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Dear Thomson Families,

Are you beginning to think about nestling down for winter? By now we've said farewell to daylight saving time and adjusted to standard time. There is a glimmer of light when we rise, and it's almost fully dark when we head home. The few days of feeling like we had an extra hour's sleep? Gone! Now we're making lists of our Thanksgivings (we know — we're a bit late), of food, and of family and friends. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday — time to enjoy being together without the pressures of gifting. Kind of like a perfect family adventure!

Read on, and happy adventuring!

Extraordinary children

At the age of 11 Jim's niece Jessica spent two years in Indonesia while her father did relief work. Now at 16 Jessica has created a beautiful photo essay about her impressions, titled The Makings of Hope. Her time in Banda Aceh affected her profoundly and the depth of feeling and expression in this essay are remarkable. It's an emotional watch, and well worth the seven minutes.

Are you impressed by children who make a difference? We'd like to share a story like this each month. If you have a child in your life who is making a difference (or know of one), email me at moo@familyadventures.com. For each month's selection Thomson Family Adventures will donate $100 to the charity of your choice.

February winter vacations

Thinking of getting out of the cold for February break? Come join 10 and 13 year old boys for some camping in the Galapagos. If you prefer to be on a boat in the Galapagos, there are 8 and 10 year olds already onboard. Or ride a camel in the shadow of the Great Pyramid in Egypt with a 9 year old girl. Maybe you prefer awesome whale watching in Baja with a 12 year old girl. Would you like a special adventure for just your family? We have fabulous opportunities — call us now!

Special safari gift, free

Book our February 17 Tanzania Family Safari departure before the end of the year and enjoy a free hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti at sunrise; a value of $475 per person! February is a great time for a safari — it is off of high season, the flights are much less expensive, the group is smaller, and the wildlife is still outstanding. You might even see the wildebeest dropping their calves! This is a special departure: it's eleven days door to door and you'll be back home on February 27.

A man, a plan, a canal: new adventure!

In August Beth went to Panama to check out some new ideas for 2011. After witnessing troops of howler monkeys swinging through the trees, humpback whales breaching, and tropical land crabs swarming the beach, she feels pretty confident that we're on the right track. Add to that: meeting a Diablo mask maker, pen pals with the local Embera, a walking tour of Casco Viejo and the Panama Canal. The perfect recipe for an awesome adventure. Call us now to book!

New exclusive trip to Ecuador

Thomson families always love their time in beautiful mainland Ecuador as a compliment to the volcanic Galapagos Islands; we know this is the most special part of the adventure. In 2011 on our Galapagos Islands and Andean Highlands itinerary you'll discover Cuenca and the surrounding area, full of rock climbing, hiking Inca ruins, and strolling through the tiny streets of the colonial city. We'll be meeting new pen pals and working with a rural school. Come join us off the beaten path!

Take a short poll, win a new drawing

Take a minute, tell us a few things, and we'll enter you in a drawing for $200 off your next Thomson Family Adventure!
1) What magazines, blogs, websites or newspapers do you read?
2) Which of these do you go to for better parenting skills? Where else?
3) Which of these inspire you for your family travel ideas? Or what else does?

Our RIDDLE - and Another Super-Smart Genius Award

Four friends were competing in the internationally un-renowned Costa Rica Mangrove Kayaking competition. As usual, the judges were a little careless (they are not Thomson people!) and once again, they managed to loose the results. Luckily, a number of spectators were able to remember the following bits of information:

Only one person wore the same number as the position they finished. Jessie, who didn't wear yellow, beat Sarah. Bryan beat the person who wore red. The person who wore number three, wore yellow. The person who wore number two finished first whereas Rick came last. The person who finished second wore yellow. Sarah wore red and the person wearing blue beat the person wearing green. Can you work out who finished where, and the number and color they wore?

We'll be drawing a name from a TFA hat in five days; if we draw YOUR name and you've answered correctly, you'll win a Super-Smart Genius Award worth $200 off your next Thomson Family Adventure. Please solve this with your brain power, though you are allowed to consult your very clever children. Cheating is not allowed (and I'll know if you do!).

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Best Regards,

Moo Bishop
Family Travel Advisor- Alumni Services

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