With 20-plus years of experience, Lynn’s learned a thing or two about life on the road. We asked Lynn to share with us what she has learned from traveling in both a video and a question and answer session.
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20 Questions with Lynn
1. I never leave home without my toothbrush and my pillows. It makes all the difference with the different hotel rooms we are in and ensures I get a good night’s rest.
2. On my first TCS expedition, I rode with the luggage in a truck covered with a tarp through the desert in Jordan. We left the Aqaba airport as the sun was setting and arrived in Wadi Musa four hours later. My driver Muhammad did not speak English, and I did not speak Arabic. It was an amazing adventure, and it made me fall in love with Arabic music and the Middle East.
3. On our trips, one thing that never ceases to amaze me is how everyone packs too much.
4. A place I thought I’d dislike, but I fell in love with was China. It wasn’t my favorite country, but it is growing on me. And I know there are many treasures there I have yet to experience.
5. My absolute favorite place in the world is impossible to name. I think Africa is my favorite continent. India is probably the most interesting country — so full of color and contrasts. Bali is gorgeous, and I love how art plays such a big role in its culture.
6. One place I haven’t seen yet, which I’m dying to visit is the Okavango Delta and the Kalahari Desert in Africa.
7. If I could travel with anyone, dead or alive, it would be Jesus. Now that would be interesting…
8. And we would definitely go to the Whitsundays in Australia and sail, scuba dive, snorkel, camp out, skinny dip, barbecue and get a rocking tan.
9. The one moment from my travels that I will never, ever forget was this one time in Bariloche, Argentina, when we went to an island in the lake and helped the children plant trees. These kids were unbelievable in who they already were and who they were becoming. It was so gratifying and humbling at the same time.
10. While traveling, I’ve bought carpets from Iran, Turkey and India, silk and pashmina textiles from India. Pottery from the Amazon, and art from the Sepik River. But some of the best things I bring home are the new friendships I make along the way.
11. My favorite place to shop is India, of course. And my second favorite is Cambodia.
12. Some of my favorite countries to eat in are India and Morocco.
13. When I get home from a trip, the first thing I do is drink a big glass of water and look at the pile of mail on the dining room table and sigh.
14. The best way to get over jet lag is go to bed before midnight but after 9 p.m. I always try to hold out until 11 p.m. Getting fresh air really helps. Sometimes I do sneak in an hour-long nap.
15. If you get motion sickness, you should carry crystallized ginger candy. If you absolutely have to take the non-drowsy Dramamine or Bonine, just take half a pill.
16. When I need to relax, I have a glass of wine and open a good book, or walk down to my favorite little coffeehouse and visit with folks.
17. If I hadn’t been an expedition leader, I would have been miserable. Actually, I would have continued doing my onsite logistic work for corporate meetings, incentives and sporting events, which I very much enjoy. But these trips have allowed me to see the world, open my mind further, meet great folks, and be in a leadership and team position that I love.
18. The first trip I ever took as a child was a road trip to the beach in Galveston, Texas. The first airplane trip I took was to Disneyland in Anaheim.
19. I got my love of travel from my grandmother and mother. Grandmom had a coin collection from various countries around the world, and I would get out the globe and match the coins to the countries. My mom bought the Time/Life series books and National Geographic travel books—and I always gravitated toward them. I also have to say that Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom had me wanting to go to Africa as long as I can remember.
20. My best piece of travel advice is be flexible and be open to receive. Always treat others with kindness and courtesy.