Not Your Average American has explored city streets and back roads, high mountains and sandy coast, jungle rivers and the wild islands of the Galapagos. We share our experience – good and bad- in hopes that you might want to venture south and plan your next vacation in Ecuador.

Our articles are honest because we want to develop a relationship of trust between you, the reader, and ourselves, the writers. We also work hard to build excellent relationships with local guides and small business owners in Ecuador. That means being upfront about the expectations of the American traveler. It also means telling American travelers the truth about tourism in Ecuador; it’s not always top-notch. We will not tell you that you can have a luxury vacation on a cheap budget. We will tell you how to get the most value out of your Ecuadorian experience.

About Our Team

Upon our founding in February 2018, Not Your Average American LLC became a two-person team. The small blog that Angie had created a few years prior laid the groundwork for a full-fledged business. Her lifelong partner Scott agreed to sign on and help create a meaningful sustainable tourism business that combines a passion for South American travel and an enthusiasm for connecting people with like-minded interests.

Scott and Angie in Germany

Angie Drake

Founder, Not Your Average American

Angie loves to learn which is an important trait for the founder of a new business. Working in sustainable tourism means constantly keeping up with a rapidly changing world. She brings her passion for learning to every part of the business, from building an online tourism guide support system to designing your next trip to consulting on tourism projects large and small in Ecuador!

 

Learn More About Angie

As the Founder of Not Your Average American, Angie brings her love of learning to her profession, sustainable tourism consulting. She tackles new projects like an explorer heading out into the primary forest, with carefully planned steps and a zest for uncovering new and surprising details about a place.

If you have a project and are stuck on which direction to turn, Angie can find paths forward that you may not have even considered. Her passion for learning means she isn’t afraid to say, “I don’t know” before turning to her broad network of contacts to find answers. You can find several complimentary recommendations from past projects on her LinkedIn page.

Angie brings that same get it done attitude to itinerary building. She asks lots of questions in order to really understand a client’s main goals and desires. Then she offers up unusual options that break some of Ecuador’s tourism norms. While she will help plan a trip that includes the well-saturated Galapagos Islands, she may make you reconsider how and where you visit. Her itineraries can be action-packed or designed with plenty of downtime. Either way, they always take into account the complicated transportation systems offered up on both the mainland and the archipelago while making sure her clients get to see as much as they desire in the allotted time frame.

Scott Drake

Co-Founder, Not Your Average American

As a recently retired US Air Force officer, Scott is ready to serve in a new way, connecting adventurous travelers with local guides in Ecuador. His love for meeting new people and discovering off-the-beaten-path destinations make him a perfect co-founder for this new business venture. He is ready to dive head first into a new world of social media marketing and road tripping!

 

Learn More About Scott

Scott comes from a long line of pioneers. The same spirit that sent his great-grandparents across uncharted territories makes him open to exploring the modern world of sustainable tourism. He has long embraced new adventures. For example, he had never pitched a tent before entering adulthood but didn’t let that stop him from traversing wild places like Yosemite National Park on spring break or embarking on a camping road trip to celebrate college graduation.

His long experience with all things military means that Scott embarks on a new challenge with a dogged determination to understand all the details before making big decisions. He has learned when to apply the brakes and when to cry full steam ahead! He will apply that same knowledge to partnerships and projects of Not Your Average American.

Scott and Angie at his official retirement ceremony

Please let us know what you think about the business, about traveling to South America, about meeting local guides, about problems and solutions, etc. etc. We want to hear from you!

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