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Dear Thomson Families,

The Summer Olympics lured many families in from the outdoors, and brought them together around the television for nights on end.  The games offer all ages the same time to cheer, to feel despair as well as immense joy and excitement. They stir up plenty of conversation about other nations, and about challenges, commitment and sacrifice. What was your favorite event? Your favorite moment? The best memory? The worst of it all?? Tell us on Facebook. Now the games have closed and the athletes are headed home, thinking about what comes next. We are shopping for school supplies and packing up kids for college... Sometime in the next few weeks you are likely to remember you haven’t made a plan for your next family adventure. Don’t forget to try our Live Chat where you can get a quick answer!

Read on, and happy adventuring!


Hey, Let’s Go Away This Weekend

Sometimes we get a call on Monday from a family looking to get out of town on Friday or Saturday. Far be it from us to question their motives or sanity – this is exciting! We can almost always pull off a last minute adventure; as long as you can find flights, we’re game-on for the challenge. So if you find yourself suddenly with a vacation to fill, give us a call.

Challenge Yourself on Mt. Kilimanjaro

We offer two climbing options for families: a slow and easy one, and one that's a bit faster and more challenging. Either way, with Thomson’s expertise, both before and during your climb, you have an almost perfect chance of summiting. Requiring fitness but no technical skills, this is a great way to share a life altering experience with your kids. Awesome for ages 12 and up..

Our Own Sarah Says

Just back from an invigorating adventure in Costa Rica, Sarah says the best part of her Multi-Sport Adventure was the surfing, and the warm-as-bath-water ocean on the South Pacific Coast. She raves about Tortuguero, then she goes on and on about the monkeys, and then it’s all about the fresh, tropical fruit… It’s hard to tell what her real favorite was! You’ll have to try it for yourself – it’s great all year round, and space is still available for December and February school breaks.

Villa-Style Adventures

It seems the families we speak with have an ever widening age range from toddlers to their great grandparents. Sometimes we hear from groups of friends who want privacy and exclusivity. There is a common ground here - they all want adventure, just not in a hotel. We’re not challenged by this, but we do recognize that our scheduled trips may not fit your needs. We’ve been working to broaden our scope, so we can give you an adventure to remember without the bouncing around. On a Thomson Villa-Style Adventure you’ll have a place to yourselves and you only have to unpack once. You’ll have all of the Thomson features like a private guide, transportation for the lot of you, and included activities depending on your interests. For your own private adventure of just about any size – Try it!

New Smithsonian Family Adventures

In 2013 we’re rolling out two more destinations with the Smithsonian stamp of experiential learning; Ecuador and the Galapagos, and Panama. Did you know the Smithsonian Institute has research stations in Panama? We’ll visit one of their initiatives, the Punta Culebra Nature Centre, to learn about ocean habitats. Did you know the equator runs smack through Ecuador? Come straddle this great line, and learn about astronomy and the constellations of both the Northern and Southern skies. In the Galapagos, amongst unique wildlife, we’ll learn to navigate using just a sextant and the sky. Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking too!

Cabbage Soup and a Safari

You don’t need to go on a safari to learn to make soup – but what a nice result. These children were enchanted with the garden at Gibbs Farm, and became inspired by the local staff to get their creative energies going. The result? A wonderful cabbage soup, picked, prepared, and cooked by our young guests Maxwell, Rada, Allison, and Isabella. Recipe, photo and video found here. Or maybe you prefer a ginger carrot soup… see how our Thomson Nyumba Camp Chef does it.

Our RIDDLE - and another Super-Smart Genius Award

At the pre-Olympic trials, four of our top athletes competed in two qualifying 1000 meter runs. The results were lost and so the judges had to rely on their notes to determine the winners. Unfortunately the notes referred to only first or last names – everyone was very confused! No-one finished both races in the same position. Can you determine who finished where in each of the races? Nicole beat Ms. Wineland in both races. Ms. Hatch came third in the second race and Ali came last in the first race. In the second race, Ms. McDonald won and Ms. O’Riordan came last. In the first race, Beth beat Eliza but Eliza beat Nicole.

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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