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.
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.
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.
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.
Family Tour Consultant
Noelle fell in love with traveling after teaching English in Costa Rica. She spent her twenties working seasonally and backpacking to as many new places as she could in South America, Europe, and Asia. She enjoys exploring new places through their food and wine culture, and loves to share her experiences with families who are looking to travel to places where she has been before, or is dreaming of traveling to in the future!
International Tour Consultant
Sally has a passion for every aspect of travel—from hearing about other’s travels to planning her own. She aspires to go on as many adventures as she can. Tanzania and Morocco are two destinations that are at the top of that list. When she isn’t planning her next trip, Sally spends her free time making music, listening to heavy metal and discussing her favorite graphic novels.
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.
Lindsey fell in love with travel from a young age when she would go boating with her grandparents in Pine Island, Florida and visit Chiavenna, Italy with her grandfather. Lindsey came to Thomson with a background in destination weddings. She enjoys being part of her community and spends her spare time with her young son and family.
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.
Annabelle’s love for adventure began from a young age with exploring every corner of the United States with their mother. Their love of travel has only grown stronger and the list of places they want to travel to is a mile long. At the top of that list is Japan, Italy and the Galapagos. When not traveling or planning their next adventure, Annabelle loves to spend time reading, writing and cooking.