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Join me on Wednesday, Feb 21 at 9am at the Hollywood Improv

for Freshbooks #IMakeALiving Small Business Group Therapy!

Are You Ready to Take It to the Next Level?

Take Your Business to the Next Level

Running a small business is rewarding. But let’s be honest: It can also be challenging. Why not lean on others for support? The #IMakeaLiving event is here to help!

The #IMakeaLiving events bring together an eclectic group of small business owners for a lively, candid, and often hilarious, conversation.

Part small business boot camp, part group therapy, you’ll leave feeling inspired and motivated. Plus, you’ll get lots of actionable insights to take you and your business to the next level.

It’s free (yes, FREE) to attend and we’d love to see you there. (And, no, this isn’t one of those events that’s actually a sales pitch).

Event: #IMakeALiving powered by FreshBooks

When: Wednesday, February 21st, 9am–12pm

Where: Hollywood Improv Comedy Club, 8162 Melrose Avenue 90046

Cost: Free

Speakers:

Are You Ready to Take It to the Next Level?

Ralph Garman – Radio star turned podcast celebrity.

Ralph Garman has been a fixture and a star on Los Angeles radio for almost two decades. For over 18 years, Ralph reached over one million listeners a day on the highly-rated KEVIN AND BEAN SHOW on the World Famous KROQ-FM. Serving as the show’s resident pop culture expert, celebrity impersonator and character voice actor, his entertainment news report THE SHOWBIZ BEAT was a highlight of the program.

Lisa Niver – Travel Journalist Extraordinaire.

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! She was a winner in the 59th annual 2017 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. Find her talking travel on KTLA TV and her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.5 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube.

Micki Krimmel – Creator of Superfit Hero (the all inclusive activewear line)

Micki Krimmel is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, marketing specialist, and world class roller derby athlete. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, INC Magazine, Forbes, Oprah Magazine, and Entrepreneur Magazine. Micki believes that strong and confident women can change the world and she’s helping them do that with her new premium line of size inclusive activewear, Superfit Hero.

Clint Schaff – Head of exciting new projects at the LA Times

Clint grew up in a town of 15,000 in North Dakota. In the last 17 years, he’s worked for David Bowie, was a writer for the Yankees, worked at the Clinton-Gore White House, participated on a NBC reality show andwon the award for most effective marketing communications for his work on Call of Duty. He now works as the head of exciting new projects at the LA Times.

MC: Saul Colt – Founder of the Idea Integration Company, and long time FreshBooks fan.

Saul has been named as one of the iMEDIA 25: Internet Marketing Leaders & Innovators as well as been called one of Canada’s best community builders/experiential marketers. NYT best selling author and internet pioneer Chris Brogan once referred to Saul as ‘exactly who you want representing your company’ and that message has been echoed by media properties ranging from Inc to Forbes Magazine.

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From Terrified to Blessed: Skydiving for my Birthday


As the Winter Olympics begin, I think about the athletes and their great feats of physical strength and commitment to daily preparation to achieve their goals.  For my 50th birthday, I overcame 50 challenges that were new or adventurous and I was scared the whole time. The most amazing thing to me is that I kept saying yes. I never gave up. If I could call myself one year ago and explain everything that was going to happen, I would never have believed it. I was much more courageous than I imagined was possible.

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TVFor my birthday, I did something I have always said I would never attempt. I went sky diving. While I was very nervous and excited, I was also prepared for the challenge by my choices all year.

The day before my jump, I read Rabbi Naomi Levy’s book, “Einstein and the Rabbi,” while sitting on the balcony of my perfect room at The Pantai Inn in La Jolla. I strolled on the beach, watched the seals and sea lions playing in the water and then would return and read more.

Video: Sky Diving with GoJump Oceanside

Once in Oceanside at GoJump, it was necessary to patiently wait for  two hours until the clouds cleared. I nearly had too much time to contemplate Levy’s book, my life and if I really wanted to take part in this birthday gift to myself.

When Levy wrote, “Your soul wants to teach you about your strength. It wants you to believe in your abilities and your gifts. It wants you to lift up your head with pride and claim your birthright: the life that is yours to experience. Your soul wants you to follow it through times of darkness, through the fog and confusion.

I was not sure she meant jumping out of a plane but that was where my path had brought me and it was what was going to happen next.

In the plane, I sang to myself: Kol Haolam Kulo

The song means: “All the world is a very narrow bridge, and the thing is not to be afraid.” I knew in my heart that this is the life I want to live. I do not want to be fearful of so many things. I want to risk and make my dreams come true.

Levy writes:

Your soul will lead you to heights and to loves and to kindness.”

and “Everything has led you to where you are right at this very moment.”

I chose to believe I would live through this scary experience and I imagined I might even love it. If I let fear win and I never try, my life will be smaller. I want to grow and learn to approach new experiences with excitement instead of terror.

Levy says that “The soul wants you to be uncomfortable enough to strive for more, to grow and to learn and to see what needs fixing in this beautiful and broken world. Living with soul can keep you up at night. You suddenly start seeing the humanity in the eyes of strangers you were ignoring.”

Happy Birthday Sky Diving! I DID IT

I wonder where my journey will lead. Sometimes I am not sure that it is the right path but I feel better after reading about following the path of my soul.

The soul’s journey is never linear. It requires patience and perseverance. Just when you’re ready to give up, a door opens and you are granted the opportunity to step inside if you wish. You are invited to explore new realms that were previously locked to you. Were those turns you took back there wrong turns? Were those dead ends you reached worthless? Or were they all part of the “whole”?

I said the Shehecheyanu in the plane. It is a Jewish blessing for the first time we encounter something new or arrive in a new place or for me a new state of being. I was strapped to another human being with five points of connection and I am trusting him to guide us with his parachute safely back to earth.

Levy says we must learn to take soulfie’s instead of selfies! 

If we can learn to take a soulfie, it may very well transform our lives. By making a decision to access and follow our souls, we begin a journey. It is a winding journey full of bumps and pits, stops and starts. Sometimes the road becomes flat and we can cover great distances. Sometimes we will get stuck in one place for what may seem like an eternity before we are ready to continue forward. Yes, there are times when we will get lost, when we won’t know what to do or which way to turn and it’s frightening and frustrating and we wish it could all just be easier. With soul it can get easier.

For a year, I have been following this path of fear and with each challenge I accomplish, my ability to handle fear is better. The hardest thing I did was take a mountain biking lesson at Northstar California Resort. I went down the mountain on a blue intermediate run on my first day and while at one point, I did cry, I never gave up and it was a great feeling of accomplishment. I thought about mountain biking a lot while waiting for my turn in the plane. I kept telling myself I can do it. I did that and I can do this. I want to do it.

Levy continues: “Life’s paths are anything but straight. And yet those winding paths, as frustrating as they may be, can lead us to a life of meaning and blessings. I pray you will choose to follow your soul on its journey.

I am following this path and I wonder what will happen next. I worry about parachutes not opening, bad landings and other horror stories but mainly I sing to myself and say the Sh’ma. “Hear O’Israel the Lord is our God, Our God is One.”

Sky Diving is amazing!I believe that I am being lead. I have made it here and my job for this day for sky diving is to remain as calm as possible and enjoy this incredible opportunity.

As Levy says: “It isn’t easy to make the journey from narrowness to a vast expanse. But we all want to wake up from our sleepwalking. We all want to topple the barriers that are standing in the way of a full life.” I do know I want a full life and by testing my limits and not letting fear win that is what I am getting. I am sure there will be more tests, challenges and scary ideas to conquer. I did jump out of a plane and fly like a bird and I will be able to overcome what comes next.

Within you are powers that you haven’t even begun to tap into. There’s a purpose to your life. A high purpose…You can lift yourself up. And as you lift yourself up, you will lift others up too. May you live to turn your curses into blessings, your fear into strength, your greatest block into your greatest opening. Amen

VideoDo you Love Strolling by the Sea With Seals?

Lisa Niver thanks GoJump Oceanside and the Pantai Inn for hosting her for her 50th birthday.

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What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Lisa Niver at Nordic Valley Resort

Why Ogden?

Ogden’s motto “You cannot go anywhere without coming to Ogden” is related to a time 150 years ago when the railroad across America first connected our country.

There was a railroad from Omaha to the East coast but in order to increase the economy there needed to a faster way to bring produce from California to the other side of the country.

It used to take three to six months to travel by covered wagon what would take 8 days on the train. Getting your cattle to market or oranges on the dinner table was possible with an 8 day journey but not with a 3 month journey. The train changed everything. In Ogden, you could dine on oysters from the California coast and steak from Omaha. New York City could have fresh oranges! Not only was commerce changed by the connecting of the continent by rail but also communication. Telegraph poles were run along side the tracks and mail was carried in the cars.

Every single president stopped in Ogden to change train lines on his way from one coast to another. Every Ambassador on their way to Washington Dc and movie star going to New York City made their way through Ogden.

The Union Pacific Railroad was built by mainly Irish workers starting in Omaha and moving west. The Central Pacific Railroad needed the knowledge of over 10,000 Chinese workers who could dynamite their way through the mountain passes. Union Pacific Train 119 moving west burnt coal and brought beer and The Jupiter Central Pacific #60 burnt wood and brought champagne when the rails met May 10, 1869 at Promontory Summit for the Golden Spike ceremony.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?The names of the Central Pacific leadership include Leland Stanford who was a miner and then governor in 1861 and was Central Pacific’s president. Collins Huntington was a trader, part of the railroad leadership and now his legacy includes the Huntington Museum.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Lisa Niver at Union Station Museum in Ogden, Utah

Before the trains, there were over 300 time zones in the United States. With 100 trains coming through Ogden every day, it was necessary to know which train was arriving at what time. Four standard time zones for the continental United States were introduced at noon on November 18, 1883, when the telegraph lines transmitted time signals to all major cities. In 1918, one hundred years ago, Congress passed the standard time act which made the time zones official.

Engineers were watching the track and needed to know when trains would arrive as there was a single track and trains moved in both directions. Time became life and death and pocket watches became all the rage.

How do you get to Ogden?

Fly into Salt Lake City from Los Angeles or Burbank. It is less than a  two hour flight and there is a one hour time difference. It is about 35minute drive to downtown Ogden.

Skiing in Ogden

There is a Ski3 pass which gives you a day at each of the 3 resorts and is 30% savings. The Ogden Valley is one of the most accessible, family and budget friendly ski areas in the country.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Lisa Niver at Nordic Valley Resort, 2018


Nordic Valley Resort opened 50 years ago in 1968. It is the perfect place to take lessons and get comfortable on the slopes. Nordic Valley was one of the downhill training ski areas for the 2002 Winter Olympics. There are 140 acres of terrain for skiers and boarders with 3 chair lifts: Apollo, Bridger and Crockett. There are after school programs for elementary school students and 80% of the lessons here are for “Never-Evers!” Stop by on Sunday for prime rib at the lodge. Thank you to Dave Mariani for the lessons in both skiing and Nordic Valley History! If you are ready to really learn to ski, he is waiting for you.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Come join us in the snow at Snowbasin Resort, 2018

Snowbasin Resort has 3000 skiable acres and 3000 feet of elevation. There are 106 trails and stunning gold chandeliers imported from Italy. The three lodges were upgraded for the 2002 Winter Olympics and are ready for your enjoyment. There are five terrain parks with 65 rails. It is one of the oldest continuously operating ski areas in the nation and started in 1940. I skied all day in falling snow and it was magical. I loved my instructor, Phil Miller, and his life lessons. My favorite run of the day was Herbert’s and I was proud to challenge myself and crush it!

There are monthly themed dinners all year long with elevated dining. In the summer, come for hiking, biking and Sunday brunch with a free concert. And don’t forget to bring your dog! When you take the gondola, you can see the flags of Olympic gold medalists and their names. Remember there is a vast variety of terrain here so everyone in your group can find the right spot to enjoy.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Lisa Niver at Powder Mountain 2018

Powder Mountain’s 8000+ acres is located in the town of Eden and if you are looking for powder this is your eden to discover. Only 1500 tickets are sold per day which means this location has the highest ratio of skiable acres per skier of any resort. It opened in 1971 and in 1984, was the first Utah resort to allow snowboarding. If you are looking for powder, this is the place to explore! There are two new lifts adding 1000 acres of terrain. I loved Hippie Hill which is now accessible by both Village and Mary’s Lift.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Powder Mountain 2018

There was great groomed corduroy and our first three runs all had Western names: Shot gun, Winchester and Kwick draw. My instructor, Loel, had been teaching for more than 4000 days and had many great secrets to share about powder skiing. I loved this one the most: “Look where you want to go, not where you do not want to go!” I also learned that you can “Turn shop.”  As you go through the trees, you can find your way and slowly pick the right place to turn. There really is magic at Powder Mountain. As Loel says, “Skis are your chariot to take you wonderful places.” There is no snow making at Powder Mountain. It is all natural snowflakes and it is fantastic. I cannot wait to go back and ride the snow cat and explore more of the terrain.

From the top of Snowbasin Resort and Powder Mountain you can see four states: Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Nevada.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

We are waiting for you at The Shooting Star Saloon, Photo by Kerri Zane

What to do?

Go to the oldest bar in Utah which is called the Shooting star saloon. It was open during prohibition because the husband and wife owner’s took turns going to jail! There are items on the secret menu including the Super Star burger and the Porn Star burger but if you want it, bring your own egg! There have only been 7 owners since 1847 and it is an experience! Ask to hear the story of the dollar bills on the ceiling.

Do you love craft spirits? Take a tasting tour through New World Distillery with the owners, Ashley and Chris. They have Oomaw GIN, Rabbit and Grass AGAVE SPIRITS, Blanco, Wasatch Blossom Utah Tart CHERRY LIQUEUR, New World Distillery’s Uncharted Series BARREL-RESTED GIN. They sell their liquor as well as mixers so stop by and create your own party!

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Selfies in the Snow at New World Distillery

In Ogden, there is something to do all year long. Come for the Summer Rodeo on July 24 and enjoy Pioneer Days. There is a balloon festival in Eden in August and there is great food and drink all year long.

Try out the hidden gem, Daily Rise Expresso which has two drive throughs in Ogden and in Layton which you pass on the way to Antelope Island which is in The Great Salt Lake and is filled with antelope and buffalo!

Are you looking for something really different?

Try out Social Axe Throwing. Imagine darts on steroids and you begin to imagine your time axe throwing. You play indoor and on a team and it is AWESOME! Who doesn’t want to throw axes?!?

What will you name your team? Smart Axes? Kiss My Axe? or Are you checking out my Axe?

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Smart Axes v. Short Axes at Social Axe Throwing

Where to EAT?

Zucca Ristorante like many restaurants in Ogden is locally owned and you will likely meet the owners during your visit in many of the shops, restaurants and activities in the area. Enjoy authentic Italian Regional Cuisine with a modern approach and seasonal organic menu on Ogden Utah’s Historic 25th Street with art-deco inspired decor, and a beautiful atrium exclusive to Zucca.

I also loved Farr better Ice Cream which has been in operation since the 1920s!

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton in Ogden, Utah

Where to STAY?

Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton is your historic choice in Ogden!

Originally named Fort Buenaventura, Ogden, Utah was founded in 1845 making it the oldest settlement in America. With its longstanding history, a lot of events have taken place in this small, but distinguished city. Although the settlement was founded in the mid-1840s, it wouldn’t be until 1869 when the city would really begin to flourish. With the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the city grew into a profitable community. Ogden became a major railroad town with nine rail systems. The system operated as both a north-south and east-web hub. Soon after, the system also adapted intermountain west crossroads, which was inevitably called Junction City. The railroad system sat in the center of Ogden’s continual growth. Some of the first industries that flourished were livestock yards, canneries, flour mills, breweries, iron works, banks, woolen mills, hotels, telephone, telegraph and power companies.

What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Downtown Ogden

Thank you Visit Ogden for inviting me for a wonderful adventure! A giant hug and thanks to my fellow intrepid travelers: Mimi, Sydnie, Dylan and Kerri!

Remember enter the KTLA Visit Ogden Giveaway Getaway

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What is there to do in Ogden Utah?

Dinner at Zucca with Mimi, Sydnie, Dylan, Lisa and Kerri

See Lisa on KTLA and at the Hollywood IMPROV


See Lisa on KTLA and at the Hollywood IMPROV

We Said Go Travel Jan 2018 NEWS:

I was thrilled to tell you in December that We Said Go Travel was read in 222 countries in 2017 and even more excited for my January NEWS!
See Lisa on KTLA and at the Hollywood IMPROV
Watch me on KTLA 11pm news TOMORROW Friday night! I will also be talking about Ogden, Utah on the news on Saturday and Monday afternoon. Check the We Said Go Travel website and social media on Monday for a link to the segment and how to enter the “Giveaway Getaway!” I loved my visit to Ogden and hope you will be the one to win the prize! Here is a link to my Napa KTLA TV segment from November.

Please come see me LIVE at the HOLLYWOOD IMPROV on Feb 21 at IMakeALiving by Freshbooks. Tickets are free but going quickly so RSVP today on eventbrite.

Lisa Niver on Feb 21 at the Hollywood Improv IMakeALiving

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WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

In January 2018, my videos were watched over 76,000 times!

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My total video views across all platforms is now over 1,600,000 (1.6M)! ! Thank you for your support! What should I do to celebrate when I get to 2MILLION views?

Recent videos:

Sunset at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch

Sunset at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch

Video #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #762: How Do You Create Freedom On The Mountain?

Video #763: Five Star Luxury Dreams Come True in Vegas!

Video# 764:  From City Slicker to Cow Girl at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch

 

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

We are now publishing the entries from our Travel Photo award! After all the entries are published, we will announce the winners. This will take several months. Thank you to everyone who participated and to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award.

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they were a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our 13 We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for all of them here. We hope you will participate in our 2018 Awards.

 I was lucky to meet Daymond John in person at his book talk at Live Talks Los Angeles and learn about his new book, Rise and Grind. Remember to make goals and take the steps to make your dreams come TRUE!

Lisa Niver and Daymond John

Lisa Niver and Daymond John

My fortune cookies said “Nothing in the world is accomplished without passion!”  and “Good Opportunities ahead— set your mind to grasp the next.”

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 85,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

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How to go from City Slicker to Cow Girl


Want to Saddle up with me at Tanque Verde Ranch?

During my first horsemanship fundamentals course, I did not forget to breathe. That happened the following day when I took the same beginning class again. At Tanque Verde Dude Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, I was willing to get back on a horse. I had been terrified as a child when an adult took me riding and cantered on the horse. I had been promised we would only walk. I remember grabbing at her and screaming to get off but she just laughed and kept going. I did not ride again for decades.

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlYears later, I was again promised that we would only walk. This time I was in Costa Rica and again I was on a horse that was running away with me. My friend, Janine, said, “I cannot get you off of that horse until you stop screaming!” I yelled back at her, “I cannot stop screaming until you get me off of this horse.” Yes Dallas, we had a problem.

I did continue to ride that day in Costa Rica on a decidedly more docile horse but I remained so scared that at one point, my contact lens fell out of my eye and onto my jeans. I was no longer blinking and my contact simply dried up and landed on my leg.

VIDEO: From City Slicker to Cow Girl at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch

So it was with trepidation that I agreed to try again. Braelyn, the wrangler, helped me get on my horse, Frankie, and explained the basics to myself and four other riders in the arena. We were to walk our horses around some barrels and in-between cones. I was focused on the facts that I was up high in the air and there was no seatbelt on a horse. I did as she requested and walked my horse around the arena. Towards the end of our beginner class, Braelyn came over and asked if I wanted to trot with my horse. I said, “No. Thank you. I am good.” She said, “Everyone else has done it so I just want to know if you want to try it.” I said, “Not today.”

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlI had no idea that there would be accidental trotting the following day. I showed up the next morning for Horsemanship Fundamentals and reminded Braelyn and the other wranglers that I wanted a nice calm horse. The class that day was much larger and we had two wranglers with us. As the children were in the closest arena, we had to walk on our horses to the next arena. I was told to lean back as we went down the incline so I would stay on my horse. I was scared but I did it and Stetson, my horse, seemed to know what to do. Someone asked me if I audited the beginner class the day before as most people were eager to get to Intermediate Horsemanship or Loping and I was taking fundamentals again.

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlWhen Nicole and Courtney told me to walk my horse around the cones, all of a sudden we were going so fast. I kept repeating, “Something is happening!” I did not scream but I was very surprised. Nicole came over on her horse and said, “Breathe. You have to breathe. Take deep breaths down to your pockets. Feel your pockets on the saddle.” I was not sure what happened exactly but Nicole said that my horse knew I was unsure of myself and was taking advantage and went trotting toward the barrel.

I was able to control Stetson during the rest of the session and even noticed how beautiful it was in the desert. I signed up for the afternoon walk ride as I was promised that we would only be walking and there would be no trotting.

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlWhen I got off my horse, it was not my most graceful walk back to the room. Another rider told me, “Motrin is your friend. We call it ranch tic-tacs.” I stretched and did not need any painkillers but I enjoyed the camaraderie of ranch life.

I loved when I was at lunch and someone told me, “I am going to saddle up right now so I will talk to you later.” I realized I did not have to go on another ride. I took two classes and I was getting over my fears. But I decided I wanted more time in the saddle to feel more comfortable.

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlFor my first walk ride, my horse, Casey, was not renown as the best behaved. He did not like another horse right behind him or he might kick the offending intruder. He needed his space. I needed a space right near the teacher and I went on this ride right behind Wrangler Taylor. She was the perfect leader for me because she told us all about the cactus and the environment and gave many helpful tips about leaning back when we were going down and leaning forward as we were going up. If I had known we would be traveling up to Cowboy Lookout, I might have chickened out but Casey and I went one step at a time and I remembered to breathe!

The entire team of wranglers was on a first name basis with all 170 horses and extremely skilled in managing the groups of horses and riders. I was working on keeping my heels down and toes up and remembering to enjoy the moment.

I took a class with Hope, the head wrangler, and learned about her journey to the ranch. She and her family used to rescue horses in Oregon and she studied Animal and Comparative Biology of Equine at University of Arizona. Her knowledge about horses was extensive. I learned about King who is a percheron or French Draft Horse and looks like a clydesdale. This giant horse can pull thousands of pounds. I learned that a bigger horse still has the same number of vertebrae in their back so they cannot carry more weight on their backs. The limit for any rider at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch is 250 pounds.

I learned about thoroughbred horses but did not realize I would ride one the following day. These horses are more long legged and built for speed.

Did you know that horses have no muscle below their knee? They only have tendons and ligaments similar to a cow. If your horse has a healthy foot, they are a healthy horse which is why horses need their hooves trimmed and have a “shoe” nailed on. It does not hurt the horse and keeps them safe.

I learned some quirky facts about horses:

*Horses cannot throw up

*There are only male horses at Tanque Verde—-they are all geldings

*Horses do have to lay down to sleep. They can have a nap standing up but must lie down for REM sleep.

For my second walk ride, I was on Sticks, a Thoroughbred horse, and again I walked right behind the wrangler, this time with Sarah. Braelyn made sure I had a good horse and as our group was eleven riders she was with us too.

This time when we got to Cowboy Lookout, I felt very comfortable. My horse was very tall and I was breathing into my pockets. I learned so much about riding and about sitting in the saddle. I can highly recommend Tanque Verde Dude Ranch and being out in the Tucson desert.

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlThere is so much to do at Tanque Verde. I had an evening stroll through the desert with Marcia from the Nature Center and learned about how to use a barrel cactus as a compass, when saguaro grow their arms and which plants are native to Arizona. I met Cal the 86 year old artist who gives the afternoon watercolor class and is part of the evening marketplace once a week. During the evening rattlesnake viper class, I learned that dinosaurs were really more like birds and probably had feathers.

There is something for everyone here. You can fish, swim, hike, play tennis or mountain bike at Tanque Verde. You can participate in Team Penning and round-up cows, you can take a sunset ride or sit on your porch and star gaze. There are private lessons, half day rides and two hour loping rides in the National Park. You can sign up on the website tvrfun or with the manager at dinner or just call the office. You can participate as much or as little as makes you happy.

Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow GirlPersonally, I loved watching the sunset when the sky looks like a painting but I also loved the Sunday night homemade bread.  Every day there is a very good new flavor to try like Green Chile and Cheddar, Garlic and Rosemary Focaccia and Honey wheat. Do not miss the Cowboy cookout on Weds or Sat night and taking a horse or mountain bike to Thursday or Sunday brunch at the Old Homestead.

Tanque Verde Ranch is 2400 feet above sea level so it is cooler than Phoenix. It is about 70 miles from the Mexican border and eight hours drive from Los Angeles. There are over one million people living in Tucson but you could never tell that at the Ranch.

Spending time at Tanque Verde is a great way to relax. The desert air, amazing sunsets and fantastic food are a terrific complement to the wonderful wrangler team and all the amazing activities. The children looked well cared for during their horseback riding lessons and activities and were thrilled to eat their meals in the kids-only room in the dining hall.

Thank you to the entire team at Tanque Verde Ranch for taking such great care of me! I cannot wait for another chance to saddle up! Hope to meet you riding into the sunset someday soon.

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Tanque Verde: From City Slicker to Cow Girl

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Are You Ready to Meet Daymond John in LA? RISE and GRIND!


I cannot wait to meet Daymond John on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 8pm at LiveTalks. Did you get your ticket yet? He is on tour speaking about his brand new book, RISE and GRIND!

Daymond John Rise and Grind

What is the secret to success? How do you know your new idea will work out? The truth is no one knows if something new will be great but you can create a space where you are more likely to succeed. Daymond John shares how he has been able to stay focused on his goals and asks other entrepreneurs for their daily secrets.

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?What do you do daily to Rise and Grind? Adopt a few strategies from the super star business people interviewed in this new book to turn 2018 into your Rock Star Year! Find out more about the 16 Powerful Stories to Help You Outperform, Outwork, And Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life in RISE and GRIND.

Daymond said: “We all get the same twenty-four hours a day, whether we have a million dollars in the bank or a hundred. This book is about how to put those hours to work for you, how to use them to outperform, outwork, and outhustle your way to the top.” This point really hit home with me. I decide where to put my energy and what I will focus on. I can spend my time creating success or being afraid that my plan will not work.

Each person has to choose: “If you want to succeed, you have to put in the work. Remember, these ultra-successful people get the same 1,440 minutes in every day as you do, and there’s plenty you can learn from how they use them…The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.”

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?

I found wisdom in Daymond’s SHARK Points from his book, The Power of Broke and I have been looking forward to learning his GRIND Points:

  • Get on it. Get moving.

  • Repeat. Build a meaningful routine and then stick to it.

  • Insist on your very best. Life isn’t what you accept, it’s what you negotiate.

  • Navigate.The key is navigating those larger journeys in life and moving with speed and precision, like a killer shark in the water. Keep our eyes on where we want to get to in life—our goals, our passions, our dreams—and keep moving in that direction with fury and purpose when necessary.

  • Desire, drive, determination to accomplish the outcomes they set out in front of them.

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?

I found helpful suggestions from the personal stories shared by the entrepreneurs in this book but I especially liked when Daymond talked about his own issues with dyslexia and how more than 1 billion people on our planet live with some type of disability which is more than 15 percent of the world’s population. We all have challenges. We all have things to overcome. Are you willing to put in the work?

I have been working on my issues. In my late 40’s I finally dealt with an eye issue that was undiagnosed in my childhood. I believed that I was clumsy and not athletic and a terrible parallel parker. It turns out there is a reason that these thing which seem obvious and basic to others can feel nearly impossible to me. I literally did not see the same as other people. There was really no way for me to find the tetherball as it came around the pole. I thought I was incapable, it turns out I needed a different kind of help.

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?As an entrepreneur, I need help as well. Figure out what will put you on the path and then do it. I nearly quit what felt like a million times during eye therapy but I did it and now I know I can accomplish anything. Daymond says: “The key to success comes in recognizing your own little extra something and finding a way for it to lift you instead of bring you down.” I know what I need to do and I am working on my steps and my daily eye exercises.

Daymond talked about recognizing “sometimes you just have to look back to appreciate how far you’ve come…When we’re out on our hero’s journey, and we achieve the reward we believe we’ve been seeking, that’s when we turn and see what it is we’ve accomplished, how far we’ve come.” On my journey, I am amazed with what I created in 2017. I look forward to building even more in 2018 and I will be using the tips from both of Daymond’s books: Power of Broke and Rise and Grind.

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?I believe Daymond’s book is arriving at the perfect time. As he says, “A U.S. News & World Report poll shows that 80 percent of our resolutions fail by mid-February…remember, when you watched the ball drop on New Year’s Eve, you didn’t resolve to be like everyone else!” How will you keep motivated? I am going to keep reading inspiring books.

Each of the people in Daymond’s book are incredible. I wonder who will be your favorite?

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?I loved learning about multiple–Grammy winner Carlos Santana’s practices and philosophies. He reads from his favorite books every morning and before bed. He frames his days this way because:

“It’s like when you get in the car, and you make sure the mirrors are all set. You check the driver-side mirror, the passenger-side mirror, the rearview mirror. You make sure they’re set just right for you, so you can see what’s coming from the back, from the left, from the right. It’s all aligned for you so you can protect yourself. What do they say when you’re learning to drive, that you should know what’s going on seven cars ahead of you, and seven cars behind you?”

How do you set your day or your car on the right road? As Daymond says: “We all have our hardships, our issues. For some of us, it’s abuse. For some, it’s poverty or lack of opportunity. For some, it’s learning or physical disabilities. The lesson I get from Carlos is that it’s how you rise above that hardship, how you get past your issues, that shapes you.”

Remember what Santana does: “wake up feeling thankful, and mindful, and joyful—because, hey, might as well greet the day with a song in your heart.” What choices will you make to fill your 86,400 seconds each day in a meaningful way?

Are you Ready to reach for success with RISE and GRIND?I loved when Daymond talks about his Shark Tank success stories. I have learned so much from the show and remember when he made a deal with Brittani and her dad, Al “Bubba” Baker—a thirteen-year veteran of the National Football League (and a three-time Pro Bowler!).

Bubba has said: “I WILL PERSIST until I succeed…You don’t just walk across the line and tackle the quarterback. The opportunities come when you least expect them, and you have to be moving in order to benefit from that opportunity. I had quite a few moves back when I was playing, and I’ve still got a few moves, and a lot of them came from guile and determination. We live by that in our family….Sometimes you can rise and grind, and rise and grind, and rise and grind, and just grind, grind, grind, and nothing happens. And then you have a breakthrough. But if you don’t grind, I can assure you, nothing’s going to go your way, because you haven’t lined yourself up for it.”


Hearing stories of the process it takes for other people to make it to the finish line and figure out their way is helpful because sometimes it looks like it is easy for others and hard for me. It is important to learn what it takes and to know that continuing to focus on my goals and RISE and GRIND will lead me to great accomplishments.

Daymond says there are three basic principles in all of the individuals he profiled in RISE and GRIND:

  1. They believe that what they do matters.

  2. They risk only as much as they can afford to lose.

  3. They focus on what they have, not what they don’t have.

“Success is not a destination to be found, it is an outcome to be made. We rise to the challenges and responsibilities in front of us, and grind to meet them.”

What things can does Daymond recommend to take care of yourself and put yourself in position to thrive? Here is what he found from all his interviews:

  • they work out on a regular basis—and most hit the gym first thing in the morning, before the day takes shape and time starts running on them . . . • they spend a portion of each day networking—only not in the most obvious ways . . . they keep connected, plugged in, but they’ve each developed a signature style, a way of keeping on top of their contacts that doesn’t feel forced—in other words, they’ve found a way to keep it genuine . . . • they take some time to expand their base of knowledge, to research their market, their customer base, their competitors . . . to stay on top of their business . . . • they set goals for themselves or for their business—writing them down, in a lot of cases, visualizing or internalizing them . . . • they meditate—got to say, I’m endlessly (and, happily) surprised at the number of successful people who find a way to mute the noise of the world, and calm the chaos all around, just to reconnect with their core and their sense of purpose . . . even if it’s only for a few blessed minutes . . . • they delegate—that is, they have come to depend on trusted people around them to help grow their games and scale their businesses, while also allowing them an extra measure of freedom to pursue other opportunities and occasionally step off that moving treadmill they rode to the top in the first place . . . successful people know which tasks to tackle themselves, and which ones to assign to folks who’ll see them through . . . • they have trained themselves to think like an attorney chasing his or her billable hours. What do I mean by that? They manage their time like someone else is paying them for it—which, I guess, they are—but the way that works out is they’re looking to fill their time in meaningful ways. Every chunk of time is accounted for, even if it’s set aside as downtime. Every phone call, every meeting, every strategy session . . . it’s all programmed into their calendars in such a way that they can stay on top of whatever it is they’re doing, whatever it is they’re about to do.

Daymond’s new book is a valuable resource for me. Get your copy today! I am looking forward to meeting Daymond in person in Los Angeles on his book tour! Thank you to Daymond and all the sharks for their show and their books. I have enjoyed them so much!
Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

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Can You Make Your Luxury Dreams Come True in Las Vegas?


Can You Make Your Luxury Dreams Come True in Las Vegas?

Here are some of my top spots from my recent holiday:

Video: Five Star Luxury Dreams Come True in Vegas!

 

Five Star Luxury Dreams Do Come True in Vegas

Lisa Niver is ready for VEGAS on JetSuiteX

FLY:

I highly recommend you fly JetSuiteX to Vegas from Burbank. When they say, “hassle-free!” They mean it! No lines, no crowds, no waiting and they are starting to fly to more and more destinations! They fly from Hangar 2 at Burbank airport and use 30-seat Embraer 135 planes. Start your holiday in comfort! Want $20 off your first flight? Use my code POIAGT and your flight from Burbank to Concord for Napa may be barely over $100! (Flights can be $129 in each direction depending on when you book)

Five Star Luxury Dreams Do Come True in Vegas

Photo of and by: Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

STAY:

I loved both my hotels on this trip which are neighbors, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and ARIA Resort & Casino.

If you ever have a “Champagne Emergency,” you can find the first Moët and Chandon vending machine in the United States at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas!  Stop by the front desk to purchase your gold coin which includes a golden flute for your 320 mini bottle of champagne.  You can select the Imperial Brut or the Imperial Rosé.

Lisa Niver at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Checking in at the Tower Suites Lounge at ARIA was fast and friendly. I enjoyed the lounge with complimentary fresh made espresso, macchiato, cappuccino and more from a state-of-the-art LAMILL Coffee Machine. Tea, juice, soft drinks, light pastries and seasonal snacks are also available.

Luxury Las Vegas Dreams do come true!

ARIA Pool Photo by ARIA Resort & Casino

I went on the ARIA Art Walk and enjoyed the fine art collection with works by many acclaimed painters and sculptors. I loved that my room was controlled by two interactive tablets. I could adjust the lights, temperature, TV in the living room, bathroom or bedroom from either one. I could also make a dinner reservation, order room service from multiple dining spots or change my spa appointment right on the tablet!

RELAX: Forbes Five Star Spa Retreats at Vdara and Mandarin Oriental

Five Star Luxury Dreams Do Come True in Vegas

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Forbes Five Star Spa

I experienced the Journey into Stillness treatment at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas Spa which is a 2 hour spa journey. First I had tea and changed into slippers. I was brought to the divine inner sanctum and put on my robe and got ready for the most popular longer treatment which begins with a foot scrub. Samantha had many tools to help me relax including crystals, Tibetan bowls, tuning forks and Tingsha. I experienced 7 different levels of sound to help relax all 7 chakras.

This triple 5 Star facility has a Forbes 5 Star for the hotel, the restaurant and the Spa! In Las Vegas, this is one of the only spas that is not in a casino or at ground level. Enjoy stunning views as the 7th and 8th floors have floor to ceiling windows with views of Las Vegas Blvd.  Enjoy the beautiful yoga and meditation studio on the 8th floor as mind body movement and meditation are part of their programming. All of the treatment providers are dual licensed and some of the most educated and experienced providers in the city. I loved my chance to purposefully detach from technology and experience stillness and silence at this spa.

Five Star Luxury Dreams Do Come True in Vegas

Couples Spa Treatment room at ESPA Vdara Las Vegas, a Forbes Five Star Spa

The Forbes 5 star experience ​at VDARA Spa ​with ​ESPA was excellent. I loved the beautifully ​designed space and Oseya’s massage was out of this world! Samantha, Laura, Valeria and Alexandra and the entire team took great care of me. My Desert Rose treatment began with a foot ritual and continued with a full body exfoliation with relaxing salt scrub with rosemary and lavender. After rinsing off, I had a full body massage with rose geranium restorative body oil and a scalp massage with pink hair and scalp mud that includes red clay and apricot oil.​ I loved my personal rock and being able to write my intention to myself as a message; I chose “Blessed.”​ ​Try out the Red Cedar Sauna, the Eucalyptus sauna or sit in the meditation room.

 

ACTION & ADVENTURE
Dream Racing

When you go to Las Vegas, you can make all your dreams come true. Have you always wanted an authentic driving experience on a race track at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with luxury vehicles, professional instructors & simulators? I drove over 120mph in a Lamborghini Huracán GT with world famous driver Cédric Sbirrazzuoli as my instructor! I absolutely LOVED it! I cannot wait to go again! Thank you to the entire team at Dream Racing who made me feel so comfortable and ready to get behind the wheel! Thank you Cedric, Ashley, Steve and Enrico! “Dream Racing is the five-star driving experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and features the world’s largest and fastest selection of Supercars and the only one where you can get behind the wheel of a real Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche or Lotus Race Car. No matter which package you choose, we promise to deliver you a once in a lifetime exotic car racing experience. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to try your hand at racing these exotic cars.”

Fantastic Activities in Las Vegas

Lisa Niver at Shark Reef Aquarium

Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Who gets to wear a full suit of chain mail and dive with sharks in the desert? I did it and if you are a certified diver you can too! This is a very unique and different experience at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef. Thank you to Jack, Theresa, Stacy, Trisha, The Life Support Team of the Aquarium, Mandalay Bay and MGM for this amazing adventure for my 50 things before I am 50 project! I LOVED IT! I sat on the bottom of the tank with many types of sharks swimming by and sang myself HAPPY BIRTHDAY! “Shark Reef aquarium is the home of over 2,000 animals including the saw fish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish and the rare golden crocodile. This unique exhibit gives you the chance to dive with a higher concentration of exotic sharks than you’d ever find in the wild.”

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE MEALS:

Thank you to the team at MOzen Bistro. The breakfast buffet is beautiful but my favorite thing was to order the huevos rancheros. Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is a Forbes Triple Five Star for Hotel, Spa and Restaurant. You can only find Michelin three star-rated Chef Pierre Gagnaire in the USA at Twist. I was invited into the kitchen on the 23rd floor for a special lesson with Chef Pierre Gagnaire who told me “My goal is to put tenderness on every plate.” He said the most important things are “to respect the guest and have a great team in the kitchen.” I loved meeting him and learning about plating food!

Where is the best Five Star Luxury in Las Vegas

Chef Pierre Gagnaire with Lisa Niver at TWIST at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

 

FIVE STAR LUXURY DREAMS COME TRUE IN VEGAS!

Dining at Jean-Georges Steakhouse, ARIA Resort and Casino, Las Vegas

JEAN GEORGES STEAKHOUSE

Thank you to the entire team at  Jean-Georges Steakhouse. I was welcomed by Gerti from Albania and Lukas from Prague with my absolute favorite Prosecco. Jack and Ben Mellouk made sure every course was sheer perfection! I loved my beautiful and tasty burrata with heirloom tomatoes and aged basalmic. My Wagyu filet was expertly prepared by Chef Shawn and Executive su chef Robert Phillips. The grilled asparagus and baked potato crusted in salt were exceptional! I did love the buttermilk bread which is the special recipe of Chef Sean. The JG gold bar makes you feel like you are made of money.

FIVE STAR LUXURY DREAMS COME TRUE IN VEGAS!

DELMONICO’S STEAKHOUSE

When you are in Vegas how do you get around and where do you eat? During my entire Vegas experience, I used LYFT and it was seamless! Twice when I called for a car, the driver was already there at the hotel. I did not wait for even a moment.

The choices of where to eat in Vegas are endless.  Dawn and I had a fantastic dinner at the bar of Delmonico’s Steakhouse. You can sit where you want and eat what you want and stay as long as you want. I loved meeting Chef Sean and Chef Ronnie.The tomatoes and burrata, pasta, asparagus and the Piedmontese steak were all exceptional. They have an entire barrel of Kentucky bourbon! It is WL Weller Exclusive Bourbon and they make special cocktails. Come and try some from their private barrel! It also makes a great photo opportunity.

Thank you to everyone who made my Vegas dreams come true! FIVE STAR LUXURY DREAMS COME TRUE IN VEGAS!

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Dreaming of Snow: Best in the West with EpicPass


Where do you Dreama of Skiing? Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb
Whistler Blackcomb’s Peak 2 Peak Gondola is the longest, highest lift in the world, and joins the two mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb. It is the crown jewel of the longest continuous lift system in the world. Photo by Brian Webb

Are you dreaming of snow?

Are you ready for skiing at the Best in the West? I loved skiing last year at four Vail Resorts on my EpicPass. I am excited for my first ever visit to Whistler Blackcomb this season now that it is part of the Vail family.

 

Where is the Best Skiing in Lake Tahoe? Kirkwood

1. Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Last year I loved being part of  Expedition Kirkwood Women’s clinic and my bucket list experience of getting snowed in! I loved the clinic and skiing three days at Kirkwood. 

VideoDid Lisa Niver love Expedition Kirkwood Women’s Clinic?

Where is the Best Skiing in Lake Tahoe? Ski Heavenly

2. Ski Heavenly Mountain Resort

​Heavenly was my next mountain to explore. I loved my day of skiing which started on the Heavenly Village Gondola and included skiing in both Nevada and California. I have never skied in two states in one day before. The views of Lake Tahoe were mesmerizing. I wanted to stop at every turn and take more photos.

VideoWhere is the Best Skiing in Lake Tahoe? Ski Heavenly

3. Northstar California Resort

Last season, I rode up the gondola with Coach Toby at Northstar California Resort. With her, I skied the many neighborhoods of Northstar’s intermediate terrain including Mt. Pluto, Martis Camp, Parks and Pipes, the Backside and Northwest Territory. It was wonderful weather and snow for my first day at Northstar, which also included a VIP champagne tōst experience!

VideoWhere is the Best Skiing in Lake Tahoe? Luxury Skiing at NorthStar

4. Park City Mountain

Park City Mountain is the place where I have spent the most time skiing. I love knowing the mountain so well and having my favorite runs. I have enjoyed the addition of the Canyons Village area that has now made Park City Mountain the largest ski resort in the United States with over 348 runs and 7,300 acres of terrain. I love that there is new terrain to discover with my same ticket and the Epic Pass. I was honored to ski with the National Ability Center last year and write about it for Sierra Magazine, USA Today 10best and Ski Utah.

Video: Lisa Loves Park City Mountain!

5. Whistler Blackcomb

Where do you dream of skiing?

Magnetic is Whistler Blackcomb’s first feature-length ski movie, and all the epic terrain featured is shot entirely in bounds. Stan Rey during the filming of Magnetic on Tigers Terrace overlooking the Peak Chair. Photo by Paul Morrison for Whistler Blackcomb

I am ready for my first day on the slopes at the largest ski resort in North America. At Heavenly last year, I skied in two states on one day. This year I will ski in another country for the first time. I have heard that there is so much to do both on and off the slopes and I cannot wait to return to Vancouver as part of my visit to Canada and Whistler Blackcomb.

What are you dreaming of?

Enjoy this video below that I made in partnership with Park City Vail Resorts and National Ability Center. Make a plan for 2018 to make your dreams come true!

VideoHow Do You Create Freedom On The Mountain?

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Who is read in 222 countries? We Said Go Travel! Dec 2017 News


December 2017 NEWS: WSGT is GLOBAL!

We Said GO Travel is read in 222 countries

 

 

We Said Go Travel has been read in 222 countries this year since January 1, 2017 as reported by Google Analytics. Please see the full list of locations at the bottom.

Lisa Niver is a Travel ExpertThank you for all of your support! It has been an exciting year with my first travel segment on KTLA TV and being the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. I have published many articles on fantastic publications like Smithsonian, Saturday Evening Post, Delta Sky Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Sierra Club Magazine, POPSUGAR, Trivago, Ski Utah and I am in progress on two exciting articles for two major publications I have not written for before! Find all the article links on my LisaNiver website!

My social media following is now over 80,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook. My travel videos have been viewed over 1.5 million times!

In 2017, I was accepted to be part of Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch. I am learning from my new mentors and advisors as well as all the other tech entrepreneurs. Thank you to Travel Massive and Digital Nomad Mastery for the recent interviews.

I completed my project of doing 50 new and adventurous things before I turned 50. Thank you for all of your great ideas and suggestions. See my videos below for many of the challenges I undertook!

Lisa Niver is an artistThank you for your interest in my art! I was part of the Holiday Show at the Clayhouse in Santa Monica. My ceramics has its own Instagram and Facebook page.

My recently published video about the National Ability Center is one of my favorite projects. I was able to write about the ski lessons for Ski Utah, Sierra Magazine and USA Today 10best.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY 762 TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes! I now have 762 videos, 671,516 views, 1526 subscribers on YouTube AND my total video views across all platforms is now over 1,527,028+ (1.5M)! ! Thank you for your support!

Recent videos:

Ski Utah Making Magic On The MountainVideo #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #759: Will You Love the Kia Stinger?

Watch me in SPANISH! Kia Stinger 2018 – los periodistas opinan

Video #762: How Do You Create Freedom On The Mountain?

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for the 2017 Inspiration Award here. The entries from the 2017 Summer Independence Award have been published and the winners have been announced.  We hope you will participate in our 2018 Writing Awards.

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

Our first ever Travel Photo Award is now closed! Thank you to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award. We will begin sharing the entries in 2018.

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they were a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

My fortune cookies said “Make Happiness Happen.” and “A bold and dashing adventure is in your future.  I hope that your Holiday celebrations brought you gratitude and gifts that help you make your dreams come true!

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Thank you for your ongoing support of both We Said Go Travel and me! I was so honored to share about Napa Valley for KTLA TV in Los Angeles. Did you see my segment? CLICK HERE to watch it now!

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com

 

Where is We Said Go Travel read? Since January 1, 2017, in these 222 countries as reported by Google Analytics:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Caribbean Netherlands
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Congo – Brazzaville
Congo – Kinshasa
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Curaçao
Curaçao
Cyprus
Czechia
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guam
Guatemala
Guernsey
Guinea
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jersey
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kosovo
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macau
Macedonia (FYROM)
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norfolk Island
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestine
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Réunion
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Samoa
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Sint Maarten
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
South Sudan
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Barthélemy
St. Helena
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Martin
St. Vincent & Grenadines
Sudan
Suriname
Svalbard & Jan Mayen
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks & Caicos Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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Listen to St Vincent with Me at the W Hollywood


Listen to St Vincent with Lisa Niver at the WI was invited to a private soiree at W Hollywood and guitar goddess St. Vincent hosted a listening party of her newest album, MASSEDUCATION. She shared the inspiration behind her music and answered questions about life on the road and how fantastic the new Sound Suites are. If you want to make music while traveling, check out the features of the Sound Suite below. I loved our tour of the suites.

Listen to St Vincent with Lisa Niver at the W

St Vincent and Lisa Niver at the W Hollywood

A UNIQUE SPACE FOR ARTISTS TO WORK HARD AND PLAY HARD

W Hollywood’s Sound Suite, a private music recording studio and creative space. With enough room to host a proper entourage, this sound suite includes a live room and a main mixing room featuring the latest professional equipment from top tier brands. 

Listen to St Vincent with Lisa Niver at the WInnovative recording technology invites you to unleash your creativity in the studio, while signature WHATEVER/WHENEVER® service ensures you have everything you need to channel your musical genius into your very own masterpiece. Let the positive vibes and non-stop energy of the entertainment capital of the world inspire you. Don’t miss W Hollywood’s Sound Suite. #WSOUNDSUITE

SOUND SUITE FEATURES

Photos and equipment list from W Hotels:

Analog & Midi Keyboards: 

  • Akai mpc 2000 XL
  • Komplete kontrol s49
  • Roland Juno-106
  • Roland XP-80
  • Alexis QS8
  • Akai MPK 88
  • Alesis ion
  • Machine jam
  • Traktor control S8
  • Machine studio

Miscellaneous

  • 1 iMac 17
  • 1 apple keyboard
  • 1 Kensington Trackball
  • 1 Vizio 50″ TV
  • 1 Boss F5-5U pedal

Console

  • 1SSL AWS 924

Speakers

  • 2 genelec speakers
  • 2 genelec subs
  • 2 Yamaha NS-10
  • 2 avantone mixcube

Speaker amplifiers

  • 1 Hafler P3000
  • 1 Hafler P1500

EQ

  • Manley massive passive eq.

500 Series

  • BAE 3LB

Effects

  • BBE 882i
  • Eventide Ultra-Harmonizer
  • Tc electronic M-One

Audio Interfaces

  • Aphex 228
  • Apogee Symphony

Compressors

  • Tube-Tech CL 1B
  • Teletronix LA-2A
  • Dbx 166 XL
  • 2 Dbx 160 A

Microphones

  • 1 Neuman U 87 Ai
  • 1 Shure KSM 313

Instruments

  • Yamaha acoustic guitar
  • Fender jaguar bass

Preamps

  • Universal Audio 6176

Listen to St Vincent with Lisa Niver at the W

First seen on We Said Go Travel.

Nov News We Said Go Travel: The Future is BRIGHT


November 2017 NEWS: The Future is BRIGHT!

Thank you for your ongoing support of both We Said Go Travel and me! I was so honored to share about Napa Valley for KTLA TV in Los Angeles. Did you see my segment? CLICK HERE to watch it now!

Where to Wander? Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA 5

Want to know more about my Napa Segment? I wrote two articles about it:

November News Travel Classics The Future is BrightIn November, I went to my third Travel Classics Journalism conference. Thank you to Maren, Cathy, Visit Tucson and everyone who created this a fantastic experience. Thank you to all the editors and writers who were there to share their experiences and wisdom!

Lisa is a Cowgirl at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch Nov News

After Travel Classics Tucson, I learned to be a CowGirl at my very first DUDE RANCH! I absolutely loved my time at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch. I cannot wait to share the video with you when it is ready. I took several lessons and I rode up to Cowboy Lookout twice! WOW!

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY 759 TRAVEL VIDEOS?

 

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes! I now have 759 videos, 659,587 views, 1497 subscribers on YouTube AND my total video views across all platforms is now over 1,450,000+ (1.4M)! ! Thank you for your support and I cannot wait to get to 1.5 Million views!

Recent videos:

Will you Love Kia Stinger? Lisa in KIA StingerVideo #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

Video #759: Will You Love the Kia Stinger?

Watch me in SPANISH! My first video interview in another language! Learn about the new Kia Singer in Jose Carlos’ video: Kia Stinger 2018 – los periodistas opinan

 

 

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for the 2017 Inspiration Award here. The entries from the 2017 Summer Independence Award have been published and the winners have been announced.  We hope you will participate in our 2018 Writing Awards.

TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

Our first ever Travel Photo Award is now closed! Thank you to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award. We will begin sharing the entries soon.

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they were a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

My fortune cookies said “Good Fortune Lies Ahead.” and “You know what you want–Get to work to make it materialize.  I hope that this time with family for Thanksgiving brought you rest, relaxation and renewed perspective to know the steps to make your dreams come true!

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube.

What do you think of my new site? LisaNiver.com

Find Your Favorite Holiday Gift at The Clayhouse


CLAYHOUSE HOLIDAY SALE

The Clayhouse 2017 Holiday Sale

 

Please join me at the Clayhouse for our annual holiday sale! I am honored to again be a part of this sale with this wonderful community of artists. If you are looking for a homemade holiday gift, this is the place fine handmade, one-of-a-kind, affordable gifts including pottery, sculpture, glass and more.

 

WHERE:

The Clayhouse, 2909  Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90404

WHEN:

Friday December 8, 2017 4pm-9pm and
Saturday December 9, 2017 10am-6pm
WHERE:
2909 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica 90404
 310.828.7071
2017 SALE PARTICIPANTS
Alia Ollikainen Joslin * Amy Dov * Amy Kivnick
Cheryl Silver * David Stone * Deborah Levin * Diana Ungerleider
Jamie Hansen * Janet Domino * Janet Grings
Jennica Atkinson * Karin Swildens * Kathy Mudgett
Kerri Price Katsuyama * Kristi Sherman * Linda Flo *Lisa Niver * Loriann Stevenson* Marilyn Haese * Nani Grennell * Narayan De Vera
Polly Osborne * Sam Dixon * Sara Winkle * Sierra Pecheur * Stephanie Sea * Valerie Moreland  * William Pitcher

 

More information:
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WEBSITE
INSTAGRAM

About The Clayhouse Studio & Gallery:

The Clayhouse, established in 1971, is the oldest high fire pottery studio on the Westside. There are fewer and fewer studios of this nature due to limited space and obstacles in using gas-burning kilns. Gas kilns produce rich, beautiful glaze colors and unique visual effects with universal appeal. The unassuming storefront of The Clayhouse on Santa Monica Blvd displays some of the works of its 50 artist members. In the back of the storefront, there is a wide open studio with tables, wheels, kilns and pottery in various stages of completion. Classes are offered during week and weekend.

Take art class with David Stone. Photo by Mark Dektor

Take art class with David Stone. Photo by Mark Dektor

Take a Class:

Wheel classes

Beginning Wheel, David Stone, Sunday  mornings from 10 to 12 noon. Starts Jan. 14, 6 weeks, to Feb. 18.

Beginning Wheel, Diana Ungerleider, Saturday mornings, 10 to 12:30, starts Jan. 20, 6 weeks, to Feb. 24.

Students will learn how to use the potter’s wheel to  “throw” functional items such as mugs, bowls, vases
and more. Glaze instruction is also included.
The class fee is $280 which includes a 25-lb. bag of clay and tools, access to the studio anytime, plus the firing. An advance deposit is required to hold a space in class.
All classes last six weeks and include clay, tools 
firing, glazing and access to the studio. 
Classes are small to allow individual attention. 
Call soon to reserve a spot in a class! 
Advance deposit required.   
call 310-828-7071 for more info or to sign up
 Store hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm
As Henry Moore said, “To be an artist is to believe in life.”
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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso
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I hope to see you at the Studio! Lisa Niver

Photos from Summer Sale and 2016 Winter Sale

Lisa Niver, Artist and Author Photo by Mark Dektor

Lisa Niver, Artist and Author Photo by Mark Dektor

Lisa Niver on KTLA 5 Money Smart

Are you ready to watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TV?


update from We Said Go Travel:

NEWS: Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles, California on November 17, 2017 during the 11pm News and on November 22nd at 3pm. Click here to watch now!

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TV

Watch me on KTLA Friday Nov 17 during the 11pm news and on November 22nd at 3pm. Click here to watch now!

I will be talking about Holiday Travel and there is a giveaway where you can win a terrific trip! Watch my segment on KTLA and text the code word to enter by Nov 22, 2017 12am.

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TV

I am grateful to everyone who has shared this journey with me especially PR wizard, Steve Valentine.

Watch Lisa on KTLA Steve Valentine

Steve Valentine & Lisa Niver at KTLA

Thank you for all the words of wisdom, suggestions and help.

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TVTo get camera ready, who are you gonna call?
I called GLAM SQUAD! Thank you to my marvelous hair and make-up team of Milo and Michael.

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TV

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY 755 TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Watch Lisa Niver on KTLA TV

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes! I now have 755 videos, 654,689 views, 1484 subscribers on YouTube AND my total video views across all platforms is now over 1,445,000+ (1.4M)! ! Thank you for your support!

Recent videos:  Monaco  #97, IrelandScotland #98 and San Marino  #99 Video #750 = My 1st mountain biking lesson at Northstar California Resort with Specialized Bike Academy!! (read about it in POPSUGAR!)

Video #755: Sky Diving for my birthday with GoJump Oceanside!

VIDEO: How was my 1st Sky Dive with GoJump Oceanside?

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for the 2017 Inspiration Award here. The entries from the 2017 Summer Independence Award have been published and the finalists will be announced next week.  There is no Fall Gratitude award this year as we are working on a redesign for the website right now. Look for more writing awards in 2018.

What Picture will you share in WSGT Travel Photo Award 2017TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

Our first ever Travel Photo Award is now closed! Thank you to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. We hope you will submit a photo in our next award. We will begin sharing the entries soon.

Check out our Travel Photo Award SPONSORS

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they are a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

travelphotographyacademy.com

My fortune cookies said “Your personality is great. Use it wisely–don’t debate.” and last month: “Sail into the land of opportunity — Treasures await!  Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube.

What do you think of my new site? LisaNiver.com

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion and Shalom Garden at Stephen Wise Temple

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion and Shalom Garden at Stephen Wise Temple


Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleBuilding A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleOn Thanksgiving, I want to share my gratitude for Stephen Wise Temple where my family has found a spiritual home. During the recent dedication of Katz Family Pavilion and Shalom Garden, Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback asked us: “How can we adequately give thanks for the countless blessings we acknowledge today?He shared that in order to truly give thanks you need to pay it forward. “You will say “thanks” most fully with your efforts to make our world a place where everyone can feel at home, where everyone can feel loved and protected. A world built on kindness, hessed, on dignity, kavod, on love, ahavah…we’ll join together to build a world that’s just a little bit better than it was before. And that’s how we give thanks.”

VIDEODedication Ceremony of Katz Family Pavilion and Shalom Garden

Please enjoy these remarks that Leandro Tyberg shared at the dedication for the building which he helped turn from an idea into a reality.

On this hilltop…here we stand…together as a community.  Together as friends.  Together as a people who take care of…and look out for…each other.  Together as a people who recognize our obligation to make the world a better place, to repair the world, and to plant seeds in a garden that will bear fruit for the generations to come.

Like many of us here on this hilltop…my family came to Wise and found sanctuary.  My parents, Rosita and Juan, brought us to this country in 1977 from Argentina, and we became members a few years thereafter.  My sister Barbara and I were enrolled here at Wise and spent year after year on this hilltop surrounded by a community who cared for us, nurtured us, and helped lay the foundation of what would become our Jewish and moral Identity.

Leandro Tyberg speaking at dedication of Katz Family Pavilion

Leandro Tyberg speaking at dedication of Katz Family Pavilion

As a kid, under the rafters of Hershenson Hall…we played tag, drank Mitz Tapuchim, had camp sleepovers, learned Hebrew, played duck-duck-goose, did musical theater, sang songs, had our spring dances, and grew up.  Here under the rafters of Hershenson Hall, I made out with my first girlfriend.

Here on this hilltop, Barbara and I learned under the tutelage of Rabbi Zeldin, Metukah Benjamin, Cantor Lam, Rabbi Hersher and countless others. 

In fact, Rabbi Hersher officiated at my Bar Mitzvah, at my sister’s wedding, my cousins wedding…both of his weddings in fact…he was there inside my Chupah when I stomped on a cup and married my beautiful wife Lori, he was there for my daughter Francesca’s baby naming, my son Roan’s Brit Milah, for most of my family’s proudest moments…but he was also there for life-cycle events that were painful and heart rending.  He was there for me when as a kid in 5th grade here at Wise, he came to tell me that and my best friend Andy Lipin was dying, and he was there to comfort our whole class after he passed.  He has always been there for me when I needed him, as he has been there for so many of us gathered here on this hilltop.

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleSo when he called me 5 years ago to ask me to chair the Building Committee, it was an easy decision. 

Winston Churchill said “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.  As I was shaped by the hard work and dedication of those who built this community over the last 50 years, it was clear that the time had come for us to band together and form a team of people who would continue to shape this hilltop for the years to come.

Our Committee has been guided by the wisdom of Ken Ruby…who taught us the histories of the previous building committees, what it took to get us here, and what to consider as we moved forward.  We have also been inspired, led, and shepherded by our other Cte Members:  Alex Moradi, Kenneth Lee, and Benjamin Soleimani.

As a Committee, and in tremendous partnership with the Wise Board of Directors, the Wise Staff, and the Wise Clergy, we have been privileged to assemble and collaborate with people who take great pride in their work.  People who understand this is more than just a typical construction project, who respect the spirit and intent of what we wanted to shape here on this hilltop:

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleOur brilliant, inspired and incredibly talented architect, Michael Lehrer. Michael who can see around corners; Michael who designs places that leave an emotional effect on you; Michael who combined our history and our culture, and married that with the finest principals architecture can offer.  The word Architect comes from the Greek Archi Tekton, meaning Master Builder.  Master Builder indeed.

Michael’s team helped execute his vision, and were our key collaborators, compatriots, and sometimes conspirators, along the way = the talented and very insightful Roberto Sheinberg and Alex Clark. 

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleThe Shalom Garden, The Great Commons, the hard-scape and landscape has been thoughtfully and meticulously designed by the office of Mia Lehrer and Associates.  Mia Lehrer, and Matt Lysne, have helped create a serene, contemplative and joyous space, that invites you to participate, to engage, to reflect, and to be inspired.  You have left an indelible impression in our hearts and minds, and as Khalil Gibran once said “your work is your love made visible.

We’ve also been led by our detailed and tireless Construction Management team at Searock Stafford.  Led by David Stafford and Alex Grosjean.  Shaping a project of this magnitude is a tremendous feat, and their commitment, hard work and tenacity are deeply appreciated, as has been their friendship and counsel along the way.

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleWe’ve benefitted greatly from our partnership with Del Amo Construction, our general contractors for this project.  Passionately led by Steve Donahue, whose company worked on other projects here on this campus in the 1980’s, and who has treated this project as something very personal, and very special. 

The Del Amo team also consisted of Dennis Billings, Nancy Gutierrez, Bennet Akker, and of course Gene Postert, whom the children affectionately call “Builder Gene! Builder Gene!”   

I would like to say that they are some of the most talented, caring and amazing contractors we’ve ever worked with…I’d like to say that…but we still have a few change orders to settle up on, so I don’t want to say that publicly just yet.

And over us all, are the torch bearers, the dreamers, the idealists, the hand holders, the visionaries of Wise…that we look to for leadership, governance and guidance, as we terraformed, drilled into bed rock, and erected this art work…inside the heart of an active and vibrant campus:

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise Temple

Judi, Lisa and Frank Niver at Katz Family Pavilion and Shalom Garden Dedication

Thank you to the amazing Board of Directors of Stephen Wise Temple, led by Steve Fishman, and his predecessor Glenn Sonnenberg;

It’s impossible to name everyone at Wise who contributed of their time, sweat, wit, wisdom, assistance and hard work.  All are appreciated, and no matter how large or how small your contribution, you represent the fabric of what keeps us together.

Our maintenance crews, our event coordinators, our security teams,

Our technical wizards, led by Marc Entous.

Our athletics dept. who rally under Coach Ryan Hosler

Our talented Director of Development = Jessica Lebovitz, If she hasn’t called you yet for a contribution, just wait…she will;

Our partner-in-all-things = Executive Director & COO Sharon Spira-Cushnir,

Our brilliant, tireless, passionate and loving Head of School = Tami Weiser,

And our beloved friend and guiding light = Senior Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback;

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise TempleSo here we are on this hilltop,

shaped by the memories,

and in honor of,

the people who made us who we are,

secure in the knowledge that the work we do here at Wise will have a lasting impact,

on the lives of our grandparents, parents, our children,

and our children’s children. 

Here we are, shaped by the belief,

that what we have all accomplished here together,

as a community, matters. It matters very much. 

We Shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us”.

Indeed.

Thank you.

Building A New City on the Hill: Katz Family Pavilion at Stephen Wise Temple

First published on We Said Go Travel

Happy Birthday Lisa Niver Oct News

October 2017 News: Happy 50th Birthday To Me!


October 2017 NEWS: Happy 50th Birthday To Me!

Thank you for your support of both We Said Go Travel and me! My 50 Things Before I am 50 Project has been amazing. For my 50th birthday, I went skydiving with GoJump Oceanside! I will be sharing the video soon and also the photos from my stay at The Pantai Inn in La Jolla which I loved!

 

I spent most of October celebrating in different parts of California with friends and family. I went on a road trip to Santa Cruz and hugged 1000 year-old trees with my high school teacher, Joannie Parker. I went to a double 50th birthday party in San Francisco during Fleet Week and had birthday dinners in La Jolla and Los Angeles.

Did you read about my time at the #SeeHer Emmy party in Hollywood? I loved learning about the Women in Entertainment Project. Did you know about all the luxury things you can do in Las Vegas? I drove a Lamborghini Huracán GT and swam with sharks at Mandalay Bay. I have really been enjoying my 50 things before I am 50 project. Here is more information about my stay in Rancho Mirage with my first golf lesson and when I drove BMW M3s on the race track!

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY 750 TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Lisa and Marcie biking in Tahoe

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes! I now have 750 videos, 645,001 views, 1470 subscribers on YouTube AND my total video views across all platforms is now over 1,340,000 (1.3Million)! Thank you for your support!

Find videos from this summer trip to Europe in my articles about Monaco (country 97), IrelandScotland (country #98) and San Marino (country #99) Video #749 = Travel Media Showcase in Cabarrus, North Carolina. This conference brings together travel journalists and destinations! I went to the conference in 2016 for the first time and this year I was the GRAND PRIZE Winner for my coverage of Grapevine Texas in 2016.

Video #750 = My very first ever mountain biking lesson at Northstar California Resort with Specialized Bike Academy!! (read about it in POPSUGAR!)

 

 

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for the 2017 Inspiration Award here. The entries from the 2017 Summer Independence Award have been published and the winners will be announced next month.  There is no Fall Gratitude award this year. We are working on a redesign for the website right now. Look for more writing awards in 2018.

What Picture will you share in WSGT Travel Photo Award 2017TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

Our first ever Travel Photo Award is open! Thank you to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. Enter here Share your favorite shot! Why do you love it? How did you create it?  Submit a photo taken in the last two years. There is no fee to enter and there are cash prizes!

Check out our Travel Photo Award SPONSORS

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they are a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

travelphotographyacademy.com

My fortune cookies said “Forge ahead with your new ideas.” and Your talents will be recognized and rewarded. I wonder what will happen NEXT?!?!!? Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube.

What do you think of my new site? LisaNiver.com

Models, Mayors and Magazines: My September 2017 News


September 2017 NEWS: Models, Mayors and Magazines

Thank you for your support of both We Said Go Travel and me! My 50 Things Before I am 50 Project has been amazing. I will be 50 next month in October. The last few months have been full of mayors, models and magazines and so many exciting accomplishments! Here are a few highlights:

Recent Articles: 

TRIVAGOHow I Conquered My Fear of Getting on a Bike

SMITHSONIAN Battle of Guadalcanal, walk in the footsteps of history.”  They included six of my videos from my visit to the Solomon Islands.

SATURDAY EVENING POST  “A World War II Hero Remembers Guadalcanal” about Roy Roush.

POPSUGAR How I Conquered My Fear of Getting on a Bike 

Lisa with Governor Gray Davis Sept 2017

RADIO: Lisa on The Good Life Show!

Models and Mayors:

Recent Travels:
I loved visiting Las Vegas and shared my adventures of swimming with sharks, racing a Lamborghini Huracán and cooking with a Michelin chef on an Instagram Takeover on Frommer’s Travel Guides.

I networked at Travel Media Showcase in Cabarrus, North Carolina and won the grand prize from Grapevine, Texas for best coverage from the 2016 conference.

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY 750 TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes! I now have 750 videos, 633,953 views, 1463 subscribers on YouTube AND my total video views across all platforms is now over 1,340,000 (1.3Million)! Thank you for your support!

Find videos from this summer trip to Europe in my articles about Monaco (country 97), IrelandScotland (country #98) and San Marino (country #99)

Video #749 = Travel Media Showcase in Cabarrus, North Carolina. This conference brings together travel journalists and destinations! I went to the conference in 2016 for the first time and this year I was the GRAND PRIZE Winner for my coverage of Grapevine Texas in 2016.

Lisa and Marcie biking in TahoeVideo #750 = My very first ever mountain biking lesson at Northstar California Resort with Specialized Bike Academy!! (read about it in POPSUGAR!)

 

TRAVEL WRITING AWARD: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for the 2017 Inspiration Award here. We are publishing the entries from the 2017 Summer Independence Award. There is no Fall Gratitude award this year. We are working on a redesign for the website right now. Look for more writing awards in 2018/

What Picture will you share in WSGT Travel Photo Award 2017TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD:

Our first ever Travel Photo Award is open! Thank you to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. Enter here Share your favorite shot! Why do you love it? How did you create it?  Submit a photo taken in the last two years. There is no fee to enter and there are cash prizes!

Check out our Travel Photo Award SPONSORS

Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they are a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

My fortune cookies said “Others take notice of your radiance.” and “A financial venture may turn a profit sooner than expected.” I knew it was going to be a good year!
To a SWEET year of SUCCESS and ADVENTURE! Happy 5078.

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube.

What do you think of my new site? LisaNiver.com

Which Photo will you share in Best in Travel Award 2017?


For our first ever WSGT Travel Photo Award : 2017 Best in Travel Photo Award, share your favorite shot! Why do you love it? How did you create it? Submit a photo taken in the last two years.

Thank you for your participation!

What Picture will you share in WSGT Travel Photo Award 2017Date: Enter from August 1, 2017 to October 1, 2017

Theme: Your Favorite Photo

Deadline: Enter by midnight PST on October 1, 2017

Fees: This competition has no fee.

WSGT Travel Photo Award 2017

Prizes:

1st Prize – $200 usd
2nd Prize – $100usd
3rd Prize – $50 usd

Winners will be selected by our judges and We Said Go Travel Team. Cash prizes will be paid through PayPal in United States Dollars. All winning entries will be promoted on We Said Go Travel.

REQUIREMENTS

RULES

Photos will be published with the accompanying information given with the entry dependent on appropriateness and being family friendly (G rated). If your photo information is written in a language other than English, please also send an English translation.

Travelers of all ages and from all countries are encouraged to participate. You may submit up to three photos for our first photo competition.

We are looking for an inspiring travel-oriented image that shows us your experience in the world with great subject, composition, lighting, perspective and storytelling. It must be your original photo that shares the people, places or cultures you have encountered. Do not submit studio or commercial photos.

All photos, which meet the requirements, will be published on this site, WeSaidGoTravel.com. Void where prohibited.

JUDGING

Jeana

Jeana Surf and Sunshine Travel Photo AwardTravel / Lifestyle Blogger | Geeky Mom (the cool kind, of course)
North American Travel Journalists Association
International Travel Writers Alliance
Huffington Post / Surf and Sunshine

Rarely caught without a camera, Jeana is an adventurous traveler with a passion for people, cultures and food that has led her to 38 countries in 5 years. Recently named by Social Media Week as one of eight people who have more social influence than some large travel brands, Jeana is also consistently listed in Klout’s top 10 Travel influencers as well as the top 5 of Rise Global’s Top 1000 Travel Blogs. When she’s not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and building LEGOs with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in her husband’s underwear drawer.

www.surfandsunshine.com

Gary Arndt

Gary is a self-taught travel photographer who was named Travel Photographer of the Year by both the Society of American Travel Writers and the North American Travel Journalists Association. Join his Travel Photography Academy!

www.everything-everywhere.com

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August 2017 NEWS: Honored to be Published


August 2017 NEWS: Honored to be published in Smithsonian, Saturday Evening Post & POPSUGAR

Lisa Niver published in Smithsonian MagazineYAY! It is time to CELEBRATE! Here are my latest published articles that I am so PROUD of:

Thank you to SMITHSONIAN for sharing my story, “75 years after the Battle of Guadalcanal, walk in the footsteps of history.”  They included six of my videos from my visit to the Solomon Islands.

Thank you to SATURDAY EVENING POST for sharing my article   “A World War II Hero Remembers Guadalcanal” about Roy Roush.

August 7 marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most brutal battles of World War II, the Battle of Guadalcanal. World War II veteran Roy Roush recalls his experiences as a member of the 2nd Marine Division during frontline action at this critical campaign.

Thank you to POPSUGAR for sharing my story about being terrified on my first ever Mountain Bike Lesson. I still cannot believe I did it! Here is the article.

More stories about the Solomon Islands: Honiara, Gizo and Munda on my site and

  • MSN: 20 destinations that deserve more tourists: I am quoted about the Solomon Islands “Next month, the Solomon Islands will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal – one of the deciding battles in World War II – making it a special time to visit. What else does the place have to offer? “I went scuba diving, learned to make shell money, and spent time at a cultural village,” says Lisa Niver, travel expert and writer at We Said Go Travel.”
  • FOX TRAVEL NEWS: 9 amazing beaches you’ve probably never heard of: 3. Kennedy Island, Solomon Islands “Although it’s named for one of the most beloved U.S. presidents, Kennedy Island receives only a handful of American visitors each year. (It has just six reviews on TripAdvisor.) While the uninhabited island has great snorkeling, most visitors come for the historical significance. “JFK, who would be 100 years old this May, was stationed nearby when his patrol boat was struck by a torpedo and he swam to this island,” says recent visitor Lisa Niver of We Said Go Travel

Lisa is a Travel Expert:

  • interviewed for Moneyish: 5 Ways to Score Killer Hotel Deals: “Lisa Niver, a travel writer and contributor to USA TODAY‘s 10best column, tells Moneyish: “A lot of times there’s a secret deal price and that price is non-refundable. If your dates change, this can get you into trouble… [and] you can’t dispute the charge and get the money back,” even if you booked with a credit card. So, avoid too-good-to-be-true rates unless you are sure you won’t have to alter your travel dates later.4. Use a booking engine — but not just for booking. Niver also suggests using features like Booking.com’s Map function, which shows you where hotels are located in a particular place. Once you’ve found the one that best suits where you want to be, look into booking directly with the hotel to see if they offer a better price.5. Sign up for loyalty programs. These programs are a no-fuss way to rack up points and perks at leading hotel chains worldwide. Niver says bonuses include luxurious amenities like club floor access, and of course, these programs also help you build up a cache of money-saving points (which you can use to splurge on a dream vacation).
  • How Entrepreneurs Stay Positive and Productive:

    06. Lisa Niver (Travel Journalist and On-Camera Host, Founder of We Said Go Travel)
    – Every morning at breakfast I read part of a book to help me grow my business and inspire my focus for the day. Right now I am reading Unshakeable by Tony Robbins. I read books by nearly all the sharks on Shark Tank and my favorite was The Power Of Broke: How Empty Pockets, A Tight Budget, And A Hunger For Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John.

  • THIS WEEK IN TRAVEL Podcast: Thank you to Jen Leo, Gary Arndt and Chris Christensen for inviting me to be on their podcast: THIS WEEK IN TRAVEL!

Where can you find my 749 travel videos?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes! I now have 749 videos, 622,897 views, 1444 subscribers on YouTube AND my total video views across all platforms is now over 1,250,000 (1.25Million)! Thank you for your support!

Find my new videos from my summer trip to Europe in my articles about Monaco (country 97), Ireland, Scotland (country #98) and San Marino (country #99)

Video #749 = Travel Media Showcase in Cabarrus, North Carolina. This conference brings together travel journalists and destinations! I went to the conference in 2016 for the first time and this year I was the GRAND PRIZE Winner for my coverage of Grapevine Texas in 2016.

Next month: Look for Video #750 My first ever Mountain Bike Lesson at NorthStar California Resort with Specialized Bike Academy!

Travel Writing Award: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for the 2017 Inspiration Award here. We are publishing the entries from the 2017 Summer Independence Award. The Fall Gratitude Writing Award will open Sept 11 and close on Thanksgiving.

Travel Photo Award:

Our first ever Travel Photo Award is open! Thank you to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. Enter here Share your favorite shot! Why do you love it? How did you create it?  Submit a photo taken in the last two years. There is no fee to enter and there are cash prizes!

As my fortune cookies said: “You will find your solution where you least expect it.” and “Your talents will be rewarded and recognized within the month.” I was honored to win a journalism award in June and again this month in August! Thank you for years of support, kindness and sharing your hope with me that I could really make my dreams come true! If you have suggestions for my country #100, let me know! 

Thank you to Stephen Wise Temple for recognizing me for my Southern California Journalism Award for my column in the Jewish Journal!

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube.

What do you think of my new site? LisaNiver.com

Winner at the Award Ceremony: July News We Said Go Travel


July 2017 NEWS: Winner at the Award Ceremony

I won second place for my print column at the Jewish Journal for the Southern California Journalism Awards! There were 1200 entries for the 59th annual awards and I was a finalist in two categories.

Where did I travel recently?

I flew with JetSuiteX for a one day adventure to NapaEpicMakers edited the video for me and will be a sponsor for my brand new TRAVEL PHOTO AWARD that begins August 1st!

I was invited to the opening of the Lake Club at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and to conquer my fear of mountain biking! I am so proud of myself. Of all my 50 things before I am 50 so far, this was by far and away the scariest one. I still cannot believe I did it!

And now for something new: I was honored to be asked to be a Facebook Live host for USA Today 10best’s new project. I was “live” in Tahoe from the brand new Lake Club at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe and at the Culver City Centennial Food and Wine Festival.

Recent Articles:

Lisa is a Travel Expert:

  • Inquisitr Interview: “WE SAID GO TRAVEL’S LISA NIVER ON BUILDING A TOP TRAVEL WEBSITE, SEEING THE WORLD, AND PACKING EFFICIENTLY”
  • MSN article:  “Travel: The not-so-good ideas:”  What did I say:

    “People believe it saves them money to avoid a travel agent when the opposite is true,” explains Lisa Niver of We Said Go TravelBooking a trip through a travel agency means better rates on hotelsplane upgrades, and avoiding pesky visa issues. Most of us go to a salon when we want a good haircut – “Don’t you think a professional could put a polish on your holiday too?” asks Niver.

  • Budgeting for International Travel: read all the way to the end to find me:  “Lisa Niver from We Said Go Travel recommends, “Budgeting for your activities. I love to go SCUBA diving and renting the gear plus boat fees can be expensive, but for me the cost is well worth it. When I travel, I want to see the underwater creatures. I would rather stay in a cheaper place and spend more on my excursions.
  • Travel Classics Conference has two of my Ireland video’s on their home page: Welcome to Travel Classics and Why is George Stone in Kilkenny, Ireland?”
  • Tourism Ireland has my Travel Classics video on their page!

Lisa and Marcie biking in TahoeWhere can you find my 745+ travel videos?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire TvAmazon Short Video and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes!

Travel Writing Award: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! Find the winners for the 2017 Inspiration Award here. We are publishing the entries from the 2017 Summer Independence Award. The Fall Gratitude Writing Award will open Sept 11 and close on Thanksgiving.

Travel Photo Award:

Our first ever Travel Photo Award opens August 1st! Thank you to our judges, Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere and Jeana from Surf and Sunshine. Enter here

As my fortune cookies said: “Kindness leads to happiness.” and “Your dreams will come true when you least expect it.” Thank you for years of support, kindness and sharing your hope with me that I could really make my dreams come true! If you have suggestions for my country #100, let me know! 

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube.

What do you think of my new site? LisaNiver.com

Newest Videos from Lisa and We Said Go TravelA Day in Napa

Who is a winner at the Southern California Journalism Awards?


Who is a winner at the Southern California Journalism awards?

Lisa Niver, Photo by Curtis Sabir

Thank you! I was honored to be a finalist in two categories for the 59th Southern California Journalism Awards and delighted to receive second place in the Print Column category for “A Journey to Freedom Over Three Passovers.”

What awards did the Jewish Journal win?

“Jewish Journal senior writer Danielle Berrin was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club at its 59th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards banquet on June 25. She won in the category for print publications with circulations of 50,000 and above.

Who is a winner at the Southern California Journalism awards?

Lisa Niver and Marty Kaplan

Other Jewish Journal winners included columnist Marty Kaplan, who won first place for “Is Campaign News Necessary?” Berrin took third place in the same category for “Huma Abedin and the Real Housewives of Politics.”

Contributing editor Tom Tugend took second place for his personality profile “Looking Back at War on Memorial Day”; contributing writer Lisa Niver won second place for her column “A Journey to Freedom Over Three Passovers”; book editor Jonathan Kirsch was awarded second place for criticism of books, art, architecture and design for “Shock Is Followed by Awe Over Foer’s New Novel”; editor-in-chief and publisher Rob Eshman won third place for food and culture criticism for “Jonathan Gold on Eating Your Entire City”; and staff writer Eitan Arom took third place for hard news for his story “The Complex, Secret Path to Becoming an Orthodox Jew.”

Who is a winner at the Southern California Journalism awards?

Lisa Niver, Jessi Berrin and Danielle Berrin, Journalist of the Year

From the Los Angeles Press Club event at the Biltmore: See all the winners and all the finalists for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

Who is a winner at the Southern California Journalism awards?

VideoMayor Eric Garcetti: “Thank you for being the light” 

Mayor Eric Garcetti: “The urgency of what you do in this moment is so important in this city, in this country and this world. Thank you for being the light. What you do is safeguarding this democracy. What you are doing is breathing life back in to what we stand for. I certainly am grateful for that. If you didn’t do your job I couldn’t do my job.”

Who is a winner at the Southern California Journalism awards?

Lisa Niver and Andrea Mitchell, winner of The Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement

Who is a winner at the Southern California Journalism awards?

Lisa Niver and Daniel Berehulak, winner of Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism

Who is a winner at the Southern California Journalism awards?

The Jewish Journal Table at the Southern California Journalism Awards

Who is a winner at the Southern California Journalism awards?

Lisa Niver, Kat Kramer and Diana Ljungaeus, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Press Club

Do you want to be a travel writer too? Enter the We Said Go Travel Summer Writing Competition! In honor of Lisa’s award, we extended the deadline! Next month, we will have our first ever photo competition.

The Clayhouse Summer Sale: Art in Santa Monica


The Clayhouse Summer Sale

Featuring Pottery for the Kitchen
Friday July 14th 4pm-9pm and 
Saturday July 15th 10am-6pm
 2909 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica 90404
 310.828.7071
 
Twenty-three Artists from The Clayhouse will be selling hundreds of pieces of Handmade Pottery
Come find your new favorite Platters, Mugs, Espresso Cups, Teapots, Teacups, Bowls, Baking Dishes, Egg Cups, Bread Baskets, Dishes, Berry Bowls, Butter Dishes, Sugar Bowls, Pitchers, Tumblers and more will be for sale.

SUMMER 2017 CLAYHOUSE ARTISTS

Alia Joslin, Stephanie Sea, Amy Kivnick,
Polly Osborne, Kerri Price Katsuyama, Diana Ungerleider,
Lisa Niver, Janet Grings, Erin Wildman, Dianna Linden,
Deborah Levin, John Henderson, Jamie Hansen,
Sam Dixon, Sierra Pecheur, Sara Winkle, Sonja Bolle,
Janet Domino, Nani Grennell, Kathy Mudgett,
Nadine Wells,  Anne Cooper, Karin Swildens
 
More information:
FACEBOOK
WEBSITE
INSTAGRAM

Ceramics by Janet Domino

About The Clayhouse Studio & Gallery:

The Clayhouse, established in 1971, is the oldest high fire pottery studio on the Westside. There are fewer and fewer studios of this nature due to limited space and obstacles in using gas-burning kilns. Gas kilns produce rich, beautiful glaze colors and unique visual effects with universal appeal. The unassuming storefront of The Clayhouse on Santa Monica Blvd displays some of the works of its 50 artist members. In the back of the storefront, there is a wide open studio with tables, wheels, kilns and pottery in various stages of completion. Classes are offered during week and weekend.

Take art class with David Stone. Photo by Mark Dektor

Take art class with David Stone. Photo by Mark Dektor

Take a Class:

Beginning Handbuilding class:

Six weeks: July 11 to Aug. 15, 2017
Tuesday mornings, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Instructor: Kerri Price Katsuyama
Students  will learn techniques for working with clay such as coiling, extruding, and slab rolling, to make  bowls, cups, vases, planters and more. Glazing instruction is also included.

Wheel class for beginners

Six weeks: July 23 – August 27, 2017
Sunday mornings, 10 – 12 (first class will be 3 hrs.)
Instructor: David Stone
Students will learn how to use the potter’s wheel to  “throw” functional items such as mugs, bowls, vases
and more. Glaze instruction is also included.
The class fee is $280 which includes a 25-lb. bag of clay and tools, access to the studio anytime, plus the firing. An advance deposit is required to hold a space in class.
All classes last six weeks and include clay, tools 
firing, glazing and access to the studio. 
Classes are small to allow individual attention. 
Call soon to reserve a spot in a class! 
Advance deposit required.   
call 310-828-7071 for more info or to sign up
 Store hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm
As Henry Moore said, “To be an artist is to believe in life.”
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clayhouse summer art sale
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso
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I hope to see you at the Studio! Lisa Niver
Lisa Niver, Artist and Author Photo by Mark Dektor

Lisa Niver, Artist and Author Photo by Mark Dektor

Lisa Niver is now the Adventure Correspondent on The Jet Set Tv!


Who is the Adventure Correspondent on The Jet Set?Thank you to The Jet Set!

I am the Adventure Correspondent on the show.

I was first on the show in February 2017 for an interview talking about my 50 things before I am 50 project.

I now have two segments live. My first one is about skiing with the National Ability Center and going on the Olympic Bobsled in Park City, Utah. In the second one, learn about the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

I look forward to sharing more of my adventures with you on the show. Thank you to the entire team at The Jet Set, especially Gailen, Bobby, Nikki, Brad and April.

See my segments on YouTube:

Who is the Adventure Correspondent on The Jet Set?What is The Jet Set?

“The Jet Set is a first of it’s kind talk show designed to keep pace with the professional, leisure and aspiring traveler by offering interviews with a wide variety of guests from the entertainment and travel worlds, on-location experiences, and insight into the latest trends and current events.

Our show engages a social media connected generation, experiencing destinations with them, rather than for them. Opening the door to new advertising and promotional opportunities with both travel-focused companies such as airlines, hotel brands, restaurant chains, etc. and lifestyle products including mobile electronics, apps, financial services and cosmetic brands among others.

The Jet Set not only connects viewers to a destination or experience, but also to hosts they can relate to and brands that will help take them where they truly want to go.”

Who is the Adventure Correspondent on The Jet Set?

More of The Jet Set:

 YouTube

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Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

Who is the Adventure Correspondent on The Jet Set?

Who is the Adventure Correspondent on The Jet Set?The Jet Set is a fresh new talk show designed to reinvent travel television and keep pace with the professional, leisure and aspiring traveler by experiencing the sights, sounds and scenery of destinations around the world or here at home, along with you!

As the first hybrid talk and travel show, ‘The Jet Set’ is anchored from its ‘jet’ television set complete with an airplane wing desk and actual set pieces built from a decommissioned Boeing 747. Alternatively, like other travel shows, ‘The Jet Set’ hits the road to feature destinations, attractions, festivals and unique adventures.

Travel and talk veterans Gailen David, Bobby Laurie and health and wellness expert Nikki Noya will keep you in the loop each week with a wide variety of guests from the entertainment and travel worlds, on-location experiences, and insight into the latest trends and current events.

But more importantly, we let you in on the fun and reinforce that you don’t need to “jet” to be part of the “Jet Set” experience!

June News: Finalist at the Award Ceremony


June 2017 NEWS: Finalist at the Award Ceremony

Who is a Finalist for the Southern California Journalism Awards?I am a finalist in two categories for the Southern California Journalism Awards! The ceremony is June 25 at the Biltmore. I am honored to be included. There were 1200 entries for the 59th annual awards. Thank you to the Los Angeles Press Club for my nominations. I will let you know what happens!

Where did I travel recently?

I have links below to videos from my Florida and China trips. I told you last month I would be in Europe for nearly four weeks and in six countries: Monaco, France, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and San Marino. Country 97, 98 and 99 were amazing! I loved my travels and am working on all the videos to share with you.

This month, I am going on my first private jet for a one day adventure to Napa! This is definitely going on my list of 50 things before I am 50! At the end of June, I will be at The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe and conquering my fear of mountain biking. Look for photos on all my social media–I have been verified on Twitter and am now also verified on Facebook!

Lisa and Joyce at Ashford Castle IrelandWondering what else is new? Check out my new page on LisaNiver.com Please let me know your feedback and suggestions.

I am so excited about being the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set! Here is my most recent segment about the Solomon Islands.

Enjoy my latest videos and articles: 

A Weekend in Shanghai China

Visit the Sugar Sand Festival in Clearwater Beach

Travel Classics International Conference in Ireland

Formula E Race in Monaco

Recent Articles:

Lisa jumping for joy at Ashford CastleWhere can you find my 680+ travel videos? Here are links to my video channels on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv, Amazon Short Video and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes!

Travel Writing Award: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! The 2017 Summer Independence Award is now open. The 2017 Inspiration We Said Go Travel Writing Award entries are currently being published and the winners will be announced in July. Thank you to our judges, Amanda Castleman and Jason Frye.

As my fortune cookies said: “You are on the verge of something big.” and “Getting the right answers is only possible when you have asked the right questions.” I am diligently working every day to make my goals into reality and it is actually happening! If you have suggestions for my country #100, let me know! 

Thank you for your support. Lisa Niver

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube.

Newest Videos from Lisa and We Said Go Travel: Lisa Niver on The Jet Set: Solomon Islands

Will I see you July 2 at the Culver City Centennial Westside Food & Wine Festival?


How are you celebrating the weekend before July 4th?

Come to Culver City on July 2 and celebrate the 100th birthday with Wine, Music, Food and Friends!

*Enjoy 15-20 Great Restaurants/Food Vendors and 15-20 Wine/Spirit and Craft Beer Vendors including many from Youngs Market, Martian Winery, Plough Family Winery, Obvious Wines, Boisset Winery, Spa Girl Vodka, Rock and Roll Tequila and more. Plus the Naked Juice Truck and plenty of Harmless Coconut Water.

*Event is Indoor & Outside on the adjacent patio and back parking lot. Culver City/Celebrity Chefs including Kimmy Tang (Owner of many past restaurants including 9021PHO). Free chair massages by fantastic massage therapist Jason Chase for VIP ticket holders along with early entry and some giveaways.

*Ambiance Music by DJ Gabe of Culver City and Live Guitar by Kevin G as well as other entertainment including Yelp’s Photo Booth, Fantastic Paul-professional strolling magic from America’s Got Talent and a fortune telling psychic. Come meet the Top Wolverine/Logan character look-a-like for photos.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKET!

This event is the only approved Centennial Food & Wine Festival.

Not only will you have a GREAT time you will be supporting these THREE Wonderful Projects:

Meals on Wheels Culver/Palms

The Culver City Backpacks for Kids Program

And proceeds from the Silent Auction will help benefit musician Rick Joswick

Sponsors include the LA Kings, Trader Joes Culver City, Costco Culver City, Naked Juice, Spa Girl Vodka cocktails, Rock & Roll Tequila, Cava Culver City, Courtyard by Marriott LA Westside (Culver City), The Studio MDR, Sol Cucina, Govino Wine Glassware, Tea Riot.

Local restaurants participating include Hanjip, Pitfire Pizza, Mayura Indian, LA Gastronomy, Public School, Wildcraft, Panini Kabob Grill- formally the Panini Cafe, Fresh Brothers Pizza, Luciano Italiano Cuccina, Marriott Hotel, Cava, Naked Juice, Harmless Coconut Water, Le Pain Quotidien, Smitten Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Ococoa Chocolates and more coming.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKET!

Culver City Centennial Food and Wine FestivalFAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

21

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is hotel parking for $6 with validation until it fills up. Also street parking. Uber and Lyft are encouraged to take to avoid any parking issues as well as drinking and driving.

What can I bring into the event?

No outside food or drinks can be brought in. No kids or pets.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

At www.swingentertainment.com

What’s the refund policy?

All sales are final

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes but you must submit via email through my website who you are transferring the ticket to

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes if you provide that same information ahead of time

Who is a Finalist for the Southern California Journalism Awards?


Lisa Niver is a finalist for the Southern California Journalism AwardsI am a finalist in two categories for the Southern California Journalism Awards! I am so honored and excited. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in my writing career.

What are the Southern California Journalism Awards?

The 59th Southern California Journalism Awards honor the best in broadcast, print and online media. There were 1200 entries for the 2017 awards.

From LA Press Club: “The Southern California Journalism Awards were born during the Cold War, when Los Angeles journalism was dominated by the city’s many newspapers. Television was in its infancy. Developments like all-news radio were still years away. Women journalists were rare in mainstream media. Minorities, even rarer.

Today we see greater diversity in the newsroom and in the ways we provide information. The Press Club has been striving to embrace Internet journalists and bloggers–clearly the wave of the future.

The Southern California Journalism Awards, now celebrating 59 years of recognizing high-caliber journalism, continues to call attention to the Los Angeles area’s fine journalists while promoting excellence in new and emerging media.”

Lisa Niver is a finalist for the Southern California Journalism AwardsWhen and Where are the Southern California Journalism Awards?

I will be going to the ceremony at the Biltmore on June 25, 2017 and sitting at The Jewish Journal table.

What articles are you nominated for? I am nominated in two categories

X13. TRAVEL REPORTING

*Brad A. Johnson, Bradajohnson.net, “Trout Fishing and the Yearning for Peace in Kashmir”

*Todd Krainin, Reason, “Gurgaon: India’s Private City”

*Lisa Niver, Mountain Travel Sobek, “Mongolia: Land of Dunes & Moonrises

*Gwynedd Stuart, L.A. Weekly, “How to Go to Disneyland as an Adult and Not Want to

Die”

*Susan Valot, KCRW, “For the Curious: A Visit to the Oldest Juniper Tree in America”

F7. COLUMN

*Patricia Bunin, Southern California News Group, “When Nothing Special Moments Are

Everything”

*Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News, “Vin Scully’s Final Call”

*Lisa Niver, The Jewish Journal, “A Journey to Freedom Over Three Passovers

*Jon Regardie, Los Angeles Downtown News, “David Without a Slingshot (Yet)”

*Sharon Smith, Downey Patriot, The Problem With Senior Housing”

Who are the 2017 Special Honorees?

* Andrea Mitchell, NBC News — Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement

* Jake Tapper, CNN — Presidents Award for Impact on Media

* Daniel Berehulak, Photojournalist — Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism

*Jaime Jarrin, Dodgers Broadcaster — Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for Contribution to Civic Life

Thank you for all of your support! Lisa Niver

Are you wondering how to get started as a travel writer?

The 13th We Said Go Travel Writing Competition is open! Share a story about where you find freedom and get started today. Maybe you will be sitting next to me at a future writing award ceremony. You never know what will happen next in your journey. You do get to decide if you want to participate. I hope you will join in! We are looking forward to reading about your adventures.

Video: Lisa’s interview on The Jet Set

See this article on Sheknows

May 2017 News: 3 New Countries Takes me to #99!


May 2017 NEWS: Time to TRAVEL!

I am writing the news early this month as I will be spending over three weeks in Europe in May and going to six countries. Three of them I have never been to before and they will be countries #97, 98 and 99! I feel so very fortunate that I have these amazing adventures as part of my 50 Things Before I am 50 Project.  Thank you for all your support. I cannot wait to tell you all about it!

Where did I travel in April and May?

In my April news, I mentioned my trips to New York City and Clearwater, Florida but at the end of the month I went to Shanghai for the weekend! Please click here for a preview of what we explored in China. In May, I went to the 2017 SCUBA Show and flew to Nice, France to begin my European journey. I traveled by helicopter to Monaco to see the e-Grand Prix. I also went to Ireland, Scotland, Italy and San Marino. Photos and videos coming soon to share my stories.

Lisa Niver is the Adventure Correspondent on The Jet SetI am so excited about being the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set! New segments are coming soon. See my first segment about Utah and skiing with the visually impaired here.

I also reported about my first ride on the Winter Comet Olympic Bobsled! Did you see my interview on The Jet Set: Interview of Lisa Niver: Transformational Travel

Newest Videos:

Where can you find my 660+ travel videos? Here are links to my video channels on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv, Amazon Short Video and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes!

Recent Articles written by or featuring Lisa:

Jeana, JJ, Ellen, Stef and Lisa on the way to Shanghai with China Eastern Airlines!

Travel Writing Award: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions!

The 2017 Summer Independence Award is now open. The winners of the 2016 Gratitude Travel writing award were announced on May 11, 2017. The 2017 Inspiration We Said Go Travel Writing Award entries are currently being published.

I have been honored to publish nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries with the thirteen writing competitions I have hosted on We Said Go Travel. I hope you will consider participating in the next competition or sharing it with someone who wants to tell their tale. Thank you for all the support over the years.

As my fortune cookies said: “Live in THIS moment” and “Through greater effort and hard work a precious dream comes true!” I am working every day to make my goals into reality and it is actually happening! If you have suggestions for my country #100, let me know!

Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube.

Newest Videos from Lisa and We Said Go Travel: 2017 Travel and Adventure Show in Los Angeles

April News: I am so PROUD of my accomplishments


April NEWS: Plant seeds and Watch them GROW!

At times over the last few years, I have wondered if I am making progress. Was leaving teaching to write about travel the right choice? Lately, I see that the seeds I have been planting are taking root and growing! I am very proud of my accomplishments!

Lisa Niver is the Adventure Correspondent on The Jet SetMy trip to the Solomon Islands for two weeks in March was incredible and I am working on my story for Smithsonian. I have 31 videos to share from my adventures and will have more articles to share soon. I hosted a twitter chat and shared many photos which can now be seen on my Instagram about my trip. I have over one million video views, I am verified on Twitter and all my social media accounts are growing! Thank you for all of your amazing support!

I am now the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set! See my first segment about Utah and skiing with the visually impaired here. I also reported about my first ride on the Winter Comet Olympic Bobsled! Did you see my interview on The Jet Set: Interview of Lisa Niver: Transformational Travel

I loved flying on Delta and reading my article about Fabien Cousteau in Delta Sky Magazine! That was amazing! And I loved when Fabien Cousteau shared about the article when he flew on Delta and read about himself in my article. What a great month!

Lisa Niver wrote for Delta Sky Magazine about Fabien Cousteau.Where did I travel in April?

I traveled to New York City to celebrate a family birthday and Passover. I also went to the Auto Show to learn more about the e-Grand Prix as I am going to Monaco for a race in May! I have new two stories on Sheknows:

  • Discovering New Sports: 50 Things before I am 50 about my first hockey game, my first NCAA Basketball Game and learning to play tennis! Also about my story for The Jet Set in Utah skiing with the visually impaired and going on the Olympic Bobsled!
  • Where to stay in NYC? I loved my stay at the DoubleTree By Hilton and I love their new Cook(ie)Book! Read more about it here! 

I also LOVED being at the Sugar Sand Festival in Clearwater Florida. I love sand art sculptures and this festival supports a local elementary school! Photos and video are coming soon!

Newest Videos:

Where can you find my 650+ travel videos? Here are links to my video channels on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv, Amazon Short Video and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes!

Recent Articles written by or featuring Lisa:

Lisa Niver in the Solomon IslandsTravel Writing Award: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! We will announce the winners of the 2016 Gratitude Travel writing award in May 2017. The 2017 Inspiration We Said Go Travel Writing Award entries are currently being published. The Summer Independence Award will open on May 11, 2017. I have been honored to publish nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries with the dozen writing competitions I have hosted on We Said Go Travel. I hope you will consider participating in the next competition or sharing it with someone who wants to tell their tale. Thank you for all the support over the years.

I love the Oprah and Deepak 21-day Meditation Challenge. Recently Oprah said: “Let life carry you. Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”  She also said, “Be one with life. You don’t live your life, life lives you!”

Thank you for your support. Lisa

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Newest Videos from Lisa and We Said Go Travel: Lisa Niver on at the LA KINGS Game!

Discovering 50 Things Before I am 50: Sports


Hello from NYC! I am here to celebrate a milestone family birthday and wanted to share some of my progress on my project of 50 New and Adventurous Things Before I turn 50.

I went to my very first hockey game with JNTO. I loved being in the suite and learning about a whole new sport. I had never watched a hockey game on television or in person before. You may asking yourself, “Did she live under a rock?” Nope! I grew up in Los Angeles and never knew that I LOVE hockey! What a great sport. I love the non-stop action and the giant men jumping over the short wall to get back on the ice. They keep playing even when their sticks break. It was incredible. I cannot wait to go again. Thank you to the JNTO for introducing me to the L.A. Kings. I loved sudden death overtime and a shoot out to ELEVEN! AMAZING!

VideoMy first LA Kings hockey game

I went to my very first NCAA Basketball game and saw my own college team, University of Pennsylvania, play at Pauley Pavilion at UCLA. The Quakers were incredible for three quarters. I loved being there, cheering on my team and singing the Red and the Blue. The final score against Texas A&M (63 – 61) did know show that how well they played for most of the game.

Video: My First NCAA Women’s Basketball Game 2017

In the last year, I started a new sport. I am learning to play tennis. My coach recently said, “It is too bad we did not take video of you when you started.” I said, “Why? So people could see how much I sucked?” He said, “No, to see how much you have improved.” Once when I was very new with him, he said, “Lisa, What are you watching? Because it is definitely not the ball.” I had an eye issue for most of my life that was only recently diagnosed and treated.  I always thought I was uncoordinated and kind of wimpy. It turns out I could not hit a baseball or tetherball because I could not see the ball properly. After many months of weekly therapy, my eye doctor recommended I try tennis lessons. I said, “That sounds frustrating.” Dr. Brodney said, “You have learned new skills and now you have to challenge yourself to use them.” I have made great progress and continue to work on my hand-eye coordination.

VideoLisa Niver’s Tennis Lesson: 15 Months of lessons

It has been exciting to try out new activities like tennis and enjoy sports where I can follow the ball or the puck when others are playing. I recently went on the Olympic Bobsled in Utah. I am on the look out for more new and adventurous activities, let me know any suggestions for my 50 new things list!

Video: Lisa Niver, Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set, in Utah on the Olympic Bobsled and skiing with the National Ability Center. (starts 16:45)

March News: Where in the Wonderful World is Lisa?


March NEWS: Where in the Wonderful World is Lisa?

When this newsletter publishes, I will be in the South Pacific with little to no Wi-Fi! I want to say thank you for your support of me on my journey with We Said Go Travel! In 2017, I have written for Delta Sky Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Sierra Club Magazine and am currently on assignment for Smithsonian.  I have been working to build We Said Go Travel one step, one word, one video, one day at a time. I now have over one million video views and many print and online articles. I am grateful that you have been walking this road with me.

Where did I travel in March?

Where in the world is Lisa?I accepted a challenge to ski at all three Vail Resorts in Lake Tahoe, California as part of my 50 new things before I am 50. I have two stories about it for Sheknows:

I loved Kirkwood, Heavenly and Northstar for different reasons and cannot wait to go back. See all four of my videos below.

I am currently on assignment in the Solomon Islands. I promise to share video and photos from my adventures as soon as I am back in the land of Wi-Fi.

Newest Videos:

  • I was invited to give a talk about travel but don’t worry if you missed it! CLICK HERE to see the video!
  • At Utah’s Olympic Park, I rode the Winter Comet Bobsled. I did not chicken out but I did think about it! See us going 65mph: Watch it here on my Instagram!
  • I met Cindy Crawford at Umami Burger! For my 50 before 50 bucketlist: PHOTO with a SUPERMODEL! See it here!

Where can you find my 640+ travel videos? Here are links to my video channels on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv, Amazon Short Video and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes!

Recent Articles written by or featuring Lisa:

Travel Writing Award:

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions! The 2016 Gratitude We Said Go Travel Writing Award entries are currently being published. The Summer Independence Award will open in May 2017. I have been honored to publish nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries with the dozen writing competitions I have hosted on We Said Go Travel. Thank you for all the support.

As my fortune cookie said: “Pack your bags. You are bound for an exciting destination.”  I will leave you with an Irish story for St. Patrick’s Day. Thank you for your support. Lisa

This “Irish Blessing” was shared with me on St. Patrick’s day 2017
His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.
 
There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. 
 
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved. 
 
‘I want to repay you,’ said the nobleman. ‘You saved my son’s life.’

‘No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,’ the Scottish farmer replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel.
 
‘Is that your son?’ the nobleman asked.

‘Yes,’ the farmer replied proudly. 
  
‘I’ll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of.’ And that he did.
 
Farmer Fleming’s son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin. 
  
Years afterward, the same nobleman’s son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin. 
 
The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill … His son’s name?
 
Sir Winston Churchill 
 
Someone once said:  What goes around comes around.  
  •  Work like you don’t need the money.
  •  Love like you’ve never been hurt.
  •  Dance like nobody’s watching.
  •  Sing like nobody’s listening.
  •  Live like it’s Heaven on Earth. 
AN IRISH FRIENDSHIP WISH: 
  • May there always be work for your hands to do;
  • May your purse always hold a coin or two;
  • May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
  • May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
  • May the hand of a friend always be near you;
  • May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

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Where in the World is Lisa?

Who are the Top 14 Women Travel Blogs of 2016?


Top 14 Women Travel Blogs

Thank you to iVisa for including me and We Said Go Travel in their Top 14 Women Travel Blogs! Here is their list:

Breathe Dream Go

Breathe Dream Go is the name of a wonderful travel blog started by the respected Canadian writer, Mariellen Ward. After suffering a series of devastating losses and being disengaged with her work, Mariellen began to question how she could return to a happy lifestyle. She admirably escaped depression through yoga and breathing exercises and began to plan how she’d make her dream of traveling around India a reality.

Moving to India has been Mariellen’s best decision so far, not only because it allowed her to realize her dreams but also because it gave her a new family. Mariellen now inspires women all over the world to remember her mantra – breathe, dream, go – and her website makes it onto our list of Top Women Travel Blogs of 2016 because of the power of her story and the example it sets.

Both Mariellen and the Breathe Dream Go project have won multiple awards, and they both serve to let women know that traveling alone is a rewarding way to live because you never know what will happen. Her latest articles detail her adventures across Europe, Canada and India, and the fact she has plenty more trips planned for 2017 makes Breathedreamgo.com a blog to follow. Let Breathe Dream Go be a lesson that no matter how much you’re suffering now, you can always build a happier future.

Beyond Blighty

Arianwen Morris was encouraged to travel from a young age when her parents would take her on long hikes in some of Europe’s most scenic hotspots. This interest in travel from a young age manifested itself over the years until Arianwen eventually started her blog, Beyond Blighty, which details her adventure getaways in destinations spread across the globe. Arianwen admits she’s a bit of a wimp when it comes to partaking in activities with a risk factor, but life’s too short to hold her back. Because of doing the things she loves and facing her fears, Arianwen has participated in activities including canyoning, bungee jumping, jet packing, and hiking ice volcano footpaths. She is a true inspiration for all solo female travelers who want to escape their comfort zone and find out what life is like on the other side.

Among the multitude of reasons that puts beyondblighty.com on our list of Top Women Travel Blogs of 2016 is the fact that Arianwen is an advocate for responsible tourism and enjoys visiting remote areas to interact with and help the locals. She’s supported the locals in Luang Prabang, a temple-laden city of Laos, and she’s endorsed a range of social enterprises across the Southeast Asia region.

A true pioneer of solo women’s travel and adventure, we hope that Arianwen continues publishing encapsulating stories of her travels and top tips well beyond 2017. If you’re letting fear and worry hold you back, you need inspiration from the beautifully written blog posts at beyondblighty.com.

Heather on her Travels

Heather is the main star of Heatheronhertravels.com, a blog she uses to spread the word about how women can still enjoy a getaway alone or with friends without it affecting their relationships or careers. Heather may not live the nomadic lifestyle that some other travelers do, but she’s been all over the world and studied a variety of cultures that give her a unique insight into the world of travel. Nowadays, Heather spends a lot of time exploring the European continent, but she’s previously studied deforestation in Kenya, lived off the fruit of the land in Papa New Guinea and worked in Hong Kong. Though she values her time with her family above all else, she yearns to keep publishing wonderful stories of her adventures to share with the world.

In addition to running heatheronhertravels.com, Heather has a YouTube video, a Twitter account, and an email subscription – all of which she uses to show the world that traveling to new destinations, making new friends and experiencing new cultures truly broadens the mind. The list of holiday destinations on her website is endless, and that in-depth knowledge and insight are what makes heatheronhertravels.com a worthy addition to our list of the Top Women Travel Blogs of 2016.

Nowadays, Heather admits that she’s not sure whether she runs her blog to write about her adventures or continues to travel to fill her blog, but we certainly hope that both Heather’s thirst for exploration and desire to share her stories with the world continue indefinitely. If you’re a mom who’s finding your family is becoming increasingly independent, this is the inspirational blog you need to read.

Hole in the Donut

Barbara Weibel serves as an inspiration to both men and women in every nation on Earth, partly because she’s enjoyed multiple successful careers, including owning a PR firm, working in advertising, and selling ice cream cones to a large water park. Ultimately, though, the fact that she gave all that up to pursue her real desires of writing and traveling, is what draws followers. Barbara has seen almost everything throughout her life, and she knows more than most that you should do what makes you truly happy. She was raised to be a hard-working, independent individual, and avid travelers are glad she was because it led her to create holeinthedonut.com, a hugely respected travel blog that appeals to women travelers in particular.

Hole in the Donut is different to other blogs because Barbara prefers to spend extended periods of time in her chosen destinations to truly get to grips with a new culture and subsequently share her inspiring stories with the online traveling world. Though Barbara has now been traveling for years, she eventually sold her apartment in 2009 after realizing she spent far more time exploring than she did at home. Thanks to Barbara’s amazing ability to tell a captivating, spiritual story, embrace new cultures and lend herself to any environment, holeinthedonut.com is now followed by thousands of global travelers.

Though many travelers can boast visiting dozens of countries, not many have immersed themselves in the local culture to the same extent as Barbara, so make sure you follow Hole in the Donut if you want to learn a thing or two about the world we all share.

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel is more of an online travel community than solo traveler’s blog, though the founder, Lisa Niver, has an incredible story to tell. Lisa was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, but what we admire about her the most is the fact she’s visited over 95 countries and created a travel blog that attracts over 200,000 readers per year. In addition to blogging, publishing excellent writers through competitions and lending her expertise to the likes of National Geographic and USA Today, Lisa enjoys making videos of her adventures to supplement her articles and boasts over a million views across various platforms. Perhaps the most admirable thing about Lisa is that she endorses a variety of other travel blogs for women instead of trying to garner all the attention for herself.

Thanks to the diverse range of topics covered at wesaidgotravel.com, readers can find out the whereabouts of the best family getaway destinations, gain an insight into scuba diving in Bonaire, and learn how to improve their photography skills. On top of everything, Lisa holds regular writing competitions to give aspiring travel bloggers a chance to make a name for themselves.

We Said Go Travel is a site that captivates readers, inspires travelers to push their limits and gives writers the opportunity to tell their story, which is why it enjoys a place on our list of the Top Women Travel Blogs of 2016.

A Lady in London

A Lady in London was created by an expat from San Francisco that left her job managing a hedge fund to traverse the globe. Before she, who we’ll affectionately refer to as Lady, became a full-time writer for her travel blog, aladyinlondon.com, Lady worked in several US embassies in Europe before deciding to settle in London with no job plan and no worries. She started her travel blog in 2007 and turned it into a full-time job in 2010. To date, Lady has visited over 102 countries with ambitions to cross many more off her checklist over the years. Thanks to her vast travels, encounters with other nations and thorough understanding of international relations, Lady has ensured her website deserves a place on our Top Women Travel Blogs of 2016 and will no doubt continue to keep readers updated with her latest escapades.

Apart from sharing the stories of her adventures, Lady offers a fantastic service to expats looking to organize the travel itinerary of a lifetime, and she’s in the perfect position to provide recommendations and top travel tips. Lady has also released several eBooks, regularly attends and speaks at events, and encourages all women with a thirst for travel to explore the world and pursue their dreams. We can only look forward to seeing where Lady heads to next, and we’ll hopefully hear all about her adventures by keeping up-to-date with her highly regarded travel blog.

Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler

Alexandra Kovacova, otherwise known as Saska at home in Slovakia or Alex abroad, is the Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler, and she’s a true woman of the world after having lived in six countries with ambitions to try many more. Alex started traveling around Eastern Europe with her family as a youngster and has never been able to – or wanted – to shake off the travel fever. Her website, crazysexyfuntraveler.com, offers an insight into what living – rather than just holidaying – in other countries is like, and so far, she’s lived in Slovakia, Scotland, Spain, Mexico, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

Alex tells travelers how they can stay healthy while on the move, and she’s not afraid to post sexy pictures of her explorations. She’s a trained fitness instructor, adventure lover and has a great fondness for raw vegan food. Crazysexyfuntraveler.com deserves a place on our Top Women Travel Blogs of 2016 because of Alex’s passion for travel, in-depth reviews of spa and fitness treatments abroad and her sense of adventure that has had her doing all kind of crazy things, such as scuba diving with whales and practicing mud yoga in the Dead Sea.

We love the [Crazy Sexy Fun Traveler (https://www.crazysexyfuntraveler.com/) because of her innate ability to seemingly blend with new cultures, practicing and teaching yoga wherever she goes. With her desire to live in as many countries as possible, regularly post fantastic photos and meet as many new people as possible, we’re confident crazysexyfuntraveler.com is a blog to subscribe to in 2017.

Mums Do Travel

Alt TextMums Do Travel chronicles the adventures of Gretta Schifano, an award-winning blogger who loves nothing more than her family and travel. She regularly goes on getaways with her husband and children, but she also makes time to travel by herself. Gretta is more of a luxury traveler than a backpacker, and that means she can offer lots of advice on how to enjoy a holiday in style with and without the family. Though she’s drawn to the likes of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, she’s happy to make compromises and head to the water park when traveling with her family. However, she always makes time to inject a little luxury into her trip – and post her stories online so that you can find out how to follow in her footsteps.

The fact that she’s a trained and experienced journalist makes Gretta an excellent writer and storyteller, which is why her wonderful blog features on the Top Women Travel Blogs of 2016. Readers can find many travel tips for destinations around the UK, Europe, and North America at mumsdotravel.com, but she’s also detailed her trips to other parts of the world. Her recent escapades have taken her to Indonesia and Portugal, and you shouldn’t miss her last article if you’re planning to take the kids on vacation to London. As a blogger who cares about kindness and giving, there’s also a variety of competitions on mumsdotravel.com for those who want to win some traveling goodies.

Vicky Flip Flop Travels

VickyFlipFlop is a true inspiration to solo female travelers because even though she loves enjoying a getaway with her friends, she’s never let being a single woman hold her back from exploring the world. She’s extremely honest and down to earth in her writing, admitting that her travels are about seeing the world rather than saving it. Through her posts and pictures on vickyflipflop.com, VickyFlipFlop has made it her mission to inspire others to follow in her footsteps and make the most of travel, whether it’s a weekend off work, a year-long sabbatical or a switch to the international nomadic lifestyle. Thanks to her no-holds-barred sense of adventure and fantastic, quirky writing style, VickyFlipFlop has ensured her website deserves a spot on our list of Top Women Travel Blogs of 2016.

VickyFlipFlop goes on a diverse range of adventures, from splashing out on a Coachella road trip to traveling around Vietnam for two weeks with a budget of £300, meaning travelers can gain an insight into luxury getaways and vacations on a shoestring budget. Her philosophy is that a modest wage and work commitments don’t need to hold anybody back from traveling the world, which is why she serves as a huge inspiration to all aspiring travelers.

More Time to Travel

Irene S. Levine is a baby boomer whose long and distinguished career includes being a psychologist and health professional and working for over ten years in research and communication, but she’s now turned her talents to the world of travel writing. She’s received numerous awards for her work published in various magazines and on moretimetotravel.com, which is an accurate reflection of the quality of her writing. Irene sets out to inspire those who have hit their midlife milestone to get out there and see the world because time simply goes too fast to wait. Though Irene has a taste for a little luxury, she knows how to travel in style without breaking the bank, which is why the More Time to Travel blog is a must-read for all aspiring baby boom travelers.

On Irene’s website, readers can find sections dedicated to spa and wellness treatments as well as food and wine to demonstrate how to inject luxury into their getaways, though there are many tips on where and how to make a saving. During 2016, Irene visited Portugal, Bermuda, South Carolina, Florida, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and more, and she’s made many more travel plans for 2017.

Irene serves as a delightful reminder that there’s never an excuse to stop traveling. Travel broadens the mind no matter what your age or how wise you are, and we’re confident that moretimetotravel.com promises to be an enthralling read throughout 2017.

Glamour Granny Travels

Piegsa-Quischotte is a German-born baby boomer, ex-international attorney, fine travel writer and photographer, and the founder of glamourgrannytravels.com. Her website is dedicated to telling those who think they’re past the days of traveling that they couldn’t be more wrong, and she knows how to enjoy a holiday just about anywhere in style. On Glamour Granny Travels, readers will find tips on travel fashion, beauty, how to stay safe when traveling, and – of course – where the best locations for solo female travelers are. She’s both traveled to and lived in a variety of countries around the world, making her the perfect guru for top travel advice for the female community.

Even though Piegsa-Quischotte calls herself a granny, she’s no stranger to adventure holidays. She’s created a bucket list of must-do outdoor adventures, rode a motorbike along Daytona Beach, hiked a mountain in Oman and toured London in a retro chic MINI. However, despite her unquenchable sense of adventure, Piegsa-Quischotte knows how to unwind by looking fantastic and enjoying luxurious stays in high-end hotels in nations such as Turkey. Because baby boomers can’t help being inspired by the journeys of the Glamour Granny, glamourgrannytravels.com has a worthy place on our list of Top Women Travel Blogs of 2016.

We love this website because it shows that those who’ve worked their entire lives despite being born in an era of depression deserve to reap the rewards of their hard work, and nobody does it better than Piegsa-Quischotte. We all look forward to seeing what adventures the Glamour Granny has in store for 2017.

Thrilling Travel

Ami Baht, also known as the Restless Ball of Energy, is a female traveler who has a talent for tracking down the world’s best heritage destinations. She’s a big believer that you don’t always need to travel to the other side of the world to enjoy a fantastic adventure, which is why she always has plans for making the most of a weekend at home. Ami is also not a traveler with a strict checklist of vacations and will happily visit the same destination multiple times if it gave her a thrill. She was born to be a traveler, and her proud daughter can’t seem to sit still for too long either. Because of Ami’s yearning to travel the world and document her experiences as she goes, thrillingtravel.in deserves a place on our Top Women Travel Blogs of 2016.

Ami’s recent adventures have taken her along the River Seine in Paris, to the tri-colored beaches of Padar Island in Indonesia, white water rafting through south and west India and driving a seakart in the seas of Mauritius. She’s jetted off around the world to see a huge variety of natural and man-made wonders, such as the temples of Belur and the beautiful deserts of Rajasthan, India. We love thrilllingtravel.in because it’s a reminder that travel can be enjoyed anywhere, even if it’s on your doorstep, and we’ll no doubt learn a lot more about how to travel like Ami as she continues to update her award-winning blog with gripping articles and stunning photos.

The Diary of a Jewellery Lover

Mel is the founder of thediaryofajewellerylover.com and has a mission to drink an afternoon tea in every major city in the world. Mel is passionate about luxury travel, and she always looks stylish as she heads to new destinations around the world. Mel loves her cozy home in South Wales and particularly enjoys traveling around the UK, Europe, and North America, though she’s more than open to visiting exotic destinations in other continents. On her website, you’ll find lots of unmissable travel fashion tips as well as advice on where to find the most delicious restaurants in town. Mel certainly won’t pass up an opportunity to dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant, but she also loves to eat at any diner that cooks their food with love.

As Mel’s website’s name suggests, she loves her jewelry, which is why you’ll find top tips for taking your jewelry abroad and how to keep everything safe and secure. Readers can learn about some of the most revered hotels in each destination Mel visits, such as The Corinthia Hotel in Budapest, The Hotel Ambria Cortina in the Italian Alps, the Fishmore Hall Hotel, Spa and Restaurant in the English country of Shropshire, and the Bluestone in her home country of Wales. If you’re a female traveler looking for fashion ideas, destination advice, hotel reviews and luxurious getaway ideas, you need to mark thediaryofajewellerylover.co.uk as one of your favorite websites.

Luxury Columnist

Suze, or the Luxury Columnist as she’s more commonly known in the traveling community, is an avid world traveler with a soft spot for anything luxurious. Her website offers fantastic tips and ideas for finding delicious restaurants, elegant hotels, amazing destinations, and the latest fashion trends. Suze’s mission is to help everybody inject a little luxury into their lives, both at home and while traveling, and her website successfully shows people how they can do the same. Suze has a talent for finding the lesser-known places in large cities such as Paris and Rome, and she provides excellent reviews and stories of adventures including a hot air balloon ride over the English countryside and what it’s like to attend the London Fashion Week.

Various companies have acknowledged luxury Columnist as one of the best online luxury travel blogs, and Suze keeps it regularly updated so that readers can see what she’s up to and learn from her exciting experiences. Suze recently enjoyed a luxurious skiing holiday in the Swiss Alps, and she went on cultural excursions and tasted the local delights in Florida. She’s also offered some great tips for making the most of two days in Bangkok, how to celebrate the New Year in style in Dublin, and why you should try kayaking the Everglades in Florida.

Suze and her website, luxurycolumnist.com, deserves mention on our list of Top Women Travel Blogs of 2016 because she has a real talent for sharing all things luxury travel related, and her top tips and advice are invaluable to aspiring travelers. Make sure you keep updated with the Luxury Columnist to learn how to enjoy all the world has to offer in style.

Conclusion

As you can see from the fantastic blogs mentioned above, anybody can travel around the world no matter where they’re from, how much money they have in the bank, the number of children they have at home or their work commitments. If you’re unsure of whether you can embrace the travel bug and leave your comfort zone, become inspired by checking out the stories and advice detailed by the best travel bloggers of 2016. Travel gives people a new admiration for the world and the diverse range of cultures it provides a home to, and once you’ve left your belongings behind to experience all the world has to offer, you’ll never look back. Read the blogs above, be inspired, and pack your bags to enjoy life as a world nomad.
WHO ARE THE TOP 14 WOMEN TRAVEL BLOGS OF 2016?

Thank you to iVisa for including me and We Said Go Travel in their

Top 14 Women Travel Blogs!

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