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You'll see beautiful Norwegian fjords on Grand European Travel's "Scenic Scandinavia" tour. Photo from Grand European Travel..

You’ll see beautiful Norwegian fjords on Grand European Travel’s “Scenic Scandinavia” tour. Photo from Grand European Travel.

Grand European Travel — which offers more than 300 guided vacations, escorted tours, and river cruises around the world — has a catchy quiz up on its website called “What Type of Traveler Are You?”

Just answer a few questions like “How Would You Spend Your Weekend?”, “What Does the Inside of Your Dream House Look Like?”, and “What Is the Perfect Travel Outfit?”  — with pictures to guide your way — and find out what type of guided tour might be right for you.

If you’re like me, you may want to take the quiz more than once because some questions have at least two choices (out of six) that seem appealing.

When I took the quiz the first time, I was deemed a “Nature Lover” (which I am) and directed to some “Top Experiences You’ll Love,” such as  a “Costa Rica Nature Tour,” “Scenic Scandinavia,” and “Tented Safari in  Style.”

I would definitely go on any of those.

Cesky Krumlov, a medieval Czech town visited on an Insight Vacations tour. Photo by Clark Norton.

Cesky Krumlov, a medieval Czech town visited on an Insight Vacations tour. Photo by Clark Norton.

You are then invited to further explore more tours in their nature collection.

When I took the quiz a second time, I was deemed a “Culinary Adventurer,” which is also accurate, and their top suggested tours included “Wonders of Italy” (with a wine making emphasis), “London Explorer” (which takes in food markets), and “Southern Grace” (Southern U.S. mixology).

All sound good to me, as do just about any of their other culinary tours, which range as wide as India and Brazil.

Beyond Europe

As you can see from the tours mentioned, Grand European Travel trips extend well beyond Europe, into North and South America, Asia, and Africa.

Part of the giant Travel Corporation, they draw from other Travel Corp. brands including Trafalgar (tours), Insight Vacations (premium tours), Costsaver (value tours), Uniworld (boutique river cruises), Luxury Gold (luxury tours), Lion World Travel (Southern Africa safaris and tours), and Brendan Vacations (Ireland).

They all have very good reputations, and I can personally vouch for the high quality of Insight Vacations, having taken one of their Central European tours a few years ago.

And, not incidentally, baby boomers are a big part of their market.

Once again, here’s the link to the quiz — and let me know what type of traveler you turn out to be!

 

2 Responses to What Type of Traveler Are You?

  • Hello Clark Norton We are two seniors planning our first river cruise in 2019 down the Danube We have cruised on traditional large ships dozens of times. You seem to be the guy to talk to,… about … for example … the Danube Discovery Cruise 13 days on the MS River Discovery. by Smart Tours….but in 2019. We like the idea of air line tickets being included in their price. OK first question, what are the disadvantages of being on the lowest deck of a 3 deck river boat ? next question … any ideas about a possible tour package that would include Cairo + Alexandria and a ship ride thru the suez canal ( does not have to be a cruise ship maybe just a 24 hour excursion boat ?) point us to any brochures or guides that might apply.
    best regards Jay garrison

    • Hi Jay,

      Thanks for writing. The biggest potential disadvantage to being on the lowest deck of a 3-deck riverboat is that your cabin may be below the waterline much of the way and you won’t see much looking out; it will probably have a small window or porthole that will be a bit above the water. That may be frustrating, especially after 13 days. On the other hand, if you plan to spend most of your time on the top deck anyway, you can save some money by booking a lower deck cabin. Another thing to watch for is noise that comes from the engine or galley. Check the ship’s map to see if you can book a cabin away from these. The MS River Discovery is a nice medium-priced ship and the Danube is wonderful. I’ll have to do further checking on a possible Egyptian tour package, and will get back to you on that. Oh, one other thing to watch for when booking a cruise with air included — try to arrive at least a day before the cruise to ensure you make it in time and have a chance to rest up a bit. Cruise lines often cut it too close for my taste. Happy cruising, Clark

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According to government and private surveys:

  • Leading-edge baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1955) and seniors account for four out of every five dollars spent on luxury travel today.
  • Roughly half the consumer spending money in the U.S.--more than $2 trillion--is in the hands of leading-edge baby boomers and seniors.
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  • When asked what they would most like to spend their money on, baby boomers answered “travel” more than any other category, including improving their health or finances.

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