  Puglia is the home of the best food in Italy and wonderful scenery.  It is far away from the throbbing crowds of Rome, Florence, and Venice.  Now they have introduced a tour The Traveling Professor highly recommends, Discovering Southern Italy's Jewish Heritage.  Read all about it in their guest blog post.

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How We Pack for a 3 Week Tour to Europe

eBagsLinda and I will be departing on a 21-day small group tours to Paris, Normandy Invasion Beaches, Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands.  Everything, as usual, goes in our carry-on.  We will take one suitcase each and a small backpack.  We will take into consideration the weather, the terrain we will be walking on, the sites to be visited.  21 days is actually a short trip for us, we have gone on trips as long as 44 days with just a carry on.  Look at the blog post to see how we pack and what we pack.

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3 Almost Off the Radar Places to Visit in Paris

3 Almost off the Radar Places in ParisEveryone knows the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Orsay, Rodin and the Arc de Triomphe.  They are some of the most popular places to visit while on a tour to Paris. However, Paris has many more attractive options to visit. In this blog post The Traveling Professor lists 3 of his "almost off the radar" places to visit on your next trip to Paris.

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