20 Questions with Lauren

Lauren Gamba

Office Manager
Team member since 2019

What’s your hometown?
Denver, CO

What’s your favorite thing about working at Mango?
Getting to learn about new places and working with great people

Why do you love to travel?
I feel ALIVE when I’m traveling. There’s something about seeing new scenery, eating new food and experiencing new ways of thinking/living. It makes me feel so much more connected to the world

What’s your favorite destination in Africa and why?
I was REALLY excited to go to Kenya and Tanzania this summer with my extended family but alas, COVID is not allowing that to happen. But I'll still get there someday! 

What’s your favorite destination outside of Africa and why?
Torres del Paine in Patagonia took my breath away. The Greek islands are also phenomenal

What’s your dream trip for 2020?
Skiing japow (Japanese powder)

What’s the best thing you ever ate while traveling?
The beef in Chile, and I don't normally even like beef all that much! 

What’s the most unique souvenir you’ve ever brought home from a trip?
I'm not much of a shopper. I tend to spend my money on experiences or food instead

What 5 things are always in your carry-on bag?
Snacks, socks, headphones, book and makeup remover wipes

What’s the foreign currency you have the most of floating around at home?
Probably pesos

What’s your top travel tip?
Make travel a part of your lifestyle, not something you’ll only do when you retire

What’s your favorite animal?
Elephants because they have a lot of emotional intelligence

What do you love to do outside of travel?
I’m a big skier and concert-goer

What’s your go-to drink for sundowners?
White wine

What’s your favorite movie or book?
Cry of the Kalahari is by far my favorite Africa book

What’s your favorite food?
Sushi, which I could easily eat every day

What pets do you have?
Mavis, who is an exotic shorthair cat

What’s your perfect summer day?
A float on the river on my husband's boat, followed by wine on the deck

What’s your guilty pleasure movie?
2023 A-List
2023 Condé Nast US Travel Specialists Seal
Safari Pros