Travel Style: Professor Steve Solosky

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Name: Professor Steve Solosky

Occupation: Retired Mathematics Professor, now “The Traveling Professor” author of “The Traveling Professor’s Guide to Paris”. I also run tours to Paris, Italy, Peru/Machu Picchu, and Spain. I am a regular speaker at travel shows and other similar events.

Hometown: Long Island, New York

Residence: Great Barrington, Massachusetts and New York City

Website: www.travelingprofessor.com

Twitter: @travelingprof

Facebook: Steve Solosky

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/travelingprof

YouTube: pixfield

Short Bio: I was a mathematics professor for 30 years. After many travels to Paris, I wrote, “The Traveling Professor’s Guide to Paris”.  Soon after, people asked me to take them to Paris. I now also organize and run small group tours to Italy, Peru/Machu Picchu, and Spain.

How often do you fly: At least twice a month and about 75,000 air miles annually

How many countries have you been to: At least 35 in North America, South America, Europe, and Africa

How many continents have you been to: 4

Favorite American city: New York City and Chicago

Favorite international city: Paris, France

Least favorite country: There is something to like in every country, although I have not been to North Korea

Favorite World Heritage Site: Machu Picchu, Peru

Favorite airline: American Airlines and the One World Alliance

Favorite aircraft type: 767

Aisle or window: Aisle in the exit row

Favorite airport lounge: Admiral’s Club, Heathrow Airport, London

Favorite U.S. airport: Is there a difference?

Favorite international airport: None

Favorite hotel: Gringo Bill’s in Aguas Calientes, Peru

Favorite cruise line: My canoe on Lake Buel, Massachusetts

Favorite island: Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca, Peru

Favorite fancy restaurant: 1728 – Paris, France and Astrid & Gaston – Lima, Peru

Favorite hole in the wall: Fiaschetteria Nuvoli, Florence Italy

Favorite fruit: Not a big fan of fruit.

Favorite food: Chifa (that’s what they call Chinese food) in Peru and a fallafel from L’As du Fallafel in the Marais in Paris

Least favorite food: Tripe

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Negroni (on the ground) and Diet Coke (in the air)

Favorite travel movie(s): Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn

Favorite travel show(s): I enjoy complaining about every one

Favorite travel book(s): Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

Right now I am reading: Guide des Autobus Parisiens

Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: www.itasoftware.com,  www.travelingprofessor.com,

Five things you bring on a plane: 1. My laptop, 2. Travel Scrabble, 3. Backpack, 4. Head rest, 5.  A book to read

What do you always seem to forget: A book to read

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? Toblerone candy

Favorite travel iPhone app(s): I am getting my iPhone next week

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: I was dining in a restaurant in Paris with my French friends. In my broken French I was trying to ask the waiter about the cut of beef on the menu and I evidently asked him if he was an amputee

What’s your dream destination: To walk the Way of St. James (El Camino de Santiago) from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to the Cathedral Santiago de Compostela in Spain. It is about 789 km (490 miles) and takes about 5 weeks to complete.

Favorite travel charity: I am on the Board of Directors of Quaker Bolivia Link (www.qbl.org). We travel to Bolivia and truly make a difference in the lives of people in Bolivia.

Best travel tip: Be adventurous and always try to do something outside of your comfort zone.

 


Comments

  1. Linda Sloan says:

    Steve is just like Johnny described in the post! We met “The Professor” when we went with him on a tour last year to Peru and Machu Picchu. He took us to places NO ONE else goes to and he likes to drink those Pisco sours at the end of the day. Lots of fun.

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