The Travel Professor
Join me on a journey across the broad spectrum of interesting travel topics. We’ll discuss destinations domestic and abroad, some familiar and some off the beaten path. We take a look at suppliers like cruise lines, air carriers and tour operators and find their bargains and special offerings. Got questions? Email

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chocolate flavored stamps?

Feel like having chocolate at Easter in Belgium? Well, send a letter and really lick that chocolate-flavored postal stamp.

The Belgian post office released 538,000 stamps on Monday that have pictures of chocolate on the front but the essence of cacao oil in the glue at the back for taste and in the ink for smell.

Easter is the season for chocolate in Belgium with Easter eggs and bunnies all over supermarkets and specialty stores.

A set of five stamps costs 6.2 euros ($8) but might leave a customer hungry for more.

And their real chocolates are wonderful...I've sampled plenty up close and on location! 

Is it time to schedule a field trip to Belgium? Spring 2014 in time for the spring flowers & chocolate!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Create your own customized packing list

For all you list makers of the world here’s a “create your own packing list” site! Enjoy!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Some packing tips

Spring break is almost here. Before you load up the car or the suitcase here are some practical packing tips.

Why not share some of your packing advice with us?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cruise passenger Bill of Rights?

How much taxpayer money was wasted on the congressional investigation into steroids in baseball? The results were? 

Now the politicos are proposing a cruise ship “bill of rights”!  

Come on folks quit posturing and do the job you were elected to do. Run the country!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Special relocation cruise itineraries

It is cruise ship migration season! 

This moving of the fleet signals that there are repositioning cruises now being offered for unbelievably low prices! 

What’s a repositioning cruise? 

They are unique one way cruises generally only available in the spring and fall. They typically include itineraries such as from Asia/Hawaii to Alaska, the Mexican Rivera and Caribbean to the British Isles, northern Europe and the Mediterranean, or the reverse. 

Repositioning cruises also frequently transit the Panama Canal.

These special sailings allow you to journey to uncommon and even exotic ports of call as a cruise ship relocates to a new region. 

Give me some desired destinations & I’ll send you suggestions and dates! 

When you're ready to sail contact me and I’ll help you plan a fantastic vacation! 

Bon Voyage!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today everyone’s Irish!

Let’s take a journey to Northern Ireland to explore the St. Patrick Centre. I believe this is the only exhibition in the world about Ireland's Patron Saint. Be sure to visit their IMAX Theater, exhibitions, cafe, gift shop and art gallery.

An Old Irish Blessing for You May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Should the Travel Professor work on a special group departure to Ireland in late 2013 or 2014? Let me know!