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Dear Thomson Families,

Apples. Cider and crisp cobblers. Crisp air! Goblins flying in for Halloween.  In the Northeast we're raking and adding crunchy leaves to our mulch piles or into brown paper bags for recycling (right?!). My son Leo is distressed because it looks like he'll need to mow the lawn yet one more time. Some families are still thinking about what adventure to take in December, and some have moved on to spring and summer. And you ask, we deliver - not just awesome family adventures, but furry icons worthy of adoration! Find our own Jessie on Facebook. What's in your itinerary?

Read on, and happy adventuring!

December Opportunities

Still thinking about your plans for December? We still have some openings on December departures. Let us match you with another family looking for company! Like...
Egypt December 17: Join grandparents, a dad, and an 11 year old boy for pyramids and mummies, temples and sailing, and maybe a climb to the top of Mount Sinai.
Costa Rica: Volcanoes & Beaches December 18: Join a mom and 7 year old daughter to see a magnificent volcano, walk the hanging bridges, enjoy a float trip and of course relax on a gorgeous beach!
Peru: Land of the Ancient Inca December 19: Join a family with teens ages 14, 16, 19 for a fabulous time hiking amongst Inca ruins, whitewater rafting, and more.

February is Back!

We're seeing a boon of travelers considering February break this year. Want to camp in the Galapagos? We have a family with 10 and 13 year olds you can join. If a comfortable boat is more your style, we have 8 and 10 year olds cruising with their parents. Maybe you want to surf, horseback ride, and commune with extraordinary whales in beautiful Baja - 12 and 14 year olds on board! Got another idea? Give us a call.

Meet Tomas from Ecuador

If you've been to Ecuador and the Galapagos with us you may remember a wonderful guide named Tomas. If you haven't, this is your chance to know a bit about him. Born in Quito, Ecuador, Tomas has worked in travel - and with TFA - for ten years. He is married with three boys and a golden retriever, and has the energy to keep up with all of them! He loves the outdoors, and eats everything from his favorite seafood to pizza to guinea pig (!!). His favorite colors are brown and blue. What Tomas loves best about being a guide is the opportunity to share all he knows about his country, and for visitors to see Ecuador through his eyes. Tomas is excited to meet you!

Alaska: Bold and Remote

Alaska is often considered one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world, with glaciers, wildlife, and a massive sky that is even sometimes blue! This year we're using a new boat, freshly refurbished to new levels of comfort and service, yet still small enough to cruise close up to shore. Carrying 40 guests, only 16 of them can be Thomson clients, with the benefit of our included trip insurance, personalized pre-departure information, and a first class mentor to engage the kids in special activities. Best of all, the mentor in Alaska is our own Tomas (see above!) from Ecuador. Every day you'll fish, kayak, paddleboard, hike - or just enjoy the pristine wilderness. Come see Alaska for a true trip of a lifetime.

Costa Rica: Maybe Not What You Think...

My first visit to Costa Rica was in August 2009, and I expected to have a pleasant time. After all, I'd been sending clients there for years and never heard a bad word about it. But let me tell you I was unprepared for how fabulous it is. The people! The rain forest! The volcanoes! The beaches! Leaf cutter ants and monkeys, toucans and butterflies! Even the rain was spectacular, warm and refreshing. And though Costa Ricans eat simple foods their delicious rice, beans and hot sauce are now my favorites. And the ceviche! If you want a guaranteed good time come along at any time of year, and let one of our expert guides show you the Costa Rica you would never find on your own.

Good Reading!

Our past guest Katie Fawcett has published a book for young adults called To Come and Go Like Magic. Recognized with a Parent's Choice Award, we'd like to recommend it to you. It's even available in Kindle format.

Thomson Family Adventures on Podcast

October 26, 2010 at 12:00PM (Eastern Standard Time) Travel Talk writer Ellen Barone will be chatting with us about what's new in family travel. Listen live, or go to the site later for the podcast download.

As Seen on Facebook

From California: "Max was asked by friends today what his favorite trip of all time was, and he said 'Galapagos'... pause... 'No, Egypt'... pause... 'No, Costa Rica'. Amazingly, all Thomson vacations! Can't wait for China in June..."
From Texas: "Vince was watching 'Most Amazing Videos' on Spike TV today and saw Mauricio, our Thomson Family Adventures guide from Costa Rica, calmly pulling a kid out of a flooded river!"
From New Jersey: "You might be interested to know that in French class today, Katie inadvertently started speaking Swahili instead of French. That made me smile."

Our RIDDLE - and Another Super-Smart Genius Award

As Miss Brown entered the interview room, her four inquisitors sat behind the oak table watching her. Brown mentally numbered them from 1-4 left to right and noted the following facts. The iced coffee drinker sat immediately to the right of Mr. Kackley. Mr. O'Donnell did not drink tea. Neither Mr. O'Donnell nor Miss Richmond were third. The tea drinker sat immediately to the left of Mr. Hansen. Mr. O'Donnell was not the hot chocolate drinker. The hot chocolate drinker sat immediately to the left of the tea drinker. The hot chocolate drinker was neither second nor third. Assuming no interrogator drank two different items, can you find the name and beverage for each position, and who drinks the latte?

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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Moo Bishop
Family Travel Advisor- Alumni Services

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