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.
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.
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 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. 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. Why? The breathtaking landscapes, sunsets, forests that are loud with chattering wildlife, and pristine beaches.
Travel items: Quip toothbrush, lip balm, and my iPhone/smartphone for the camera capabilities
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.
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.
Manager of Guest Services
Two reasons I love to travel:
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
Latin America Expert
Why I love to travel: Travel has allowed me to figure out who I am, as a person and global citizen. I came back from studying abroad and was someone different. I knew that the people I had met and things that I experienced would stay with me forever. The world is so magical and has so much to offer that I cannot imagine ever staying put. My travel bug is alive and well.
Favorite place and why: My favorite place I’ve been is Japan. The confluence of traditional and historic with up-to-the-minute technology was fascinating. They’ve found a way to make perfection a work of art and the food, culture and music make it a place that I would love to engage with again.
Travel Items: My three ‘must-have’ items are
A journal to document anything and everything during your trip. I read my Semester at Sea journal every year, so I couldn’t be happier that my mom made me do it. A map of the country(s) you’re visiting – get lost somewhere and use your map to find your way home. And a good pair of walking shoes, as this is the best and most efficient way to explore a new city.
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