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Dear Thomson Families,

In New England we’ve pulled our bicycles out of storage and we’re spring-cleaning the wintery cobwebs from the corners of our homes.  Soon we’ll be planting our gardens, which can only mean summer is next! If you haven’t signed the kids up for camp or settled your family vacation plans, now is the time to get it done.

Read on, and happy adventuring!

New Graduates

With the end of school looming, there are many graduations to look forward to. Whether it’s kindergarten, middle school, high school, college — or even grad school — it is an accomplishment to embrace. We helped a family find the perfect way to celebrate their three — middle school, high school AND college — graduations with a fabulous adventure to an exotic locale, just for them. Whether you want to travel privately or join like minded families, call us for the ultimate expertise in meeting the varied interests and abilities of your accomplished family.

Water, Water Everywhere

What is a summer vacation without water? Surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and rafting have long been staples in warm weather adventure. The rage in 2012 is something we’ve already offered in Alaska last summer, and Costa Rica all year — Stand Up Paddle Boarding, or SUP. Fun and accessible even to a 4 year old, this is exhilarating for teenagers and adults too. Enjoy the tranquility of glossy, flat water, or take it to the waves for a bigger challenge — but definitely try it!

Where should we go?

Spark your imagination with something outside of your usual routine, and join a small group for a special adventure. If the idea of unique, remote, and exclusive is appealing, we’re offereing $1000 off per person for our Galapagos Multi-Sport Adventure in June and July! Or how about Thailand July 8, with temples, elephants, rafting and hiking? Or Peru July 14 or August 11, with Machu Picchu and the mysterious Incas. Maybe Turkey July 22, for history and hiking, cave churches and sailing the Mediterranean? Or, our Smithsonian China family adventure July 29 …

Speaking of Smithsonian:

Did you know we are now working with the Smithsonian Institute to bring you the finest in family travel with their special twist on science and learning? In China we’ll take you through cities and countryside for a unique view of thousands of years of history, culture, and rural life. You’ll get behind the scenes to see how work is being done to restore the Great Wall; peer through a glass floor into underground tombs; and spend three nights in a restored merchant’s home on the Silk Road. Glimpse daily life of rural Chinese families and see the most popular and impressive sights China has to offer, the Smithsonian way. June 29th departure.

Reunite for the Holidays:

With families spread around the globe, the end of the year often presents a challenge of how and where to join together. Every year we help families plan their reunion, so their only job is to arrive on the chosen day and enjoy being together with family. Where? How about the Galapagos for wildlife you won’t find anywhere else. How about Panama for indigenous culture, beaches and the Panama Canal? Baja for surfing, horseback riding and sea lions? We have room for your personal reunion in December 2012 — or plan ahead for a special private villa experience in Costa Rica for 2013!

Karibu Joe!

We are excited to welcome Joe O’Riordan as our marketing assistant and resident Irishman. Joe is up for anything, from trying a new maki on Sushi Friday, to attacking a new project for our website. We all appreciate his eagerness as well as his humor... AND he is fluent in Spanish. Bueno!

2012 Family Travel Conference:

The end of April brings us to our bi-annual gathering of our colleagues from around the globe. The opportunity to brainstorm is always enlightening. We’ll work hard - and play hard too. The now infamous bowling night is eagerly anticipated, and this year we’re mixing it up by playing candlepin. Stay tuned for the results.

Our RIDDLE - and another Super-Smart Genius Award

Nicole’s making curtains for her new home. Since she is so busy here at work, she decided that she’d tackle the rooms one week at a time. Each room was going to end up with a different style of curtain. Using the following clues, determine each main room (one was the bedroom), what week she tackled each room, and the color (one was purple) and style of the curtains that she hung in each room. Please don’t hold her color palate against her!

  1. She worked on the office a week before the room with the yellow cased curtains.
  2. The kitchen, which did not have yellow curtains, was the last room she worked on but she did not add the goblet curtains.
  3. The porch had orange curtains but they weren’t the pleated style.
  4. The living room was completed the week before the room with the tab top curtains but the week after the room with the red curtains.
  5. The room she worked on the first week had eyelet curtains but they weren’t red.
  6. The kitchen didn’t have the tab top curtains. The room that she worked on during the 4th week got green curtains

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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