Top Travel Blog Posts of 2015

From Paris Hotels, to Airfare Deals, Italy, and Paris Picnics

new year in parisBy the end of the year, The Traveling Professor will have made 118 blog posts on topics ranging from airfares, hotels, trip advice, insurance, itineraries and a bunch of other stuff.  In my last blog post of 2015 I am going to post links to my top blog posts of the year. These posts are loaded with time and money saving trip ideas.   Best wishes for a Happy New Year from The Traveling Professor.

Thursday, December 31, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1492)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

Favorite Cocktails When Traveling Overseas

Three of the Best Cocktails from Italy, France and Peru

best overseas cocktailsTravel is all about trying something different.   We might try escargot in Paris.   How about radicchio lasagne in Padua?   Lomo saltado in Peru, or maybe even wild boar in Tuscany?   We all know each place The Traveling Professor visits has different foods, but what about different cocktails?  Read my blog post and find out The Professor's favorite cocktails, including the recipes.

Sunday, December 27, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1148)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

Finding Award Flights - The Easier Way

Use This Tip to Find OneWorld Award Flights

Airline Award Miles Easy Way to RedeemA big complaint The Traveling Professor always hears is that it can be very difficult to redeem accrued award miles for flights.  I agree that airlines do conspire for us to redeem those awards.  For instance, when traveling from North America to Europe, American Airlines seems to want to route you through London as much as they can.   I feel the reason for this is because taxes and fees going through London are so high, it discourages people from redeeming miles when a purchased ticket does not cost a significant amount more.  And of course, the big problem is that flights are simply not available.  However, I have discovered a tool on American Airline's site that makes it easier (not necessarily easy) to find award flights.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1882)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

Foods I Won't Eat While Traveling Abroad

Even The Professor Has His Limits

worst foods in parisOne of the joys of traveling is experiencing new and different cuisine.   For instance, I love escargot in Paris.   There is not enough pasta to satisfy me in Venice.  I'll even go for bangers and mash in London and reindeer in Norway.   I've had piranha in Peru and alpaca in Bolivia.  The bratwurst in Bavaria is fine with me.   But there are some local foods that, as much  as I try, I can't seem to get used to.  For more, see my blog post.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1268)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: General Travel
Tags: Bad Food

Best Time of Year to Visit Paris

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?

best time to travel to parisIf you ask me, anytime is a good time to travel to Paris.   I have been there all four seasons and each one has it's advantages.   In today's blog post, I break down the benefits of traveling during different times of the year and leave it up to you for the best time to travel to Paris.

Thursday, December 17, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1734)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris
Tags: Paris

Traveling Solo

Pointers for Traveling Abroad Alone

solo travel to parisI used to travel alone, especially to Paris, quite a bit.   I loved the freedom of not being tethered to a schedule and go wherever my legs would take me.   To be honest, traveling alone to Paris really was the way I learned the city.   I probably took 15-20 trips to Paris alone before I ever ran group tours.   I've traveled alone to Italy also.  Read my blog post for tips on traveling solo.

Sunday, December 13, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1617)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Travel Tips

The Paris "I See Dead People Tour"

An Offbeat Walking Tour

pere lachaise traveling professorI watched the Bruce Willis classic, "The Sixth Sense" the other night.   After waking up after a few nightmares, I dreamed up some Paris "I See Dead People" tours myself.   It's not really a horror story, but it can be a lot of fun to do this offbeat tour next time on vacation in The City of Light.

Friday, December 11, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1622)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Paris

7 Ways to Get Through Airline Security Quickly

These Tips Make Traveling Easier

how to get through airport security linesLet's face it, airline travel is a hassle.  Long lines, grumpy passengers, lack of TSA and security staff can slow down the time it takes to get through the security queue.   Learn from me, I book over 100,000 air miles a year and have been in many security lines.    I have found ways to make the process go faster.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post to find out how with his 7 Ways to Get Through Airline Security Faster.

Thursday, December 10, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1691)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.8
Categories: Travel Tips

Two Great Christmas Gifts

Perfect for the Traveler in Your Life

best travel giftsPeople always ask me for recommendations on Christmas gifts for their traveling friends or even for themselves.   Sometimes I recommend travel guides, travel clothing and even a copy of "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Paris".  But the best travel gift I can recommend for the holidays this year is posted in today's blog post.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1413)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: General Travel

German Christmas Markets

A Good Idea for a 2016 Tour?

regensburg traveling professorEvery now and then I go on a "fishing trip" to check out possible new tour opportunities.  The Traveling Professor just returned last night from a short holiday in Bavaria, Germany.   Take a look at my blog post and see my recap of the trip and if "The Christmas Markets of Germany"  will be a Traveling Professor Small Group Tour in 2016.

Monday, December 7, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1800)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.6
Categories: Germany & Austria
«November 2015»

How To Plan a Budget Trip to Paris or France

Our Traveling Professorbudget tours in paris and italy tours are not budget tours, and with the exception of one tour we run, they are not super-luxury tours either. On our Traveling Professor tours we like to stay at good 3 or 4 star hotels in a central location that are a good value.  But some people, when traveling on their own, like to plan a budget tour.  Here are some of my ideas for saving money without sacrificing comfort.

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What's the Deal with Iceland?

iceland small group toursLast year, The Traveling Professor ran his first small group tour to Iceland.  Norway was also included on the itinerary.   It sold out in about 2 days and another tour was added that sold out immediately also.   People who went on the tour absolutely loved Iceland.  So, what's the big deal?  Isn't Iceland way too expensive?  Isn't Iceland cold? Then why do people love Iceland so much and why is it a great tourist destination?  Check out my blog post to see why.

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Best Travel Gifts for the Holidays

best holiday travel giftsI travel a lot.  I will have put in over 100,000 air miles this year alone.   I am always looking for good travel equipment, guide books, gear, and entertainment items.   In my blog post I am putting down my favorites for travel gift giving this holiday season.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Four Paris Lunch Spots

Best Lunch in ParisWhen on a solo tour to Paris our when taking one of my Traveling Professor small group tours to Paris, a welcome part of the day is lunchtime.   Paris is not the place to "grab and go" with a lunch but a time to savor lunch, watch the world go by, and enjoy some of the best food in the world.  In today's blog post I recommend 4 places for an inexpensive and enjoyable lunch in Paris.

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Travel Less Expensively Without Sacrificing Luxury or Comfort

cheap travel tipsI read a lot on traveling "cheap".  If you are like me, you are NOT going to:

  • Sleep in a hostel or a stranger's couch.
  • Ride in a bumpy bus over 11 hours through rough terrain to save $10.
  • Be herded into a cheap, budget, no-frills airline.
  • Wait in line for 4 hours to get into a museum for free.

These are the kinds of "tips" I get delivered into my mailbox all day.    Take a look at my blog post to see how to travel less expensively, without sacrificing luxury or comfort.

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What Do "Star Ratings" at European Hotels Really Mean?

star rankings europe hotelsA lot of people, when they travel to Paris, Italy, Scandinavia, etc. spend a lot of time picking out hotels.   One way to select a hotel is to go by the government assigned star rating to hotels.   Does that mean a 5-star hotel is better located than a 1-star?  Does it mean a 4-star have more space in the rooms than a 2-star?   Not necessarily.  Check out today's blog post to find out more about what star ratings mean in European hotels.

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