Archive for November, 2010

November 29, 2010

Full Hearts: A Family Adventure

Abundance and Thanksgiving

A few days post Thanksgiving – for those of you who celebrate – the stuffing is polished off, the kitchen is clean, the dishwasher is emptied, the turkey soup is simmering on the stove. Every year there are Thanksgiving Family Adventures that become the stories and memories that star in your future celebrations. Tell us about yours.

Everything was perfect, or nothing at all worked like you planned. But didn’t you love it anyway? Maybe a new recipe was awful, maybe the dog grabbed the turkey leg. The cat licked the gravy. Maybe the jalapeno cranberry relish was so delicious it will show up every year. It rained, or snowed, or the sun burned bright in a clear blue sky. Was it so hot you didn’t want to turn on the oven? Maybe elderly Aunt Betty fell asleep over the pie. Maybe you had a wonderful surprise when someone you didn’t expect showed up to embrace you. You stayed home, or you traveled; you never left the house or you sat in traffic. You stayed up so late to brave Black Friday shopping, or you went afternoon bowling to make room for dessert.

However things went, planned or not, did you gather with friends and family? Keep your eye on gratitude and thankfulness? Not just for the third Thursday in November, but how about the weekend. How about our whole lives? Tell us what you did.

Whether you’re in Costa Rica or Chicago, St Louis or the Galapagos Islands, Sonoma or Cairo, don’t forget to cherish your every day family adventures.

Tell us what you’re doing!



November 27, 2010

Small Business Saturday for Families

Big fish, small business

Today represents a wonderful American dream, achieved by supporting your local small business. It’s part of the movement of getting back to a simpler life. We all want a life that is simple and rewarding, don’t we?

Small businesses support families and provide jobs, without getting caught up in huge overhead, marketing spins, corporate boards or executive decisions. Well, we’re a small business too!

Family owned and operated, Thomson Family Adventures runs with a small staff who know you when you call – no voicemail or call centers at our place. We have minimal overhead and carry no debt which makes us financially stable. The dollars you spend with Thomson go towards providing you with expert, knowledgeable advice, personal attention, and a product we stand behind.

We care about you, and also about our local partners in the countries we travel to. We make sure they earn a decent wage, and rely on their destination knowledge to help us put together the family adventure of a lifetime for you.

Sorry, we’re not open today (you know, a weekend with the family…) but we’ll be back at our desks on Monday. Give us a call at 800-262- 6255, and try your next family adventure the small business way.



November 24, 2010

There is more to Turkey than Thanksgiving

The jump from gulet to Mediterranean

While you are planning your family Thanksgiving maybe you are also thinking about your next family adventure. It can be a challenge to have everyone together for the day; what about making everyone happy for a whole vacation?

It’s understandable to have trouble deciding – mountains or water, East or West, history or adventure? How about saying YES to all of your dreams!

Turkey, the country, is a special place with a diversity that promises to always inspire and never bore. In Turkey you’ll have the opportunity to climb through ancient ruins, hike through other-wordly landscapes, sail along the gorgeous Mediterranean Coast, tour bazaars and rural villages, all on the one family adventure.

Our families are amazed to learn the range of enticing activities, appealing to children, teens, parents, and grandparents alike, and all available on one perfect family vacation in beautiful Turkey.

Mix white water rafting, soccer with local Turks, swimming, hiking and ancient world history. European yet exotic, different yet comfortable.

Considering Turkey? Let us answer any questions you might have.

Been to Turkey? We want to hear from you – what did you think of this hidden gem?

For more information about our family adventures to Turkey, go here.



November 17, 2010

How NOT to handle your passport renewals

Do you know when your passport expires?

I am a travel professional, have been for years. So one might think I would be on top of things like passport renewals. Think again.

I took my kids on their first passport-required adventure about 4.5 years ago. I am exact in that calculation because my son Leo needs his passport to travel in April 2011. This means it needs to be valid up until October 2011. Which it is not.

Minor children get a passport valid for 5 years. Adults, 10 years.

When passport control tells you a minor’s passport is valid for 5 years they are not quite telling the truth. Because it has to be valid for 6 months beyond the return date of the trip, it is really only good for 4.5 years. Or adults for 9.5 years.

What is the use of 6 months of passport when you can’t go anywhere?

Then we find out that a minor’s renewal is not a renewal. It’s a whole new application. This means digging up that original birth certificate again. AGAIN!

I admit I am categorically challenged. I cannot file things in a way to easily find them again years later. I have a big file drawer of folders. Is Birth Certificate under B? Or maybe under P for Passport application? Maybe it is I for Important papers…. or K for Kids? L for Leo? C for Certificates? L for Legal?

Tomorrow at school Leo needs to show he has submitted his passport application in order to qualify for the senior class trip to Eastern Europe in April. We did find the birth certificate (under B) so he has all the pieces of an un-submitted application. Hopefully that will be enough.

Don’t let this humiliation happen to you! Check your passports now.



November 14, 2010

You Deserve This Because…

Looking for a carefree retreat?

…..You work hard. You cook, clean, handle the office, manage your children’s calendars and events. You attend meetings and meet deadlines. You don’t have enough hours to sleep. You are successful and productive and have everything you want in life. You’re just too busy to appreciate it all.

Well, we are here to treat you to the experience of a lifetime with your family, just because you deserve this.

Imagine making just a couple of phone calls, gathering your family, tossing a few things in a bag (don’t forget the bathing suit), and getting on a plane. OK, the security line is annoying, but you can do it. When you land in your chosen place you are met by someone who relieves you of all of your responsibilities, for the duration of your adventure. You are surrounded by fun, helpful, cheery people who are there to make sure you have the trip of a lifetime. What a blissful relief, and a true vacation.

You’re building memories that will last forever. And no effort from you – you’re relaxed too!

Your teens are pleasantly inspired by the guide, the exotic destination, the exciting activities. Your children look forward to popping out of bed in the morning, ready to join new friends for new adventures. You are served delicious meals, handed snacks and bottled water even before you know you need them. You are driven where you need to go, and you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Your itinerary is flexible, yet has just enough planned events to ensure you do something interesting every day. You get to learn something new right along with your children.

If this is appealing, if you don’t have time to research, plan, schedule and manage the details of a perfect family vacation, if you want some adventure that is relaxing and fun for your children and YOU TOO! then call Thomson Family Adventures at 800-262-6255.

We’ve small and personal, and we’ve done the work for you. We stand behind our family adventures; it is all we do. Call 800-262-6255. We’re there waiting to make your dreams come true.



November 12, 2010

Great Migrations – now see this rare species!

Every one is different , even with thousands to see

Are you watching National Geographic’s Great Migrations series? Beautifully done it will inspire your family to conversation and maybe new adventures.

My children and I were in awe of the wildebeest and zebra thundering over the Serengeti in Tanzania, and this show will give you a sense of how breathtaking it is to be there.

If you are inspired to the trip of a lifetime, a family adventure safari designed just for kids, teens, and adults of all ages call us now at 800-262-6255

Learn more at http://bit.ly/95iCvp

Now, don’t miss this rare breed that National Geographic might have missed in their series! http://bit.ly/aKxBRd




November 7, 2010

Top 5 Reasons to take a Family Vacation

Family on safari!

In today’s busy world, it seems family vacations are some of the few times the entire family comes joins to spend time together and really connect over the course of consecutive days. And it’s not just that we’re busy – sometimes we’re just so spread out it requires travel and effort to see each other. So why not try a family adventure to a new place?

Whatever your situation, whatever the number of generations your family encompasses, the real benefits of a family getaway are endless. Here are some of the top reasons a vacation is worthwhile for your family:

1) It has been proven that experiences make us feel better than physical things. So if you’re contemplating new furniture for the living room or a family safari in Tanzania, take the trip. Your memories and satisfaction will last longer than anything you can buy.

2) Have you noticed there’s rarely an evening or day that goes by without someone in the family rushing off to a dinner, practice, game, or other commitment? Take a real break and unplug from the rest of the world, in a destination where your family can get to know each other well again.

3) Exploring a new culture and experience together will draw you closer to your family members than repeating a tradition you are familiar with.

4) There’s something for everyone on a vacation. This is time for you all together, but also time for everyone to relax from your own usual day-to-day whirlwind.

5) Break free of the schedule for a change. An itinerary ensures you accomplish some new things, but also can promise flexibility and options. After all, a vacation is supposed to relax and reconnect you all!

If the planning and logistics make you cringe, let us help you plan for a family vacation of a lifetime. What are you waiting for? Are you looking forward to an upcoming vacation and if so, where are you headed?