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Dear Thomson Families,

My guess is everyone is finally back in school, and parents are happy. Don't get me wrong, I love the random fun of summer - but come Labor Day, I am so ready to get back into the school schedule. But then in no time - are you like me, already feeling wistful for vacation? That's why we all get busy in September planning our next adventures. Never fear, as the family travel experts we're here to help you plan just the right thing for this school year and beyond. Give us a call to begin your look ahead.

Read on, and happy adventuring!

2010 Brochure

Our 2010 brochure is being printed as we speak. You'll find new adventures to Baja and an Art Trip to Tanzania along with your favorites to Costa Rica, the Galapagos, China and Egypt. But how do you want to read about them? Last spring we added a digital version and the response has exceeded our expectations. Over 40% of our new friends are asking for digital vs. print. Truly win-win: you save on mail while we protect the environment. Let us know how you would like to receive our 2010 brochure by going to Catalog Choice. Check off your choice at the bottom of the page under "Set Your Mail Preferences". We will email you the digital version of our new brochure within a few days. The print version will reach your mailbox in two to three weeks. Either way, we hope you enjoy it.

December adventures

While you're just waking up to thinking about winter and vacation, space to many destinations, especially Galapagos and Tanzania, is very limited for December. And keep your eye on the airlines - After Labor Day not only should you not wear white, but the flights for December start going up in price each week. So don't wait!

Come join the party - and save!

We've carefully worked out a formula for 2010 so you can save money on your next family adventure. Join in on a departure with other families already onboard, or start your own group with your family and friends. Our prices go down as the group size grows, beginning with just 6 participants. So if you're working with a skinny budget, just give us a call and we can help.

Super Cool Baja

We have 7 families who say Baja is maybe the coolest, funnest adventure on our list. And we have room for you to join December 26! Hike to waterfalls, swim with sea lions, ride horses on the beach and try your hand at surfing. Or come along in February when we add a couple of days to commune with the whales on their migration. Baja is close, the climate is great, and the price is right; a perfect place to build your family memories!

Silly Story

A businessman called and had a question about the documents he needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded him he needed a visa. "Oh no I don't, I've been to China many times and never had to have one of those." I double checked and sure enough, his stay required a visa. When I told him this he said, "Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express."

Celebrating Family Fun

We'd like to introduce you to our first Ten Timer Family - the Friedlanders. Steven and his daughter Sam have been on TEN Thomson Family Adventures. Considering we're only 11 years old and Sam is only 16, they've been traveling at a good hustle! They have extraordinary memories: they've climbed the High Atlas in Morocco, had port in Porto, hiked to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu in Peru, photographed the blue-footed boobies in Ecuador, snorkeled with sea lions in Baja California Sur - all on TFA trips. "Traveling the world with my daughter has opened our eyes to so much," says Steven. "I think travel is important; seeing the world gives us perspective and allows us to begin to understand both similarities and differences about so many cultures." This fun family (and I know first hand!) is thinking about traveling to Chile in March - if you've traveled with us before, maybe you'd like to join them on this new exploration. Also known as "Adventure Number Eleven".

Our RIDDLE - and another Super-Smart Genius Award!

Football season has officially begun:

Why is it always hot at the end of a football game?

Be the FIRST person to answer correctly, and 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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