Why Travel with Thomson Family Adventures?

Thomson Family Adventures creates one-of-kind, high quality adventures to engage, entertain and educate families with children of all ages. We create family trips because as parents, we want to visit fun, interesting places with our children where we feel safe and welcome.

 

Our adventures, to the most engaging, culturally and geographically diverse regions of the world, are sure to delight parents, grandparents and children. Our total focus on families — matching similar age children in travel groups and our pen pal, mentor and discovery challenge programs — set Thomson apart as the best company for family adventure.

Guided by local partners, who know, love and respect the heritage of their countries — our adventures are a personal odyssey. From trekking across the Moroccan highlands and visiting the great temples of Egypt, to zip-lining through the Costa Rican rainforest, Thomson Family Adventures creates unforgettable, lifelong memories.

Traveling with Thomson Family Adventures helps to support the people and countries that we visit. By mandating that our in country partners pay a good and fair wage to those who work with them, we support educational and economic opportunities and help to elevate their standard of living. The economic stability afforded by a living wage allows your guides, drivers & mentors the freedom to more fully appreciate and focus on the preservation of their natural and cultural heritage. Together we are making the world a better place!

That’s why we’ve been named the #1 Family Adventure Company by National Geographic Adventure for two years running!

Our Core Values

We are Family
We consider every person we talk to and do business with as a member of our own Thomson Family Adventures’ family. And, we love to have fun—not only among ourselves, but also with our worldwide associates and traveling families. 

We are Trustworthy and Reliable
We treat one another with respect and trust, and are committed to extending that relationship to all of our associates, colleagues, and traveling families around the world.

We are Passionate
We care deeply about the relationships we’ve forged with our global associates and share a passion for the places we visit and the people who live there. 

We are Global and Sustainable
We touch the lives of countless people around the globe. Knowing that we have an impact beyond what we can imagine, we make sure we give back to each culture and country we work with and visit.

We are Innovative
As a company we continually strive to see our world with fresh eyes and to create new and unique life-enhancing experiences for family members of all ages.

Devoted Exclusively to Family Travel Since 1998

In 1998 Rick Thomson and Judi Wineland raised their heads from their very successful safari company, looked at their growing girls, and said “HEY, let’s do all this for families…” Thus we were born as Thomson Family Adventures, the first company to offer family focused adventure travel. Adult tour companies have copied us but we are still the only one to do just families. We use our brains 24/7 just thinking of new ways to make family travel more fun, eye opening, safe and satisfying. So busy parents can have fun too, without the work of planning a vacation or figuring out directions. Our every day commitment is to family. Like yours.

Award-Winning Family Adventures

Thomson Family Adventures has been recognized by multiple esteemed travel organizations for our commitment to fun, active, eye-opening family adventures. We were rated by National Geographic Adventures as the #1 Family Adventure Tour Operator 2 years in a row. Also, our sister company Thomson Safaris, who operate all of our family safaris, have just been listed in Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards,” as one of their Top Safari Outfitters!

Cross Cultural Experiences with Friends Across Borders

Your child will have a memorable meeting with his or her pen pal. Whether it’s a soccer game in the jungle, a meal with a local family, learning a local craft with an artisan or participating in a community service project, you can watch your children’s world expand in front of your eyes!  

Our Rafikis

In addition to a guide, groups of eight or more (with the exception of our teen trips and trips for families with older teens and 20-somethings) travel with a rafiki. Taking their name from the Swahili word for "friend," the rafiki's job is to engage the kids in fun games and activities and help to break the ice among families. Rafikis will make your kids’ adventure complete!

Age Appropriate Travel Mates

From children to teens, we understand the importance of age-matching in a group. Sharing experiences and making new friends with kids of a similar age is a great way to enhance your kids’ adventure. Call us and we will match you to a trip with kids of similar ages.

Fair and Upfront Pricing

When you book a trip with Thomson Family Adventures, you can be sure you’re getting the best value for your money. There are no hidden costs, no disappointing surprises, and everything from ground transportation to travel insurance is already included in the cost. With the best local guides and meticulously-planned itineraries, every cent you spend is being used to create the ultimate family travel experience! We don’t need to offer huge temporary discounts, because our prices are always fair to begin with. If our in-country partners are able to reduce the cost for us, that reduction is always passed down to you!

Limited Group Sizes

Groups are limited in size to no more than twenty-five people. This is large enough that your children can often find another child of a similar age or interests, while not being so large that it ruins the fun.

$500 Alumni Discount

Once you've traveled with us - your family will always receive $500 Alumni Discount on all future scheduled Thomson Family Adventures.

Travel Insurance is Always Included

As a family company, we understand the value of peace of mind. For that reason, travel insurance is automatically included for all scheduled adventures. This covers your family for cancellation, trip interruption, medical expenses, travel delay and more.

We Will Never Cancel Your Trip

We schedule our trips to coincide with winter and spring breaks, summer vacation, and school holidays. Once you book on one of our departures, we will not cancel the trip. We allow guests to defer departures without penalty up to 3 months prior if they are the only family; however, if we are unable to do so, you may defer your departure without penalty as long as you notify us three months before departure.

Private and Custom Adventures

If a group departure date doesn’t suit your time frame, we can usually arrange a time that will. We can also organize completely customized, private adventures for you and your family.

Family Reunions in a Snap

When was the last time your extended family got together? A Thomson trip is the perfect way for your entire family – near and far – to spend time with relatives that you might not see as often as you would like. Pick a destination and a date, and we’ll do the rest!

Grandparents Love Us

Increasingly, grandparents are expressing an interest in traveling with their grandchildren – with or without the parents! Whether you are taking the whole brood or just one grandkid at a time as a rite of passage, Thomson will make your vacation a joy.

Relax - You're with Thomson

From the moment you arrive until the day you depart, we’re behind the scenes taking care of every last detail. Our amazing guides, drivers and staff are there to ensure your family’s safety and comfort every step of the way. Your only job is to show up and be ready to have a great family trip!

Art Contest with Prizes!

Thomson employees love hearing all about your family's adventures - and seeing your videos! Which is one of the reasons we created our newest video and photo contest. We are giving you and your family this special opportunity to send us your photos while traveling for the chance to win the next cover photo for our 2016/2017 brochure! Winners' Prizes:

First Place Prize: Cover of the TFA annual brochure and $500 donation to a charity in the country you visited with us.

Second Place Prize: cover of the TFA mini-brochure and $100 donation to charity in the country you visited with us.

Third Place Prize: Facebook and Twitter Banner. To enter videos: Upload your videos to a free YouTube account or give a copy to your guide.

Email Andrew@familyadventures.com to let us know about the video. 

To enter photos:

1. Upload your flies right on our website by navigating to: http://www.familyadventures.com/photos-your-adventure

2. Enter your first and last name and email address into the corresponding boxes

3.Click a "Choose File" box

4 . Find select the photo, video, or folder you want.

5. Scroll down, click the "Upload Files" button, and you'll be notified when your submission and been received!! By submitting your photos/videos you are granting Thomson Family Adventures permission to use them in any and all of its promotional materials, without payment or any other consideration.