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.

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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.

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Jeana

Jeana Surf and Sunshine Travel Photo AwardTravel / Lifestyle Blogger | Geeky Mom (the cool kind, of course)
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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:

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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

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube.

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.

Newest Videos from Lisa and We Said Go Travel: Lisa Niver in Lake Tahoe skiing:

Thank you for reading and participating with We Said GO Travel.

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

Top 14 Women Travel Blogs!

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Talk about Terrific Travels with Lisa Niver Feb 25, 2017


Join me February 25 2017 in Los Angeles, California to talk about my travels!

I will be interviewed by Elisa Kotin from The World Traveled at Capital One Café. This event is free and will be from 11am to 2pm.

WHEN: 11am to 2pm on Saturday February 25, 2017
WHERE: 11175 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90025
COST: Free
WHAT:

Travel Talk: Interview with Lisa Niver

Travel expert, writer, and on-camera host from We Said Go Travel

Lisa has explored over 95 countries and has nearly one million video views on a variety of media platforms. Also, the founder of travel blog, We Said Go Travel, Lisa will sit with us and share her favorites and offer tips and expertise on a variety of travel topics.

Lisa was recently a guest on The Jet Set:

 

Read more about Lisa in her interview on Business Insider: “After quitting her job as a teacher, this woman traveled to 95 countries and turned traveling into a career”

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The INSIDER Summary:

• Lisa Niver was a teacher before quitting her job to work on a cruise ship.
• She’s since been to 95 countries, founded We Said Go Travel, and wrote a travel memoir.
• She believes a traveler’s attitude and outlook shape their experiences, and that staying positive is key.

Watch more about Lisa in her SIZZLE REEL below or explore her 645 videos on YouTube, Amazon and Roku.

Talking Travel with Lisa Niver

Why did The Jet Set interview Lisa Niver?


Why did The Jet Set interview Lisa Niver? Lisa Niver and Nikki NoyaThank you to Nikki Noya and The Jet Set for interviewing me about Transformation Travel! I loved being on your show and talking about my project of 50 new things before I am 50. Thank you to Tammilee who inspired me with her 40 before 40 project when we met at Travel Media Showcase.

I spoke about several trips on my segment–please click on the names of the places for more information about my trips to Bonaire, Cuba and Park City. I am working on the videos from SharkSchool and will be skiing with the visually impaired next week. I will share that footage as soon as I can!

Thank you for all your support! Lisa Niver

More about 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.”

VIDEO: Lisa Niver on The Jet Set February 4, 2017

From 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!

Share your opinions, experiences,  and tips by interacting via photo, video or commenting on social media platforms and on our app!

The Jet Set is filmed in Washington, D.C.”

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This article first appeared on We Said Go Travel.

Why did The Jet Set interview Lisa Niver?

Is Scuba Diving in Bonaire Bucket-List Worthy


Is Bonaire Bucket List Worthy?As my plane descended toward Bonaire, I could see Klein Bonaire and the turquoise sea from my window seat and I could not contain my excitement for my first visit to this lovely place. I basically jumped off the plane and ran inside so I could get started with my SCUBA dives! I had heard tales of the wonderful underwater world and wanted to see it for myself. VIDEOBonaire #1: Are you ready for truly outstanding diving? 

 

Where is Bonaire? It is close to Venezuela and part of the ABC islands: Aruba, Bonaire and Curacoa. There are now direct flights from Atlanta, Houston and Newark so it is much easier to arrive at this tiny island filled with 86 dive sites! On our first day with Jonathan from VIP Diving, we explored two famous sites named Tolo and Salt Pier. After an easy shore entry, we spent 75 minutes in the warm waters examining the incredible creatures. At Tolo we saw razor sharp surgeon fish, groups of up to 5 trumpet fish, several scorpion fish, a chain moray eel, juvenile box fish, honeycomb cow fish, multiple flounder, file fish, several swimming moray eels, cleaner shrimp, arrow crabs, damsel fish and sadly many lion fish. The corals are vibrant and we saw amongst others fan coral, brain coral and staghorn coral. VIDEOShore Diving at Salt Pier in Bonaire at the top of your list with VIP Diving #3

 

At Salt pier, we saw 2 baby green turtles, another chain moral eel, Caribbean reef octopus, a school of squid which are my favorite creature to see, tarpon, large schools of fish under the pier structure, scorpion fish, flamingo tongue nudibranch, barracuda, bar jacks, porcupine fish, goat fish, squirrel fish. There were so many fish of so many types I felt like I was diving in an aquarium. Our max depth was 90 feet and my Deepblu cosmiq said we were in the water for 72 minutes.

Above water, we had a private tour with Jonathan from VIP Diving and saw flamingos, the national bird of Bonaire, around the lake and learned about cotton, aloe vera and brazil wood tree that was used for red dye. We made plans to dive Margate Bay in the South and Karpata in the North. We saw the Slave Huts where the mining ships picked up the salt.

]Is Bonaire Bucket List Worthy for Diving?
Another day, we dove with VIP Diving and Jonathan, our Dive Butler, took us to Vista Blue and we saw several turtles and a hogfish with a sea urchin in its mouth—it spit it out to hit it against coral and then scooped it back up into its mouth! We saw an incredible sharptail eel with bright white spots. It was out swimming and we watched it slither around the corals. At the end of our long dive, we saw juvenile damselfish. I love their bright blue spots. I also love when the juveniles look so different from the adult fish. We saw honeycomb cowfish about four times and porcupine fish with their flat fronts. There were scrawled file fish and peacock flounders! I loved watching the spotted moray eel breathe with its mouth open inside the coral head. We had long lovely guided dives.
The lighthouse is the Southern tip of the island and of the top 5 windsurfers in the world, 3 live in Bonaire. We had plans for a windsurfing lesson at Jibe city but that will have to happen on my next visit. I also want to come back for the night diving with the ostracot: 5 nights after full moon, 45min after sunset, this magical spectacle occurs. Have you been on a fluorescent night dive? I never heard of it but it is on my list for my next visit along with seeing the turtles at night at Lak Bay. You can also kayak and visit the distillery but I want to be under the water as much as possible! We drove by Devils Rock and the archway that newlyweds walk through to gain five things in this order: SEX, MONEY, HEALTH, Children and Happiness.
On a dive that began with a giant stride in and drift to Karpata, we went to 100feet and the wall was stunning! We saw everything: flounder, eels, turtle, shrimp cleaning in eels mouth and a giant blue midnight parrot fish. Afterwards, Jonathan took us went to sehu largu for an incredible viewpoint and photo spot.
What to do in Bonaire? You can go salsa dancing, to happy hour or you can shore dive, boat dive, take a guided dive. You can have your own transportation and dive as many times a day as you wish.
At Buddy Dive Resort, we did two boat dives at Klein Bonaire. The water was so clear we could see the bottom from our boat! With our group at Monk’s haven, we did a one hour drift dive. I loved seeing an absolutely giant lobster, 4 shrimp all together and arrow crabs, as well as some very large sized barracuda. Hands off was our 2nd site and full of life everywhere you looked.
Bucket List Diving in Bonaire
For our third dive, Martin took us to learn about the Coral Restoration Foundation of Bonaire which began in 2012. You can take a specialty class and assist the team in taking care of the coral tree nursery. At Buddy’s Dive Resort, there are 20 trees and the staghorn coral and elkhorn coral are really growing! You can do a one dive adventure or a 3 dive specialty class. Volunteers can clean trees in the nursery, help with pruning and add coral to the thicket. There is also a nursery on Klein Bonaire. It is possible for you to sponsor a tree and help save our ocean and our planet. While we were in the coral tree nursery, we saw three enormous tarpon and a very large turtle.
For our fourth dive of the day, we went night diving at Knife. I love seeing the creatures that appear after dark. We saw an octopus wander about, and a lobster out for a stroll. There were sleeping parrotfish and very bright blue slugs as well as sleeping lionfish and a sting ray swimming. I see more on one dive in Bonaire than on multiple dives in most other places. It is truly amazing.
After a tour at Harbour Village Beach Club Bonaire, we went on a boat dive with Great Adventures Bonaire to Andrea 1 and 2. I loved going to 90 feet and during the dive seeing eels, juvenile drumfish, juvenile damsel fish, peacock flounder and four shrimps.
For most of our stay, we enjoyed a private Piet Boon villa right on the sea! You can scuba dive right from your bedroom! Our three bedroom home had every amenity including a pool and an iguana who visited us in the mornings during breakfast.
One day we did two amazing dives with Bonaire East Coast Diving, the purpose built boat has one section that deflates and they remove it so it is very easy to get back in the boat. You back roll in and the diving was superb! Fred and Bob take 10 divers max. They supply tanks you bring all your own gear even weights. We saw an African pompano on the surface and a Manta Ray as we descended. There were porcupine fish, giant green moray eels, lionfish, southern sting rays and octopus. I loved White Hole with the tarpon and Turtle City where my buddy, Aalia counted over forty turtles!
I also loved the penthouse at the Bellafonte Bonaire. Eating breakfast on the private terrace with the sunrise was remarkable. Where do the Dutch royal family stay? The Bellafonte! It is good enough for the King and Queen and you are going to love it.
Make sure to have a Dushi Day and plan to return again and again to this beautiful island. I cannot wait to go back.
This article first appeared on We Said Go Travel.

Are you willing to GROW? Finding Inspiration


Ani Pema Chödrön was invited to give the commencement address to the 2014 graduating class of Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Her speech was inspired by this quote from Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Are you willing to Grow? Fail Again

As Chödrön writes: “No one ever knows what is going to happen next. Anything is possible.” I have wanted to know what will happen next to me, to my site, in the world.

As I have shared many times, I wrote once a week when I began We Said Go Travel in 2010. Many people told me again and again it would never work.

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As of Jan 3, 2017, We Said Go Travel is listed by USA Alexa at 98,947 which means it is in the top 100,000 websites of the United States of America. The world wide web went from 1 website in 1991 to 1 billion in 2014 with 80,818,367 in the USA. So being in the top 100k means we are the top .12%!

Chödrön recommends that “there is one skill that is not stressed very much, but is really needed, it is knowing how to fail well. The fine art of failing…There is a lot of emphasis on succeeding. And whether we buy the hype or not, we all want to succeed, especially if you consider success as ‘it works out the way I want it to.’ You know it feels good in the gut and in the heart because it worked out. So failing by that definition is that it didn’t work out the way you wanted it to. And [failing] is what we don’t usually get a lot of preparation for.”

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Travelers know that things do not always work out. The train is late, the plane is canceled, the hostel you booked does not exist. But the things that do not turn out as you planned can often be the most remarkable part of an adventure.

We just have to remember that what we think might be failure or a “mistake is the portal to creativity, to learning something new, to having a fresh look on things…It’s a little hard to tell what’s a failure and what’s just something that is shifting your life in a whole new direction.”

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As Chödrön states: “It was the worst time of my life, and it resulted in a really good life that has a lot of happiness and well-being, a profound well-being pervading my life.” This has happened to me and I did not believe it was possible at the time but life is really turning out fantastic.

Chödrön asks us: “Can you allow yourself to feel what you feel when things don’t go the way you want them to? When things don’t go the way you hoped and wished for and longed for them to go?…Maybe what is happening here is not that I am a failure—I am just hurting. I am just hurting.”

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Chödrön shares the advice Trungpa Rinpoche gave her about failure and starting again:

“Well, it’s a lot like walking into the ocean, and a big wave comes and knocks you over. And you find yourself lying on the bottom with sand in your nose and in your mouth. And you are lying there, and you have a choice. You can either lie there, or you can stand up and start to keep walking out to sea. So the waves keep coming,” he said. “And you keep cultivating your courage and bravery and sense of humor to relate to this situation of the waves, and you keep getting up and going forward.” Trungpa then said, “After a while, it will begin to seem to you that the waves are getting smaller and smaller. And they won’t knock you over anymore.”

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Are you ready to train yourself to say:  I haven’t done anything wrong; I’m not a bad person. I’m not a failure; I’m not a mess-up; I haven’t blown it.

Sometimes things do not go your way. Chödrön says: “In your life you fail. It’s just part of life that things will happen that you don’t want to happen. It is part of everyone’s life experience.” The question is what do you do next? Do you lay in the sand or do you get up and keep going?

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I love her definition of bravery or courage which is “the willingness to stay open to what you’re feeling in the moment, the willingness to feel what you’re feeling…The warrior is one who cultivates courage and is willing to feel what he or she feels. To be completely human and be okay with being completely human, and the willingness to feel it.”

Are you willing to feel your fear and keep going? Are you willing to take a risk and have it turn out fabulous or will you let fear convince you to never begin?

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Chödrön  tells us that “when you follow your heart—with a career change, or writing the book, or whatever it might be—there is no guarantee that the whole thing won’t be a total failure, and there’s no guarantee that you’re not going to get criticisms. You’ll get praise and blame is the usual scenario. And you just want to hear the praise and don’t want to hear the blame…The question is, are you going to grow or are you going to just stay as you are out of fear and waste your precious human life by status quo-ing instead of being willing to break the sound barrier?…Are you willing to go forward?”

For our Winter 2017 Inspiration We Said Go Travel Writing Award the theme is: “How travel has changed your Life” Tell us about a place in your life or a place you visited where you took a risk and fought against fear and were willing to grow forward.

Inspiration:  How travel has changed your Life

Finding Inspiration: Are you willing to GROW? Anything is Possible Ani Pema Chödrön writes: “No one ever knows what is going to happen next. Anything is possible.” Sometimes things do not go your way. Chödrön says: “In your life you fail. It’s just part of life that things will happen that you don’t want to happen. It is part of everyone’s life experience.” Are you willing to feel your fear and keep going? Are you willing got take a risk and have it turn out fabulous or will you let fear persuade you to give up or never begin?   For our Winter 2017 Inspiration We Said Go Travel Writing Award the theme is: “How travel has changed your life” Tell us about a place in your life or a place you visited where you took a risk and fought against fear and were willing to grow forward. Thank you for your participation! Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

Date: Enter from January 9, 2017 to February 14, 2017 Theme: Inspiration:  How travel has changed your life Deadline: Enter by midnight PST on February 14, 2017 Fees: This competition has a $15usd entrance fee. (We want everyone to be able to participate, please apply for a scholarship to enter the award as necessary.) To Enter: CLICK HERE 
Prizes 1st Prize – $500 usd 2nd Prize – $150usd 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.
RULES

Publication is dependent on proper use of English language and grammar, appropriateness of theme topic, and being family friendly (G rated). If your post 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. Entries are 500-800 words with 1 photo. You may submit multiple entries. Your article must be an original and previously unpublished piece. All posts, which meet the requirements, will be published on this site, WeSaidGoTravel.com. Void where prohibited.

To Enter: CLICK HERE 

JUDGING
Amanda Castleman

A former wilderness guide, Amanda Castleman has published photos and stories in Afar, Outside, Journey, BBC Travel, Sport Diver, Bon Appétit, Delta Sky and The International Herald Tribune, among many others. Her 30-odd book contributions include Frommer’s and National Geographic titles.Now based in Seattle, Amanda has lived in Oxford, Rome, Athens, Cyprus and Turkey. She has taught travel writing since 2003. 

www.amandacastleman.com

Richard Bangs, the father of modern adventure travel, is a pioneer in travel that makes a difference, travel with a purpose. He has spent 30 years as an explorer and communicator, and along the way led first descents of 35 rivers around the globe, he is currently producing and hosting the new PBS series, Richard Bangs: Adventure Without End www.richardbangs.com
Lisa Niver

A journey to freedom over three Passovers


In January 2007, I had what I thought was my last first date ever. I met him online, and we seemed to click immediately. Both lifelong travelers, he had been in the Peace Corps in Paraguay and traveled exotically extensively, while I had sailed the seven seas for seven years at Princess Cruises.

Our early travels were full of challenges, which I attributed to our different travel styles. When I saw red flags, I chose to believe it was a parade. During a year of travel in Asia, during which time we got engaged and I lost 50 pounds, we wrote a book that inspired our website, We Said Go Travel. After we married, we set out on another long-term, low-budget adventure, during which I worked furiously building the site while he played the ukulele and video games.

Things were not going as well as I wanted to believe. After four years of marriage, I woke up one morning in Chiang Rai, a tiny village three hours north of Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, and had no idea my entire life would change in that one day. I was literally pushed past the breaking point. After that, I never saw him again. I spent several days crying in Chiang Mai and chose to fly back to America alone.

If I had one wish, it would be to time travel to my crying self two years ago, in February of 2014, to share hope about the future. After returning home to Los Angeles from 18 months on the road in Asia, I often had to pull my car over to the side of the road because I was crying so hard. I never could have imagined I would require such courage, change and compassion, but that it could eventually lead to a wonderful new life.

Passover 2014: I called my friends — our chosen family — to tell them I was back in Los Angeles somewhat permanently. The story of why I had returned was that my mom was ill and in the hospital, but, sadly, my marriage was also unwell. I did not want to talk about all of this at the seder or even admit to myself that it was over.

My closest friends pressed, drawing me out; many of them said similar things. My friend Karyn reassured me: “You are entitled to be sad, overwhelmed and scared, but you have the ability for a whole new life. You have left, and now you need to look for the light at end of the tunnel.” I listened to her and to others who took my tearful calls, and I kept moving forward. At times the grief was overwhelming, but with the support of my family, friends, therapy and my lawyer, I began to rebuild my life.

As I reconnected with my life in Los Angeles, I began to remember my dreams. I Skyped with Nancy, and she asked me, “When did you stop dancing and scuba diving? Why did you stop?”

I began to explore new activities, including tennis and kickboxing, and I took more lessons in hula-hooping and salsa dancing. I even joined Cristian Oviedo’s salsa team in Santa Monica, and we performed several times at Casa Escobar in Malibu and at Zanzibar in Santa Monica. I visited new destinations such as Bermuda, where I filmed a web series with Orbitz, and returned to Park City, Utah, with my family, a place where I used to ski every year but had not been in far too long.

Passover 2015: When we read in the haggadah, “The Jews were slaves in Egypt and now we are free,” I felt I was part of the story.

By then, the State of California had granted me a divorce and my life was improving, but I remained emotionally shackled to my past. My friend Rabbi Faith Dantowitz suggested daily readings by Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar about counting the Omer, which talked about courage and change. I wanted to have a new beginning but was afraid I had used up my chance for happiness.

A friend recommended the 21-day meditation series by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra, which I listened to again and again. I needed to forgive myself and realize that my marriage ending was not all my fault. My grief was not only over the loss of my marriage, but how I had lost so much about myself in the relationship. When I first came back, meditation or yoga only produced tears. Now I was participating and rejoicing.

Returning to Friday night Shabbat services and becoming an active part of the Stephen Wise Temple community again also helped my healing. I met many times with Rabbi Eli Herscher, who shared Rabbi Harold Kushner’s inspirational books with me, in which one says, “What do you do when your dreams are shattered? You dream new dreams!”

When I first returned to America, many people told me I was brave for leaving my relationship and being willing to admit it was not working. It felt like I had given up everything to travel with my now-ex-husband. I sold my car and left my job, my condo and my family. I put all my eggs in one basket and then the bottom fell out. I now had to build an entire new life. Not only did I not believe I was brave, but I actually looked the word up in the dictionary.  Merriam-Webster defines brave as “having or showing courage.” Courage as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” I have come to see that I do have strength and tenacity, and that I can forge my own unique path forward.

My steps included rebuilding wesaidgotravel.com, which was intentionally neglected during my divorce. It became solely mine and finally had real paperwork as a proper business with an LLC and a bank account. Others began to notice me as a travel professional, and I started to contribute articles to USA Today, Wharton Magazine and SheKnows. When United Airlines invited me as one of five travel writers to the red carpet at the Oscars, I felt like I was getting my career back. I was not sure whether I had lost the opportunity to grow the business when I put the website on hold. I felt like I had won my own Oscar when I was invited to appear on television as a travel expert for Hilton Garden Inn.

After my divorce was finalized in civil court, I chose to pursue a Conservative get, or Jewish divorce, through the Rabbinical Assembly with Rabbi Dan Shevitz. My ex-husband had never come back to America, but he did have to participate in order for me to receive my get. The rabbi was able to communicate with him by email in Asia. So, by last summer, I finally, truly felt divorced. I was ready for the next step, to mark the transition by going to the mikveh at American Jewish University.

I created my own ceremony based on conversations with clergy, readings that spoke to me, and on the seven blessings in Anita Diamant’s book “New Jewish Wedding.”

I felt the blessings represented how I had turned the page to the future: A blessing about creation and a reading about courage, one for the mikveh and choosing action, and the Birkat ha-Gomel, which is said after childbirth, traveling, healing and hard times. The fourth blessing was about thanking God for making me a woman and a reading from Marge Piercy’s poem “A Strong Woman.”

Forgiving myself has been a theme of my healing over the last two years, and I chose a prayer about the power of forgiveness as the fifth prayer. For the sixth, I chose to say the misheberach, a blessing of renewal and healing of the world, along with Judy Chicago’s “Merger Poem.” For my seventh blessing, I selected the Shehecheyanu, the blessing for making it to this time and celebration of new beginnings. Afterward, I said the Shema.

After my immersions, I took time by myself in the healing waters, and then the mikveh guide told me: “When you walk up the seven steps, you will leave the past behind you in the living waters of the mikveh.”

Passover 2016: I have begun this new chapter of my life. My days are full of possibility and I am on a course that, as I go forward, becomes better.

Bring on the matzo!


Lisa Niver runs wesaidgotravel.com and is an on-camera host with more than 700 travel videos on YouTube, Roku and Amazon Fire TV with over one million views. 

June 2017 update: Lisa Niver is a finalist for the Southern California Journalism Awards with this article. Read more here.

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