Three Hotels in Spain

Our Picks in Madrid, Seville, and Granada

best hotels in spainOn my tour of Europe last month before we did our small group tour to the Bavarian Christmas Markets, The Traveling Professor did a research trip to prepare for a new small group tour to Spain. We visited Madrid, Seville and Granada on our tour and after researching several different hotels before settling on these three gems.  Read about our favorite hotels in Spain in this travel blog post.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (342)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Spain

Three Hotels in Austria

Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck

Christmas Markets of ViennaThe Traveling Professor recently completed a small group tour to the Christmas Markets of Austria.  We visited Vienna, Steyr, Salzburg, and Innsbruck.  We had a delightful time at these Austrian Christmas Markets!  Our itinerary included 3 nights to visit the Vienna Christmas markets and a day trip to the Steyr Kristkindl Christmas markets.  We arrived in Salzburg for the Christmas Markets there for 3 nights then 2 nights for the Innsbruck Christmas Markets.   Read about my hotel recommendations and reviews here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (338)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Germany & Austria

What the Peruvian Jungle is Like

We're Going Back in March

small group tours to Peru and Machu PicchePeople have a lot of misconceptions about Peru.  I'm not sure exactly what they are but when they get to Peru, especially a place like the Peruvian jungle, they always say, "Wow!  I never thought it would be like this".  We've been running tours to Peru for about 5 years now, so, in this blog post The Traveling Professor will tell you a little bit more what it is like to visit the jungle in Peru.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (258)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

5 Great Holiday Travel Gifts

Things the Traveler in Your Family Will Love

2017 travel gift suggestionsWith the holiday season upon us, I am sure there is much wondering about what to get the traveler in your family.  The Traveling Professor has listed 5 gifts this season, some priced as low as $10.  Any of these thoughtful gifts will surely be welcome by the wandering members of your family and even your friends.  Check out The Professor's 2017 holiday gift suggestions.

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (584)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7

Travel Product of the Month

It Makes a Great Holiday Gift Too

For the past 2 years, there is a product I have been using, and other travelers on my small group tours have been using.  It's something that everyone really needs and becomes very helpful, considering all the walking we do on our small group tours. Read The Professor's blog post to find out how a Fitbit  Superwatch can help you enjoy your travels even more.

Thursday, November 16, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (457)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

What We Liked About Our Croatia Tour

A Cruise Along the Dalmatian Coast

small group tour to CroatiaIn October, The Traveling Professor ran an inaugural tour to Croatia. It had been about 2 years in the making and it turned out to be a great success!  The trip consisted of 2 nights in Split, followed by a week long cruise up and down the Dalmation coast on a small ship with 34 passengers.  Read my blog post to see what I loved about our Croatia small group tour.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (392)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Croatia

Who Has The Best Gelato in Florence, Italy?

Two Picks from our Italian Experts

who has the best gelato in florenceThe Traveling Professor just got back from a small group tour to Italy, including Florence.  Almost every day, gelato was consumed in mass quantities and boy, was it good. Almost all travelers agreed that the best gelato in Italy was to be found in Florence.  But where? Read The Professor's blog post to found out who has the best gelato in Florence.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (356)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: Italy

Perhaps the Best Airline Booking Tip Ever

Fly in Comfort and Leisure Without Spending a Lot More

The Traveling ProfessorOne of the worst experiences in travel is being on a long haul flight overseas being stuck in economy class in a packed 3 across seating configuration.  The seats are small and uncomfortable.  I think airlines do this on purpose in order to motivate flyers into buying expensive upgrades. But wait.  There is another option to make an overseas flight much, much more comfortable GUARANTEED.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post to find out how.

Monday, November 13, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1293)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3

Three Paris Hotels

New Selections from The Traveling Professor

best western parisWe just got back from another small group tour to Paris.  After waving goodbye to our 8 guests, I had the opportunity to check out some new hotels.  2 of them were further out in more residential, leafy sections of town, and another one was right in the center of all the action. Check out my blog post to find out more about my recommendations for hotels in Paris.

 

Saturday, November 11, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (567)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.7
Categories: Paris

Avoid This Airline Ticketing Mistake

Save Yourself LOTS of Headaches

airline ticketing mistakesGone are the days of a good travel agent to help make airline ticket purchases easy.  Travelers are on their own now and boy, do we see travelers make some bad mistakes when purchasing airline tickets.   It can cause them to lose all their money and possibly have no recourse to get it back.  It can cause major headaches when trying to make changes or get adjustments.  The Traveling Professor will tell you what mistake to avoid and why.

Thursday, November 9, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (762)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Save on Airfare
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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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