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Dear Thomson Families,

We are just not talking about weather; instead, we're mulling over: What does it mean to travel the world?   We do meet people who say "Why would I go to Tanzania when I can see it on TV?" And it is true — it is so much simpler to get comfy on the couch and watch a good documentary. In the comfort of your own home you can catch that perfect moment when thousands of wildebeests crash across the Grumeti River. Or witness sunrise over the Blue Mosque; sunset on Mt. Sinai; the march of leaf cutter ants across the rain forest floor; the majestic rays floating through the sea; or blue footed boobies dancing on a volcanic beach. After all, the film makers spend months documenting these miraculous moments — why should you get a passport and go through security and get all jet lagged to see it live? I say because the personal touch is what gives us the wider worldview we seek; not just the sights but the smells and the air and the sounds of being in a new place. Being there with your children brings it alive. These things teach us, form us, enlighten us as children, adults, and families — and allow us all to return home with new hopes, dreams, and stories. How about you?

Read on, and happy adventuring!

Talk About World Travel

We just love this article reminding us that the human race is "essentially good" (how easily we forget!). As individuals, people around the world are not political policy or dogma — they are curious and welcoming, and happy to share their lives with us. Pretty much just like us, eh?

Egypt Returns

Once our most popular destination, Egypt fell to the wayside after their revolution in January 2011. However, we're noticing new interest, and we find those who go are having a terrific time. Now, it is not our job to talk you into a destination; everyone has their own level of comfort and safety and you should adhere to yours. However, if you've been curious about Egypt, we'd like to share with you the reaction of a family who just returned: "Egypt was more than FABULOUS! What is all the fuss about? We felt safe and sound the whole time. The only time we were in danger was when we were being pestered by all the little children trying to sell us postcards! There are no tourists, so it is easy to see all the amazing sites. The people need our money, so things are reasonably priced. Now is the time to go to Egypt! And our guide was over the top! I learned so much! Even our kids paid attention!" Let us know if you'd like to speak with the Orr family about their experience, or if you're ready to begin talking about creating your own amazing adventure to Egypt.

Wish I'd Thought of It

Another example of how amazing the world is (and how Barbie is present everywhere).

Last Call for Luxury in the Galapagos

SilverSea is sold out on their luxury cruise in December, but we have space on their boat at a highly reduced rate. Call now for those departures December 20, or December 21 and catch the Galapagos in style.

Not Too Late For... Summer!

Though many trips are sold out we do have some dates open this summer, including a bit of room on our fast-selling out safaris. Or discover Alaska with our incredible mentor David Jaffe, July 20. There is room to create personal private escapes to several places, or maybe a full family reunion. Villa anyone?

If You Have Traveled With Us Before:

Call us for a super special deal, just for you. June 22-30. 800-262-6255. Shhhhhhhh.

Way Behind?

If you haven't gotten over the idea of April try us for that too — we'll do what we can to add you to an adventure.

Our RIDDLE - and another Super-Smart Genius Award

Our 7 dogs were being prettied up at our local groomer. Each dog was in a separate run, all in a row but carefully arranged to make them happy. Someone left the cage doors open and the dogs have all gotten out. She needs to put each of them back in the right spot... Using these clues, help her get them in the right cages, in the right order: Dogs: JESSIE, CONRAD, NIGEL, HENRY. MAX, PABLO, EMMA

  1. EMMA doesn't like other dogs much, so she was on one of the ends.
  2. MAX was somewhere to the left of JESSIE.
  3. PABLO was in the third run from the right.
  4. The only dog between NIGEL and HENRY was MAX.
  5. CONRAD was directly to the left of HENRY.

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!).  

If you haven't taken our travel survey before, click here to take it and save $300 on your next adventure.

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Best Regards,

Moo Bishop
Family Travel Advisor- Alumni Services

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