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The Thomson Difference

The Thomson name is synonymous with experience and a high level of personal service. We are travelers. We have explored more than half the countries on Earth and we are intimately familiar with all elements of travel. Thomson Collection is the newest member of the family within Wineland-Thomson Adventures, an industry pioneer who has been helping travelers explore the world for more than 35 years. Thomson Safaris is the gold standard for Tanzanian Safaris and Mount Kilimanjaro trekking, and Thomson Family Adventures was the first company to cater to the travel needs specific to families. Building on these two exemplary, time-tested models, Thomson Collection now offers customized, bespoke, world-wide travel experiences to individuals and groups, including our past guests who wish to explore additional destinations beyond the horizon.

 

The Passionate Thomson Team

We at Thomson Collection are veteran travel professionals who are dedicated to sharing our deep knowledge of, and passion for, customized travel experiences. Around the world, we have built long-standing partnerships with in-country travel professionals and assembled a global network of regional specialists who provide invaluable local knowledge, expertise, and support, and who deliver unmatched on-the-ground leadership and quality control. Our in-country guides are one of the keys to our success. They are stars; they are the people who provide you with the inside details and insights that only a local could know.

Meet the Team

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Nicole Wineland-Thomson

Director

Why I love to travel: I am grateful for travel. I have been fortunate enough to have been raised on a global passport—exploring the world with my family since I was a little girl. It showed me patience, kindness, adaptability, humility, and the amazing and varied differences across the world. I remember being a little girl and just in awe of the ever-expanding world around me. I tried new foods, some I hated, some I still make to this day, I forged new friendships with kids that didn’t speak my language, but it forced me to go outside of my comfort zone in moments of shyness, and I conquered fears I never knew existed!

I felt and continue to feel triumphant every time I travel, and I truly believe it has shaped me into the person I am today. And it has shaped me as a mother as I watch my young son travel the world in my footsteps with the same passions, inspirations, and curiosities.

The world is a big place, and if my experience has taught me anything, it’s that it’s filled with almost endless surprises. Call it my inheritance (or call it an addiction): I know I’ll never stop searching the wide, wide world for my next adventure.

Favorite place and why: New Zealand. More specifically, the Great Barrier Island. The breathtaking landscapes, sunsets, forests that are loud with chattering wildlife, and pristine, empty beaches.

Travel items: Quip toothbrush, lip balm, and my iPhone/smartphone for the camera capabilities

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Gabriela Gorman

Director of Sales

Why I love to travel: I grew up in a bilingual house filled with lots of laughter, dogs, and good food. I started traveling before I can remember and started in Latin America, visiting friends and family. I’ve since traveled to 6 of the 7 continents – sometimes solo, other times with friends, my parents, and/or my husband, and sometimes with colleagues. I come back having learned something new each and every time and that’s what makes it all such a grand adventure!

Favorite place: is a toss-up between Baja and Botswana.

  1. Baja for the food, the natural beauty, and the language (as a native Spanish-speaker, it’s always nice to be around it and settle back in). Snorkeling with whale sharks and sea lions, SUP with sea turtles, hands-on cooking classes with delicious local ingredients, and learning to surf. I’ve been twice in two years and cannot wait to go back!
  2. Botswana for the beyond amazing wildlife, the remoteness, and the top-notch guides. Tracking a pack of hunting wild dogs, watching 80+ elephants frolic in a watering hole, seeing pregnant lionesses eating a fresh kill, and enjoying a gin and tonic on a boat at sunset. It’s an absolute fantasy!

Travel Items: My must-haves: lip balm, face moisturizer, and a shawl/throw/scarf that can come on the plane, be used as a seat cushion, be a pillow, offer sun protection, cover shoulders if needed, and is generally useful in all weather.

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Simon Perkins

Manager of Guest Services

Two reasons I love to travel:

  1. As an avid naturalist, I greatly enjoy seeing new forms of nature in places I’ve never been.
  2. I gain perspective, patience, and understanding by seeing how people live in other parts of the world.

Favorite destination: Alaska’s coastal tundra in spring. Why: the midnight sun and the amazing transformation as the nearly lifeless landscape suddenly bursts to life. It’s magic!
Travel Items: Binoculars, spotting scope, cameras

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Francesca Panzariello

Trip Manager

Why I love to travel:
I caught the travel bug at an early age. My parents took my sister and me with them across Europe when we were young and continued to encourage us to travel on our own as we grew up.

I believe traveling is the best way to learn. To experience a different culture or learn about a country’s history firsthand, beats trying to absorb knowledge through a textbook any day.

Traveling makes you more open, whether it’s to new ideas, activities, or foods, you must be willing to come out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there. I always come back a different person after traveling, and it has always been for the better.

Favorite place and why: London will always be a second home for me. It’s a mixture of my love for its history, its cinematic beauty, and its people and their sense of humor. I even love the rain because its London rain.

There’s always a different corner of the city to explore, each with its own history and distinct personality. You can never get bored of London or its beauty. For me, walking along the Southbank on a crisp London night after a refreshing pint or two in a nearby, cozy pub is a magical experience.

Honorable Mentions: Galway & Prague.

Travel Items:
Charger, a backup charger, a portable charger…I tend to lose chargers. And a backup pair of comfortable shoes after I unsuccessfully attempt to walk in new, impractical (yet cute) ones. Headphones and a travel playlist.

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Olivia Gillis

Destination Consultant

Why I love to travel: I can’t think of anything that excites me more than traveling. The range of emotions, nerves, curiosity, and endless possibilities that go with it are what I love most about traveling. It forces me to be vulnerable and open myself up to new perspectives and experiences which are not always guaranteed to be good. There is no amount of physical or mental preparation that can prepare you for the wonders of what this world has to offer, it is a challenge and I absolutely love that about a new adventure! I truly believe that traveling is the best way to discover myself and that I am the best version of myself when I am exploring a new place.

Favorite place and why: My favorite place I have been thus far is Montreal, Canada. There are so many reasons why this city is so wonderful, but I think the amount of charm and character it possesses is what leaves my heart so full after visiting. The French-infused lively city has picturesque cobblestoned streets, French colonial architecture, great shopping, delicious food and so much more to offer. It is a very authentic city that prides itself on not conforming to “Americanized” culture. It is an added perk living in New England as this gem is a very feasible drive away and one that is so worth it!

Travel Items: My three ‘must-have’ items are: a portable charger, my mini cocoa butter Vaseline Chapstick, and dry shampoo.

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The Thomson team was just super – professional, insightful, creative, friendly, a pleasure to work with. Kudos and thanks! Trip accommodations were exceptional. In-country experience – guides, transfer drivers, etc. – all first rate.
-Steve J - Peru