We’re a team of travel professionals who have been to nearly every corner of the globe and love to talk about it. For our team travel isn’t just our work, it’s our passion.

Judi Wineland & Rick Thomson

Meet the Owners: Judi Wineland and Rick Thomson with their daughters Erica and Nicole.

Hailing from the U.S. and New Zealand, Judi and Rick have been offering travel to remote and exotic destination for over 35 years.  For them traveling with family is just  part of their DNA.

Nicole and Erica have joined the company and the Wineland-Thomsons continue to pride themselves on opening the hearts of their guests through travel.  But they are also passionate about the three dachshunds that accompany them to work each day: Benson, Conrad, and Nigel.

Nicole Wineland-Thomson

Director of Family Expeditions

Travel runs in the family. Her love for travel may have started when she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of twelve or explored the Galapagos Islands in her teens. Either way, she’s going to see as much of the world as she can.

Renee St. James

Family Tour Consultant

Renee fell in love with travel after working/studying abroad in France 30 years ago. Two of her favorite destinations are Morocco and Tanzania, and when she’s not helping families plan the perfect adventure, Renee can be found gardening, making ceramics/pottery, and hiking or cycling the trails of New England.

Julie Fratarcangeli

Family Tour Consultant

Julie joined Thomson with almost 20 years of travel industry experience under her belt, but more importantly a growing list of over 30 countries visited. Her favorite travel experiences are with her husband and two children and would always include some hiking, maybe some cycling and for sure lots of great food and wine! Her favorite place is Italy, but there are too many countries to name that take second place. When she isn’t traveling, she can almost always be found in the kitchen.

Francesca Panzariello

Trip Manager

Francesca fell in love with travel early on during a family trip across Europe. London will always be her second home. She even loves the rain because it’s London rain. She believes travel beats trying to absorb knowledge through a textbook any day.

Madeline Francisco

Trip Manager

Madeline hopes to see as many corners of the world as possible and loves learning about new cultures. It’s hard for her to pick a favorite travel destination as each new country she visits becomes her new favorite, although she does have a special soft spot for Nepal and Scotland. When she’s not exploring new places Madeline likes to spend time hiking, reading, and learning how to bake.

Clark Gudas

Communications Specialist

Loves shakshuka with the eggs cooked so they melt in your mouth. Writes fiction set in Spain and watches Shakespeare in Canada. Hopes to see Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza and the ruins of ancient empires. Does not consider the board game Risk an acceptable stand-in for world travel.