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daves palau diningThanks to Dave’s Travel Corner for publishing our article: Quality Dining Palau Style!

Since Jellyfish Lake and the Rock Islands were added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in July 2012, more and more seasoned travelers are choosing Palau as a vacation destination. Recent statistics indicate that nearly 100,000 people visit Palau annually. Holidaymakers who have not yet explored Palau’s charms may be yearning to ascertain if the above water cuisine experience matches Palau’s underwater treasures. During our ten-day stay on Palau, we were treated to a variety of local tastes that we highly recommend to incoming visitors.

Eric Kuo, the owner of Rose Garden Resort, Palau international Tours, and Mingles So Thai restaurant is a wonderful host and creative entrepreneur. At Rose Garden Resort, we enjoyed our room with a view as well as our giant Palau breakfast of eggs, rice and delicious white snapper, truly one of the tastiest fish entrees we’ve ever sampled.

In town, Mingles So Thai employs Thai chefs who serve authentic and delicious Thai cuisine. Having spent over three months in Thailand over the last year, we can vouch for the quality of the food. The whole fresh Unicorn and Parrotfish were beautifully presented and very tasty. The veggie dishes, Penang Tofu and Pad Thai were also excellent.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE to learn about all the great restaurants we visited!
Thank you to the Palau Visitor’s Authority for inviting us to Palau.

Enjoy our many movies from our travels in Palau above and below the water.

Are you ready to experience a waterfall that is on fire? Swim underwater like a kite among sharks?

Palau really is the edge of Paradise! Enjoy all our articles on Palau.

Thanks to Annette for this photo of us from our private island luncheon in Palau!
Thanks to Annette for this photo of us from our private island luncheon in Palau!

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vacation galsThank you to the Vacation Gals for publishing my story: Palau: Royal Treatment Under and Above Water

After recently snorkeling with whale sharks in the Philippines and scuba diving among a tornado of barracuda off Sipadan, Borneo, I wondered if Palau scuba diving would live up to the hype. Scuba dive sites in Palau are famously wonderful and teeming with marine life; I had been informed that some of the best dive sites in the world were situated at the edge of paradise in Palau’s Rock Islands. Our day out withNeco Marine Dive shop did not disappoint. From the moment of our arrival in the shop, the entire dive team — especially Dive Instructor Dale — went above and beyond the call of duty.

 

WATCH: Diving Palau by Terry Gardner

Scuba Dive Sites in Palau (Neco Dive Shop)

 

Whether snorkeling or diving, each person was given attention to make sure they were prepared for an excellent day of adventure. We were all primed with our green Rock Islands cards that are required for entering the water in this UNESCO protected area.

Our first scuba dive site in Palau was Coral Garden. In Coral Garden, I immediately felt like I was in a magical place. During our hour underwater reaching depths of 47 feet, my dive buddy, Terry, and I saw green turtles, anemones, clams, purple and green damselfish, angelfish as well as mackerel. We slowly meandered through the reef garden, enjoying every second of our Nitrox dive.

Read the full article on The Vacation Gals! Click Here.

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Photo by Dale Goosen and Jenni Wilbourn, Neco Marine Dive Shop

Palau Visitor’s Authority  Thank you to the for inviting us to explore the magic of Palau!

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Sunset at Palau Pacific Resort

Sunset PPRWe Said Go Travel Newsletter 34: Sept. 19, 2013

Two weeks in Palau: The Edge of Paradise

Our time in Palau was filled with natural wonders and outdoor adventures like kayaking, snorkeling, double rainbows, incredible sunsets, Milky Way (below) and UNESCO sites: the Rock Islands(see beach photo below) and Jellyfish Lake. I loved diving Blue Corner where I was hooked into a rock at 47 feet and literally flew like a kite in the current as gray tip sharks sailed by. A giant thank you to Molly, Jayvon, Alu, Kadoi and Marvin from the Palau Visitors Authority for an incredible trip. We are working on several articles and movies to share all the sights and great hotels with you as soon as possible. Our new friends, Annette, Dean, Donna, John and Terry, made the trip even better!

SAVE THE DATEOct 3rd in Oahu, Oct 16th in Los Angeles and Oct 23rd for our online webinar with the University of Pennsylvania. We hope to see you or your friends at one of our upcoming events!

Enjoying the mud at Milky Way, Rock Islands, Palau
Enjoying the mud at Milky Way, Rock Islands, Palau

Today we just discovered that our site, We Said Go Travel, is now listed on Nomadic Samuel’s Top 100 Travel Blogs. Thank you for all your support to help us make the list! We appreciate all of you who read our newsletters, articles, website and BOOK! Thank you to everyone for your support of our journey and all our writing. Connect with us on FacebookGoogle+LinkedIn,  Pinterest,  SlideShare,  Twitter, and  YouTube.

Happy and Safe Travels! We are now in Guam!

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More articles to enjoy: Our interview on Trover, Fight the Inertia with our whaleshark photo! Lisa in Tiffany Hawk’s Huff Post article FEEL the FEAR, Travel ANYWAY! Our latest Myanmar video traveling to Meiktila and George playing with the band in Samui.

Our Gratitude Travel Writing Contest began on September 11 and will close on November 28 with the beginning of Chanukah and Thanksgiving. Where do you find AWE?  Share your story today! 

Thanks to Annette for this photo of us from our private island luncheon in Palau!
Thanks to Annette for this photo of us from our private island luncheon in Palau!

Thank you to Annette White for the photo above learn more about her photos, food journeys  and life as “a passionate restaurateur, fearless nibbler and new experience collector who is traveling the world in search of bucket list worthy experiences.”

David Thompson is an incredible intrepid traveler, writer and friend. He has definitely taken us under his wing and helped us with our travels, our website and our events. We are thrilled to be able to share his recent travels to Palau with you.

The word “paradise” is truly defined by Palau’s northern most state of Kayangel, which is composed of merely four small atoll islands. Total population: under 100. Total “wow” factor: 100+ percent. It is places like this that you only read about in travel magazines or see on TV – and when you find yourself in one of these places (such as Kayangel), you have to pinch yourself to make sure its not a dream.

It’s easy to get ‘high’ here – perhaps from chewing betlenut for the first time but more likely it is a natural high that comes from being in a place that is so remarkably beautiful. Ngeriungs Islet (one of the atolls) is privately owned and only two tour companies from Palau are allowed access.

The dazzle of the sparkling aquamarine and turquoise waters are breathtaking. But even more inspiring in today’s world of mass tourism that often over runs places like these – is the fact there are just no people here. In that sense, remote is good. Palau itself is remote of course and this part of the country is even more so. The entire country of Palau boasts a population of approximately 20,000 people and by far the majority of those people live in the south in and around its largest town, Koror.

The beaches continue to change and evolve here because of wave action and storms. The sand is almost untouched – other than flocks of sea birds which soak up the views. Wait for the tide to drop and a prime piece of temporary real estate appears in the form of a long white sand beach that magically stretches almost between the islands. This change can happen quickly – in the span of an hour.

You just don’t want to leave this special place. Lunch is freshly caught fish (caught earlier by line fishing on the 90 minute boat ride here) – grilled on the barbeque or prepared raw as sashimi. There’s not many things better in this life than fresh sashimi simply prepared with soy sauce, lemon and wasabi. And accompanied by a Margarita. Or perhaps a beer picked up in one of the local markets.

One gets used to certain types of banana’s that are grown specifically for the mass consumer. These tend to be dense and all have the same general bland flavor. Kayangel Atoll is known throughout Palau for its bananas – it is refreshing to try a banana that has a unique flavor with an appealing “lightness” in texture. Oh, and they often eat their bananas here with peanut butter! The island also produces delicious papaya and refreshing coconut juice.

This part of Palau has excellent line fishing. The fishing is so good, that if you have not caught a fish within a minute or so of dropping your line, the guides will insist you try somewhere else. If you aren’t pulling in a fish with nearly each line drop, perhaps you just aren’t paying attention to the tug on your line. The fish are so plentiful in parts of the reef that nearly every drop of the line produces a “strike” from a fish.

During a recent stay in Palau – we used Impac Tours for all our guided outings. In our experience, their staff is very well trained, courteous, helpful and puts customer service at the core of their tours and activities. The island attractions are certainly not going anywhere and there are a number of tour companies in Koror all competing for tourist dollars – so the differentiating factor between each tour provider is their customer service and Impac over delivers in this regard.

Impact tours will arrange this full day tour, leaving from either their office in Koror or area hotels. The journey to the atoll takes about 2.5 hours – as you take your time on the way, possibly visiting Palau’s large capital building (built all alone, completely surrounded by jungle) and taking some time to snorkel the edge of a reef on the boat ride.

A day visit to this part of Palau is offered through their “Rainbow’s End, North Explorer Tour” – but perhaps you would like more time to absorb this region’s unique beauty. For truly a “local” experience, consider a home-stay on the main island of Kayangel. Several families either allow you to stay with them or have a separate room or home for guests. The state’s entire miniscule population is on this island, spread out among several villages. Impac tours can help arrange your transportation and the actual home-stay.

Lisa Oscars Red Carpet 2015

Lisa Oscars Red Carpet 2015Exciting March 2015 updates from Lisa & We Said Go Travel:

“Lisa runs the wildly popular and stupid prolific blog We Said Go Travel.

Every time I turn around I am being besieged with updates from said blog through my Triberr feed. I almost feel like a speed bag. But this is in a good way.

The content is wonderful, the stories are emotional, and Lisa’s ultimate goal is to spread global awareness.

She shares the platform with many up and coming travelers who cover all corners of the globe.

Super inspired blog and a great person to connect with.”

  • Lisa Niver Ireland green landsend clothesAND I am going to DUBLIN for St. Patrick’s Day. See my new green clothes from Lands End below. This is my very FIRST trip to Ireland and I cannot wait to share it with you! Thanks for all your support. Lisa

THE WINNERS from the 2014 Gratitude Writing Contest:

10best march 2015 lisa niver usa todayRecent Articles for USA TODAY 10Best:

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Thank you for watching my WSGT YouTube channel which is now over 303,000 views! Enjoy movies from Los AngelesBermuda,  Puerto Rico, Palau, Guam, Hawaii, India as well as Bali and Lombok  Indonesia,  Southern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Nepal.  To find all 347 Videos: click here for the WSGT YouTube Channel. I am over 1000 followers on Pinterest, and up to 640+ subscribers on YouTube!

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Lisa Ellen Niver Fairmont Miramar Tub Presidential SuiteFeb News from WSGT:

2014 Gratitude Travel Writing Competition Finalists

Thank you to the Fairmont Miramar for my stay at the Presidential Suite Bungalow One! Enjoy the video!  (see photo)
Thank you to Jessie Voigts of Wandering Educators for interviewing me for her #StudyAbroadBecause Series: “It Will Change Your Whole Life!”
Thank you to Stay Adventurous for including my Palau photo in their Sunset Sunday Series.

The Finalists from the 2014 Gratitude Writing Contest were announced yesterday. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Enjoy their entries:

The winners will be announced in March.
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Thanks to MatadorU for promoting my writing competition!

Please join in my 7th Travel Writing Contest about Bravery.

Please share a story about a place that inspires you to be brave and save the day.
In Chris Brogan‘s, It’s Not About the Tights: An Owners Manual on Bravery, he shares his definition of bravery as “not being afraid of yourself.”
He says: “You’ve got to use whatever past you came from as part of the origin story that shapes the hero you will become. Welcome to day one. You are the superhero you’ve been waiting for.” Enter now!
My recent article about BraveryYOU ARE THE AUTHOR OF YOUR STORY. YOU ARE THE HERO YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. ACCEPT THAT YOU’RE THE ONE WHO WILL SOLVE YOUR CHALLENGES, AND THAT YOU ARE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE TASK.

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Happy 2015! I hope your January has been filled with progress on your resolutions.
My trip to Bermuda as a travel host for Orbitz and White Nile Media was picked up by Nasdaq.
 I like this part:
Orbitz Originals: Bermuda – Proper Fun a seven-part online video series that is co-hosted by award-winning travel experts Richard Bangs and Lisa Ellen Niver.” The videos will be available soon!
With the We Said Go Travel Global Alliance, I ran a social media campaign for Luxe Hotels for six days, we did TWELVE MILLION IMPRESSIONS! If you need help with social media, I am available! Ask me questions!
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I skied at Park City Mountain Resort this month with my family.
Please join in my 7th Travel Writing Contest aboutBravery. Please share a story about a place that inspires you to be brave and save the day.
In Chris Brogan‘s, It’s Not About the Tights: An Owners Manual on Bravery, he shares his definition of bravery as “not being afraid of yourself.”
He says: “You’ve got to use whatever past you came from as part of the origin story that shapes the hero you will become. Welcome to day one. You are the superhero you’ve been waiting for.” Enter now!
My recent article about BraveryYOU ARE THE AUTHOR OF YOUR STORY. YOU ARE THE HERO YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. ACCEPT THAT YOU’RE THE ONE WHO WILL SOLVE YOUR CHALLENGES, AND THAT YOU ARE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE TASK.
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Thank you for all your support!

Winners of the sixth writing contest (Fall 2014 Gratitude Travel Writing Contest) will be announced soon.

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Happy January! Lisa (Click here to sign up for this newsletter. )

Thank you for watching my WSGT YouTube channel which is now over 290,000 views! Enjoy movies from Los AngelesBermuda,  Puerto Rico, Palau, Guam, Hawaii, India as well as Bali and Lombok  Indonesia,  Southern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Nepal.  To find all 330 Videos: click here for the WSGT YouTube Channel. I am over 1000 followers on Pinterest, and up to 602 subscribers on YouTube!

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Lisa Niver at Sofitel Dec 2014
Lisa Niver at Sofitel Dec 2014
Lisa Niver at Sofitel Hotel December 2014

2014 has been a roller-coaster year for me. I was listed as a top Travel Tweeter for 2015, one of the Sexiest Female Travelers Alive 2014 and I came home from Asia alone.

I joined and performed with one of 10-time world champion Cristian Oviedo’s salsa teams and was the host of an Orbitz special in Bermuda. I was lead teacher for Nickelodeon’s brand new show, “Bella and the Bulldogs.”

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Dave Koz and Lisa Niver at Gerald Albright Show at Spaghettinis December 26 2014

I signed to freelance with USA Today 10best as a Los Angeles Expert and have been writing for Wharton Business Magazine. One of my articles was the most popular post for 7 days and another one had a twitter reach of 4.1 million.

I met the British Ambassador, cooked with several top hotel chefs at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, went to dinner at Dave Koz’s house and met his friends, Matt Goss and Eric Benet as well went to the amazing Gerald Albright show at Spaghettini Beverly Hills.

We Said Go Travel and Ken Budd recieved a Gold SATW award for Budd’s article, Kenya: Holding Elijah. This award is considered the Pulitzer prize of Travel Writing.

I had the sixth writing contest (Fall 2014 Gratitude Travel Writing Contest the entries are being published and winners will be announced in 2015.) And the Winter 2015 Inspiration Travel Writing Contest will open January 2, 2015! I hope you will share a story.

Thank you for all your support this year!

Connect with me on Facebook,  Google+, InstagramLinkedInPinterest,  SlideShare,  Twitter, and YouTube.

Happy New Year! Lisa

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Thank you for watching my WSGT YouTube channel which is now over 280,000 views! Enjoy movies from Los AngelesBermuda,  Puerto Rico, Palau, Guam, Hawaii, India as well as Bali and Lombok  Indonesia,  Southern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Nepal.  To find all 320 Videos: click here for the WSGT YouTube Channel. I just went over 1000 followers on Pinterest, I am up to 576 subscribers on YouTube!

Sunset at Palau Pacific Resort
Sunset at Palau Pacific Resort
Sunset at Palau Pacific Resort

Share your story of strength and gratitude in my We Said Go Travel Writing Contest.

WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its Travel Writing Contest with CASH prizes and no fee for entry. The theme for the Fall 2014 contest is “Gratitude: A Place That Inspires You to Feel Strong and Hopeful.” We hope your article will inspire others to travel more and find their inner hero!  Enter until November 27, 2014

We are looking for an article about your act of gratitude–a place you chose or that allows you to stand up for yourself. Where are you most able to be your true self? Your place of freedom might be far across the globe or in your own backyard.

Get inspired by Sara Bareilles‘ song: King of Anything

“King Of Anything”

Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)

Keep drinkin’ coffee
Stare me down across the table
While I look outside

So many things I’d say if only I were able
But I just keep quiet
And count the cars that pass by

You’ve got opinions, man
We’re all entitled to ‘em
But I never asked

So let me thank you for your time
And try to not waste any more of mine
Get out of here fast

I hate to break it to you, babe
But I’m not drowning
There’s no one here to save

Who cares if you disagree?
You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be
Who died and made you king of anything?

Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)

You sound so innocent
All full of good intent
You swear you know best

But you expect me to
Jump up on board with you
And ride off into your delusional sunset

I’m not the one who’s lost
With no direction oh
But you’ll never see

You’re so busy makin’ maps
With my name on them in all caps
You’ve got the talkin’ down
Just not the listening

And who cares if you disagree?
You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be
Who died and made you king of anything?

All my life
I’ve tried
To make everybody happy while I
Just hurt
And hide
Waitin’ for someone to tell me it’s my turn
To decide.

Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)
Oh (oh oh oh)

Who cares if you disagree?
You are not me.
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be.
Who died and made you king of anything?

Who cares if you disagree?
You are not me.
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be.
Who died and made you king of anything?

Let me hold your crown, babe.
Oh ohhhhhhhhhhh
Ahhhhhhhhhhh

Sunset at Palau Pacific Resort
Sunset at Palau Pacific Resort
Sunset at Palau Pacific Resort

WRITING CONTEST: Our fourth Travel Writing Contest ended on February 14, 2014 with 505 people from 55 countries involved. The judges and I are happy to announce the fifty finalists! Winners will be announced May 27. The next contest also opens May 27!

PLEASE ENJOY THE ENTRIES FROM THE FINALISTS: 

Read all the Inspiration Contest stories: Click here.

Thank you to everyone for your participation and for sharing your incredible stories! All of us are honored to be able to read and learn from you.

First, Second and Third place winners will be announced next Tuesday May 27, 2014!

Our summer 2014 Writing Contest will begin May 27, 2014.

Thank you for your support. Connect on  Facebook,  Google+InstagramLinkedInPinterest,  SlideShare,  Twitter, and YouTube.

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