How Inexpensive Has Europe Become, Really?

Is Europe Actually the Least Expensive it Has Been in Years?

dollar vs euro travelThe travel story of 2015 has been the strong dollar vs. the weak euro.   People are flocking to Europe in droves to take advantage of strong pricing.   But is it really that cheap?   Let The Traveling Professor's , take a look and see if now is really the time to take a tour to Paris, a trip to Rome, or a jaunt to Spain.

Saturday, April 4, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2138)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

The Travel Story of 2015

The Strong US Dollar

travel story of 2015I ran my first tour back in 1992 to Spain.   Since then, I have seen a lot change in the travel business.  One thing I could always rely upon was that travel was going to get more and more expensive each year - until now.   I can remember traveling to Paris in the 1990's and easily be able to afford luxury hotels.   Airfares were dirt cheap.   Italy was a bargain for Americans.   Then in the 2000's things began to change. But let the good times roll again!  It is time to go back to Europe and I will tell you why.

Friday, March 13, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1730)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

Why You Need to Go to Europe NOW

It May Never Be This Inexpensive Again

cheap europe travelSince The Traveling Professor has been running small group tours to Paris, Italy, Spain and other destinations in Europe, every year the price of a tour goes up.   In fact, on our first tour to Paris back in 2008, we could run a tour for $999.   Since then I have added many, many amenities and improved our tours significantly, but the price has gone up too, almost three times the original amount.   But just because of the weakness in the US dollar, costs on running a tour to Europe have risen significantly.   But now, the US dollar is stronger than it has been in about 15 years and for the first time since I have been running tours, prices have gone down.  NOW is the time to go to Europe.

Thursday, March 5, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1813)/Comments ()/ Article rating: No rating
Categories: ParisItaly
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Is Europe Getting Cheaper?

Low Oil Prices and Stronger Dollar. What are the Consequences?

cheap europeWhen the euro was first introduced about 15 years ago, it cost about 95 cents to buy one.  It was a true bargain to go to Europe.  I remember staying in 5-star hotels in Paris for under $200 per night.   The same hotel is four times the price now.  I can remember purchasing a R/T flight to Paris for $351 on American Airlines.   In the last few years, the euro has gone as high as about $1.50.  Now that the dollar is strong and oil is under $60 a barrel, what can we expect in prices on your next tour to Paris or Italy?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2423)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
Categories: ParisItaly

Why Europe is Getting So Expensive

Prices are Skyrocketing - And Here's Why

expensive europeI ran my first small group tour to Paris in 2008.  The cost was $999.   But while it is true I have upgraded hotels and offer far more services such as professional guides since then, the cost of running a tour to Paris has more than doubled.   When I ran my first small group tour to Italy back in 2011, we could offer a great tour for just $1,499.   But now that cost is up by over 1/3.  Again, we have upgraded hotels and offer more professional guide services.   I'll explain why Europe has gotten so expensive and why the trend will continue to go that way.

Thursday, April 17, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (3335)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: General Travel

Why European Travel is Going to Get More Expensive

Traveling Professor Small Group Tours to ParisIn a few years, it may either be too impractical or too expensive for the average American to travel to Europe.   In my opinion, there are a few reasons why it may soon be nearly impossible to take that trip to Rome you always wanted to go to.  The cost of a trip to Paris may be prohibitively expensive by 2020.  Hotel and restaurant prices in Spain might be out of reach.  Read my blog post to find out why Europe travel to Paris, Italy, or Spain might be a good idea now instead of later.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2320)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.7
Categories: General Travel
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Who Traveled With Us in 2019

who travels with The Traveling ProfessorThe Traveling Professor ran small group tours to Iceland, Peru and Machu Picchu, Scotland, Croatia, Italy, Normandy Invasion Beaches, and Canada in 2019.  We had a wonderful year, making new friends and traveling to great places.  But who goes on Traveling Professor tours?  In this blog post, we will tell you the number of people and what the make-up of our small group tours looks like.
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26 Places to Eat in Paris

where to eat in ParisAh, we love to eat when we go on our small group tours to Paris.  Who doesn't?  The Professor presents his list of Paris restaurants. The list includes places for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  Some are expensive, some are not.  Some qualify as a great place for a romantic dinner, but most of them are on the casual side. Take advantage of The Professor's experience and see where to eat in Pars. 
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The Perfect 14 Day Introduction to Italy Itinerary

perfect 14 day Italy itineraryEveryone loves Italy.  The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy usually covers Venice, Florence, Rome and Sorrento (the Amalfi Coast).  Planning an itinerary can be daunting, but The Traveling Professor makes it easy for the first-time Italy traveler.  See all the great sites, eat wonderful food, experience the culture. Take a look at our introduction to Italy itinerary and get ready to say "Ciao!" to Italy.
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A Visit with Vincent Van Gogh in Auvers

Day trip to Auvers from Paris

Vincent Van Gogh is considered by many to be the greatest painter of all time. He spent much of his time in France.  Those who have gone to Paris with The Traveling Professor on one of his small group tours to Paris can remember walking the neighborhoods frequented by Van Gogh and seeing his paintings at the Musee d'Orsay. In today's guest blog post adapted from a  post originally done by Laura Keefe Junod of VoyageScholar.com, she talks about visiting Auvers - the place where Van Gogh lived, died and is buried. She does a wonderful job of explaining where Van Gogh  lived, died and is buried.

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What to Do in Paris the 2nd Time You Go

what to see 2nd time in ParisThe Eiffel Tower, the Musée d'Orsay, Louvre, Montmartre, Seine River Cruise, Pantheon, Pomidou Center, Rodin Museum, Arc de Triomphe - those are all things people see on their first trip to Paris.  They are timeless sites that probably could be visited time and time again. But what should you see on your second and even third or fourth visit to Paris. In this blog, The Traveling Professor gives some ideas on other great sites that would be superstars in nearly any other place in the world. 
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