Results of Our Annual Travel Survey

Interesting and Surprising Results

Author: The Traveling Professor/Tuesday, May 30, 2017/Categories: General Travel

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We asked members of The Traveling Professor's newsletter mailing list some short travel questions.   Here are their responses about travel.

Question:  What is your gender?
  • 81% Female.  19% Male.

Question: What is your age category?

  • 1% were in their 30’s or younger.
  • 5% were in their 40’s.
  • 19% were in their 50’s.
  • 53% were in their 60’s.
  • 20% were in their 70’s.
  • 2% were 80 or over.

Question:  Would you consider taking a small group tour in the next 36 months with any tour company?

  • 94% said YES

Question: Which Existing Traveling Professor tour would you consider taking (multiple responses accepted)?

  • 43% said they would consider taking a Traveling Professor small group tour to Italy
  • 43% said they would consider taking a Traveling Professor small group tour to Croatia
  • 39% said they would consider taking a Traveling Professor small group tour to Budapest/Prague/Austria
  • 42% said they would consider taking a Traveling Professor small group tour to Denmark/Norway/Iceland
  • 42% said they would consider taking a Traveling Professor small group tour to Northern Lights of Iceland
  • 27% said they would consider taking a Traveling Professor small group tour to Paris
  • 24% said they would consider taking a Traveling Professor small group tour to Peru/Machu Picchu/Amazon Jungle
  • 25% said they would consider taking a Traveling Professor small group tour to Paris & The Normandy Invasion Beaches
  • 5% said they wouldn’t consider any of these tours

Question:  What is Your Preferred Group Size:

  • 47% said 6-10 Travelers
  • 53% said 11-14 Travelers

Question:  What is your travel style in terms of tour price/hotel quality level?

  • 20% said they prefer 4-star and better luxury hotels at about $4,000 for a 10-day tour
  • 51% said they prefer a 3-star deluxe travel style at about $3,000 for a 10 day trip
  • 21% said they like a budget 2-star off season tour at about $2,000 for 6-7 days

Question:  What NEW tour would you like to see The Traveling Professor introduce (multiple responses were accepted)?

  • 31% indicated they would like to see The Professor introduce a new Paris for Those Who Have Visited Before
  • 32% indicated they would like to see The Professor introduce a new Greece Tour
  • 24% indicated they would like to see The Professor introduce a new Off Season London/Dublin Tour
  • 37% indicated they would like to see The Professor introduce a new Southern Italy and Sicily Tour
  • 48% indicated they would like to see The Professor introduce a new Spain/Portugal Tour
  • 40% indicated they would like to see The Professor introduce a Scotland/Wales Tour
  • 5% had no suggestions for a new tour

The Traveling Professor will take the survey results and design tours with the information collected from the survey in mind.  

As an incentive to respond to the survey, we offered prizes of Admiral's Club 1-Day Passes, $20 Amazon Gift Certificates, and signed copies of "The Traveling Professor's Guide to Paris".  All winners are in the process of being notified, so watch your inbox - you could be a winner. 

Much thanks to those who completed our survey.

At the end of the survey, over 100 respondents entered comments.  Here are ALL of those unedited comments:

Italy was the trip of a lifetime....keep the quality up and you will never be at a loss for travelers :)
5/27/2017 5:21 AM 
I really enjoyed the small group experience with The Traveling Professor tours. I would like to travel again but can't make 2018. Having a small group I made friends and the trip was more enjoyable with the camaraderie plus the personal attention by Steve & Linda.

5/23/2017 6:02 AM 
I prefer off season travel, even Jan - Mar or Nov and Dec. But I do like better accommodations like 3 or 4 star hotels.
5/22/2017 6:35 AM 
I recommend a trip to Greece in 2018, and a trip to Sicily and maybe Puglia in 2019.
5/22/2017 1:38 AM 
I rather have my money invested in the tours. I am usually not concerned about the accomadations as long as they are in a good location (i.e. central to the sites).
5/22/2017 12:05 AM 
How about cooking classes?
5/21/2017 3:44 PM 
Greece, Greece, Greece in 2018 and Sicily and Puglia in 2019
5/21/2017 1:21 PM 
Wished I could have gone on one of your trips this year; but ended up with other obligations on the available dates. I ended up booking the Galapagos Islands!
5/21/2017 12:25 PM 
Am interested in culinary offerings, especially in France/Italy.
5/21/2017 10:04 AM 
I'm a traveler who would also appreciate free time to 'do my own thing'.
5/21/2017 9:56 AM 
I like the idea that you encourage solo travelers. Hard to find good solo traveling tours.
5/21/2017 2:30 AM 
I really respect Steve and Linda's details, how prepared they are, their personal style. I like Steve's details prior to a trip......truly a positive experience and enjoy traveling with them both.

5/21/2017 2:23 AM 
I would like to see more tours organized for shoulder season when crowds are less but weather still decent
5/20/2017 11:25 PM 
Although I have as yet not taken one of your tours I find them fascinating. It seems a lot of thought was put into the itineraries with many interesting options.
5/20/2017 6:05 PM 
We corresponded about the Cuba trip that never materialized.
5/20/2017 2:56 PM 
Would like to see the scheduled speaking engagements for the next 6 months-Thanks!
5/20/2017 11:37 AM 
I enjoy off-season travel.
5/20/2017 11:21 AM 
Love your email notices!
5/20/2017 9:57 AM 
Your tours rock! I really hope you're going to Greece including the islands next year, because I'd love to go with you. Since we last spoke I went on a tour of Germany, Switzerland and Austria and stayed on in Vienna a few days; Costs Rica; China including Tibet; and I'm going to northern India and Nepal in November.

5/20/2017 9:19 AM 
When we travel we stay in a place for four or more nights. In the past we have been to Paris twice - the first time for 12 days and the second time for 10 days - and would love to return. We have taken driving holidays in south east France and northen Italy. Are considering a trip to Portugal and Spain.
5/20/2017 4:28 AM 
Nice website!
5/20/2017 4:11 AM 
I think your accomodations for single women travelers is an excellent feature of your tours. Many people don't have anyone to travel with.
5/20/2017 3:32 AM 
great to meet w/ you in NYC at Times travel show
5/20/2017 2:06 AM 
problems with the Canadian dollar - it is so low at the moment
5/20/2017 12:20 AM 
Our first trip with the Traveling professor to Italy was perfect in everyway. However we were not able to book a second as the price went up. We then went to other resources.

5/19/2017 11:55 PM 
Been to Itsly and Iceland with the Orifessir and enjoyed both. Keep up the great work.
5/19/2017 11:32 PM 
Love your trips...
5/19/2017 11:17 PM 
Keep up the good work!
5/19/2017 10:51 PM 
I am a believer in your tours. Want to got to Greece next year!!!
5/19/2017 10:28 PM 
As I wrote above, I've traveled extensively in the countries mentioned. I've driven through Central Europe and the Balkans. I am very interested in tours to the Near and Far East. Love your website. Am looking forward to Iceland.

5/19/2017 10:27 PM 
Tours could be slightly longer also.
5/19/2017 10:18 PM 
Spain Portugal Douro River seems to be popular this yr with river tours.... would be nice to be able to find tours in this area seems really nice. I've not been on one of your tours but have gotten useful support from you and your site. I was able to visit Prague on my own after a riverboat cruise thru Central Europe. Also going to France this sept solo for the second time again thanks to your book. ThankYou JoAnn from Boston,Ma
5/19/2017 9:56 PM 
Calendar in grid format will be great; for example, I'd like to pull up, say, 2nd week of Aug and see what the offerings are vs go thru each and figure dates
5/19/2017 8:42 PM 
Single supplements remain a costly problem when traveling alone
5/19/2017 3:54 PM 
Question 8: depends on whether you need double occupancy
5/19/2017 3:42 PM 
I remember liking your site and many things about it but at the moment so I I have no recommendations

5/19/2017 3:10 PM 
I have the same problem. that is I work Mon & Wed. The Paris trip nearly killed me physically. Do all your trips have to be geared to the young and physically fit. I had one knee replaced.
5/19/2017 2:15 PM 
Our recent tour to Ireland exceeded expectations (which were already high!). Organization (including local guides), quality of hotels and food, variety of activities, outstanding driver/guide, friendly group. Perfect!

5/19/2017 2:06 PM 
I really enjoy your newsletters.
5/19/2017 2:01 PM 
I also shoulder season travel, except rain.
5/19/2017 12:43 PM 
Appreciate your careful attention to detail and your clarity with trip opportunities
5/19/2017 12:32 PM 
Need better banner and visuals for trade show
5/19/2017 12:31 PM 
We've taken a Traveling Professor tour to Italy and it was wonderful. We would love to book again, however, the costs have risen making it difficult for those of us on a fixed income. We've taken a TP tour to Italy and it was fabulous-would love to go
5/19/2017 12:29 PM 
Great info on the site and on Facebook
5/19/2017 12:22 PM 
Traveling Professor is like going on holiday with your best friend who knows the country and facilitates all the details. Superb local guides.
5/19/2017 11:58 AM 
I quite like the web site articles
5/19/2017 11:53 AM 
I've just now registered and look forward to browsing and having more commentary later :)
5/19/2017 11:42 AM 
I would like to travel with you, waiting for the right time and trip:)
5/19/2017 11:25 AM 
I loved the bargain Paris tour. I'm not sure how you can top that experience.

5/19/2017 11:15 AM 
My 2 trips with you were fantastic. Both Italy and Ireland exceeded my expectations. Similar arrangements to checked destinations above would be welcomed.
5/19/2017 11:14 AM 
We had a wonderful time traveling with Steve and Linda to Italy.
5/19/2017 11:04 AM 
I really like the pictures from the tours put up on Facebook!
5/19/2017 11:00 AM 
We loved our tour to Iceland with the Traveling Professor this past February. I have recommended the trip to others. Looking forward to another trip.
5/19/2017 10:38 AM 
Norway isn't on your list. Bike and barge in Germany and Austria.
5/19/2017 10:38 AM 
love getting the emails
5/19/2017 10:26 AM 
I am happy to see the success you have achieved living my dream.
5/19/2017 10:25 AM 
hope to do one of your tours in the near future.
5/19/2017 10:21 AM 
I have not yet traveled with you, but plan toon another year. I have only heard wonderful things about your tours. I have two trips planned but this was before I learned about you and your tours.
5/19/2017 10:01 AM 
As an older traveler, I would love to go on one of your tour, but I do need luggage carried and prefer small hotels with only one flight of stairs.
5/19/2017 9:55 AM 
Enjoyed my past tours with you - want to do more!
5/19/2017 9:54 AM 
We experienced a wonderful trip to Peru with The Traveling Professsor a few years ago. I highly recommend his company to others. We were a part of a private group of 10 people that we had put together. It was well organized, the accommodations were great, the guides were superb. I have looked at several of Steve's blogs on his website. I found them to be interesting and informative. I hope to be able to travel with The Traveling Professor again in the near future.
5/19/2017 9:40 AM 
Would like to see further theme related tours like food, historic, wine areas, etc
5/19/2017 9:39 AM 
Keep up the good work!
5/19/2017 9:39 AM 
As my travel is more determined by when my boss lets me travel rather than me choosing dates, it would be good if yout website also listed all available tours by date order not just listed by tour and then dates that tour runs. I hope you understand what i mean!
5/19/2017 9:36 AM 
I prefer tours that stay at least 2 or more nights in one place.
5/19/2017 9:35 AM 
Your trips, as described, are of interest to me.
5/19/2017 9:34 AM 
I loved the trip I took with women only to Paris.
5/19/2017 9:34 AM 
Your tours are terrific. What happened to Ireland? We just have been to most of the places multiple times already
5/19/2017 9:32 AM 
Our first tour with you to Paris was great. Just looking for right schedule to do a second.
5/19/2017 9:28 AM 
We love your thoughtful, professional tours!!
5/19/2017 9:27 AM 
I've enjoyed you since you started all of this!
5/19/2017 9:20 AM 
Love the emails! Thanks,for,all,the tips and advice
5/19/2017 9:16 AM 
We had a great trip to Peru with the Travelling Professor. We continue to look for opportunities to travel with him again.
5/19/2017 9:14 AM 
I may not be remembering accurately, but it would be nice if there were NO single supplement
5/19/2017 9:14 AM 
I will finally have a bit more flexibility with my schedule and be able to travel during non-school vacations!!

5/19/2017 9:12 AM 
Your trips look wonderful - Greece is next on our list - hope you might go there.
5/19/2017 9:11 AM 
The Iceland tour we took was so much fun we really didn't mind that the weather didn't cooperate. Very informal group and everything taken care of for us can't wait to go on another trip
5/19/2017 9:09 AM 
We have done the high end tour of Italy and Iceland tours with you guys and had a great time. I always offer to people talking about travel to you guys. I know that Paige Early (co-worker)reached out to you.
5/19/2017 9:08 AM 
Steve & Linda - a well designed questionnaire. Good luck.
5/19/2017 9:06 AM 
I have been on a tour with the Traveling Professor and it was a fantastic experience! Will definitely go on another vacation with the Traveling Professo!
5/19/2017 9:02 AM 
I would love to go on a Traveling Professor tour but, so far, they have been too expensive for my budget.

5/19/2017 9:01 AM 
I look forward to taking one of your tours.
5/19/2017 9:00 AM 
I like your blog, especially tips for saving money or making travel smoother. I travel a lot with my husband, or occasionally solo, and typically wouldn't consider a group tour, but might do it to a place my husband would't want to go.
5/19/2017 8:56 AM 
I have followed the tracking professor for years..bought the Paris book and he was extremely helpful to my husband and myself with recommendations.
5/19/2017 8:55 AM 
Enjoy the small group aspect as well as having some solo travelers.

5/19/2017 8:55 AM 
I would have liked to know about purchasing Eiffel Tower tickets in advance online rather than waiting in line when we got there.
5/19/2017 8:49 AM 
Loved the small intimate size of our tour. We were able to get into restaurants as one group and had the chance to get to know each other. TP was able to cater to each grout members requests and our travel by a single small vehicle to certain destinations was great. 5 stars to our host guides for our excellent tour

5/19/2017 8:48 AM 
I very much enjoyed your small travel book on Paris.We used it extensively during our 2015 visit to France.

5/19/2017 8:44 AM 
I am often confused when reading the itineraries and plans - does the group stay together during the entire tour and see sites as a group or are you on your own?

5/19/2017 8:39 AM 
I enjoy your newsletter and hope to travel with you some time.

5/19/2017 8:34 AM 
Always enjoy the posts despite not being able to join a tour yet.

5/19/2017 8:34 AM 
I have just started following your emails and checking out your website. I am seriously intrigued by your content and tour structure.
5/19/2017 8:34 AM 
Love your newsletter - hope to go on a trip with you someday.
5/19/2017 8:31 AM 
I always like the restaurant recommendations and travel items you review.
5/19/2017 8:31 AM 
I am not retired and teach therefore I must travel in summer. No one offers trips when school is out:(
5/19/2017 8:24 AM 
a friend of mine went to Paris with the Traveling Professor and enjoyed it very much
5/19/2017 8:22 AM 
We have communicated before Re:Iceland for a small group. Finding it impossible to find dates where ALL can travel.
5/19/2017 8:21 AM 
I am interested in TP, but I am into travel more unique places tun what he offers since I have done a lot of traveling.
5/19/2017 8:16 AM 
My husband and I have not taken group tours, but some of yours look interesting due to the opportunity to access less-known experiences. For others, a tour might be smarter than independent travel due to the intricacy of planning all of the necessary details. I love researching and discovering these on my own, sometimes with better results than others! Our ideal group tour might include a mix of time with the group and independent time.
5/19/2017 8:14 AM 
Hope I win - looking forward to hearing from you
5/19/2017 8:12 AM 
I used your guide when we went to Paris. It was very helpful and loved the restaurants you recommended
5/19/2017 8:11 AM 
Love traveling with you & Linda
5/19/2017 8:09 AM 
The trip my husband and I took to Rome and Florence in 2016 was just wonderfu
5/19/2017 8:08 AM 

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