Our personal connection makes us different because we listen to what you are looking for. We take the time to know our destinations and colleagues who live there; we work closely with them to deliver a special experience to you.

A Trip for Every Family

No matter what your family make-up is, we know we have a trip for you. Young, old, active, relaxed, millennials, teenagers, seasoned travelers, or first-timers— we have something for your family. Tell us your interests— we’re here to help. Relax, you’re with Thomson. 

Multigenerational and Family Reunion

One of the most exciting ways to travel is to turn your vacation into a family reunion. Getting everyone together in a new and exciting country will help your family create incredible moments together that you’ll never forget. Different ages come with different needs and interests and we always accommodate everyone.

Friends Across Borders

We’ve been innovating the family travel landscape since 1998 and our flagship program, Friends Across Borders, remains one of our most popular. On select trips, we’ll pair your child up with a pen pal and then schedule a memorable meeting for the two to spend time together. Each trip has a unique cultural exchange. Whether it’s a soccer game in the jungle, a meal with a local family, or participating in a community service project, you can watch your children’s world expand in front of your eyes!

Guaranteed Departures

No matter what happens, once your family books a trip, you’re going. We don’t have trip minimums. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Small Groups

We specialize in small groups. It makes it easier to travel through a place, allows room for more spontaneity, and provides a better environment to get to know your guide and fellow travelers. After all, one of the best parts of travel is getting to meet new people! 

Expert Local Guides 

All of our groups are accompanied by an expert, local in-country guide. We use guides that have specialties in wildlife and flora. They have a personal connection to the destination where they work and a knowledge that only a local can have. They know how to pace each day and activity so that your family can see all that they want to see and have the best possible time. 


On most groups of eight people or more, we send a rafiki on the trip. Rafiki is Swahili for friend and they join trips to break the ice among younger travelers with games, help kids learn about local wildlife, and give basic lessons in the local language. They’re there to help everyone loosen up, have fun, and learn a little bit along the way.