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Dear Thomson Families,

Ah, the fresh, cool, crackle of the New England fall - it's September.  My kids are finally back in school and we're perfecting this year's family routine that will take us to summer again. It's time to plan for opportunities to come together outside of homework, class time and jobs. I love special family dinners, and looking forward to escaping to someplace new for all of us to discover together. Then we have more things to reminisce about over dinner!

Read on, and happy adventuring!

First Family Savings

Just a reminder of our new policy for 2011: planning ahead pays! If you like to travel with other families it can be scary to be the first to commit to a trip, but we know that once you're onboard others likely will follow... so let us inspire you! If you book one of our scheduled adventures more than six months in advance, and you are the first family to confirm with a deposit, we'll credit you $500 on your invoice. Easy as pie.

Personal, Private, Just for You

With over twelve years' experience planning unique and memorable family adventures, we offer you a ton of possibilities for creating just the right thing, exclusively for your family. Any of our destinations, any date you like, any number of people; family reunions or intimate family escapes. Let us help you plan for your special trip of a lifetime!

Touring vs. Adventure Travel

We know sometimes the definition of family adventure travel gets blurry. Remember, on a tour you might be more of an observer, whereas on adventure travel you will be more hands-on and engaged; more exploratory. We like to strike a balance of getting dirty and being comfortable. Do you like this contrast? In June I went to Ecuador and fell in love with our unique Galapagos Multi-Sport Adventure. With excellent hotels offering plenty of comforts, and a couple of nights of down and gritty camping on the beach (of course we do all the work of it for you) it is a delight to any adventurous soul! Not to mention you will see those Galapagos Islands up close and intimately. Want frigate birds and blue footed boobies sailing overhead as you crawl out of your tent in the morning? Call now about December, or anytime in 2011.

Real Adventure Travel: Our Trek Series

Among our families who like their creature comforts, we have many who enjoy challenging themselves in unique landscapes around the world. Is this you? These are real adventures where you might get rained on, sleep in a tent, or forgo a flush toilet. What you do get is outstanding vantage points in remote locations, where few people roam. Maybe you'd like to trek a secluded part of the Inca Trail in Peru, with possibly not another soul in sight. Or trek from inn to inn on our Morocco High Atlas Adventure, where your heart may be stolen by the gentle people, beautiful mountains, and white sand beaches. Our Active Safari for Families with Teens has a trek partway up Mt Meru... But if you are really adventurous join our Kilimanjaro Family Trek. With our thirty years of experience, no middle man between Thomson and the mountain, and a less traveled route designed for success, our summit rate is 98%. Do you want to try it?

Meet Mark From Morocco

Mark is our guy in Morocco, and we were very excited to have him visit us in Boston for a few days. A rare exception to our rule of partnering with native guides, Mark was born in Cleveland, Ohio. So how did he end up in Marrakesh? The Peace Corps. He settled, became fluent in Arabic and French, married and had two children. Eventually he left teaching for the privilege of guiding adventurers through the mountains, desert, and cities of Morocco. Mark says his favorite things about living in Morocco are the people, the wilderness, the simple life, and the intrinsic family values he's found there. His favorite color is blue.

Mark's passion, knowledge and expertise will assure you a special peak into Moroccan life, lore, and its beautiful wilderness. Want to come along June 18, 2011? We have insider word that there are cheap flights from London or Paris into Marrakesh, on regional airlines like RyanAir...

By the way, Mark was in the USA for his mother's 90th birthday. A very Happy Birthday to his mom!

Bathing Suit in December: Belize

Beth was in Belize last month, and loved heading into underground caves full of bats and stalagmites, as well as snorkeling in sunlit reefs and climbing through Mayan ruins. She boldly strapped in for a high and fast zipline course, and found iguanas and crocodiles along Monkey River. On our special ten-day holiday departure December 18, you'll enjoy all of that and more. With teens already onboard, we have a little more room for you to come along too!

A fun fact that Beth shared with us upon her return from Belize: Americans drive on the right side of the road. British drive on the left side of the road. Belizeans drive on the BEST side of the road.

Our RIDDLE - and Another Super-Smart Genius Award

Six men, whose names are Joe Smith, Jim McDonald, Bob Kaye, John Jones, Marty Charles, and George Martin were in an elevator together. Suddenly, the lights went out. When the lights came back on, Jim McDonald was found murdered. Detectives questioned everyone and collected evidence from the crime scene. They have 14 clues, but have not been able to solve the crime. Therefore, they have called in the world's greatest detective, YOU (or possibly your child!). Please examine the clues and solve this murder.

No two suspects have the same weight, shoes, umbrella, car, or hair.
The suspect who owns a blue car was wearing red shoes.
Bob Kaye owns a yellow car.
The suspect who owns a white car was wearing tan shoes.
The suspect who owns a purple car is not the one who weighs 170 pounds.
The suspect who weighs 180 pounds was wearing red shoes.
Marty Charles was carrying a purple umbrella.
George Martin has white hair.
The suspect who weighs 150 pounds owns a yellow car.
John Jones weighs 190 pounds.
The suspect who weighs 210 pounds was wearing tan shoes.
The suspect who was carrying a red umbrella is not the one who was wearing black shoes.
The murderer owns a white car.
Joe Smith was wearing brown shoes.
The suspect who weighs 210 pounds is not the one who has white hair.

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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