Judi discovered her passion for adventure travel in 1969 while taking part in a USO tour that traveled to Vietnam. In 1978 she invested $300, rented a converted bathroom in Harvard Square, and founded Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT). In 1981, she and Rick Thomson, her now-husband, co-founded Thomson Safaris, which operates exceptional safaris in Tanzania. They have also founded Thomson Treks, Thomson Family Adventures, and most recently, Thomson Collection. Judi also helped found and serves as a Director for Focus on Tanzanian Communities (FoTZC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which works on education, women’s empowerment, water, and health projects in northern Tanzania.
Judi’s passion for international travel and her many years as a female pioneer in the male-dominated adventure travel industry have given her the perfect insight to give AdventureWomen travelers the exceptional, active experiences that they have come to expect!
Owner, Director of Programming
Nicole has been traveling the world her entire life, and with a mother like Judi Wineland, it’s no wonder! She joined the family business as Director of Family Expeditions at Thomson Family Adventures and in 2015 launched Thomson Collection, a new brand of hand-tailored, bespoke experiences around the world.
She has been to Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Nepal, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Iceland, and Vietnam, along with many others. She has a sharp eye for unique experiences for women, and continues to passionately search the world for her next adventure.
Nicole is excited to use her experience to plan exceptional itineraries designed just for AdventureWomen travelers. With Nicole on board, we know that each AdventureWomen trip is a remarkable experience, and she looks forward to meeting you on a trip soon!
Owner, Director of Communications
Erica began traveling the globe with her parents who were pioneers in adventure travel. She has visited nearly a quarter of the countries in the world. This early travel experience gave her a strong sense of independence. Erica loves to explore places that are off the beaten path. She has climbed Kilimanjaro and Ol Doinyo Lengai twice, spent two weeks orienteering in the Arrigetch Peaks with four women, and traveled to Pakistan as an environmental ambassador where she was one of six people to climb and summit an unnamed peak. She has traveled to many other exotic destinations, including Egypt, Japan, Morocco, and Indonesia.
Erica is an accomplished photographer, which is a passion she pursues during her adventures around the world. Her experiences traveling as a woman on rigorous, exotic adventures have helped shape who she is today. She is excited to help you plan your next AdventureWomen trip!
Director of Guest Experiences
Eliza got the travel bug early. At 22, she spent six months and circumnavigated the globe solo, visiting eleven countries. She met and traveled with many other women along the way, and quickly realized that those times with other women were her favorite travel experiences. She has sailed around the Galapagos Islands, trekked Kilimanjaro, and gotten way off the beaten path in the fjords in the northwest of Iceland.
Eliza has worked for Thomson Safaris since 2007, in customer service, product development, and operations, and has worked for Thomson’s sister non-profit, Focus on Tanzanian Communities since 2009 as the Director of Operations. She continues to travel the world with friends, family, and now AdventureWomen! She is excited to share her experiences with you and to help you plan your next trip with AdventureWomen!
Women’s Adventure Manager
Born and raised in the Midwest, Emily developed a keen sense of wanderlust at a young age, and she felt that to truly understand the world, you must go out and experience it. Yet it wasn’t until her first international experience studying abroad in Paris that she fell in love with traveling. Since then, Emily has traveled to over 20 countries including Hungary, Greece, Morocco, Russia, and India. Some of her favorite travel memories are backpacking through Europe, teaching soccer to young girls in Brazil, snorkeling off the coast of Zanzibar, hiking in the Tatra Mountains in Poland, and meeting and connecting with local women from different backgrounds throughout her journeys.
In 2009, Emily’s passion for international travel inspired her to complete a master’s degree in International Development, which offered her the opportunity to spend a summer working with women entrepreneurs in Tanzania. This deep connection to Tanzania led her to join the sales team at Thomson Safaris. After spending 5 years as the Sales Manager at Thomson, Emily made the leap to AdventureWomen and the rest, as they say, is history. Emily specializes in helping guests find the right adventure and looks forward to helping you plan your next trip!
Women’s Adventure Manager
Katie joined AdventureWomen after a year in South Africa and a 12-year career at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she worked on African agricultural policy outreach and helped edit an academic journal, among other things. She finished her master’s degree in International Development in 2014 and has traveled extensively abroad and throughout Africa in particular.
Katie’s fascination with other cultures started at a multicultural holiday folk festival when she was 10. She then studied abroad in France in high school and college, which cemented her love of foreign places and meeting new people. With family living abroad and working in the travel industry, it’s no wonder that Katie developed a keen sense of wanderlust, a strong sense of independence, and spirit of adventure.
In 2008, Katie discovered the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Since then, she has hiked and backpacked all over the United States and the world. Katie is happiest when she’s deep into planning her next adventure, whether it’s to an exotic international destination or figuring out the details of a multi-week backpacking trek! Travel and adventure are in her blood, and there’s nowhere she won’t go. She is excited to bring her skills to AdventureWomen and help you plan your next adventure!
Director of Marketing
Annie is President of Leapup Marketing, a marketing consulting firm which she launched following a nudge from fellow adventure enthusiast, colleague and mentor, Richard Bangs. An avid horseback rider, regatta racer and Class V whitewater rafter, Annie believes adventure travel is truly a transformational experience, which changes everyone who is lucky enough to discover it. From Botswana to Peru, Cambodia and Vietnam to the Yukon and Alaska, Annie has barely begun her quest to travel the world, listening and learning from cultures near and far.
With over 15 years of her career devoted to helping adventure travel companies thrive and expand (and after 13 years working with AdventureWomen), Annie is very proud to be part of the AdventureWomen team as they launch the company’s new chapter in history, connecting women around the world to other women, exploring new destinations and leading all things “women and adventure”.