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Lisa Ellen Niver

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Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education. is a passionate writer, educator, social media ninja, speaker, global citizen and founder of We Said Go Travel who has traveled to over one hundred countries and six continents. You might find her underwater, traveling to an exotic location, teaching in the classroom or in print about social media, science education, lifelong learning, books, and travel. Recently, in print in Prevention Magazine’s “Go For It” section about setting goals and achieving them, her weight loss was also highlighted in print in First for Women Magazine. On National Television as a science teacher on the show Career Day, she was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Niver was a 2014 nominee for the humanitarian award, the Charles Bronfman Prize. Niver writes for many online and offline publications including Wharton Business Magazine, USA Today, National Geographic, the Huffington Post, the Guardian and the Jewish Journal.

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April 2015 News from Lisa & We Said Go Travel:
  • We Said Go Travel has a new look! Thanks for all the compliments on the new design.
  • My first trip to Ireland last month was incredible. I loved being in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. See Chris McGinnis and I on the bus in the parade below. 
  • New videos from The Redbury, The Bowery, Fig&Olive and mom’s birthday at Spaghettinis are on my YouTube channel now. I was in Santa Barbara last week and those videos will be live next week. See over 340 videos on my channel: WSGT YouTube
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The Power of Choice

At this time between Passover and Shavuot, I am counting the Omer with readings by Rabbi Karyn Kedar. Thank you to Rabbi Faith Dantowitz for the introduction.
From Day 15 of Counting the Omer:

Choose the one next step towards self-actualization, towards shift in perspective, towards living in the light and emerging from darkness.

To choose! To acknowledge! To affirm! Choice is empowerment when we choose to live differently, to be better. With every choice we defy inertia, with every choice we expand our sense of possibility. With every choice we become emboldened. But it isn’t easy, nor is it linear. We go back and forth between choice and discernment, reaffirming our decisions, reexamining everything. The spiritual path is a zigzag, a switchback up a mountain. It is exhausting, riddled with doubt and setbacks. There are so many ways to get us to where we need to go.

Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar, from Omer: A Counting

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Independence Writing Contest opens in May!

Winners from the Inspiration Contest will be announced in June and the Independence Contest will open next month  in May 2015. Thank you to everyone who has participated in all my contests! This next one with be #8!

ImageYouTube is at 315K views!Thank you for watching my WSGT YouTube channel which is now over 315,000 views! Enjoy movies from Los Angeles, Bermuda,  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 646+ subscribers on YouTube!

Thanks for reading and participating!
Happy April! Lisa
Connect with me on Facebook, Google+, Instagram,LinkedIn, Pinterest,Slideshare, Twitter and YouTube.

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Spring Skiing in Utah with the Family!

Fig & Olive has incredible dishes and olive oils to tempt your senses right on Melrose Place! We tasted the apertivo plates!

VIDEOFig & Olive on Melrose in Los Angeles

Video filmed and edited by Ashley Moradipour

FIG & OLIVE TASTING PLATES

FRENCH TASTING PLATE Fromage de Chevre with olive oil Baby beets with raspberry dressing Cucumber, shallot, yogurt crostini Heirloom cherry tomato with micro basil

SPANISH TASTING PLATE Malaga olive Beef tartar* Tuna, tomato, chive Manchego, fig jam, Marcona almond crostini

ITALIAN TASTING PLATE Gorgonzola cheese Mixed olives Artichoke marinade Mushroom, artichoke, parmesan crostini

At Fig & Olive: “FIG & OLIVE is about passion for the best olive oils, flavors and cuisine from the Riviera& Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. Our large variety of extra virgin olive oils was selected to be paired with each dish and to be offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal.”

Excited to see the #OscarBloggers @figandolive #FigandOlive

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Tasting aperitivo @FigandOlive 5-7pm tasting plates French, Spanish, Italian #FigandOlive

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Lisa Niver usa Today 10best farmers daughter

Lisa Niver usa Today 10best farmers daughterFarmer’s Daughter Hotel: A Retro Property in the Fairfax District

This 1960s-inspired stay also offers on-site restaurant TART for your dining pleasures

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Los Angeles Local Expert

Farmer’s Daughter Hotel in Los Angeles is a 1960s retro property in the historic Fairfax district, featuring TART restaurant for your dining pleasures. This “shabby-chic” location has been redesigned to appeal to the indie, artistic community that frequents this neighborhood.  

Enjoy nightlife at the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel
Photo courtesy of Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

At the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel — located across from The Grove and farmer’s market — you can find everything you need on-site or within a few blocks. The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel was remodeled in 1997 and updates to its exterior and guestrooms are slated for completion in mid-2015.

The public spaces at Farmer’s Daughter beckon you to belong and hang out in the game room with billiards or ping-pong, in the lobby or by the elevator on the comfy couches. There’s even a picnic table and a pool with rubber duckies.

Whether you need a tech-savvy room for a business trip or a place to hang out and relax after a day of touring, you’ll find sociable settings that will make you think, “Only in LA.”

Discover the newly renovated Robin Room at the Farmer’s Daughter
Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver

Investigate the recently renovated Robin Room, decorated in robin’s egg blue wallpaper, with custom-made furniture from Java, Indonesia and grasscloth-wrapped walls. The huge mirror and cheeky transparent wall between bedroom and bathroom may give you ideas about what to do with the Farmer’s Daughter.

Ask to stay in the “No Tell Room,” with a copper-encased mirror above the bed, a full landscape mural and a full wet bar.

Guests rave about the complimentary whisky happy hour and bikes to explore the surrounding area. The hotel offers homemade chocolate chip cookies each afternoon around 3 p.m., as well as fresh iced tea and kettle barbecue potato chips. Each room has bathroom treats from C.O. Bigelow from New York City and Nespresso coffee machines.

Tempt your taste buds on site at TART, with buttermilk fried chicken and waffles with Tabasco-maple butter. Sit inside or out by the fire pit, and relax under the stars and twinkling strung lights.

The all-day menu has many Southern-style shareable snacks and entrees, including steak tartare “scotch egg,” heirloom tomato salad and spicy barbecue long beans. Try a basket of biscuits for brunch with waffles and French toast, and build your own omelets to finish.

Taste the scotch egg at TART
Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver

The cocktail menu is served in mason jars to continue the downhome theme. TART’s many signature, spiked seasonal punchbowls are worth investigating: Scouts Honor with High West Campfire whiskey, apple brandy, orange bitters and a sugar cube; Southern Orange Tree with Ketel one vodka, orange, Serrano bitters and cranberry; or Whole Family Punch with peach vodka, Champagne and orange.

Farmer’s Daughter is a playful yet chic haven for Southern California visitors and locals. Come join the family.

TART’s interior patio is ready for you. Come join in the fun!
Photo courtesy of TART Restaurant

Part Two: A night out in Hollywood is many people’s dream come true! I recommend dinner at the Bowery, a show at Pantages and a night at the Redbury, “Your Home Away From Home!” (Part One: click here)

VIDEOThe Redbury Hotel Hollywood

 From the Redbury: “Situated at the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine, our all-suite, luxury hotel in Los Angeles, CA offers an unpretentious refuge with all the comforts you need to unwind after hitting your favorite Hollywood arts, music, fashion and entertainment hotspots.”

I enjoyed my stay at the Redbury and think you truly will feel at home (or better!).

Looking for “Your Home Away From Home” in #Hollywood? @TheRedbury is the answer!

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Part One: A night out in Hollywood is many people’s dream come true! I recommend dinner at the Bowery, a show at Pantages and a night at the Redbury, “Your Home Away From Home!”

VIDEOA Night out in Los Angeles the Bowery and Pantages Theater 

From the Bowery: “The Bowery brings to Los Angeles its first New York style Bar & Bistro. With a comfortable and cozy environment, a serious liquor bar, an eclectic wine list, craft beers and a comforting bistro menu, the Bowery is the quintessential New York joint.”

I think the food especially the hamburgers are AMAZING! Move this to the top of your list of must trys!

Ready for @BowerySt best burgers in #LosAngeles! Hollywood @discoverla

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Best mac’n cheese! @boweryst with @meanmangoliz YUM! A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on

My vote for best burger with caramelized onions @BowerySt! Truly tempting and tasty!

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Amazing! Chocolate pecan pie @boweryst. Delicious and nutritious! A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on

Enjoying the energy & enthusiasm of #Newsies @Pantages

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Discover @Disney #Newsies #Pantagestheatre great show to see with @MeanMangoLiz A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on

With so many choices in Los Angeles, where do you go for a truly special occasion?
Celebrate at Spaghettinis Beverly Hills! You will be delighted with A+ Service, Food & Music! This is where I brought my mom for her birthday. Incredible sounds, tastes and service will make your night one to remember.

VIDEO: Jennifer Keith Sextet

From Spaghettinis: “A Chef and a Saxophonist walk into a bar…and they hit every note! Inventive California cuisine with Italian sensibilities meets world-class entertainment. Welcome to Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge.”

A sensational start to Saturday night @spaghettinibeverlyhills with Marchese Antinori

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Amazing music with Jennifer Keith & the phenomenally talented sextet @spaghettinibeverlyhills A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on

Lisa Niver and Richard Bangs are Orbitz Originals “co-host[s and] award-winning travel experts! Read more from the nasdaq article:

 

Bermuda News Orbitz #Rbquests Jan 14 2015Orbitz Launches “Orbitz Originals: Bermuda – Proper Fun” in Partnership With the Bermuda Tourism Authority

By GlobeNewswire,  January 13, 2015, 11:29:00 AM EDT

Online Video Series Highlights the Island’s Many Attractions for Fun-Seeking Travelers

CHICAGO, Jan. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading online travel company Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) has partnered with the Bermuda Tourism Authority to launch “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 and is available for viewing atOrbitz.com/Bermuda. Supported by hotel discounts of up to 20 percent and substantial flight and hotel package savings, this eleventh installment of the “Orbitz Originals” series once again uses the power of online video to inspire travelers and increase bookings to this beautiful Atlantic destination located less than two hours off the East Coast of the U.S.

Research continues to point to the importance of destination video content in consumers’ purchasing behavior. YouTube has seen views of travel content spike by 118 percent year-over-year, according to a recent study and whitepaper released by Google.1 The study also found that two out of three U.S. consumers watch online travel videos when they’re thinking about taking a trip, and that “searches on YouTube generally occur earlier in the travel-planning process…a strong video strategy can help brands reach, inspire and engage today’s digitally savvy traveler in more ways than ever before.” “Orbitz Originals: Bermuda – Proper Fun,” shows off the tropical paradise’s many accommodations and activities, created to entice travelers to take a trip and experience it all for themselves.

Select highlights from the seven-part series:

  • “Proper Fun in Bermuda” gives viewers an overview of all that the island has to offer, from its pink sand beaches and world-class golf courses to its fine dining and many ways to unwind.
  • “Proper Food, Only in Bermuda” explores the tide-to-table and farm-to-fork local dining scene, with its authentic flavors of the sea and luxurious drinks and desserts.
  • “Bermuda Luxury Hotels” contains Richard’s “Gold List” of the top hotels, resorts and spas on the island.
  • “Scooting Around Bermuda” showcases the island’s 21 square miles on scooter and offers breathtaking views and sights.

Orbitz Jan 2015 properfun page“Short of visiting the island, there’s no better way to showcase Bermuda’s brilliance than video storytelling. Orbitz Originals brings the beauty and experience of Bermuda to a new generation of travelers – and the videos are designed to inspire them to make their next trip to the island,” said Victoria Isley, chief sales & marketing officer at the Bermuda Tourism Authority. “As a trusted media partner and travel brand, Orbitz can also assist in the booking of those trips. From cliff jumping at Admiralty House Park and shopping the styles of the City of Hamilton to sipping a Rum Swizzle at the Swizzle Inn and enjoying a bite of the famous Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy fish sandwich, the options for having ‘Proper Fun’ in Bermuda are endless.”

To date, “Orbitz Originals” videos highlighting Cancun, the Cayman Islands, Qatar Airways, Vermont, Western Ireland, New York, Northern Ireland, Bradenton, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Jackson Hole have been viewed over 1.2 million times by travelers seeking inspiration for future trips. Bookings to those destinations have experienced double-digit growth over the life of each campaign.

“We want each new edition of the ‘Orbitz Originals’ series to really capture the destination and use video to provide a unique perspective and inspire travelers to visit,” said Josh Winkler, Orbitz Worldwide vice president of partner marketing. “In the case of Bermuda, Richard and Lisa combine their travel expertise to provide a fun look at this popular destination and give travelers a real sense of life on the island.”

1Travel Content Takes Off on YouTube, Google and Ipsos MediaCT (August 2014)

About Orbitz.com

Orbitz.com is a leading travel website that enables consumers to search for and book a broad range of hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and destination activities. Since launching in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the world’s largest online travel sites. Orbitz.com now offers the groundbreaking Orbitz Rewards loyalty program—the only program where customers can earn rewards immediately on flights, hotels and packages, and redeem instantly on tens of thousands of hotels worldwide. Use the Orbitz Rewards Visa® Card to earn even more rewards. Orbitz.com is the #1 way to book travel on mobile devices, be it using our apps (get them at orbitz.com/mobile) or our smartphone-optimized website (m.orbitz.com), both of which are tailored for smartphones and tablets. The Orbitz app won the 2014 Appy Award for best travel app. Orbitz also ranks #1 in Online Travel Website Customer Satisfaction in the 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index. Follow Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and through the Orbitz Travel Blog. Orbitz.com is operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW).

About Orbitz Worldwide

Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) is a leading global online travel company using technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase travel. Orbitz Worldwide operates the consumer travel planning sites Orbitz (orbitz.com), ebookers (ebookers.com), HotelClub (hotelclub.com) and CheapTickets (cheaptickets.com). Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Partner Network (orbitzpartnernetwork.com) delivers private label travel technology solutions to a broad range of partners including some of the world’s largest airlines, bank loyalty programs and travel agencies, and Orbitz for Business (orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed travel solutions for companies of all sizes. Orbitz Worldwide makesinvestor relations information available at investors.orbitz.com.

 

Just under two hours from East Coast gateway cities, Bermuda stretches for 21 miles along turquoise waters and is surrounded by a 200-square-mile coral reef plateau. The destination’s accommodations range from luxury resorts to intimate guest cottages and family-run inns, all incorporating the sophistication and hospitality unique to the Bermuda experience. The island includes more than 150 restaurants to fit any traveler’s budget, from simple and inexpensive to elegant and special dining. Bermuda’s diverse activities offer an array of vacation options all year round, including more wreck dives and more golf per square mile than anywhere else in the world, renowned deep sea fishing, luxurious spas and smooth pink beaches. For information visit www.gotobermuda.com, www.facebook.com/BermudaTourism or www.twitter.com/GoToBermuda.

CONTACT: Media contacts:
         Orbitz WorldwideTrevor Kight
         +1 312-260-8198
         trevor.kight@orbitz.com

         Bermuda Tourism
         Turner PR
         Lauren Ryback
         212-889-1700
         lauren.ryback@turnerpr.com

Source: Orbitz Worldwide

Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/orbitz-launches-orbitz-originals-bermuda—proper-fun-in-partnership-with-the-bermuda-tourism-20150113-00686#ixzz3Op4JDpzR

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

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!

Lisa Niver Thailand Koh Lipe Sunset Beach 2014

Thank you to all the writers who participated in the 2014 Gratitude Writing Contest! I hope you will choose to share your stories. The 2015 Independence Writing Contest will open in May 2015 and close on July 4, 2015.  The 2015 Inspiration Writing Contest entries are being published and the winners will be announced in June. Over sixteen hundred writers from over seventy-five countries have written about their experiences and transformations all over our planet in the last six contests.

Lisa Niver Thailand Koh Lipe Sunset Beach 2014

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

First Place Winner:  

THE MUSINGS OF A BACKPACKER IN CANADA

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Second Place Winner:

THE LAST LONG DAY IN NEPAL

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Third Place Winner:

CLOTHES TO GROW INTO IN NICARAGUA

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WSGT Writer Credly

The We Said Go Travel Team thanks everyone who shared, tweeted, promoted and participated in our Travel Writing Contests. We hope you will join in our next  Travel Writing Contest.

Thank you to our esteemed judges!

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

AnneLise Sorensen is a travel writer, editor, photographer, and TV/radio host who has penned – and wine-tasted – her way across four continents, reporting for multiple media outlets, including New York Magazine, MSN, Time Out, Yahoo Travel, Rough Guides, Gourmet, and Galavante. AnneLise regularly appears as a travel expert on NBC and CNN and she teaches popular travel writing classes and workshops at Mediabistro and travel events and shows.

Thank you for your participation in creating a growing global community of engaged travelers and concerned citizens.

 Other Contests, Courses and Books about Travel Writing

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS!

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED! 

Embassy Suites Anaheim South #PrettyGreat Lisa Niver

Embassy Suites Anaheim South #PrettyGreat Lisa Niver Experience Embassy Suites Anaheim South February 2015:

What a great place to stay! Two room suites, free made-to-order breakfast and complimentary drinks!

The Embassy Suites Anaheim South is literally walking distance to Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney as it is only one mile away. There is a frequent and inexpensive shuttle every thirty minutes to Disneyland. You can get tickets and information in the lobby of the hotel about Disney, and “the Southern California CityPass (a low-price ticket to Southern California attractions, including Disneyland® Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood™, SeaWorld® Adventure Park, the world-famous San Diego Zoo® and San Diego’s Wild Animal Park®).”

 


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Experience Embassy Suites Anaheim South

 

  The atrium is open all the way up the twelve levels. Enjoy complimentary cocktails at the Evening reception and the outdoor pool and hot top. The fitness and business centers are open all day and night. I stayed at the Embassy Suites South Anaheim for two nights. I walked from the hotel to The Anaheim Gardenwalk for lunch. Google maps said it was a 6minute drive by car and only just over a miile to walk. I had a lovely sunny stroll. After lunch at Cheesecake Factory, I wandered over to Downtown Disney. I had no idea that Elsa & Anna have their own store! The LEGO store creations were a real highlight! WOW! I am impressed what people can do with Legos! VideoWalking in Anaheim: The GardenWalk, Downtown Disney, Fountains at Anaheim Convention Center I like the sound of the waterfall and sitting next to the Koi Pond at breakfast. The chef made my omelet perfectly. Free Made-to-Order Breakfast at Embassy Suites is #PrettyGreat! What can you have for breakfast at Embassy Suites? Made to order eggs and omelets Potatoes and breakfast meats Cereals and oatmeal Fruit and Yogurt Bakery items: muffins, doughnuts, toast, bagel pancakes or french toast (depends on the day) Juice, milk, coffee VideoFree Made to Order Breakfast at Embassy Suites is #PrettyGreat