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 (479)/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 (784)/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 (558)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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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 (310)/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 (299)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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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 (254)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Scams We Have Seen in France and Italy

Be Careful and Watch Out for Personal Property

scams in paris and italyThe Traveling Professor has been going to Paris and Italy for at least 20 years now.  In that time, he has seen a lot. Although France and Italy are very safe to travel to, and rarely will there be any violent crime, travelers still need to be aware of annoying petty crimes. In this blog post, The Professor goes over some of the most common scams and how to avoid them.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (333)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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Joe Henley's Favorite Florence Restaurants

Three Picks for Your Next Trip to Firenze

nerbone florenceI've been following Joe Henley's social media and blog posts through his "Traveling on My Own Agenda" website.  I find his outlook to be refreshing and honest.  I've asked him to be write a guest blog post on his favorite restaurants in Florence, Italy and I think you will like them. Thanks for your contribution, Joe.  And I am sure readers of The Traveling Professor's blog will enjoy your contribution of your favorite restaurants in Florence.  The Traveling Professor will certainly be trying Joe's spots on our next small group tour to Italy.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (453)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Italy

3 Tips for Flying to Europe

Get Great Airfares and Roomy Seats

how to get best air itineraryI am constantly on the lookout to get a good air itinerary.  Getting a good air itinerary doesn't always mean getting the best price, it means getting a flight that gets you there without cumbersome layovers and most comfortably.  I'll be flying to Europe from the United States quite a bit in 2018 (I've already done 5 trips already this year) and I have some strategies for getting good flights at good prices. Read my blog post and learn how to fly inexpensively and in style!

Saturday, April 21, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (591)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
Categories: Save on Airfare
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Two Small Hotels in Florence

Feel Like Family at these Small Hotels

best hotels in florence italyEveryone loves to travel to Florence, Italy.  And why not?  There's David at the Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery, and lots of other wonderful places to see.  It's a great walking city with everything within 15 minutes of each other.  There are great transportation connections to wineries and other small cities in Tuscany like Lucca, Siena, and San Gimignano.  And the food!  Probably the best in all of Italy.  It's no wonder why The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy and Florence always fill up as soon as they are offered.  Read about my two favorite hotels in Florence in today's Italy blog post. 

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (418)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Italy
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4 Things to do in Oslo Norway

Small Group Tours to NorwayThe Traveling Professor small group tours to Copenhagen, Norway and Iceland is one of our most popular small group tours. Personally, The Professor loves Norway, and especially Oslo, as a destination. In the last few years, prices have moderated in Norway putting it on par price-wise, with most other European cities. There is so much to see and do in Oslo that it would take several blog posts to describe. In today's blog post, The Professor will tell you about just a few of his favorite things to do when on a small group tour to Norway.

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5 Tips for Solo Travelers

small group toursOn our Traveling Professor small group tours, usually about half of those on are tours are "solo" travelers.  That means they joining our group without knowing anyone else on the tour, or they may be meeting someone they know on the tour. Whether traveling on your own or traveling by yourself with a small group tour like the ones run by The Traveling Professor, there are a few tips solo travelers should follow.  Take a look at today's blog post.

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5 Tips for Traveling on European Trains

tips for European train travelEveryone has heard how good European trains are.  Probably everything you have heard is true.  They are fast, they are comfortable, they run on a regular basis. Whenever possible, The Traveling Professor takes his small group tours by train when going from city to city, and you should too. In this blog post, The Professor gives some of his best tips on how to take advantage of European trains to get the best train, ride in comfort, and get to where you need to go economically.

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2 Ridiculously Good Places for Lunch in Paris

best lunch places in ParisAfter over 75 visits to Paris and taking hundreds of travelers on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris, we have uncovered many good places for lunch.  But there are two places that stand out in The Traveling Professor's mind as being the best places to have lunch in Paris.  They are both in elegant settings, the food is outstanding, the service is very good and to top it off, the prices are reasonable. Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post on the best places to have lunch in Paris.

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Where to Stay When Touring the Amalfi Coast

Best Hotels in SorrentoThe Amalfi Coast is one of the most spectacular places to visit.  The food is out of this world, the natural beauty is dramatic, and the people watching is great. We have been to the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento on many Traveling Professor small group tours to Italy on multiple occasions and enjoy it each and every time.  In this blog post, The Traveling Professor will tell you about two very special hotels you want to consider on your next tour to the Amalfi Coast.

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How to Find the Best Restaurants When Traveling

how to find the best places to eatOne of the great pleasures of going to Italy is trying the great food.  There are all types of restaurants owned by families and people who are passionate about what they serve.  After all, you certainly did not go to Italy to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe. Through The Traveling Professor's many years of traveling through Italy, he has found some great restaurants and those restaurants have come to him through many different sources. Check out his blog post to find out how to find the best restaurants in Italy.

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The Best Deal in Travel Insurance is Here

How to Get Free Travel InsuranceTravelers might ask, "Why do I even need travel insurance?".  Well, the chances are, you probably won't.  But when you do, you will be very glad you have it.  The Traveling Professor has taken over a thousand travelers on his small group tours to Europe and South America.  In the vast majority of cases, there are no delays, cancellations, lost luggage, lost passports, or medical emergencies.  But we have had the occasion on our small group tours where people are delayed by weather, they get ill and need to cancel a trip, they lose a passport, luggage gets lost or delayed.  Why not have travel insurance for these situations, and on top of it, why not get it for free?  Today's blog post discusses the best deal a traveler can get in travel insurance.

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The 5 Smartest Travel Moves You Can Make

best travel moves you can makeNot only does The Traveling Professor make multiple trips to Europe and South America each year, The Professor has taken well over a thousand people on his small group tours to various places like Paris, Austria, Croatia, Germany, Norway, Iceland, Ireland and Scotland. With over 12 years of professional travel planning under his belt, The Professor has learned to do it right. In today's blog post are 5 of the smartest things he has done and recommends that each traveler should follow.

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Tips for Touring the Scottish Highlands

small group tour scottish highlandsWho doesn't love Scotland? It is perhaps the most beautiful country in all of Europe.  Everyone speaks English although you might not understand what they are saying!  The train rides are spectacular in Scotland.  The food is outrageously good and the people are just about as friendly as you can find. So, what should you see, where should you go, and where should you stay on a tour to the Scottish Highlands? Go get yourself a wee dram and check out the Traveling Professor's blog post. 

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Travel Products I Use All The Time

best travel productsI have been traveling internationally for many years now.  Over that time, The Traveling Professor has found some items that he consistently packs and uses.  Some of these items you won't see on any other printed lists, some of these things you will see on other lists. But take a look at the products I have listed here and consider including them on your next overseas trip.

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