Top 10 Traits of the Experienced Traveler

Be a Better Traveler with The Professor's Tips

Experienced Traveler TraitsThere was a time where The Traveling Professor was an inexperienced traveler.  He packed too much, spent much more money than he should have, wasted a lot of time, and missed out on great local culture and food.  But after years on the road, The Professor has learned much and is happy to pass his wisdom on to you.  Here are his Top Ten Traits of the Experienced Traveler.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (207)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.8
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How to Deal with London's LHR Airport

Tips for Getting Through this Difficult Airport

Getting Through LHR securityWhile we appreciate the concern for tight security at airport screening stations at every airport, London's Heathrow Airport has a particularly thorough procedure.  Along with lengthy times to transfer between any of its 4 passenger terminals (terminals 2-5), passing through LHR to transfer to another flight can be a particularly stressful exercise in making a connection on time.  For instance, on a recent trip from Glasgow to LHR to Dallas, we had a 2 1/2 hour layover.  We needed almost every minute on that layover in London to make that connection.  In this blog post, I give tips on what to consider, and how to deal with transferring through London's Heathrow airport.

Monday, May 27, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (297)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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How We Pack for a 3 Week Tour to Europe

Everything Goes in a Carry-On

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.

Thursday, May 2, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (724)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
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How to Beat Jet Lag in 3 Easy Steps

3 Easy Tips from The Professor

How to Beat Jet LagWith quite a few trans-continental trips under his belt, The Traveling Professor has lots of experience in dealing with jet lag.  If not dealt with the right way, jet lag can really ruin a vacation overseas.  There are ways to get to Europe and get your body clock in sync so that you can enjoy the food, sites, and adventure of being overseas without suffering from jet lag.

Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (424)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.4
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5 Things The Professor Takes on EVERY International Trip

Take a Look Inside The Traveling Professor's Back Pack

5 things to take on every tripNo matter where The Traveling Professor goes, whether it be on a small group tour or traveling alone, there are some basic necessities that come on each and every trip.  The items listed in today's travel blog post are not things that you will see in too many other blog posts. Take a look at today's blog post and see what's in The Traveling Professor's back pack on each and every small group tour he goes on whether it be to Paris, Italy, Austria, Iceland, Scotland, Peru, Canada or anywhere else.

Monday, April 1, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (599)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.0
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The 5 Smartest Travel Moves You Can Make

Travel Smart on Your Next Overseas Trip

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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (369)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
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The Best Deal in Travel Insurance is Here

Great Coverage and It Won't Cost a Thing

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.

Monday, March 11, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (389)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
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5 Tips for Traveling on European Trains

Travel in Style and Comfort 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.

Monday, March 4, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (453)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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5 Tips for Solo Travelers

Traveling "Solo" Can be Fun and Enjoyable

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.

Sunday, March 3, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (232)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.5
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What is an Open Jaw Ticket and How to Book It

Fly Better, Smarter, and Cheaper to Multiple Cities

how to book an open jaw flightOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours, we sometimes start a trip in one city like Venice, and depart from another city like Paris.  A lot of travelers are confused on how to book their airline ticket since they are used to only booking a R/T fare between the same cities. In this blog post, we will explain exactly what an open jaw ticket is, the advantages of booking an open jaw plane ticket, and how to book an open jaw ticket.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (362)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.6
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2 Hotels in the Marais in Paris

hotels in MaraisThe Marais area of Paris is one of the most delightful and desirous places to stay.  It is a charming area that retains much of the traditional Paris architecture, culture, and best of all, cooking.  It is full of markets, relaxing squares, wonderful bakeries and restaurants. It is an excellent place to base a stay in Paris for the good travel connections too.  See The Traveling Professor's picks for hotels in the Marais section of Paris.

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Where to Eat in Edinburgh Scotland

small group tours to ScotlandThe Traveling Professor small group tours to Scotland are consistently sold out, sometimes 18 months in advance. Scotland has plenty to offer.  There are great cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow.  The Scottish Highlands have some of the most spectacular scenery one could ask for and when there is train travel involved like on The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Scotland, it is even more spectacular. Almost anyone who travels to Scotland spends time in Edinburgh.  In this edition of The Traveling Professor's blog post, we give you our Edinburgh restaurant list. 

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The Absolute Best Places to Eat in Rome, Venice and Paris

Andy Herbach Eating and DrinkingWhenever we go on a small group tour to Italy or Paris (or anywhere else, for that matter), I strongly suggest travelers take a copy of Andy Herbach's books.  Andy Herbach is the author of the Eating & Drinking series of menu translators and restaurant guides, including Eating & Drinking in Paris, Eating & Drinking in Italy, Eating & Drinking in Spain and Portugal and Eating & Drinking in Latin America.  The Professor can tell you, without equivocation, these are the best guides for not only selecting the best places to eat, but in helping diners read and translate what's on the menu.  No more "point and pray" when selecting from a menu.  Andy's guides help you order confidently and correctly from the menu.
Andy is also the author of several books published by Europe Made Easy Travel Guides, including Paris Walks, Europe Made Easy, Italy Made Easy, Paris Made Easy, Berlin Made Easy, Amsterdam Made Easy, French Riviera Made Easy, Provence Made Easy, Oslo Made Easy, and Barcelona Made Easy

Read today's blog post to find Andy Herbach's best restaurants in Paris, Venice, and Rome.

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Shockingly Low Air Fares to Europe

cheap airfares to europeEveryone is always looking for inexpensive flights to Europe. I can remember flying R/T between New York and Paris in 2000 for $351 and I thought that was a bargain.  Can you get to Europe even cheaper now?  You sure can.  By using some easy strategy, it is easy to get to Europe on legacy airlines like American, Delta, and British airlines. Check out today's blog post and see The Traveling Professor's tips on bargain airfares to Europe both in economy and luxury class. 

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