If They Didn’t Want My Opinion They Shouldn’t Have Asked For It – November 4th

More fun & games with a survey that got honest answers to questions where they probably made different assumptions than I did about the range and scope of acceptable answers.

This one came from a group of MBA students at UCLA for a class project. I got my MBA from Pepperdine a few years ago in a similar program, so I’m willing to spend ten minutes answering their survey. This survey I got picked for because I signed up a couple years back for a Finnish tourist site’s occasional online newsletter. The MBA project was to design and carry out some research on behalf of the resort.

After asking all of the conventional, boring questions:

  • How often do you travel internationally?
  • How much would you budget for a trip to this resort?
  • What kinds of activities would you like to take part in if you were here in the summer (pick no more than three)?
  • What kinds of activities would you like to take part in if you were here in the winter (pick no more than three)?

and getting all of the conventional, boring answers, the survey then started to ask the conventional, boring questions about the competition and similar trips that one might take instead of going to their resort.

I decided to not give the conventional, boring answers.

“What would be your ideal, dream vacation location?” I’m assuming they’re looking for something like Tahiti, Australia, Rome, Machu Picchu, and so on. But they didn’t put any limits on it, did they?

“Mars – or the Moon.”

“What kinds of activities would you like to take part in while on your dream vacation (pick no more than three)?”

“Adventure.” Obviously.

“Exotic locales.” It’s like they knew that I might answer this way!

“Local atmosphere.” Okay, how could I not pick this one?

“How much would you budget for your dream vacation?

“$100,000,000” Hey, that’s not even a snarky answer! It’s probably quite reasonable if you assume that I want to go right now. If I was willing to wait about ten years or so I’m sure that SpaceX would be able to do it for only $1,000,000 or so, at least to the Moon. Wait twenty or twenty-five years and I might make Mars for $500,000.

One-way tickets, of course.

The survey has an incentive attached of a drawing for a free week at the resort (air fare not included), so they have my name, address, phone number, and email address.

We’ll see if anyone’s paying attention.

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