We live in a Grand World, let us help you experience it!       

Grand World Travel  (847) 430-6821  info@grandworldtravel.com

About Grand World Travel 

Grand World Travel offers personalized travel experiences from beginning to end. Whether it’s independent explorations, organized touring or an all-inclusive vacation; a luxury ocean cruise, river cruise or an expedition cruise;  a rail adventure or religious journey, we are committed to providing the highest level of service, quality and value.

We are passionate about personal travel experiences - the land, people, spirit, culture, religious, wellness & spa programs.

For our clients, we're committed to using our passion for travel, years of experience, knowledge and our worldwide resources to create for you memorable vacation experiences by understanding your dreams and desires, personal interests and special requirements.

We'd appreciate the opportunity to assist you with your next travel arrangements!  

“We live in a Grand World, let us help you experience it!”  


Expert Bio - Mark Thrun

At a young age I caught the ‘travel bug’ when my parents would take the family on summer vacations around the Good ol' U.S. of A.  I could hardly wait for the next vacation to experience new landscapes, new attractions, hear people speak with different accents and taste new foods.  That sense of adventure and exploration is still with me today.  In my college years I took a year off and backpacked extensively around Europe with a great friend.  We traveled from the fjords of Norway to Oktoberfest and the Christmas markets in Germany to mountain climbing from quaint villages in Austria to star gazing in southern Spain.  Along our travels we met some wonderful people who were passionate about their countries and wanted to share their cultures with us.  This experience energized me to see even more of our beautiful world.  My senior year I was selected to participate in the Asian Studies Program, established through the college to study in six Southeast Asian countries including Japan, China, Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The personal relationships developed with teachers, students and their friends and families allowed us to exchange a wide variety of cultural, political and personal views that have had a great influence in shaping the person I am today. I abide by treating people with respect, acting with integrity and being sensitive to cultural differences while understanding our human similarities. 

After earning my BA in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois I‘ve spent the last twenty-nine years in the travel industry.  My first real job was with one of the largest travel agencies in Chicago. My position as a corporate travel counselor to a Fortune 500 company strengthened my world knowledge and taught me the in’s and out’s, the intricacies and importance of well-planned, detailed travel itineraries that my customers expected and valued.

My love and enthusiasm for the emerging travel technologies being developed by the computer reservation systems lead me to work for SABRE Travel Information Network in the late 80’s.  During my eleven-year tenure with Sabre I held several management positions within Sales & Service working with and for the travel agency community.  This was an exciting period as we brought new productivity products, enhancements and tools to travel agents computer reservation system allowing them to service their corporate and leisure customers more efficiently and effectively. The training I received at a large corporation has been immensely valuable to my personal and professional growth.  Some of the continual education and training programs were in the areas of customer service, consultative selling, listening and communication skills and quality assurance initiatives.  During this time I continued to travel throughout the world both for business and pleasure.  

Nine years ago I came full circle back to my passion of selling travel and tourism as a Travel Counselor.  Through the years I’ve been fortunate to have traveled throughout thirty-two counties, visiting many more than once. Over the years I’ve learned what travel companies to choose in order to match my clients with the very best experience and value. I am committed to updating and refreshing my knowledge of destinations, hotels, cruise lines and tour companies and have received certification from many regarding their products.

I am passionate about personal travel experiences - the land, people, spirit, culture, religious, wellness & spa programs.

For my clients, I’m committed to using my passion for travel, years of experience, knowledge and my worldwide resources to create for you memorable vacation experiences by understanding your dreams and desires, personal interests and special requirements.