20 Questions with Lynn

Lynn Drake

Bag Shipper, Thank You Note Writer & Overall Helper
Team member since 2010

What’s your hometown?
Portland, OR

What’s your favorite thing about working at Mango?
My diverse group of coworkers and getting to learn something new everyday. 

Why do you love to travel?
Traveling connects you to new cultures. I love meeting curious people, trying their food and immersing myself in their everyday life. The more remote the better for me. 

What’s your favorite destination in Africa and why?
Zimbabwe because it has nice people, incredible wildlife and is untouched. In 5 years I've gotten 5 Zimbabwe visas in my passport. 

What’s your favorite destination outside of Africa and why? 
The Polar regions because it is beautiful and peaceful.

What’s your dream trip for 2020? 
It was going to be the Raja Ampat Islands, which are an Indonesian archipelago off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua, but the trip was cancelled. 

What’s the best thing you ever ate while traveling?
Anything French, especially mussels in Paris. 

What’s the most memorable wildlife sighting in Africa?
Getting chased by wild elephants on a narrow road and having to go backwards in the vehicle to get away from them. 

What’s the most unique souvenir you’ve ever brought home from a trip?
I buy a Monkey Biz beaded animal each time I am in the Johannesburg airport. 

What 5 things are always in your carry-on bag?
Magazines, my kindle, ear plugs, eye shades, change of clothes and my camera

What’s the foreign currency you have the most of floating around at home?
South African rand and Mexican pesos

What’s your top travel tip? 
Go with the flow!

What’s your favorite animal?

What do you love to do outside of travel?
Knitting, cooking, Pilates and exploring the Northwest

What’s your go-to drink for sundowners?
Sparkling water with lime

What’s your favorite movie or book?
A booked called 'A Fine Balance'

What’s your favorite food?
Anything Mexican

What pets do you have? 
A 20 year-old cat

What’s your perfect summer day?
In Sisters Oregon sitting on my deck with coffee contemplating the day
What’s your guilty pleasure movie?

The Sound of Music - the singalong version
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