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Dear Thomson Families,

Are you planning your family vacation at the last minute?  Clearly, we're thinking last minute, as evidenced by a February newsletter being published in March. Don't do what we're doing - it really is impossible to plan a vacation after the fact - but it is truly possible to set it up just before your travel dates! We can see, many families are finding themselves with nothing on tap for a spring break. Is this you? We are poised and ready to create a valuable, memorable experience for your family no matter how last minute. Just pick up that phone and call 800-262-6255!
Speaking of value, we are always thinking outside the box as we come up with new ideas to add to our adventures, and new ways to build our community. Like our Facebook page. We really want to hear your thoughts (no matter how last minute) about family, about travel and about this newsletter. Let us hear from you!

Read on, and happy adventuring!

Our 49th state turns 50!

Alaska became the 49th American state on Jan. 3, 1959, 50 years ago. Few would argue it is one of the world's most beautiful places, and Thomson's Alaska itinerary offers a unique, up-close opportunity for (seriously!) adventuresome families. On a tiny boat in the remote corners of Glacier Bay National Park, you'll be able to view nature from a perspective few others ever gain. Just a few seats left for summer 2009! "We have been on four great Thomson trips and this one rates our best trip ever! The crew and staff were phenomenal. The boat was perfect and Alaska is truly majestic." -Michael from Wisconsin
Is a tiny boat not your thing? We have the perfect land trip for you - just give us a call for more information!

Celebrate Darwin's 200th birthday in the Galapagos!

February 12 was Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, and this year is the 150th anniversary of publication of his Origin of Species. Thomson Family Adventures offers two ways to discover the fascinating Galapagos Islands Darwin made famous - from a comfortable suite on board the best boat in the Galapagos, or via our new land-based Multi-Sport Adventure, for those souls preferring to stay off the beaten path. And because there is no more interesting place to take photographs, we have one departure with a professional photographer ready to improve your skills.

Shorter, sweeter adventures

Our Costa Rica Volcanoes and Beaches Adventure is a magical mix of excitement and relaxation, enticing for all ages (yes, those teens too!) and just 7 days door to door. A smaller scope and less time means a lower cost, but just as much fun! You not only get the opportunity to share wonderful discoveries and experiences with your family, but also a weekend at home to catch up on laundry before heading back to work and school.

Have more time to travel? Read on...

Adding community service

As the family travel experts we're always asking and listening. We're hearing that families want to add more meaning to their time together on world explorations. So we're offering community service projects. Spend two or more days in a local community, helping with the projects important to the families who live there. Just ask us about the opportunities to add this to your adventure in Belize, Costa Rica, Tanzania or Ecuador.

Just for your family - personalized adventures

Another thing we're learning through our survey and conversations is how many of you really prefer to head out on an adventure created with just your family in mind. We've always offered these private, custom trips, but now their popularity has bloomed! Whether you are a family of 2 or 50, we have the expertise to listen and deliver the perfect trip of a lifetime to match your occasion, be it a birthday, anniversary, graduation - or just some time away to be a family together. Our expertise extends even beyond our published destinations - just give us a call to see what we can plan for you.

The proof is in the pudding

Thomson Family Adventures is now featured on www.Adventure.Travel, the new online guide for high-quality tour operators. Produced by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, this site combines independent pre-qualification with traveler reviews - and YOU can help! By reviewing us and sharing your pictures/videos, you will assist other people seeking truly special adventures. If you have traveled with us and would like to post your review, just email me and I'll send you the link to do so.

Tiny travel tips

Sometimes the simplest things are the ideas we forget first.
Beth suggests reading up on your destination before you go - then you're up to speed with the basics and ready to get the most out of your trip. I'm in love with Ziplock bags; you can never have too many in your suitcase no matter where you go. There is always something to protect, separate, or contain whenever you travel... and I am not referring to your kids!

Did you see this?

Scott from Vermont told me he saw our Turkish guide Besim on the Travel Network show called Bizarre Foods. He recognized him because Besim was his family's guide on their fabulous Thomson adventure a year ago. Anyone else catch this show? Besim, who just returned from guiding a group of Turkish tourists in China (what a life!!) confirmed he helped the show's host Andrew Zimmern with some of the cultural aspects of Turkey - but in fact a friend of his from Cappadocia took over with the weird food. (This Turkey Adventure is a favorite of ours - and don't worry, we won't ask you to try crazy, bizarre food while you're there - unless you want to!)

Our RIDDLE: can you solve it?

What goes around the world but stays in a corner?

Be the first to get the correct answer to me and receive a Super-smart Genius Award worth $200 off your next Thomson Family Adventure!

If you haven't taken our Survey before, Click Here to Take Our Survey

Best Regards,

Moo Bishop
Family Travel Advisor- Alumni Services

For reservations contact Thomson Family Adventures at 800-262-6255

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