Nicole Wineland-Thomson Quinones
Director of National Geographic Family Expeditions

My parents, founders of Thomson Family Adventures, caught the travel bug well before me or my younger sister were even on the horizon. I might be their first child, but traveling the world is their first baby.

I’m so glad they passed on their passion to me. From the time I was five years old, I’ve spent every school vacation (and then some) traveling with my family to places like Morocco and Egypt, Turkey and Thailand, Nepal, Indonesia, Costa Rica and Tanzania, just to name a few. By the time I finished up at Bates College, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life.

After a year in Milan, Italy (where I was constantly tempted by the delicious cuisine as much as by the rich culture), I returned to New England, where I joined Thomson Family Adventures, a division of Wineland-Thomson Adventures, dedicated solely to crafting the family travel experiences that so deeply enriched my life and truly shaped the way I see the world. Now, I've put this travel knowledge into my new role at Thomson Family Adventures as the director of Family Expeditions where I’ve been exploring new destinations such as Argentina, Iceland, Vietnam, Scotland, and more!

Of course traveling isn’t the only thing I do (though wouldn’t that be the life?). In my spare time, I love to cook and whip up new recipes, seek out great restaurants in the surrounding area, and excitedly await the arrival of my first child, a boy.

The world is a big place, and if my experience has taught me anything, it’s that it’s filled with almost endless surprises. Call it my inheritance (or call it an addiction): I know I’ll never stop searching the wide, wide world for my next adventure.

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