Blog Posts

April 14, 2015

Beijing in 72 Hours

By Noemi Gamel China’s visa requirements for those of us traveling with an American passport are rather strict. We were not able to get a visa to go to mainland China during our Round The World Trip, so we took advantage of the 72-hour visa-free transit policy. You can visit one of several choice cities…

April 8, 2015

Hong Kong: Bright Lights, Big City

By: Noemi Gamel Before visiting there, whenever I thought about Hong Kong I thought about Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. After spending four days there, I now have a completely new set of images to associate with this amazing city that truly is an urban paradise. If you enjoy the noise, bright lights, and chaos…

March 30, 2015

Singapore: A Blend of Many Cultures

By Noemi Gamel Visiting Singapore has been on my bucket list for years. Its reputation for immaculate cleanliness, international diversity, good food, and fun stuff to do with the family make it a top destination in SE Asia. The city did not disappoint us! It indeed was very clean. I have never seen bathrooms or…

March 25, 2015

What’s a Rafiki?

“Rafiki” means friend in Swahili! Did you know that each Thomson Family Adventure—with eight or more guests—is accompanied by a rafiki*? Our rafikis work with our guides; their main purpose is to enhance the overall trip experience, and especially to engage the children in their new surroundings. We used to call these companions “mentors,” but…

March 23, 2015

A Fishy Pedicure

By Noemi Gamel You know that nasty feeling you get when your feet are calloused, dry, and flaky? The Thais have found the perfect solution for this! All you have to do is dip your bare feet in a tank and little fish will eat away the dead tissue off your feet. Fish spas are…