February 17, 2019

What Happens at ILTM Cannes 2018? Part 1

ILTM 2018 Cannes The Global Stage #momentsthatmatterTravel Journalists on the VIP Media Program had interactions with many incredible hotel brands.

Our first media luncheon was at Relais & Châteaux property Bruno Oger La villa Archange in Cannes. I recently stayed at Auberge Saint-Antoine Relais & Châteaux in Québec City. 

I was able to meet with the General Managers and top executives as well as re-connect with travel friends like Mark Ellwood from Condé Nast Traveler and Bloomberg. I met editors like Zhu Tong from Condé Nast China, Steven Bond from Destinations of the World News Dubai and Hill Choi Lee from South China Morning Post.

VIDEO: WHAT HAPPENS AT ILTM IN CANNES?

Walking the red carpet into the venue for the ILTM Global Forum – “The Year of Health and Wellness” in the Grand Auditorium at Palais des Festivals et des Congrès was magical. We went to the ILTM Welcome Reception at the Ambassadors Suite, Palais de Festivals which was sponsored by The Italian Tourist Board and had photo booth specials with the gorgeous Italian countryside.

Over the course of the conference, I went to many rooftop and penthouse parties where I learned even more about the top brands. At the Shangri-La Hotels event, I was able to see the team from Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London

We finished our evening at San Telmo with Lucy Clifton and her team from Spotlight Communications who made my first experience at ITLM a dream. Their attention to detail was legendary and I was well prepared and organized to make the most of my time in Cannes at the conference.

Media Dinner at ILTM Dec 2018 Cannes

Media Dinner at ILTM Dec 2018 Cannes

Day Two, December 4, 2018 started with breakfast by Hilton Luxury & Lifestyle Group at Restaurant Mantel (Table 22) 22 Rue Saint Antoine, 06400 Cannes where we learned about the new Waldorf Astoria and Aston Martin partnership as well about the underwater Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and many other new and exciting properties. I cooked with a chef at the Conrad in Miami and recently filmed at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Cannes December 2018 By Lisa Niver

Each morning at the ILTM Media Centre, we had ‘In Conversation with’ or press conferences with big brands and destinations with top-line stories. There were five minute presentations by senior board directors, CEOs and/or Presidents with 15 minutes of questions from the floor.

Walking the floors of the conference halls I saw many travel friends in their booths and was able to make appointments to learn about the happenings with various brands.

Good Morning from Cannes by Lisa Niver

Good Morning from Cannes by Lisa Niver

We had glorious weather and enjoyed our luscious lunch hosted by Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts outdoors at the penthouse of Résidence 67 Croisette with live music and lively conversations. I recently had a hard hat tour of Four Seasons Philadelphia at Comcast Tower.

Our Afternoon Tea Networking sessions where in the First Floor Restaurant at the Palais des Festivals and were very valuable. I was able to meet with many hotels and brands in a short amount of time and learn about new stories in many locations. I meet with Edwardian Hotels, Sweet Bocas, Jumeirah Vittaveli and more.

Sunset in Cannes by Lisa Niver

Sunset in Cannes by Lisa Niver

As the sun set and the sky was full of magical colors, my journalism friends and I were able to participate in several cocktail parties and events including cocktails hosted by Cheval Blanc in the Majestic Suite, Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic, Cannes. We experienced VOGA Vogue Yoga with PROUD Experiences NYC. We went on Mabruk III for the Visit California yacht party. We had drinks with IHG lifestyle and design and I loved that every event in Cannes had live music.

Sunset in Cannes by Lisa Niver

Sunset in Cannes by Lisa Niver

Where did I stay in Cannes? Hôtel Martinez Cannes by Hyatt. See part TWO of my video for more of my ILTM VIP MEDIA experience!

Thank you to Lucy Clifton, the entire team at Spotlight Communications and everyone at ILTM for including me in the International Luxury Travel Mart Cannes 2018.

Watch all my conference videos and look for ILTM Part 2 for more of what happened in Cannes Dec 2018.

 

What Happened at ILTM Cannes 2018? Part TWO

What Happened at ILTM Cannes 2018? 

Read about Part One here:
To watch Part One: Click HERE.

PART TWO:

I loved the International Luxury Travel Mart conference!
We started with breakfast with Marriott International Luxury Brands at the
JW Marriott on Boulevard de la Croisette. Jennie Benzaquen shared exciting new developments throughout the brands and I even got to take a photo with the chefs! It was another beautiful December day in Cannes and we started at the conference with ‘In Conversation with’ press conferences with many top luxury brands.

Walking the floors of the conference, I spoke with many luxury brands about upcoming hotel openings, story ideas and possible adventures.

VIDEOWhat Happened at ILTM Cannes 2018? Part TWO

At lunch, we had Press Roundtables in the First Floor Restaurant at the Palais des Festivals.

For Afternoon Tea, we met with a selection of exhibitors during a dedicated session at the Palais des Festivals.

Hill Choi Lee and Lisa Niver at VOGA party ILTM

Hill Choi Lee and Lisa Niver at VOGA party ILTM

In the evening, I attended the MILUX beach house cocktail party, VOGA Vogue Yoga event, Jumeirah Hotels yacht party, Nobu Hotels party.

Journalists at VOGA ILTM party

Journalists at VOGA ILTM party

One of the best things was to reconnect with journalism friends from around the world and to make new connections.

I stayed at the Martinez Hotel and when we returned, we went to the Hyatt party which was at our hotel!

Party with MILUX at ILTM

Party with MILUX at ILTM

December 6 started with breakfast at Martinez Hotel before our final set of ‘In Conversation with’  at the ILTM Media Centre. I had many one on one chats about future stories and being at the conference was superb.

Nobu Hotels Party at ILTM

Nobu Hotels Party at ILTM

The Kudadoo Maldives Lunch was held at the Majestic Hotel. I enjoyed going to all of the area hotels for our different events. At the end of the day, we went to the MILUX party and the Four Seasons Party before the final party at Hotel Martinez with the famous revolving dance floor.

Journalists at Final Party at ILTM 2018

Journalists at Final Party at ILTM 2018

A giant thank you to the ILTM team for including me at the Cannes 2018 event.

Thank you TEAM ILTM 2018!

Thank you TEAM ILTM 2018!

Click here to see all of my conference videos!

More about ILTM Conference: “The ultimate global meeting in the annual luxury travel calendar!”

“ILTM in Cannes is our flagship inspirational show. We bring everyone to Cannes: your customers, your media and your network. It’s where the world meets the world! You will be seen alongside the absolute best in class and do more business in a week than is possible in many months. More contacts, more opportunities, more insights and more markets than anywhere else – you can’t afford not to be part of it.

ILTM introduces global travel buyers to an unrivaled collection of international travel experiences. We are the relationship brokers that provide a platform for you to do business and build relationships.

ILTM 2018 marks the launch of ILTM’s Year of Health and Wellness, kicking off in the French Riviera in Cannes. ILTM will launch research and gather a community of wellness experts that all draw the same conclusion; in the future, all travel is wellness travel, every trip is expected to enhance the physical, mental and social wellbeing of the traveller, transformation is the very promise of travel, and today’s travel brands are the solution to one of the biggest problems of our age.”

Who is #5 on the Top 1000+ Travel Blogs? #Travel1K

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Lisa Niver is #5 on the Top 1000 Travel Blog List

Lisa Niver is #5 on the Top 1000 Travel Blog List

 

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We Said Go Travel was read in 212 countries in 2018

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Lisa Niver at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on KTLA TV

BIO:

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator,   and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed for seven years on the high seas. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #4 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with nearly 900,000 views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 140,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2300 writers and photographers from 75 countries.
She has been a finalist for five Southern California Journalism Awards in the past two years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago,  USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges.
Lisa Niver is a Travel Expert on KTLA TV in Los Angeles

What Did We Do In London? Part Two: Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard

Thank you to Julie and Nancy, my dive and travel buddies from Princess Cruises, for joining me in London at Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard. See the first part of our journey here.
Julie, Lisa and Nancy at Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London

Julie, Lisa and Nancy at Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London

What were our Adventures?

VideoWhat to do near Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London?

Where did we go?

Shakespeare’s Globe Theater

Tate Modern

and the Modern Couples Exhibit at the Barbican Museum.

Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London even had a special map for us with points of interest on our walk to the Barbican.

Borough Market was fully decorated for the Christmas holidays during our trip Dec 1-3, 2018.

Nancy Lisa and Julie on Millennium bridge in London.

Nancy Lisa and Julie on Millennium bridge in London.

Make sure to stop for a photo at the wall of hearts and love!

At Tate Modern, I saw an exhibit of Jenny Holzer’s work which I had recently seen at the new Comcast Tower in Philadelphia.

On our walk to the Barbican, I loved seeing the old city wall of London. Walking in London you can feel the history of the city. From Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to the old city walls, it is such a different perspective than walking around a young city like Los Angeles

We lunched around the corner from the museum at The Coriander. Spending time with Julie and Nancy was special to me because I worked with both of them onboard Princess Cruises. I feel fortunate to have fantastic supportive friends like them who are willing to travel with me.

Nancy, Julie and Lisa at lunch in London!

Nancy, Julie and Lisa at lunch in London!

As we walked back, we wandered through St. Paul’s Churchyard and walked across the Millennium Footbridge.

At night, we walked across Tower Bridge and enjoyed the views of Tower Bridge from our stunning hotel.

We loved the views from Shangri-La Hotel,  At the Shard, London. See more in the next video all about the property with my gorgeous suite, the highest sky pool in all of Western Europe and GONG the Sky Bar.

Have you always wanted to stay in a sky hotel? Visit Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London with me.

VideoHave You Always Wanted To Stay In A Sky Hotel?

The rooms are stunning and the view is beautiful.

I loved watching the ships in the water go under Tower Bridge.

Shangri-la Hotel, At the Shard, London by Lisa Niver

Shangri-la Hotel, At the Shard, London by Lisa Niver

Julie and I loved the view so much we had a picnic in our room in our robes.

Pick your robe: a white terry cloth robe or a Japanese yukata robe. I wore a yukata to the 52nd floor to visit the Sky Pool, GONG the sky bar and work out at the fitness center with a view.. This is the highest pool in Western Europe!

Our picnic at Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London

Our picnic at Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London

We ate breakfast at TING and tried almost all the choices on the buffet. There are Asian, English and American specialities!

Our room at Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London by Lisa Niver

Our room at Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London by Lisa Niver

Click here for more info about Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London.

Read about our adventures in London PART ONE and click here for all of our London videos. After London, I flew to France for my first ILTM conference in Cannes.

What Did We Do In London? Part One The Rubens At The Palace

On my way to my first ILTM conference in Cannes, I decided to visit London. I was lucky that my friend, Julie, decided to join me.

Do you want flying to be fun again? My first stop was at The Private Suite at LAX. 
My bags were checked in for me, I went through security in their private area and I had my own suite to relax in. I ordered lunch, watched TV and even played outside.

There are drinks, sweets, and amenities galore. I highly recommend it if you want to feel like a V-VIP—a very very important person. There is a toy menu for kids of all ages so no matter your age you will be entertained. I loved traveling directly to the terminal by private car (2018 BMW 750). It is a truly luxurious experience.

The Private Suite was the perfect way to start my adventures in London!

VIDEOWill You Love the Private Suite at LAX?

What did we do in London?

Thank you to The Rubens at the Palace for a fantastic stay. Our address was literally Buckingham Palace Road and we were steps from the Palace where the Queen was in residence. We saw the Palace at daytime and night time. We walked through Hyde Park and saw the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. We loved afternoon tea at Egerton House Hotel which is also part of Red Carnation Hotels. In the evening, we saw COMPANY at the Gielgud Theater. The show is a twist on the original with Bobbie as a female bachelor this time. I visited Harrods for the first time and loved all the holiday decorations in the store and around the town.

VIDEODo You Want To Explore London With Me?

We found a changing of the guard: 

The Four ‘O’ Clock Parade, also known as the Dismounting Ceremony and Punishment Parade takes place at 16:00 hours in the courtyard in front of the Horse Guards building.(Facing Whitehall).

The guards are inspected by an Officer and then the mounted guards take the horses back to the stables for the night.

Two dismounted sentries will then guard the entrance until 20:00 when the gates to Horse Guards are closed and then one sentry will remain on duty until 07:00 when the gates re-open.

The 4 ‘o’ Clock Parade started in 1894 when Queen Victoria found the entire guard drinking and gambling while on duty.

As a punishment, she said they had to be inspected every day at 4pm by an officer for the next 100 years!

The 100 years finished in 1994. However, the reigning Queen wanted the parade to continue as a tradition.” 

VIDEODid You See The Punishment Inspection?

 

Lisa and Julie at The Rubens at the Palace

Lisa and Julie at The Rubens at the Palace

Lisa and Julie at High Tea at the Egerton House Hotel

Lisa and Julie at High Tea at the Egerton House Hotel

The Rubens at the Palace at night

The Rubens at the Palace at night

 

 

Award Winning Giveaway for Critic’s Choice on KTLA

Watch Sam Rubin and Jessica Holmes on KTLA on January 13, 2018 from 2 to 4pm live or on livestream and you can WIN an award winning giveaway curated by We Said Go Travel.

KTLA Critics Choice Sam Rubin

What will you win?
2 nights at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Dinner for Two at Jean Georges Beverly Hills

Hair and Make-up from GlamSquad

This package is worth over $2000!

WATCH KTLA Live or  LIVE STREAM 

I recently stayed at The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and I love the superior king room which is part of this award winning giveaway.Lisa Niver at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

 

Enjoy the view from the balcony at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Enjoy the view from the balcony at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Executive Chef Steve Benjamin told us about his award winning dishes at Jean Georges. Dinner for two is part of this winning package.

Filming with Executive Chef Steve Benjamin in the kitchen!

Filming with Executive Chef Steve Benjamin in the kitchen!

Get all glammed up for your stay with GlamSquad.
Thank you to GlamSquad for making me look like a star for my KTLA Segment!

Thank you to GlamSquad for making me look like a star for my KTLA Segment!

LIVE UNFORGETTABLE

“Perfectly located in the heart of Beverly Hills, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills exemplifies the very best of the California good life. From the moment you step inside, you’ll know you’ve arrived at the center of extraordinary.”

Sunset at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Sunset at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

GLAM SQUAD

Glamsquad is a must-have for award season. Whether you are on the red carpet or watching from home, Glamsquad’s beauty pro’s will get you ready. Winner will receive :“one month of glam” 2 blowouts + 2 makeup applications (Valued at $300)

What is GlamSquad? Glamsquad is a beauty services company that offers hair, makeup and nails in NYC, LA, Miami, DC, Boston and San Francisco/Bay Area. Glamsquad services are easily booked through the Glamsquad app or website. Their mission as a next generation beauty and lifestyle brand is to connect like-minded beauty enthusiasts through personalized in-home experiences. Glamsquad’s talented and trusted beauty professionals are hand-selected and rigorously vetted to guarantee consistent, high quality results. Using our intelligent, data-driven technology, we expertly match our professionals and clients to ensure an elevated and customized experience with every appointment.

Thank you to Kimberly, Jason and the entire KTLA team!

Thank you to Kimberly, Jason and the entire KTLA team!

Thank you to Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and GlamSquad.

Thank you to Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and GlamSquad.KImb

What Will You Love At DEMA?

What happens at the DEMA Dive Show?

Watch my video and see!! This is from the Nov 14 to 17, 2018 conference in Las Vegas:

VIDEOWhat happens at the DEMA Dive Show?

DEMA is the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association show which is the largest trade-only event in the world for companies doing business in the scuba diving, ocean water sports and adventure/dive travel industries. It attracts hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of dive and travel industry professionals from around the world each year.  The next show will be in Orlando on November 13-16, 2019.

During the show, I saw Wyland who I had met earlier in 2018 on the NCL Bliss. Lisa Niver with Wyland at DEMA 2018I love learning from Jean Michel Cousteau! He spoke with Scuba Radio and gave a talk about underwater wonders.

Video: What will you learn from Jean Michel Cousteau?
Jean Michel Cousteau at DEMA 2018 with Lisa Niver

Did you know Bonaire is a blue destination? I loved my trips there and to the Solomon Islands.

Have you heard singing in Fiji? Enjoy the music in my video.

Where do you want to dive next? I want to go to the Galapagos and PNG for my first visits.

I learned about diving in Oman at the Aggressor talk.

Thank you to everyone who is working together to deal with invasive lion fish. I cannot wait to learn to spear lion fish and take the new specialty class.

Read my dive articles and watch my dive videos and adventures here.

I look forward to seeing you underwater! Lisa

see photo gallery on We Said Go Travel

Susan and I became associate members of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame!

Women Diver's Hall of Fame DEMA 2018

Where did I stay in Vegas?

2018 An Amazing Year: WSGT December News

Dec News 2018 with We Said Go Travel:

Happy December and festivals of light. I hope you are bringing light to your corner of the darkness!

Where did I wander in 2018? What happened this year? I was on TV, I went traveling, my YouTube channel grew and grew and I went to so many different conferences. Read all about it here: Where were Lisa’s Wonderful Wanderings in 2018?

Lisa Niver is a Travel Expert on KTLA TV in Los Angeles

Thank you to Ms. Magazine for publishing my story about empathy:

Lisa Niver Ms Magazine Empathy

We Said Go Travel was read in 212 countries in 2018.

We Said Go Travel was read in 212 countries in 2018

Thank you to Artworks PC on Main Street in Park City, Utah! I am so excited to have my art on exhibit in your gallery! Read more about my art here.

Lisa Niver at Artworks PC gallery in Park City, Utah

Thank you to Erin from Explore with Erin for including me in her Travelocity article on where to celebrate Christmas.

Lisa Niver in Travelocity

Thank you to Travel Awaits for interviewing me for their series. Read: Interview With Adventure Travel Blogger Lisa Niver:

“. talks about staying in gers in Mongolia, skiing in Banff, classes in Thailand, and more!”

“Remember you do not have to go alone in this world. Take a buddy and try something new! It is amazing!” – We Said Go Travel

Thank you again Travel Awaits!

Travel Awaits interviews Lisa Niver

Thank you to Lindsey Tiger for including me in her Travel and Leisure article: talking about using my MacBook Air on plane rides.

Thank you to everyone who entered our 2018 Travel Photo Award. I am publishing the fantastic photos once a day! Click here to see the most recently published entries. Once all the entries are published, I will announce the finalists most likely at the end of summer 2019.

In December, I traveled to Las Vegas for the DEMA Scuba show and I enjoyed London with friends before ILTM Cannes 2018. I will share photos and stories next month.
See VIDEOs from all the conferences I went to this year:

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here is the link to my video channel on YouTube where I have over 857,133 views on YouTube! Thank you for your support! Are you a subscriber? I hope you will join me and subscribe!

Recent video from my trip to Philadelphia:

My YouTube channel had over 1.4 million impressions in 2018.

We Said Go Travel YouTube 1.4 million impressions 2018

Thank you for your support! My YouTube channel has over 850,000 views and 1948 subscribers. We Said Go Travel YouTube 850000 views 2018

Thank you! I am so proud of all I have accomplished this year. Thank you for watching my videos, reading my stories, following along on social media and asking me about booking your travels!

I am now planning and booking travel! Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of CRUISE and RESORT, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

My fortune cookies said:

“Your keen sense of humor will make you many good friends.”

“Your laugh and enthusiasm pleases those around you.”

“Cheerful company and a merry time are ahead for you.”

I hope you have enjoyed many festivals of light this holiday season and that you feel you have accomplished many of your 2018 goals. I cannot wait for 2019 so I can have more exciting adventures and share great stories.
Thank you for your all of your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 140,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

On Fohr card, I have 131,729 followers on December 12, 2018

We Said Go Travel Stats Dec 2018 Fohr

On Buzzoole, I have 205,000 followers on Dec 12, 2018.

Thank you for your support!

Buzzoole Stats for We Said Go Travel Dec 2018

Happy New Year!
Lisa Niver at Alta

Travelocity: Taking Christmas To A Whole New Level

Author’s note: Thank you to Erin from Explore with Erin for including me in her Travelocity article about Christmas at a whole new level!

Lisa Niver in Travelocity

 

Europe Cruise

Lisa from We Said Go Travel regals me with her tales of Christmas Markets across Europe.

“I went to my very first European Christmas markets and tasted my first Gluhwein. I highly recommend the Budapest Christmas market as well as the Central market of Pest. On our morning Vienna bus tour, we saw the sights of the city and a few of the sixteen Christmas markets. We walked around the historic city, St. Stephen’s Church and explored the largest Christmas market.”

Stayed: “I sailed on the Danube River to see dozens of Christmas markets with Viking Cruises. My home for the voyage was the Viking Atla from Budapest to Nurenberg. I absolutely loved that the floors of the bathroom were heated! It felt amazing on chilly mornings!”

Favorite Activity: “My favorite thing on the ship was learning to make Apple Strudel and then getting to taste it warm with vanilla ice cream. One day, we went to an incredible gingerbread shop. There were so many holiday tastes and so many ornaments to buy! I loved sailing during the holidays.”

Enjoy the videos from my travels on the Romantic Danube with Viking Cruises:

 

Christmas is coming! Which means now is your chance to escape the winter or embrace the snow. If you’re ready to leave behind Christmas in the burbs this year and head out somewhere really special, Erin Holmes of Explore With Erin has you covered. Having celebrated Christmases all over the world, here are her picks for the best Christmas destinations.

I love Christmas. I love presents and family and friends and all the food. But sometimes Christmas can be overwhelming. Sometimes there is just so much to do and so much to plan that somewhere along the way Christmas lost a little bit of its magic.

So one year the kids and I up and left. We jumped on board a Christmas cruise and spent Christmas day in the middle of the ocean in the South Pacific somewhere. It was magical.

Read the full article on Travelocity

Lisa Niver on Viking Cruises

Lisa Niver on Viking Alta for the Christmas Market Cruise on the Romantic Danube

Read Erin’s interview of me in her series, Nomad No More.

Read my interview of Erin in my Travel Influencer series.

Erin Lisa and Alex at Blogher August 2016 in Los Angeles

Erin Lisa and Alex at Blogher August 2016 in Los Angeles

Thank you to Erin for including me in her  Travelocity article, “10 Creative Ways To Stay Fit While You Travel:” Pack a Hula-Hoop

I was also in Cacinda Maloney’s Travelocity article about “Best Places to Visit in the USA in 2017:” Scottsdale, Arizona

Explore with Erin and We Said Go Travel at Travel Media Showcase

Explore with Erin and We Said Go Travel at Travel Media Showcase

Where were Lisa’s Wonderful Wanderings in 2018?

Where did I wander in 2018?

What happened this year?

Television:
I was on KTLA talking travel!

Lisa Niver Live on KTLA with Lu Parker Mark Mester

Lisa Niver Live on KTLA with Lu Parker, Mark Mester, Kaj Goldberg.

I spoke at the Hollywood Improv!
My Art was in the gallery, Artworks PC, on main street in Park City, Utah! And in an art show at The Clayhouse in Santa Monica, California.

Who is #9 on the TOP 1000 Travel Blogs? We Said GO Travel

Conferences: Click here to see all of the conference videos

Lisa Niver at 2018 Press Club Awards2018 Finalist for three categories of Southern California Journalism Awards:
Lisa Niver and We Said Go Travel are #4 on the Top 1000+ Travel Blogger List yay

Lisa Niver and We Said Go Travel are #4 on the Top 1000+ Travel Blogger List

Travel Adventures and Videos

Lisa Niver in the Grand Canyon

Lisa’s articles:

Enkereri school children in Maasai Mara. Photo by Matt Payne

Enkereri school children in Maasai Mara. Photo by Matt Payne

Lisa in other people’s articles:

 

What happened in:
2017

2016

2014

More articles, TV, videos (nearly 900,000 views), social (over 140k) at LisaNiver.com

 

 

Lisa Niver at the Hollywood Improv Feb 2018

Lisa Niver at the Hollywood Improv Feb 2018

Where were Lisa’s Wonderful Wanderings in 2018?

Act Like An Adult: The New Business of Acting

While there are many people who wish their dreams would come true, very few people actually share a blueprint of how to make it happen. Brad Lemack in his book, The New Business of Acting: How to Build a Career in a Changing Landscape – The Next Edition, describes step by step how to create the life you want. His book shares his decades of experience inspiring actors to strong successful professional careers.“How to build a career in a changing landscape,” is meant to be about the world of film and television, but his clear steps can help you in any field or endeavor.

Brad Lemack The New Business of Acting

As Lemack says, we are all a “work in progress” and “the opportunities we all seek do indeed exist. However, it is our job to earn them.” If you take the time to create a plan and commit to it, you can have your dream job.

One thing that seems to be in short supply is the willingness to make a long-term commitment to anything that is more than 140 characters on a social media platform. Lemack is talking about building your legacy but you have to start at the beginning and be willing to put in the time.

Lemack tells us: 

“You would never build a house without a plan, nor would you set out on a journey to a far-off destination without a map to guide you. That is what this book is meant to do: to serve as your guidebook, to inform you about the sights that must be seen (and, of course, steer you away from those that should be avoided) as you create and launch your personal action plan for career success in your journey to and through the not-so -far -off land known as the new business of acting.”

What steps are you will to take to make your dreams come true?

The New Business of Acting Next Edition Brad Lemack

I agree with Lemack that: “careers begin to happen when talent, training, preparedness and readiness meet good luck and opportunity—and not until then. That is why you must be prepared for the long haul.” I have personally found that these ingredients do bring success.

After working for years with successful actors, new actors and acting students, Lemack has seen what it takes to make it. “Your professional life assignment is to develop your skills as a businessperson and to nurture your potential as an actor. There are only two ways to achieve this: training and experience.” If you are willing to put in the effort, you will see results.

Brad Lemack

Photo by Michael Lamont

I love his metaphors: “It is impossible to drive forward until you take the car out of park. But you also have to be sure that the tank has gas in it and that the engine has its needed supply of oil. Both are critical requirements to get you in gear for a safe and well-equipped journey.” If you find classes to take, seek out a mentor, meet people in the industry and never give up, your patience and persistence will be rewarded.

Lemack tells you to “never doubt your faith in your ability to succeed.” You have to be able to keep going. How do you manage that?

First, you need to develop the skills of behavior, communication, awareness and perception. When he explains about “how you say what you say can often be far more significant than the contents of the message itself,” this life skill is important for any acting audition but also for any human being on the planet. His talk about how you need “self-awareness, that is about being sensitive to situations around you all the time,” would help any person with any life goal. I love when he talks about perception and social media: “Do not be negative. Do not be nasty. Do not be personal. Think before you write or post anything.” While some people may want to be personal or political on their feed, I hope that is an intentional choice with full knowledge of the potential responses. This book is about being responsible for yourself and creating the life you want. It is directed to those who want to be actors but many now have to develop their own brand and these steps would be useful in many situations.

As Lemack explains to his students, “Be smart about how you want to be perceived by others and honor the integrity of your brand in all that you do—especially online.” This is crucial for all people of all ages and any profession. What you put online can help you or haunt you for years. Remember to “be memorable for all the right reasons.”

In order to make your life work, you need to have emotional, physical and fiscal fitness. Lemack shares his wisdom on all of these and my favorite part was: “Some kind of physical activity (other than jumping to conclusions) should be a part of your life.” 

Lemack’s three rules of fiscal fitness are:
1. You  have to live somewhere and be able to pay for it.

2. You have to eat regularly and be able to pay for it.

3. There is a minimum amount of money that you must earn first to survive and then to thrive.

Whether you want to work as an actor, have an internship or build your own business, Lemack wants you to:

  • Never take rejection personally, unless you were rejected because of something inappropriate or unprofessional that you did. It is your product or brand they may have chosen to pass on this time. It is not about you personally.
  • Your acting talent is a service that you provide to the entertainment community. Always play at the top of your game. 
  • The forward movement of your career requires that your action plan be a work-in-progress. At the launch, your plan is in place. But your plan must be adaptable to circumstances, environment, and personal and professional conditions that may indicate a change to the plan is in the best interest of achieving the results you seek.
  • Success in this business has everything to do with opportunity, timing and an actor’s readiness. Opportunity opens doors; preparedness makes you ready to take full advantage of those opportunities when they come your way. The goal is building a career.
  • Never let your passion for what you seek to achieve wane, even when the going gets tougher than you expected.

If you want to build a career, you need to make a plan and stick to the steps.

Here is some wisdom from the end of the book

  • I am a work-in-progress.
  • My career is a work-in-progress.
  • I will respond to my experiences in terms of black and white  (I either got the role or I did not; that agent signed me or she did not; I got into that class or I did not—they “whys” of the matter do not matter, unless you behaved in a way that impacted the result or decision).
  • I will stay clear about my mission.
  • I will continue to gather evidence of my potential and upgrade the tools I need for use along my journey.
  • I will continually seek to acquire and to develop the skills that I will need to build, sustain and grow my career.
  • I will fuel my journey with energy, enthusiasm, positivity and healthy motivation.
  • I will temper my journey with patience, fortitude and self-reliance.
  • I will live by a code of ethics that will serve to frame my intent along with my actions.
  • I will attempt to learn something new about myself and this about business every day, each step of the way.

When I need motivation,

I look at these words from Lemack:

If you stay focused, remain confident and always work at being a smart businessperson in the process of growing your career, than anything is possible. I wish you much luck, endless opportunity and all good fortune all along your journey. Indeed, you can do this.

Buy the Book on Amazon: The New Business of Acting: How to Build a Career in a Changing Landscape – The Next Edition

Learn more about Brad Lemack

Read what I wrote about his last edition here: Are You Prepared for The New Business of Acting?

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Do You Want To Take Better Photos?

People often ask me what phone I have when they see the quality of my photos and videos. Actually it sounds something like this, “What phone is that? I am buying that next!”

I am now using the LG V40ThinQ and it is the 4th LG phone I have used for my We Said Go Travel YouTube channel which now has 850,000 views and 1.4 million impressions in 2018.

Here is my view from the 65th floor of The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas:

Cosmopolitan Hotel View from 65th floor by Lisa Niver LGV40 ThinQ

Here is my view from the 39th floor at Shangri-La London at The Shard:

View from Shangri-La London by Lisa Niver #LGV40ThinQ

As you can see, the photo quality is stellar!
It actually has FIVE CAMERAS and a feature called Flash Jump Cut which makes gifs!

Here is a gif from LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art):

LACMA gif LGV40ThinQ

I also took this photos with the wide angle camera at LACMA at the Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile exhibit

Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile LACMA #LGv40ThinQ

Here is a panoramic view of LACMA’s lights by LGV40ThinQ
LACMA Panorama #LGV40ThinQ by Lisa Niver

and with 2 front cameras–the selfie game is at a whole new level!

Lisa's selfie at LACMA 2018 #LGV40ThinQ

Here is my first video with the new LGV40ThinQ:

VIDEO: Sing With The Nashuva Band: Heaven On Earth Songs Of The Soul

I love the wide angle lens and that they still have a headphone jack!

Here is more about the LG phones that helped created LG V40 ThinQ

Here is more information about my YouTube channel:

We Said Go Travel YouTube 850000 views 2018We Said Go Travel YouTube 1.4 million impressions 2018

 

Welcome to The Girls’ Lounge at AdWeek NYC

Where do girl’s belong? Girls belong everywhere! I was invited to The Girls’ Lounge at AdWeek NYC 2018. I went to four days of meetings with the best minds in advertising and marketing. Here are some of the people I met at the workshops:

VIDEOWhat happened at The Girls’ Lounge AdWeek NYC Oct 2018?

 

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Thank you to all of the speakers who shared the ways they are changing the world!

 

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Thank you to Shelley Zalis, Holly Corbett and Talia Bender for inviting me to the Girls’ Lounge at AdWeek NYC. #AWNewYork #AdWeek @adweek #AWNewYork2018 #TheGirlsLounge #TheFemaleQuotient @FemaleQuotient @shelleyzalis What is the Girls’ Lounge? @cisionglobal says: “The Girls’ Lounge is a growing community of women in business who are transforming workplace culture. In partnership with some of the world’s leading brands, Shelley Zalis and her team at The Female Quotient create memorable pop-up experiences and impactful programming to advance gender equality in the workplace. The Female Quotient has a presence at global events including The World Economic Forum, SXSW, Cannes Lions, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and other prestigious events all over the world.” https://prn.to/2P4smXD More photos: http://bit.ly/2TP6tz4

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VIDEO: What is the best advice you have been given? Girls Lounge’ NBCUniversal AdWeek 2018

 

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Thank you to #AriannaHuffington​ for her talk at @Adweek​ about “Trust, Purpose and Authenticity: The Power of Brands to Change People’s Lives”⁣ ⁣ It is no longer enough for brands to market superior products and optimize the consumer experience. In today’s climate, brands need to go one step further and actually add value to consumers’ lives in order to stand out. In this conversation, Arianna Huffington speaks to leaders from some of the biggest brands in the world for a cultural conversation on the role brands play in consumers’ lives and the power brands have to change individual outcomes. Topics include productivity and performance, stress reduction, daily routines, employee narratives and the role of purpose and meaning in work and life.⁣ ⁣ @ariannahuff Founder and CEO of @Thrive Global​⁣ ⁣ John Roselli General Manager of Consumer Wellness, @Bose​⁣ ⁣ Kirsten Allegri Williams Chief Marketing Officer, @SAPSuccessFactors​⁣ ⁣ Sara Saunders Associate Brand Director, @proctergamble #proctergamble⁣ @Target​⁣ @IMAX​⁣ #IMAX⁣ ⁣ #AWNewYork #AdWeek @adweek#AWNewYork2018

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Lisa Niver Shelley Zalis Federation Event

Thank you Shelley Zalis for all you do!

Lisa Niver at Adweek NYC 2018 Target

I am Grateful: WSGT November News 2018

Nov News 2018 with We Said Go Travel:

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and time with the people who are important to you. My aunt and uncle hosted 48 family members for a wonderful dinner with not one, not two but three turkeys! Thank you to everyone who has asked about my mother, she continues to recover amazingly quickly from her fall and has a great attitude!

 

Ms Magazine Polar Bears Can't Vote So You Have toThank you to Ms. Magazine for publishing two more of my stories:

  • Polar Bears Can’t Vote, So You Have To!

    Dr. Stephen Petersen, head of conservation and research at Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, has only one word of advice for the environmentally conscious this week: “Vote.” …. Polar bears are at the top trophic level of the food chain, and climate change is having a massive impact on their lives. As their environments evolve, Petersen is calling for more marine protected areas and doing work to protect the denning areas where polar bears have their babies. But there are many species that need to be protected—birds in Papua New Guinea, orangutans in Indonesia and polar bears in the Arctic among them.

  • Are You Ready for the Feminine Revolution?

    I have been told that I am too sensitive or too emotional. I’ve been told that I use too many capital letters. I have been told repeatedly that my emails scared someone, that I should tone it down to appear professional. (I was even named “Most Likely to Clap Her Hands for No Reason” in my high school yearbook.)

    It’s true: I have always been enthusiastic and had more obvious feelings than others in a room. That’s why I loved reading The Feminine Revolution: 21 Ways to Ignite the Power of Your Femininity for a Brighter Life and a Better Worldby Catherine Connors and Amy Stanton, which flipped the narrative—and encouraged women like me to reframe old standards that have claimed that “traditional” feminine traits are weak or bad.

I am honored to write for this incredible magazine. My first print story for Ms. Magazine will be in the Winter issue.

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE ON MS. MAGAZINE

Are You Ready for the Feminine Revolution? Ms. Magazine by Lisa Niver

Thank you to Mike Wreyford for having me on his radio show, The Good Life, for my 3rd visit. Listen to us here: Talking Travel on The Good Life.

Thank you to everyone who entered our 2018 Travel Photo Award. As soon as my tech wizard gives me the okay, I will start publishing the fantastic photos!

Walking with Polar Bears by Lisa Niver with Churchill Wild near Hudson Bay

Walking with Polar Bears by Lisa Niver with Churchill Wild near Hudson Bay

Recent Travels to Canada and Vegas:

Did you see all of my stories and videos from my Adventures in Canada with Churchill Wild:
Part OneDo You Want to Walk with Polar Bears?
Part TwoAre You Ready for an Adventure? Walk with Polar Bears
Part ThreeHow Do You Get To Churchill Wild?
and my time in Winnipeg: Are You Ready to Discover Wonderful Winnipeg?

Lisa Niver private tour at Bellagio Fountains

Have you always wanted to go behind the scenes at the Bellagio Fountains? Join me for a private daytime fountain tour:
VIDEO: Join Me Behind the Scenes at the Bellagio Fountains
Learn more about my Vegas adventures with Virtuoso when I stayed at ARIA this summer:

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here is the link to my video channel on YouTube where I have over 842,627 views on YouTube! Thank you for your support! Are you a subscriber? I hope you will join me and subscribe!

Recent video from Nashuva Band: Happy almost Chanukah! May your holiday season be filled with music and light.
Thank you! I am so proud of all I have accomplished this year. Thank you for watching my videos, reading my stories, following along on social media and asking me about booking your travels!

I am now planning and booking travel! Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of CRUISE and RESORT, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

My fortune cookies said:

“Don’t be afraid to take that big step.”  And

Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising every time we fall.

I hope your entire year will be filled with celebrations!
Thank you for your all of your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 140,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

Lisa Niver's selfie with a Polar Bear with Churchill Wild

Lisa Niver’s selfie with a Polar Bear with Churchill Wild

Are You Ready to Discover Wonderful Winnipeg?

I went to Winnipeg in order to get to Churchill to walk with the Polar Bears. Click here to see my articles and videos about that bucket list experience. I was not expecting to discover a city full of treasures! It is located in the center of Canada with a population of 800,000 and was the third largest city during the height of the Railroad. What did I see and do? Watch my video: Exploring Wonderful Winnipeg

What to see and do in Winnipeg?

International Polar Bear Research Centre is located at Assiniboine Park Zoo and houses rescued polar bear cubs from Churchill. I met with Dr. Stephen Petersen to talk about the Polar Bears and how we can help the environment. Read about what he told me in Ms. Magazine.

 

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Thank you to Dr. Stephen Petersen from @assiniboineparkzoo for talking to me about #PolarBears and how we can help them. Thank you to @ms_magazine for publishing my article: “Polar Bears Can’t Vote, So You Have To!” http://msmagazine.com/blog/2018/11/05/polar-bears-cant-vote/ Thank you @carmenriosss #MsMagazine @StephenResearch #Vote for people who care about the #environment.  @churchillwildsafaris #ChurchillWild #manitoba411  #gowpg #onlyinthepeg #winnipeg #manitoba #ExploreMB #canada #ExploreCanada @tourismwinnipeg @TravelManitoba #saveourseaice #conservationcounts #assiniboineparkzoo #Polarbear http://msmagazine.com/blog/2018/11/05/polar-bears-cant-vote/ @stephenresearch

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The Inuit Art Centre will open its own new building at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2020 and will have the world’s largest collection of public Inuit art to share with the world.

 

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Thank you to #WAG for sharing your art collection with me and taking me into my very first museum vault! I cannot wait to come back in 2020 and see these treasures displayed in your new centre! Did you know that The Winnipeg Art Gallery was founded in 1912? It is Canada’s oldest civic gallery and the 6th largest in the country!  The new building that will house the Inuit Art Centre with the world’s only glass vault and will be the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit Art with over 13,000 pieces of contemporary and traditional artworks. In 2020, when the new centre opens on Manitoba’s 150th birthday, The WAG Inuit Art Centre will display half of this extraordinary collection permanently. The full collection will be shared online to help students around the world deepen their understanding of Inuit culture. @wag_ca #InuitArtCentre #inuitart #atwag #finditdowntown #art #museum #gallery #winnipegartgallery #wpgevents #manitoba411 #gowpg #onlyinthepeg  #winnipeg #manitoba #ExploreMB #canada #ExploreCanada @tourismwinnipeg @TravelManitoba

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights opened in 2014 and is inspiring change with human rights stories from around the world. https://humanrights.ca

 

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“It always seems impossible until it is done.” Nelson Mandela At the incredible Canadian Museum for Human Rights, there is an exhibit about Nelson Mandela. I loved the entire museum. I hope that everyone travels to wonderful Winnipeg to see the first national museum to be built in nearly half a century, and the first outside the National Capital Region. The purpose of the museum is to “explore the subject of human rights with a special but not exclusive reference to Canada, in order to enhance the public’s understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue.”[4] It held its opening ceremonies on 19 September 2014. I highly recommend a visit to this museum and to the many spectacular attractions in Winnipeg. I believe we all need to focus more on being respectful and knowledgeable about each other. @cmhr_mcdp #Winnipeg  #OnlyinthePeg #ExploreMB #canada #ExploreCanada #AtCMHR #AuMCDP  @theforkswinnipeg #HumanRights #Museum #Peace #Hope #Diversity #Inclusion

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“Trust is earned in the smallest moments. It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening and gestures of genuine care and connection.”Brene Brown Shabbat Shalom! When I was in Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, I learned about Viola Desmond and how she is being honored on the new $10 bill. “Desmond is the first black person — and the first non-royal woman — to be featured on a regularly circulating Canadian bank note.” “It was long overdue for a banknote to feature an iconic Canadian woman,” said Stephen Poloz, Governor of the Bank of Canada to applause in both Winnipeg and Halifax. “Desmond is often described as Canada’s Rosa Parks after she refused to leave her seat in the “whites only” section at the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, N.S., in 1946. Desmond, 32, was dragged out of the theatre by police and jailed.”https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/cmhr-10-dollar-bill-1.4567809 @cmhr_mcdp #Winnipeg #OnlyinthePeg #ExploreMB #canada #ExploreCanada #AtCMHR #AuMCDP @theforkswinnipeg #HumanRights #Museum @tourismwinnipeg @TravelManitoba

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Who inspired the character of James Bond 007?

Sir William Stephenson was a solder who was from Winnipeg and his code name was Intrepid.

 

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Did you know that the real life James Bond, Sir William Stephenson, was from Winnipeg? His code name was “Intrepid.” I learned about him on the #Winnipeg trolley tour. People have been gathering at The Forks where the tour starts for 6,000 years. Maybe you should visit too! I loved learning about the history of Winnipeg and the stories of the people. I cannot wait to go back to this great city! It was so much fun! I highly recommend it. @WinnipegTrolley #winnipegtrolley #assiniboinepark #innattheforks #travelmanitoba #tourismwinnipeg #winnipegtrolley #citytour #meetmeattheforks #OnlyinthePeg #ExploreMB #canada #ExploreCanada  #007 #jamesbond #jamesbond007 https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/2015-featured-story-archive/the-intrepid-life-of-sir-william-stephenson.html The Intrepid Life of Sir William Stephenson Pilot, prisoner, inventor, spy – Sir William Stephenson lived a courageous life full of adventure and derring-do. (Many people consider him one of the real-life inspirations for James Bond.) In honor of his 118th birthday last month, here are a few tales of one of WWII’s most infamous intelligence officers, the man code-named “Intrepid.” Stephenson, born in Winnipeg, Canada on January 23, 1897, distinguished himself at a young age. In WWI he was a fighter pilot in the Royal Flying Corps, bringing down 12 German aircraft. Shot down and captured on a mission, Stephenson managed to escape in October 1918. After the war ended, Stephenson became an entrepreneur and inventor, but he grew concerned about the growing power of Nazi Germany. He was a friend of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who sent Stephenson to New York City in 1940 to run the British Security Coordination Office, the operational and liaison arm of UK Intelligence in the US. The job made Stephenson Britain’s top intelligence officer in the United States.

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Where to relax?

I had my first Scandinavian Spa experience at Thermëa – Winnipeg. It is very close to the city but feels 1000s of miles away. As they say, “Discover Thermëa: The ultimate relaxation experience!” There are 4 outdoor baths, 4 saunas including one with Eucalyptus and an indoor/outdoor restaurant. You can make s’mores and relax in a hammock.

Where to see art and meet the artists?
First Fridays in The Exchange

 

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As an artist, I love to see other people’s studios and talk with them about how they create. Cheryl took me to First Fridays in Winnipeg and I saw where her photography is exhibited at Warehouse Artworks. I also met Lennard Taylor and saw his designs and shop. Marielle, Lennard, Cheryl and I talked about how important it is NEVER GIVE UP “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe “Positivity, confidence, and persistence are key in life, so never give up on yourself.” Khalid The world needs more art and peace and creativity. Thank you to all the artists and galleries for a wonderful night in the Exchange. https://www.warehouseartworks.net/ https://www.firstfridayswinnipeg.org/ https://lennardtaylor.com/  #manitoba411 #gowpg #onlyinthepeg  #winnipeg #manitoba #ExploreMB #canada #ExploreCanada @tourismwinnipeg @TravelManitoba

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Where to stay?
I loved Inn at the Forks and was lucky enough to have drinks with local writer, Shel Zolkewich at SMITH.

 

 

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As election fever takes hold of the United States, I wanted to share another post from Winnipeg and the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. What Are Human Rights?https://humanrights.ca/exhibit/what-are-human-rights How do you put human rights in a museum? You have to tell the stories of the people. Come experience the exhibits and think about what has happened on our continent, across our globe and what is happening right now. The goal is to illuminate human rights and leave uplifted and inspired. School groups are welcome and there is a special family day on Sundays. Right now, they have these exhibits: Nelson Mandela: Struggle for Freedom: Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years, but he never gave in to hate. Walk in the footsteps of the man they called Madiba and learn the legacy of his struggle for freedom. Witness the struggle for freedom that changed everything. One Woman’s Resistance: Viola Desmond’s Story How far would you go to fight for your rights? By refusing to change seats and by fighting her conviction in court, Viola Desmond directly challenged segregation in Canada. She will be on the new $10 bill in Canada read more: http://bit.ly/2PIwgcM I hope that we can achieve what Nelson Mandela wished for: “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.” @cmhr_mcdp #Winnipeg  #OnlyinthePeg #ExploreMB #canada #ExploreCanada #AtCMHR #AuMCDP  @theforkswinnipeg #HumanRights #Museum #Peace #Hope #Diversity #Inclusion

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Read Polar Bears Can’t Vote, So You Have To! on Ms. Magazine

Ms Magazine Polar Bears Can't Vote So You Have to

Do you want to walk with the Polar Bears?

Read and watch all of my Churchill Wild Adventures:
Part OneDo You Want to Walk with Polar Bears?
Part TwoAre You Ready for an Adventure? Walk with Polar Bears
Part ThreeHow Do You Get To Churchill Wild?

Winnipeg by Lisa Niver

How Do You Get To Churchill Wild?

Fly to Nanuk Polar Bear LodgeThis is Part Three of my adventures walking with Polar Bears with Churchill Wild at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Click to read Part One and Two.

 

Are you wondering how to visit the Polar Bears? See my videos below for the steps to get from Los Angeles to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.

Lisa Niver flying to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Video #7: How do you get to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge?

Churchill Wild Adventure Begins…September 2018
At Churchill Wild, you can walk with the polar bears.
I flew from Los Angeles to Vancouver, then Vancouver to Winnipeg and stayed overnight at The Grand Hotel across from the terminal. My first night I had dinner with another writer, Shel at the Blue Marble.

I met my group at the hotel the next day. We had an orientation meeting and dinner at the hotel and in the morning woke up and walked back across theto the airport.
We flew from Winnipeg to Churchill and then took a Cessna flight up to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge by York Factory and Hudson Bay.
I was so excited to glimpse our home from the air and we saw polar bears too.
There are 8 rooms at the lodge.
We put out bags in our rooms and went to get our boots and jackets to get ready for our first ride on the arctic rhinos and go exploring.

Lisa Niver at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Video #8: Fly from Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge to Churchill

Enjoy the views and fly with me from Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge to Churchill. I sat front right seat and took as much video as I could to share with you!

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge with Churchill Wild

Video #9: Do you want to see POLAR BEARS?

Walking with Polar Bears September 2018 with Lisa Niver.
Please enjoy my videos of polar bears from my trip to Nanuk Polar Bears Lodge.
I traveled with Churchill Wild.  I decided to make a video of only the polar bear footage for you to enjoy. Please see the other videos for wolves and everything else that happened! Safe Travels! Lisa

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge with Churchill Wild

Video #10: Do you want to see WOLVES?

Walking with Wolves September 2018 with Lisa Niver.
Please enjoy my video of wolves from my trip to Nanuk Polar Bears Lodge.
I traveled with Churchill Wild. I decided to make a video of only the wolf footage for you to enjoy. Please see the other videos for polar bears and everything else that happened! Safe Travels! Lisa

 

Read and watch all of my Churchill Wild Adventures:
Part OneDo You Want to Walk with Polar Bears?
Part TwoAre You Ready for an Adventure? Walk with Polar Bears
Part ThreeHow Do You Get To Churchill Wild?
On Ms Magazine: Polar Bears Can’t Vote, So You Have To!

Ms Magazine Polar Bears Can't Vote So You Have to

 

Are You Ready for an Adventure? Walk with Polar Bears

This is Part Two of my adventures walking with Polar Bears with Churchill Wild at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Click here to read Part One. When are you going to touch the Arctic?

 

I absolutely loved this experience. Please enjoy my videos to see what our days were like riding the Arctic Rhino and walking with wild animals.

Lisa Niver's selfie with a Polar Bear with Churchill Wild

Lisa Niver’s selfie with a Polar Bear with Churchill Wild

VIDEO: Watch My Video And See Where We Walked with Polar Bears!

Today (September 3, 2018) was another day of polar bears and wolves and wolves and polar bears! I might rename it Nanuk Polar Bear and Wolf lodge because we have seen so many wolves. Churchill Wild has been here for 25 years and we are wondering when are you coming to see the polar bears and the wolves!
Enjoy my videos to see what a day is like exploring with Churchill Wild!
I was glad that they lent us rubber boats and rain pants and coats. We walked in some very muddy conditions. They also had walking sticks that you could borrow! I especially liked the blankets that we could use in the Arctic Rhino. You can make friends, be in nature and see amazing creatures! I loved it!

Churchill Wild Arctic Safaris: Getting ready to see Polar Bears

Churchill Wild Arctic Safaris: Getting ready to see Polar Bears

VIDEODid we see Polar Bears at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge?

Video from Sept 5, 2018 Our last day at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge
Churchill Wild and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge I have had the most incredible time! I cannot wait
to come back. How cold was it? I wore all my clothes! Make sure to check the weather for York
Factory and not Churchill!

Thank you for watching my videos with wolves and polar bears! When are you going to touch the Arctic?

A wolf at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge Churchill Wild

VIDEOCan you see the Northern Lights with Churchill Wild?

Is it on your bucket list to see the Northern Lights?
Come to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge where we saw the Aurora Borealis for more than an hour.
We saw all different colors and the lights were dancing all across the sky.
It was truly one of the most magical things I have ever seen.

Where did we stay to see Polar Bears?

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge with Churchill Wild

Click here to see all of my Polar Bear videos!

I wrote about the Polar Bears from my visit with Dr. Petersen at the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, Winnipeg, Canada for Ms. Magazine. Click here to read: “Polar Bears Can’t Vote, So You Have To!”

Ms Magazine Polar Bears Can't Vote So You Have toGroup photo Churchill Wild Sept 2018 Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Do You Want to Walk with Polar Bears?

I walked with Polar Bears with Churchill Wild at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. It was literally one of the best bucket list adventures I have ever experienced. Please enjoy my videos to see what our days were like riding the Arctic Rhino and walking with wild animals.

Walking with Polar Bears by Lisa Niver with Churchill Wild near Hudson Bay

Walking with Polar Bears by Lisa Niver with Churchill Wild near Hudson Bay

VIDEO: Do You Want to Walk with Polar Bears?

Walking with the polar bears at Nanuk Polar Bear lodge is one of the most amazing things I have ever done. It only works because of the trusted, experienced and talented guides, Andy, Emri and Kevin who literally talk to the animals. We have seen about a dozen polar bears and wolves. We traveled by arctic rhino which looks like a moon rover.
It has been so incredible.
If you are looking for a really different experience and an adventure bucket list experience in the vast expanse of the outdoors were there are no roads, no traffic lights and no other people. This is an exciting next adventure for you to explore.
I loved it!

Polar Bear by Lisa Niver at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, Churchill Wild

Polar Bear by Lisa Niver at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, Churchill Wild

VIDEOWhat happens at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge?

You are finding me today, September 1, 2018, at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. It is truly phenomenal here.You walk with the Polar Bears! We also walked with the wolves. It is a once in a lifetime bucket list experience. I loved the Arctic safari with bears, wolves and some people even see moose!

Sleeping Polar Bear by Lisa Niver with Churchill Wild

Sleeping Polar Bear by Lisa Niver with Churchill Wild

VIDEOWhere Can You See Polar Bears In Canada?

After traveling to 101 countries, walking with the polar bears with Churchill Wild was one of the most amazing bucket list experiences of my life! The bear in this video was across the river and then walked closer and closer to use! It was incredible to be so close. Churchill Wild wants you to have a top experience and safety of the animals and of the guests is of the highest importance. Our three guides were very talented and we saw so many creatures! Our sightings included many wolves, polar bears, polar bear cubs and we even stopped among the trees for hot cocoa, coffee and tea!
Back at the lodge, meals are served family style and there are plenty of freshly baked treats. I loved it! Thank you Churchill Wild. This video is from September 2, 2018

Where did we stay to see Polar Bears?

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge with Churchill Wild

Click here to see all of my Polar Bear videos!

I wrote about the Polar Bears from my visit with Dr. Petersen at the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, Winnipeg, Canada for Ms. Magazine. Click here to read: “Polar Bears Can’t Vote, So You Have To!”

Ms Magazine Polar Bears Can't Vote So You Have to

Read and watch all of my Churchill Wild Adventures:
Part OneDo You Want to Walk with Polar Bears?
Part TwoAre You Ready for an Adventure? Walk with Polar Bears
Part ThreeHow Do You Get To Churchill Wild?
On Ms Magazine: Polar Bears Can’t Vote, So You Have To!

Happy Birthday to Me: Oct News 2018

Oct News 2018 with We Said Go Travel:

Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes! I am so proud of all I have accomplished this year. Thank you for watching my videos, reading my stories, following along on social media and asking me about booking your travels! I was LIVE on the 1pm KTLA NEWS!

Did you see me? Click here to see it AGAIN! 

Happy Birthday Lisa Niver 2018

Lisa Niver on an Arctic Safari with Churchill Wild finding polar bears!

Thank you to Ms. Magazine for publishing my story: “Reverse Mentoring with GenMaverick: The Five Best Lessons I Learned From Teen Feminists.” I was honored to be asked to be a mentor/catalyst for Maverick. This story is from the Maverick Live Summit in April 2018.

“At the inaugural Maverick Live Summit in Los Angeles, teens took the stage to celebrate the new app’s intent to empower young girls to use their voices—and shared honest stories about their paths to incredible accomplishments. From being on “Grown-ish” to being the first African-American woman ever to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speed skating team, the passionate young women who gathered in Los Angeles for the summit showed the crowd of teens that anything is possible and encouraged them to be creative and empowered.

Collectively and individually they told each other and the crowd: “Take risks! Dream big. Let your voice be heard!”

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE ON MS. MAGAZINE

Lisa Niver's article for Ms. Magazine

My Travel Photo Award is open until November 1, 2018. Thank you to everyone who participated in all of my writing competitions and the first photo award. Submit your photo for our current Photo Award THIS MONTH!

We Said Go Travel Photo Award 2018

Did you see all of my Africa stories and videos from my trip to Tanzania and Kenya with Abercrombie and Kent?

Part 1: Where Did I Travel on My First African Safari?

Part 2: Are You Ready? Today We Are Going to the Serengeti!

Part 3: What is the Best Way to Travel from Tanzania to Kenya?

Part 4: How can you see Black Rhino, Maasai Warriors and Hula Hoops?

Part 5: Do You Love The Animals of Africa?

Thank you to Abercrombie and Kent for sharing so many of my photos from our East African safari on their Facebook page:

Travel expert and writer, Lisa Ellen Niver, recently returned from a safari in East Africa with A&K. Here she shares some of the highlights from her recent adventure.We Said Go Travel

Posted by Abercrombie & Kent USA on Thursday, October 11, 2018

 

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here is the link to my video channel on YouTube where I have over 826,000 views on YouTube! Thank you for your support! Are you a subscriber? I hope you will join me and subscribe!

Recent videos from walking with Polar Bears in Canada with Churchill Wild:

I am now planning and booking travel! Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of CRUISE and RESORT, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

My fortune cookies said:  “Don’t be discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward,” and “Courtesy costs nothing.”

I hope your birthday and entire year will be filled with celebrations!
Thank you for your all of your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 135,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

Lisa Niver is BRAVE

Lisa Niver at the opening summit for Maverick Live, April 2018

Do You Love The Animals Of Africa?

Please enjoy part 5 of my video journey through Tanzania and Kenya with Abercrombie and Kent Luxury Tailor Made Journeys.

Part OnePart Two, Part Three, Part Four and the final videos Part Five:

I loved being on my very first African safari. I filmed so much footage of the animals and I wanted to be able to share it with you. Please find videos below that are mainly of one animal. If you want to see where we stayed, what we ate, how we got from place to place please see the first 13 videos in this series here.

Zebra in Africa by Lisa Niver

Video #14 Do you want to see ZEBRAS?

Please enjoy my videos of zebras from Tanzania and Kenya in Tarangire, Serengeti and Maasai Mara from my safari in July 2018.

Giraffe in Africa by Lisa NiverVideo #15 Do you want to see GIRAFFES?

Please enjoy my videos of giraffes from Tanzania and Kenya in Tarangire, Serengeti and Maasai Mara from my safari in July 2018.

Lion in Africa by Lisa NiverVideo #16 Do you want to see LIONS?

Please enjoy my videos of lions from Tanzania and Kenya in Tarangire, Serengeti and Maasai Mara from my safari in July 2018.

Elephant in Africa by Lisa NiverVideo #17Do you want to see ELEPHANTS?

Please enjoy my videos of elephants from Tanzania and Kenya in Tarangire, Serengeti and Maasai Mara from my safari in July 2018.

Thank you Abercrombie and Kent! Lisa Niver

Thank you Abercrombie and Kent! I loved my safari adventures! Lisa Niver

Video #18Do you want to see BABY ANIMALS?

My two favorite things to see on safari in Tanzania and Kenya were baby animals and animals crossing the road. I made this video of just baby animals and animals crossing the road.

Click here to see all of my African Safari videos

Click here for more information and rates!

Part 1: Where Did I Travel on My First African Safari?

Part 2: Are You Ready? Today We Are Going to the Serengeti!

Part 3: What is the Best Way to Travel from Tanzania to Kenya?

Part 4: How can you see Black Rhino, Maasai Warriors and Hula Hoops?

How can you see Black Rhino, Maasai Warriors and Hula Hoops?

Please enjoy part 4 of my video journey through Tanzania and Kenya with Abercrombie and Kent Luxury Tailor Made Journeys.

Part OnePart Two, Part Three and now here is Part Four

Video #9: Will I Love a Safari in Maasai Mara?

#9 Safari in Mara Triangle July 14 2018 and staying at Sanctuary Olonana with Sanctuary Retreats

Staying at Sanctuary Olonana in the Maasai Mara: the rooms are gorgeous, breakfast is fabulous and they even have challah in Kenya. They have everything at Sanctuary Retreats. Cross your fingers we see a rhino today. We have seen 4 of the Big 5 so far.

For our game drive with Duncan, we saw a large family of olive baboons and zebras. We went through Oloololo Gate and explored. We saw elephants, zebras, a lion and a lioness, a water buck, another large male lion, spotted hyena, another lioness, grey crowned cranes, warthog, kingfisher and many many more elephants. At the end of this video playlist are movies of several animals who we spent a lot of time watching: See more footage of elephants, giraffe, lions and baby animals.

Lisa Niver and Kelly in Kenya #AKTravelIn the afternoon after lunch at Sanctuary Olonana, we visited a Maasai village. Chief Richard said I could bring my hula-hoop. See the next movie for more of our adventures with the men, women and children of the village.

I went to see the Sanctuary Olonana Spa which has outdoor treatment rooms so you can hear the sounds of the river and hippos as you relax. Remember your bathing suit because you can go for a swim or sit by the pool.

Watch my video from July 15, our final game drive when we did see the black rhino.
Happy Travels! Lisa

Video #10Do you want to visit to a Maasai Village?

From Sanctuary Olonana, we went to visit Chef Richard’s village.
He told us—“ As you know, there is Big 5. Do you know what is the Big 6?” Maasai Warriors!”
He was talking to us about polygamy.
You can marry more wives if you have enough cows. 10 cows for 1 wife, 20 cows for 2 wives.
We watched the Maasai Warriors do their jumping dance.I taught them to hula-hoop.
One warrior laughed so hard—he fell down!
We took photos with the men and then went to visit the women and children in the village.
I danced with the women and shared my hula hoop with them.

Lisa Niver and Maasai Warriors Kenya #AKTravelI loved learning Maasai: Supa means HELLO!
The children came to watch the women of the village dance and sing.
We were invited into the men’s meeting house and learned how they make fire.
I bought several beaded bracelets from the craft marketplace.
Thank you to the village for sharing their time with us and inviting us into their homes.

Video #11Do You Want to see a Black Rhino?

#11 We saw a Black Rhino on Our Final Game Drive July 15 2018

We woke up at Sanctuary Olonana and I wandered among the beautiful trees on property.
Sanctuary Retreats, Abercrombie and Kent, AK Philanthropy and Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy have a commitment to the communities where they are building and working. They use local staff, have an organic garden and involve the community to pick their projects. We were able to visit the school that was built by the teams in Africa. The Maasai village owns the land where Sanctuary Olonana is located and receives money for each room night.

On our safari game drives, we saw the great migration of the wildebeest, hundreds of elephants and so many lions.

Giraffe by Lisa Niver in Kenya #AKTravelSanctuary Olonana has recently been completely renovated and reopened. I have been learning to speak Swahili and Maasai. The staff has been teaching me new words and I can say THANK YOU! Asante Sana. I loved eating breakfast with a view of the river with hippos!

Duncan took us on our final game drive and we saw Maasai with their cattle and then we found the elusive black rhino! We saw all of the Big 5 during our adventures in Tanzania and Kenya. I loved being on safari with Abercrombie and Kent. I cannot wait for your to come on your bucket list trip and enjoy the amazing animals, friendly people and the vast landscape.

Black Rhino by Lisa Niver Kenya #AKTravel

Video #12Do you want to Watch a Maasai Warrior Performance?

#12 Did we visit a Maasai Village in Kenya?
YES!
Watch the Maasai Warrior Performance with Hula Hooping Olonana, Kenya.
Did I teach Maasai Warriors to Hula Hoop?
Yes I did! What an amazing Abercrombie and Kent Small Group Journey!

We were invited to visit a Maasai Village while we were staying at Sanctuary Olonana.

I wanted to share the complete footage of the warriors.

Video #13 Do You Want to See the Maasai Women Sing?

#13 Did we visit a Maasai Village in Kenya?
YES!
Watch the Maasai Women sing and dance!

Did I teach Maasai Women and children to Hula Hoop?
Yes I did! What an amazing Abercrombie and Kent Luxury Tailor Made Journey we had in Tanzania and Kenya.

We were invited to visit a Maasai Village while we were staying at Sanctuary Olonana. I wanted to share the complete footage of the women dancing.

Click here to see all of my African Safari videos

Click here for more information and rates!

Part 1: Where Did I Travel on My First African Safari?

Part 2: Are You Ready? Today We Are Going to the Serengeti!

Part 3: What is the Best Way to Travel from Tanzania to Kenya?

What is the Best Way to Travel from Tanzania to Kenya?

Enkereri School in Kenya. Photo by Matt Payne
Please enjoy my video journey through my first African safari and 100th country with Abercrombie and Kent Luxury Tailor Made Journeys.

Part One, Part Two and now here is Part Three

Video #6Do you want to Sing in Swahili on Safari?

Hello from Sanctuary Kichakani! While on safari in Tanzania, I tried to learn to speak Swahili:

Jambo: Hello

Hakuna Matata: No Worries

Simba: Lion

Thank you: Asante Sana

Good Night: Lala Salama

The men of Sanctuary Kichakani broke into song while we were talking about Swahili. I loved this mobile tent camp and all of the friendly team. We saw all of the Big 5 on our adventures together!

Staying at Sanctuary Kichakani by Lisa Niver

Video #7: What is it like Traveling from Tanzania to Kenya?

How did I travel from Tanzania to Kenya?Where did I stay in Tanzania and Kenya?Did I learn to speak Swahili?
Did I love going on my first safari?

I hula hooped at sunrise outside my tent at Sanctuary Kichakani
I learned more new words! Thank you to everyone for teaching me Swahili.
Jambo means hello!Want to listen to the men singing? Listen to the entire song in the video before this one.

We left our mobile tent camp and flew from Seronera Airstrip to Tarime Airstrip which is also in Tanzania. At the airstrip, I met a group of students who are studying about tourism and hospitality. They asked me: What were the challenges to visit Tanzania? My group answered: vaccines, visas and flight distance.

We traveled overland and crossed out of Tanzania and into Kenya but there were no photos or video allowed at the border crossing. Next we traveled to Migori Airstrip.
Are there “services” at the airstrip and border? There was a bathroom at Tarime but not at Migori. There was a bathroom at the border. Remember if there is not running water in the bathroom, take the bucket, fill it with water and use that to flush the toilet.

We flew on many small planes. I loved being able to sit in the front and watch the pilot fly.
In the morning, we left Sanctuary Kichakani and Tanzania and after our flights and border crossing, we arrived at Sanctuary Olonana in Maasai Mara, Kenya.

Sanctuary Kichakani by Lisa NiverWe saw many giraffes and of course I took more photos with the animals. How close are the animals on safari? So close you can take a selfie!

In the Mara, we saw cattle because the Maasai warriors have herds of them. We were staying near a Maasai village that we would visit and also near a school built with philanthropy from Abercrombie and Kent as well as Sanctuary Retreats. See the next videos for more about the school and the village where I taught the Maasai warriors to hula-hoop.

Sanctuary Olonana was completely renovated and reopened in July 2018 just before we went to visit. I loved our welcome into the village with an escort and music. The property is on the Mara River and you can see hippos from the restaurant and all the villas.

Maurice Simiyu, Camp Manager, and his entire team invite you to come enjoy this beautiful property.

Giraffes by Lisa Niver

Video #8: Do You Want to Hear Enkereri Primary School Sing Now?

We visited Enkereri Primary School as part of our Abercrombie and Kent Small Group journey in Tanzania and Kenya. The Enkereri school is part of the Masai Mara Conservation Program for Abercrombie and Kent Philanthropy (AKP). To donate to the school: click here and under the donate page, select Kenya-Masai Mara Conservation Program; then under “Message”, specify that the gift is for Enkereri School and 100% of your donation will go directly to the school. Thank you to Matt Payne for the photos of me with the schoolchildren.

Enkereri school children in Maasai Mara. Photo by Matt Payne

Enkereri school children in Maasai Mara. Photo by Matt Payne

 

Click here to see all of my African Safari videos

Click here for more information and rates!

Part 1: Where Did I Travel on My First African Safari?

Part 2: Are You Ready? Today We Are Going to the Serengeti!

Are You Ready to go to the Serengeti?

Please enjoy my video journey through my first African safari and 100th country with Abercrombie and Kent Luxury Tailor Made Journeys.

Lions in the Serengeti by Lisa NiverDid you see Part 1: Where Did I Travel on My First African Safari?

Video #3 Leaving Tarangire, Tanzania for Safari in the Serengeti

Join us as we fly from Arusha to the Serengeti, Tanzania.
There were zebra on the airstrip.
We saw three of the Big 3 in Tarangire.
What will we see in the Serengeti?
I cannot wait to explore!

Minutes from the airport we saw TOPI, they look like they are wearing blue jeans. We saw a lion in the distance, then an elephant, I even took selfies with the elephants. Next we saw another LEOPARD! It was incredible to walk it move.

We saw animals crossing the road! One of my favorite things.
We saw our first olive baboons— there was a group of all sizes even babies! We saw banded mongoose and gorgeous scenery with a crocodile.

Our new home would be Sanctuary Kichakani for two nights which moves three times a year to follow the great migration. We ate lunch which was so great I even had seconds!

My luxury canvas tent was incredible and I love the bucket shower.
Join us for the next video to see our surprise!

Video #4 Afternoon Safari from Sanctuary Kichakani to the Hippo Pool

July 11 2018
What will you see in the Serengeti?

We saw a lion, leopard, elephants, crocodile and olive baboons?

What will we see next?
It is time to go to the hippo pool which is only about 7 minutes from Sanctuary Kichakani! I spotted a bee-eater bird, we saw water buffalo, zebra and we were allowed to get out of the safari vehicle and watch the hippos at sunset.
Should you go on safari in Africa? YES!
How close are the animals in the Serengeti? Very close! We saw wildebeest!

What will happen next?
I love the Serengeti! More animals on safari in the next video!

Hippo in Tanzania by Lisa Niver

Video #5 Searching for big cats in the Serengeti: 8 lions and a leopard

Jambo from Sanctuary Kichakani in the Serengeti!

After sunrise we went on our game drive.
We were searching for big cats: lions, leopards and cheetahs!

We saw baby olive baboons, giraffes, zebra, warthog, wildebeest, hartebeest, dwarf mongoose and gazelles.
Our incredible guide, Filbert, brought us to an area where we saw four lions! We saw two lioness and two cubs playing. One of the lioness made a kill of a Thompson’s gazelle! It was truly amazing! We then saw a leopard bring a kill of a gazelle up into the tree tops! We went on to see four more lions during the day.

We also saw vultures, elands and more birds.
We had a picnic in the Serengeti under a tree.

Yes I did take selfies with the animals! I did hula hoop around the campfire too!
Asante Sana! Thank you to Filbert for the most amazing day!
Who did you travel with? I was on an Abercrombie and Kent Tailor Made Small Group Journey to Tanzania, my 100th country, and Kenya.

Click here to see all of my African Safari videos

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Elephants in Africa by Lisa Niver

Happy New Year from We Said GO Travel

Sept News 2018 with We Said Go Travel:

Thank you to everyone who participated in my We Said Go Travel Photo Award!
AND THE WINNERS ARE:

FIRST PLACE: Azim Khan Ronnie, Red Chilies Pickers in Bangladesh
SECOND PLACE: Jan SkwaraThe Space in Norway
THIRD PLACE: Piers van der Merwe, Majestic Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Honorable Mention:

Nafis AmeenBangladesh Through My Eye

Adonis Villanueva, The Horse in the Carpathians

Dipesh Bhatt, Cormorant Fisherman in China

2017 Photo Award FinalistsPart 1 and Part 2

Our 2018 photo award is open! Our four judges look forward to seeing your best shots! Learn more here!

We Said Go Travel Photo Award 2018

Thank you to Nora Roberts for including me in her Creditwalk article: “30 of the Smartest Travel Moves Ever Made”

Lisa Niver as a Club Med GO Marge

Lisa Niver as Marge for The Dating Game at Club Med Copper Mountain

Here was my “Smartest Travel” answer:

FUNDING TRAVEL (EARNING MONEY)

Work for Resorts/Cruise Ships

Lisa Ellen Niver of We Said Go Travel loved scuba diving, but she couldn’t afford to dive on her salary at the time. So on a friend’s suggestion, she applied to work at Club Med as a G.O. (an activity organizer).

“I had never heard of it before but sent in a resume and paid to fly to Florida for a group interview. They offered me the job but in Colorado. I wanted to go scuba diving but they needed a person in the kids club who could ski. She promised that if I went to the snow, next I would get underwater. I decided to go for it. I ended up at Club Med for a year and on ships for nearly seven! It was the most amazing way to travel, see the world and save money. I absolutely loved it.”

This smart travel move launched Lisa’s ongoing career as an award-winning travel expert who is featured around the world. To this day, she’s glad she took a chance and went to Club Med to ski when she wanted to go scuba diving. “You never know what can happen if you just begin.”

More interviews with Lisa Niver from Business Insider, The Penny Hoarder and more on One Page

Lisa Niver Live on KTLA News

Thank you for all of your support for my

We Said Go Travel website, videos, travels,

social media and me!

I was LIVE on the 1pm KTLA NEWS!

Did you see me? Click here to see it AGAIN! 

Lisa Niver Live on KTLA with Lu Parker Mark Mester

Lisa Niver Live on KTLA with Lu Parker, Mark Mester, Kaj Goldberg.

I really believe what Lindsey Vonn said: “Follow your dreams. If you have a goal, and you want to achieve it, then work hard and do everything you can to get there, and one day it will come true.” 

Lisa Niver is a Travel Expert on KTLA TV in Los Angeles

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My views on Roku are now over 1.2 million and I have over 800,000 views on YouTube! My total video views across all platforms is now over two million! Thank you for your support!

Recent videos from walking with Polar Bears in Canada with Churchill Wild:

 

I am now planning and booking travel! Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of CRUISE and RESORT, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

My fortune cookies said:  “A day without smiling is a day wasted.” and “It is not only important to add years to your life but to add life to your years.”

Shana Tova! I hope as the new year of 5779 begins you are filling your life with what is most important to you. I read this quote in the Stephen Wise Temple Yom Kippur Prayerbook:

“As civilization advances, the sense of wonder declines. Such decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind. Mankind will not perish for want of information; but only for want of appreciation. The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living. What we lack is not a will to believe but a will to wonder.”

by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel from “As Civilization Advances” in “God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism”

I hope your new year will be filled with wonder and wander!
Thank you for your all of your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 130,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

Happy New Year 5779/2018 Shana Tova

Happy New Year 5779/2018 Shana Tova! Photo by Lisa Niver on Yom Kippur at Skirball Center Los Angeles

Where Did I Travel on My First African Safari?

Please enjoy my video journey through my first African safari and 100th country.
Video #1: My Abercrombie and Kent African Adventure Begins
Traveling to Tanzania and Kenya with Abercrombie and Kent
July 8-10, 2018

Join me on my first safari with Abercrombie and Kent in Africa.
I have this and quite a few more videos to share of my Tailor Made Small Group Journey to Tanzania, my 100th country, and Kenya.

Lisa Niver 100th Country: African SafariI am so excited to share all of our experiences with you.
I flew from Los Angeles, California to Amsterdam, Netherlands and then Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. We stayed one night in Arusha at Mount Meru Hotel before beginning our safari adventures.

From Arusha airport, we flew to our first safari camp, Sanctuary Swala.
We saw animals from the short plane ride to Kuro Airstrip where we were picked up by Sigi from Sanctuary Retreats to start our first game drive. What animals did we see? Watch the next video to find out!

Video 2: Abercrombie and Kent July 10, 2018 Tarangire Park Tanzania and Sanctuary Swala:

Within minutes of setting out on our first safari game drive, we saw a family of elephants. A group of elephants is called a herd or a parade. I loved seeing the baby elephant. If the baby can fit under the mother, it is usually less than six months old. African Bush Elephants can live 60 to 70 years and elephants are born after a two year pregnancy.

I was thrilled to realize we were close enough to the elephants to take selfies! I had hoped we would see many animals on my safari but I was not sure if they would mainly be far away from us. We saw many birds including Southern White Crowned Strike, Lilac Breasted Roller, white-bellied bustard, crown hornbill, gray crowned crane, ostrich, marsh eagle, African vulture, and Western Red-billed hornbill.

I loved seeing a zeal of zebras. I was shocked when four of them rolled in the grass and dirt. I felt like we were in a scene from a movie. I just could not believe how many animals there were. I also loved seeing different types of animals together.

Lisa Niver in Africa: Giraffes on SafariWatching giraffes walk makes me happy. I love how majestic they look. A tower (or kaleidoscope) of giraffes is formed when two or more giraffes stand with necks together on safari. When we saw a warthog and someone said, “Pumba,” I felt like the movie The Lion King was coming to life.

Observing the animals while they were walking, drinking and moving was mesmerizing. I made separate videos of each of the animals that we watched for long periods of time so you can enjoy them too. You can find them at the end of this playlist.

My two favorite things on safari where watching animals cross the road and seeing the baby animals. I made a separate video of those two things together.

We saw black faced monkeys and later in our trip we would see Olive Baboons!
We saw all of the animals mentioned here before noon on our very first game drive.

After our picnic lunch under the Acacia trees, we saw another parade of elephants and a leopard! On our first day we saw two of the Big 5! At 5pm as we were headed to our camp, we saw African Buffalo which made 3 of the Big 5 on our first day.

Lisa Niver with Maasai Warrior Sanctuary Swala

Sanctuary Swala would be our home for the night and it had recently re-opened. Our stunning luxury canvas tents had every amenity including both an indoor and outdoor shower. We were taught about how to call for someone to walk us to the dining area after dark. You take a flashlight and shine it into the trees. It is like asking for your own superhero to accompany you and a Maasai warrior with a spear will walk you safely to the main area. There are no fences at Sanctuary Swala so there are animals all over the camp. I loved the meals with a view, pretty pathways, the animals close by and my very comfortable bed.

Sanctuary Swala by Lisa Niver

Click here to see all of my African Safari videos

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Where Did I Travel for my 100th Country? Tanzania!

Here is my August News 2018 FOR We Said Go Travel:

For my 50 New Things Before I am 50 project, I went to my 96, 97, 98, 99th countries and in July 2018, I went to TANZANIA which was my country #100! It was so exciting to travel with Abercrombie and Kent Tailor-Made Small Group Journeys on Safari! I have been posting photos to my social media and have many videos to share with you. Thank you for all of your support for We Said Go Travel and me. 

Videos: Abercrombie and Kent Safari in Africa

More info and rates: https://wesaidgotravel.com/AKAfrica

Lisa Niver in Tanzania with a giraffe

Selfies on Safari: Lisa Niver with a giraffe in Tanzania

PHOTO AWARD

All of the entries from the 2017 Photo Award are now published. Please view them here.

Find the Finalists: Part One and Part Two

We anticipate announcing the winners from our 2017 Photo Award in September 2018. Thank you for your participation and patience!

Our 2018 photo award is open! Our four judges look forward to seeing your best shots! Learn more here!

On Safari in Africa! Baby Elephant Crossing the Road

On Safari in Africa! Baby Elephant Crossing the Road

WHERE CAN YOU FIND MY TRAVEL VIDEOS?

Here are links to my video channels on YouTubeAmazon Fire Tv, and Roku Player. My views on Roku are now over 1.2 million and I have nearly 800,000 views on YouTube! My total video views across all platforms is now over two million! Thank you for your support!

Recent videos from Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas:

I am now planning and booking travel! Where do you want to wander? Find more information about me and my luxury travel advising as an independent affiliate of CRUISE and RESORT, Inc with Virtuoso Luxury Travel Network on my new microsite!

My fortune cookies said “Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it,” and “A mile walked with a friend contains only a hundred steps.” I hope you are actively imagining your next dream destination and goal. I am!


Thank you for your all of your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitterPinterestYouTube, and at LisaNiver.com. My social media following is now over 125,000 and I am verified on both Twitter and Facebook.

Have you always wanted to know more about We Said Go Travel and Lisa Niver?
Here are two new interviews:

Nomad No More on Explore with Erin
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Lisa Niver on her way to Country #100

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The Power of Positivity: How Did One Teenager Handle Having Multiple Concussions?

The Power of Positivity: How Did One Teenager Handle Having Multiple Concussions?
AN INTERVIEW WITH KOBY BERNSTEIN

We are pleased to introduce Koby Bernstein, a 17-year old student at the Dalton School in New York City. Koby is this year’s youth honoree of the Brain Injury Association of New York and his team is raising funds for The March On-Long Island 5K. Koby takes us through his experiences with a traumatic brain injury, how he stayed positive and is an amazing example of how one person can change the world!

Video: Who Was the Youth Honoree for 2018 BIANYS?

Q —Can you tell us about your brain injury and how it happened?

A —My first concussion happened in the middle of 9th grade. I was playing high school basketball. I was driving the ball and collided with an opposing player. I thought I was fine but during my last class I had a headache, was nauseous, felt dizzy and most of all I just did not feel  “right.” Some of my symptoms lasted for over 3 weeks. I was fully back at school and sports after about 4 weeks. My second concussion happened in 10th grade. I was trying out for the varsity basketball team and was at a practice in the gym. The back of my head collided with a taller player’s chin. I don’t think it was a harder jolt than my first concussion, but this time my symptoms were much worse and I was out for the entire basketball season. It took me 3 months to fully return to school and sports. I have had a few other bumps since then, like the time a friend threw a football in the park to the back of my head, that would ordinarily not be anything to think too much about, but when these bumps have happened to me following my other concussions, I am much more sensitive and I experience concussion symptoms that someone else would not have.

Koby Bernstein volunteering with the Brain Injury Association of New York August 2017

Koby Bernstein volunteering with the Brain Injury Association of New York August 2017

Q —Can you describe to us how you are doing now? Have you fully recovered from your injuries?

A— Even though I have recovered, I am not the same as before.  I have chronic pressure in my sinuses and head. After trying different medications, having a cat scan and nasal endoscopy, the doctors cannot relieve the pressure. I now see a chiropractor regularly and also started acupuncture treatments.  

Q —What was it like to be sidelined from school and sports for extended periods of time?

A— It was honestly very isolating and depressing. My whole identity has been wrapped up in my athletic persona and team sports, so not being able to play was very challenging. Not only because I enjoy playing and am so passionate about it,  but also not getting to do what I love was hard, yet it was much more than that – I missed seeing my friends  and teammates everyday. I also experienced a withdrawal of endorphins. I went from several hours of exercise per day to nothing. On top of all of that, there was very little I could do at home.  I could not watch television or play on my phone- I was staying away from all digital screens because my eyes were sensitive to light and loud sounds bothered me too. I had to get up from chairs or beds slowly so I didn’t get dizzy. My whole system was completely off. Missing school may sound great to someone who is healthy, but it was really tough. I hated getting more and more behind every day. I slowly got back to school. Some days I could go for one class or two. It took a long time before I could handle an entire day, keep up with homework, and be fully functional. I also have to point out that when you have a health issue that people cannot see, it makes it that much harder for people to understand your issue and accept it.  When you see someone with a physical disability, you recognize that they may need accommodations. It was very different with traumatic brain injury as there was no outward signs like a cast or crutches. In my experience, some teachers were more understanding than others.

Q — Why did you create Simply Concussions?

A— I had found that some things helped me like a particular ice pack that wrapped around my head, blue light blocking glasses, and some supplements that I was taking. These were not necessarily things that are on a typical treatment plan and they are not things that your neurologist or pediatrician tell you about. I wanted to share with others what helped me. I also needed to connect with others to see if I could find anything else that might help me. Without regular contact with my friends and teammates, I needed a community to connect with that understood what I was going through. Concussions are all unique, but people who have experienced them were much more understanding than others.

VIDEO: Simply Concussions with Koby Bernstein

Q —What inspired you to work with the Brain Injury Association?

A— I wanted to find a way to raise concussion awareness and I discovered that the Brain Injury Association had a chapter in New York, which is a non-profit entity that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injuries and their families. I started out volunteering at their Long Island Walk. From there, I got more involved. It helped me turn around my negative feelings. By doing something good, I started to feel more hopeful and positive.

I also wanted to raise concussion awareness in my community and raise funds for the Brain Injury Association. During March, which is March Madness for basketball fans and also Brain Injury Awareness Month – I created and organized a fundraiser, “Basketball for a Cause.” I was fortunate to have a lot of help from friends at the New York City High School Leadership Academy, a non-profit leadership development program where I am the president.  Together we invited kids of all ages to shoot hoops, compete in contests, learn about concussions. I partnered with Dr. Elizabeth Barchi and the NYU Concussion Center; Dr. Barchi helped take some of the confusion out of concussions. I also connected through instagram with an organization called Protect Your Skull; two former football players created a lifestyle clothing brand all around concussion awareness, and they generously donated clothing to help our fundraising efforts. I learned a lot about organizing an event, building a community wide effort, and more importantly, how to turn my individual nightmare from playing basketball into something positive for the greater good.

Koby Bernstein with Dr. Elizabeth Barchi, NYC Concussion Center

Koby Bernstein with Dr. Elizabeth Barchi, NYC Concussion Center, March 4, 2018

Q —What has been the best part of your experience?

A— I had a great opportunity this past Spring to participate in a Concussion Roundtable at Mount Sinai.  That was an incredible experience. I was the only student in a room filled with doctors, nurses, clinicians, athletic trainers and more. The Roundtable was focused on discussing best practices for concussion treatment. We collaborated on protocols that work and don’t work. I was able to provide the student perspective and share the challenges that I faced in returning to school and sports. There is so much emphasis in schools on the protocols to return to play, but very little procedures exist on best practices and support to return to school. There needs to be more focus on returning to life too. Being able to advocate for changes in the system was empowering. I found that I have a voice and, even as a teenager, I can help effect real change and do something meaningful through advocacy. I got so much out of my time participating in the roundtable.

“I found that I have a voice and can help effect change.”

–Koby Bernstein

Koby Bernstein speaking at the Concussion Roundtable at Mount Sinai Hospital, April 2018

Koby Bernstein speaking at the Concussion Roundtable at Mount Sinai Hospital, April 12, 2018

 

Q — What is your message to others with traumatic brain injuries?

A—I had to stop thinking about all of the things I could not do and was missing out on.I realized I had no alternative but figure out how to move forward.I learned to appreciate Nelson Mandel’s message that “the greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” My greatest discovery was learning to be positive and resilient in the face of setbacks. My message to others with traumatic brain injuries is to not give up; whatever you can do on a given day is just enough for that day. You are stronger than you think and happiness is a choice you get to make for yourself. I call my formula the 4 P’s: positivity, persistence, perseverance and perspective.

Q — Last question – What is next?

A— Right now, I am raising funds for the Brain Injury Association of New York’s 5K Walk on Long Island. It takes place on Saturday, September 15th at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York. I am appreciative of being the youth honoree and I am building a team to raise funds. I am grateful that I have recovered from my concussions,but also for how the tough times have shaped me. I am lucky that I can now help others. The money raised will go towards the Brain Injury Association of New York’s mission, which includes providing education, advocacy, and community support services that lead to improved outcomes for children and adults with brain injuries and their families. The Association offers a toll-free family helpline, chapters and support groups throughout the state, prevention programs, and publications library. And, BIANYS plays a central role in the development of public policy on the federal, state and local level.

Koby Bernstein with BIANYS Executive Director, Eileen Reardon, April 12, 2018

Koby Bernstein with BIANYS Executive Director, Eileen Reardon, April 12, 2018

Are you ready to join Koby’s team? 

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Note: We Said Go Travel is honored to share this story. Koby Bernstein is the nephew of Lisa Niver, founder of We Said Go Travel. We hope to see you on September 15 at the The March On-Long Island 5K.

Thank You Los Angeles Press Club and Dolly Parton

Lisa Niver, Diana Ljungaeus, Susan Bejeckian Photo by Gary McCarthy

Lisa Niver, Diana Ljungaeus and Susan Bejeckian
Photo by Gary McCarthy

Thank you to the Los Angeles Press Club for the 2018 Southern California Journalism Awards at the Millennium Biltmore. It was a night full of the all-stars of journalism. “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.”

 

Video: 2018 Southern California Journalism Awards

I loved hearing Dolly Parton speak about her Imagination Library which has given over 100 million books to children. She also raised over $12.5 million for My People Fund supported people who lost their homes in the deadly Tennessee fires last year.
“Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.” She was honored with the Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award.
Robert Kovacik, Lisa Ellen Niver and Cher Calvin

Robert Kovacik, Lisa Niver and Cher Calvin

I was honored to be a 2018 Finalist in three categories for the awards. These are the three articles I was nominated for:
Congratulations Team KTLA

Congratulations Team KTLA

The KTLA team including my producer, Kimberly Cornell, took home two awards. I worked with her to create travel segments on Napa, California and Ogden, Utah. Congratulations to everyone on their hard working team!
Lisa Niver and Kimberly Cornell

Lisa Niver and Kimberly Cornell

Thank you to the leaders of the Los Angeles Press Club, Diana Ljungaeus, Chris Palmeri and the entire board for all your efforts to create and continue the Southern California Journalism Awards. I am already looking forward to the next one!
Chris Palmeri and Lisa Niver

Chris Palmeri and Lisa Niver

More about the event:

“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.”

2018 Honorees:

* LESTER HOLT – The Joseph M. Quinn Award for Lifetime Achievement
*KIM YOSHINO – The Presidents Award for Impact on Media
*RAIF BADAWI – The Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism
*DOLLY PARTON – The Bill Rosendahl Public Service Award for Contributions to Civic Life

“The 60th SoCal Journalism Awards Contest is the largest and most impressive in our Los Angeles Press Club’s recent history. Our judges sorted through nearly 1,400 entries. Our finalists represent the most talented and hardworking journalists in Southern California! ”

See more photos on We Said Go TravelDolly Parton at 2018 LA Press Club 2018

2018 Best in Travel Photo Award is OPEN

We Said Go Travel 2018 Photo Award

For our 2018 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!
Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

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Date: Enter from August 1, 2018 to November 1, 2018

Theme: Your Favorite Photo

Deadline: Enter by midnight PST on November 1, 2018

Fees: This competition has no fee.

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Prizes

1st Prize – $200 usd
2nd Prize – $100 usd
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.

See all of the 2017 entries here. We are announcing the finalists for the 2017 award in August 2018 and will announce the winners shortly.

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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 2018 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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JUDGING

Eve Boissonnault

Eve Boissonnault has been a leader in the international sports and travel industry for over 15 years. She started her career as a journalist at Ski Presse Magazine in Canada for which she became Editor-in-Chief. During her 10-year tenure, she was one of the very few female Editor-in-Chiefs in the North American snow sports industry. She travelled the globe reporting on luxury travel and world-class skiing events such as the Olympics. Starting 2012, she traded the mountain for the beach and set out to write a series of eight travel books about California. Her articles have been published in ELLE Magazine, BMW Experience Magazine and Air Canada’s award-winning publication EnRoute. Eve has received international recognition as one of the Top Sports Writers in the world by the Laureus Sports Organization. Since 2007, she has been acting as jury member for the Laureus World Sports Awards. Eve holds a Master’s Degree in Communication and Semiotics and is currently participating in a Continuing Learning program at Stanford University.

www.evestories.com

Gary Arndt

Gary Arndt Travel Photo Award Judge

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

 

travelphotographyacademy.com

 

Jeana

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

Research lab rat turned travel mom, Jeana writes about fashion, beauty, gadgets, food, entertainment, crafts and of course, travel at her lifestyle blogazine SurfandSunshine.com. Recently named by Social Media Week asone 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

Matt Payne

Matt Payne is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, an award-winning travel photographer and writer, public speaker and adventurer. He is the travel editor for 405 Magazine, the producer of the television show Mosaic Oklahoma and is a contributing writer and photographer to Travel Age Westthemanual.com, vagabondish.com, Communities Digital News and many other travel publications. Matt is an adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University and travels the Midwest, inspiring audiences with talks covering a range of topics from travel writing and photography to screenwriting.  Matt, his wife, his daughter and two dogs live on a farm outside Oklahoma City along with several horses, two donkeys, three chickens and a temperamental rooster named Wayne.

http://www.mattpaynewriter.com/writing/

Do YOU want to be a Travel Writer? Travel Classics Montreal

Are you looking for “The World’s Most Exclusive Conferences for Professional Travel Writers and Editors?”

I was honored to participate in Travel Classics conferences in Scottsdale, Ireland, Tucson and Montreal. I am looking forward to the next conference in Scottsdale from Nov 29 to December 2, 2018.

Thank you to Maren Rudolph for creating these wonderful conferences to meet in person with top travel magazine editors and network with other journalists in fantastic destinations.

As it says on the Travel Classics website:

“There’s no better way to stay in the loop of major magazine markets, as you enhance your career with great writing assignments. Travel Classics is unlike any other conference on Earth.”

 

Montreal at Night Travel Classics by Lisa NiverWhat happened at Travel Classics Montreal?

Video: Travel Classics Montreal 2018 Part 1 of 3

VIDEO: What happens at Travel Classics Montreal 2018 Part 2 of 3

Video: Find Your Way at Travel Classics Montreal Part 3 of 3

VIDEO: Why go to Travel Classics? Ask the Editors! Montreal 2018

John Maren Ruth Travel Classics 2017

My videos from Past Conferences

from Travel Classics Tucson 2017: My post conference Dude Ranch experience

from Travel Classics Ireland May 2017: my article

from Scottsdale 2016: my article

12 Terrific Blogs to Follow From Travel Classics

Travel Classics Montreal 2018

My Canada adventures on the way to TRAVEL CLASSICS MONTREAL:

What does the conference include?

Travel Classics Writers Conferences:

There’s no better way to stay in the loop of major magazine markets, as you enhance your career with great writing assignments. Travel Classics is unlike any other conference on Earth.

Conference and Accommodations fees include:

  • 3 nights accommodations with breakfast and gratuities
  • 3 scheduled breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Refreshments during 4 scheduled breaks
  • All evening activities (including transportation to and from offsite events)
  • Editor presentations and one-on-one consultations with 7 or more editors
  • Exposure on TravelClassics.com in Alumni News and TC Authors Section

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Ground transportation to and from airport
  • Lunches and snacks for guests

Montreal Conference Sponsors

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Our thanks to the following companies for making possible this exclusive gathering of travel writers and editors: