4 Places to Go in the Winter

Less Crowds and Lower Costs

Small Group Tours to IcelandAs I write this, it is over 90 degrees Farenheit in the Northeast United States.  Boy, do I wish I could go somewhere where it is cool now. I'm thinking of some of my favorite destinations to visit in the winter time.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post and get some advice on some good places to go when the weather isn't hot.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (159)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

What to See and Do in Madrid

Where to Stay, Where to Eat, and What to Do in Madrid, Spain

small group tours to spainAfter completing almost 3 weeks with his small group tours in Paris and the Normandy Invasion Beaches, The Professor headed to Spain for 3 days of rest and relaxation.  Madrid was surprisingly cool at this time of the year which made exploring comfortable. Check out what The Traveling Professor did on his short stay in the charming city of Madrid.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (218)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Spain

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

Are Europeans Rude to American Travelers?

Are Tourists No Longer Welcome in Europe?

are europeans rudeI am a semi-regular guest on the Scott Thompson radio program in Hamilton, Ontario.   In between interviews on the eclipse and Jerry Lewis, Scott spoke with me on-air about stories he heard about tourists no longer being welcome in Europe such as this one.  He also had some anecdotal stories of being treated rudely in Italy.  We had about 10 minutes to talk on air and afterwards, my website lit up like a Christmas tree.  See my comments on tourists being treated rudely or not being welcome in Europe.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (609)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Favorite Dining Spots on Tour

Spain, France, Italy, and Norway

best restaurants in townOne of the reasons I love to travel, whether it be on a small group tour to Norway or any of the countries we go to or by myself, is to eat. I've come to love German food, Italian food, French food as well as Spanish and Scandinavian food.  In today's blog post I tell you about some of my favorite dining spots that you should try too on your next tour to Europe.

Friday, February 26, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1446)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

My Favorite Eating Spots on Traveling Professor Tours

The Best of Italy, Paris, Spain, and Peru

tagliata positanoOn our small group tours we love to eat.   Over the years I have found the best authentic dining spots in Italy, Paris, Spain and Peru.   In this blog post I will tell you about my favorite eating spots, places we always go on my Traveling Professor tours.   Two of the best dining spots are in Italy, and I have listed one each in Paris, Peru, and Spain.   Come join me on a Traveling Professor tour and see what I am talking about.

Friday, October 10, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2336)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7

Segovia - A Day Trip from Madrid

Castles, Aqueducts, and Authentic Spanish Food

Segovia Traveling ProfessorI first visited Segovia in 1992.  I remember my first sight of Segovia being the impressive Roman aqueduct spanning the small city.   Underneath was the quaint Spanish town, filled with wonderful restaurants and narrow cobblestone streets.   The castle, straight out of a Disney movie, was a delight.  I returned earlier this year on one of my small group “preview tours” of Segovia.  In this blog post, I will tell you how I experience the Spanish city of Segovia.
Monday, September 2, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2832)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Spain

Favorite Madrid Museums

The Professor Likes the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofia. What About You?

The Traveling Professor kicked off his first small group trip to Spain this year.   We visited Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Avila, and Madrid.   Our travelers were treated to some of the best art museums in Europe on their visit to Madrid.   My selections for the best art museums in Madrid display art that is rich in history, are both classical and modern, and are of significant historical value.   Take a look at my blog post to see why I love these Madrid art museums.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2625)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.4
Categories: Spain

An 8-Day, 7-Night Spain Itinerary

Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, Avila, Barcelona and Freixenet

In January of 2013 we ran a "preview" small group tour of Spain with nine travelers.   The Spain itinerary was a year in the planning.  The Traveling Professor took 2 individual "scouting" tours to Spain previous to the preview trip to make sure we could come up with a tour that our travelers would like, and Olé! - we did.  Whether or not planning to travel with The Traveling Professor on a small group tour to Spain or planning to go it alone, take a look at our sample itinerary for some great ideas about a trip to Spain.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (7272)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Spain
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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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