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June 19, 2015

Photo Contest Winners Donate Prize Money to Peruvian Community

Chan Family in Peru

In every destination and on every Thomson Family Adventure, we care deeply about the relationships we’ve formed with you, our travelers, as well as the people we interact with around the globe. After all, you’re part of our family — and we want to offer you the many wonders of the world. We also want to “give back” to each culture and country we work with and visit. It makes us very proud when our traveling families share the same philosophy. The Chan family of Wayne, PA, is one of them.

Edward Chan, his wife Shobana Sood, their 12-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son visited Peru last December with us. When they returned, they entered — and won — our photo contest, and with it a $500 prize. Rather than use the money to treat the family to something special, the Chans very generously decided to donate their winnings to a Peruvian community that touched their lives.

On April 4, 2015, the remote Cachicata community in Peru received the Chans’ $500 donation. The small neighborhood is located near the quarry where the Incas extracted and carved the boulders used for the construction of some of their fortresses, such as Ollantaytambo. Although off the beaten path, Cachicata is an easy hike out of Ollantaytambo, and en route during our Peru Family Trek, that winds its way up the mountain and past some half-finished stones. However, in its heyday, Cachicata was abuzz with activity when hundreds (or maybe thousands) of Incan men worked relentlessly to construct their amazing works.

Community leaders in Cachicata haven’t determined the final use of the money, but they have the authority to decide what to do with it. Ideas being considered are maintenance of the trails that give access to the quarry and camping areas or opening trails to homes that are close to the main path to the quarry. That would give visitors better access and the opportunity to see the homes and learn a little more about Peruvian life.

Thomson Family Adventures has donated to Cachicata in the past; contributing money for things such as school books and supplies, pick axes, shovels, and irrigation canal maintenance.

At Thomas Family Adventures, we believe that travel wields incredible power and offers countless opportunities, a myriad of perspectives and lifelong memories. It’s also one of the greatest gifts you can give your family and yourself. Engaging, entertaining and educating families with kids of all ages through travel is something we feel is essential to enhancing our travelers’ experience in a destination.

Every time we — and our traveling families — make a connection with local residents, we not only learn about them, but we learn a little more about ourselves. For our children in particular, it means exposing them to different ideas and ways of life, making them much more aware and respectful of our multi-cultural world.

We thank you, Chan family, for being part of our family and touching the lives of others.



November 22, 2011

Our Summer 2011 Photo Contest Winners

Our photo Contest Winners! Thanks to everyone who submitted some of the most wonderful photos we have ever seen. We’ve carefully tagged, labeled and stored thousands of photos (and even hired some extra staff to help!) and we are working on getting them up to our website. In the meantime, you can see the top three from last summer, as chosen by our staff and our friends on Facebook.

A Boy and an Iguana in the Galapagos

This photo is our Number One prize winner. I like to call it ’Determination and Discovery in the Galapagos Islands’ (I love the boy’s expression!). Where else in the world can you pose with a fat iguana, and study him up close? The wildlife is so friendly and curious, it’s easy to forget there is no hugging allowed.

Leaping in Cappadocia

I know this might look fake, but I assure you this is so real. Our Second Prize winning photo illustrates one of my favorite spots in Turkey – Cappadocia. Such a magical land with a lunar landscape that takes your breath away. Add to that a brilliant blue sky, puffy clouds, a leap of joy, and a sliver of shadow – what a great photograph!

Brilliant Peru

Tom Close took this Third Place photo, on his family adventure in Peru. I personally have accused him of doing something tricky to capture such brilliant, lively color and expression but he insists he just waits until the right moment and then the photo takes itself. I loves this because it truly captures the magnificence of Peru, and makes me want to hurry up and go back!

Thanks to everyone for the awesome contributions; many of them grace the pages of our new brochure.

Starting with our December trips we’ll have a zippy new annual contest with big prizes for photography, art, video, and writing too. Sharpen up those creative skills!