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Dear Thomson Families,

The holidays are over, the Maya world continues, and it is ‘nose to the grindstone’ (or ‘shovel to the walkway’) for winter 2013.  Thank you all for a delightful year of fun stories, great photographs and making new friends. May you all have a brilliant new year full of family and adventure, at home or out on the road.

Read on, and happy adventuring!

How Was Your December?

We’d also like to thank our guides and local colleagues in all of our destinations for their dedication and hard work seeing our families through another busy holiday travel season… These are just some of the comments from our travelers this season: “I think I enjoyed it more than any trip I have ever taken.”; “Every day when we asked our 6 year old what his favorite part was, he would say 'Everything!'”; “I couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable vacation. I have been so busy with 'life' that I've been ignoring many things that make it so magnificent. It was a fantastic wake up call. “; “Beyond our wildest dreams!”; “We loved our villa, guide, driver and staff, and felt sorry for the people at the Four Seasons!” We well know we could never deliver without our heroes on the ground – THANK YOU to our local friends!

March and April:

They’re almost here! And while one might argue that March and April aren’t usually very spring-like, it is Spring Break time. And we have lots of things for you to do and families for you to join! How about abundant wildlife and rushing rivers in Panama March 23 or April 20, breathtaking Machu Picchu in Peru March 23 (trekking for teens) or March 30th (awesome hotels)? Meet a Costa Rican astronaut and learn about volcanoes and more on our Smithsonian Costa Rica March 9… learn about marine conservation efforts by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on our Smithsonian Panama March 16… Get active on our Costa Rica Multi-Sport Adventure March 23 or our new Galapagos Multi-Sport April 13… Prefer to travel on a Private Escapes? Give us a call and we’ll make it happen just for you.

If You Have Traveled With Us Before:

Don’t forget about our special offer to go with Beth to Guatemala June 15! Or, if you already did forget, call us to get the full scoop @ 800-262-6255

Galapagos with SilverSea:

Luxury, without the price tag! SilverSea bought the Explorer II in the Galapagos and will have the boat completely renovated to its super-luxe standards in September 2013. This means our pre planned December 2013 trips, with pricing locked in, will deliver a cruise quality far beyond our pricing. This opportunity will disappear soon. Plan now for just your family or a full blown reunion in December 2013!

Summer Flights:

Now is the bargain time! Fares are low for the summer months, and it’s a great time to make your plans. Don’t let rising fares and fuel charges ruin your vacation plans – get in on it now!

What Camera Do You Use?

Photography never seems to go out of style, whether you relish prints or digital storage. Do you haul complicated equipment, or carry a tiny compact? Or maybe you rely on your iPhone! We recently got a rave review for the Panasonic Lumix DMZSZ200 with its smallish size and super zoom lens… its owner says he’s never seen such great photos. What works for you on your adventure?

Our RIDDLE - and another Super-Smart Genius Award

A different kind of puzzle this time – something to amaze your friends and family! You will probably want a calculator… If you are REALLY smart, let me know how and why this works the way it does… PS: you might have to consult someone under the age of 18.
1) What are the first 3 digits of your phone number? (do NOT include the area code)
2) Multiply by 80
3) Add 1
4) Multiply by 250
5) Add in the last four digits of phone number
6) Add in the last four digits of phone number again
7) Subtract 250
8) Divide by 2.
And what do you get???

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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