Traveling in Sin, our memoir, is available on Amazon.
  • Lisa Ellen Niver

    #TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 2014

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Thank you to the Los Angeles Times for inviting me to enjoy the Taste of Los Angeles 2014 as a member of the media. It is  “A FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL THAT’S AUTHENTICALLY L.A.” I went to Field to Fork on Saturday morning which was hosted by Russ Parsons & Nancy Silverton. “Indulge in the bounty of California with […]

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    In Transit in Croatia

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to […]

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    Rural Relaxation in Malawi

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the […]

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    On Motorbikes and Saviors in Thailand

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    There are 762 curves on the highway between Chiang Mai and Pai, Thailand, according to the postcards and stickers plastering walls of tourist shops in the sleepy valley town. Minibuses service the area daily, but as every backpacker worth his baggy fisherman pants will tell you, the best way to enjoy these hills is on […]

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    Forgotten Thank Yous in India

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    When you are travelling to the North-East of India, you expect to be feasting your eyes on the snowcapped mountains, the sun rise and the greenery. You expect to wrap yourself in a stole while drinking that hot cup of coffee, bang in the middle of the month of June. You expect to visit all […]

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    Mountain Freedom in Australia

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    The only time I feel free is when I am alone. But what does alone mean in this world? We can be on our own, yet our phone and computer lures us, tempting us with Facebook notifications, tweets, emails, and text messages. Despite most people needing solo time to recharge, we’ve become addicted to company. […]

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    Dancing Away the Sequins in Turkey

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    In many traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures women are responsible for ensuring the honour of the family. Men’s passions are uncontrollable and wild, and all women are Eve, the temptress with the apple. He cannot help but succumb so a man is never held responsible for his sexual behaviour. The guilt is attributed the […]

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    From Relatives to Absolutes in India

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    From Relatives to Absolutes in India Let me get straight to the point: leaving one’s home is an absolutely essential element in order to ‘feel free’. Let me get straight to another point: the above sentence makes a presumption that you already have a home. The context of home, independence and freedom is not absolute, […]

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    Leaving The DPRK

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    “Independence: A place that allows you to feel free” Leaving The DPRK We don’t often associate freedom with China; an authoritarian one party state which heavily censors the internet and the press, and highly restricts civil liberties.  China is not a very free country. Yet for me, arriving there in mid-February of 2014, it was […]

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    A Final Goodbye in Thailand

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    A Final Goodbye in Thailand Forks were a luxury in a place without toilets or running water. When your daily existence depends upon the secrecy of your location, survival itself takes precedence over dirty hands. I’d been living in Mae Hong Son province for three months, used to scooping up rice with a bare hand […]

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Aug
31

In Transit in Croatia

I’ve always loved liminal places – hotel rooms, airport terminals… The generic in-betweenness of them is non-threatening, like a closed door that excuses you from worrying, because you can’t see what’s on the other side. Those in-between places liberate you from commitment to before and after. They are a kind of purgatory, a space to […]

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Aug
31

Rural Relaxation in Malawi

My bones creaked and my body yelped in pain as I rolled over and reached for my phone, but instead of the ghostly display satisfying my desire to know the exact hour at all times of day and night, I found only an inanimate piece of plastic. I then remembered, with the aid of the […]

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Aug
30

On Motorbikes and Saviors in Thailand

There are 762 curves on the highway between Chiang Mai and Pai, Thailand, according to the postcards and stickers plastering walls of tourist shops in the sleepy valley town. Minibuses service the area daily, but as every backpacker worth his baggy fisherman pants will tell you, the best way to enjoy these hills is on […]

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Aug
30

Forgotten Thank Yous in India

When you are travelling to the North-East of India, you expect to be feasting your eyes on the snowcapped mountains, the sun rise and the greenery. You expect to wrap yourself in a stole while drinking that hot cup of coffee, bang in the middle of the month of June. You expect to visit all […]

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Aug
29

Mountain Freedom in Australia

The only time I feel free is when I am alone. But what does alone mean in this world? We can be on our own, yet our phone and computer lures us, tempting us with Facebook notifications, tweets, emails, and text messages. Despite most people needing solo time to recharge, we’ve become addicted to company. […]

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Aug
29

Dancing Away the Sequins in Turkey

In many traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures women are responsible for ensuring the honour of the family. Men’s passions are uncontrollable and wild, and all women are Eve, the temptress with the apple. He cannot help but succumb so a man is never held responsible for his sexual behaviour. The guilt is attributed the […]

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They Said

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May
28

Hatteras Escape in North Carolina

Hatteras Escape The world is a busy place, so much to do, so much to be. If we are very lucky in life, we find a destination that frees us, if only temporarily. This is a destination we can return to again and again, both physically and mentally, because we find a certain magic there, […]

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The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour- Winter Palace
May
28

The Tsar’s Guide to a St Petersburg Tour – Part One

Visiting the “Cultural Capital” of Russia is a grand experience and chance to view the jewels of Russian culture and history. This guide will help you see the city in the optimal way as if you were a Tsar yourself, but without having to spend a royal budget. How to See the City To receive […]

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Diane Fallon Mount Washington
May
27

New Hampshire: Fully Alive in the Dead of Winter

Each night on Mount Washington, I set my alarm for 6:30 a.m.  If a sunrise is happening, I have to see it.  If the weather conditions are bearable – say, above minus 20 F, with winds in the 40 to 50 mph range – then I must get outside to witness the dawn over the […]

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New years fireworks Malaysia Langkawi dec 2013
May
27

The Winners of the 2014 Inspiration Travel Writing Contest

Thank you to all the writers who participated in our 2014 Inspiration Travel Writing Contest! We hope you will share more stories with us. The 2014 Independence Travel Writing Contest opens today and closes July 4, 2014. Five hundred and five writers from fifty-five nations participated in this contest. Over one thousand writers from over seventy-four […]

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We Said

Le Meridien Chiang Mai
Mar
15

Luxury in Chiang Mai with AsiaRooms.com

After traveling in Asia for the last eighteen months, I have to admit Thailand is my favorite country. I love visiting new places, but I think I could live in Koh Samui or Chiang Mai. I hope that you have the chance to explore Chiang Mai! Are you wondering where to sleep in Chiang Mai, […]

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exploratory
Mar
13

Not Your Father’s Shop Class: Learning to be a Maker at the Exploratory

Jean Kaneko is a tinkerer. Being around her and the Exploratory, no adult or child can help himself or herself, you feel swept up in the ability to gather parts from open containers and start to make. Perhaps you are drawn to scraps of fabric to design your own plushie animal or you prefer to […]

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waikiki view
Mar
8

Hooping in Hawaii for Happiness

During my first hula-hoop class I was not happy because the hoop often dropped on the ground. Our instructor, Tisha, reminded us to be gentle with ourselves; each time we picked up the hoop, she instructed us to tell ourselves something nice. My internal monologue grumbled as I initially thought my friend Amy was right. […]

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Traveling in SIn is a paperback
Mar
4

Traveling in Sin is now a PAPERBACK!

From our latest news: Our memoir, Traveling in Sin, is now available in three paperback editions! It turns out most books have very few color photos as they are quite expensive! So we now have FOUR OPTIONS: Kindle e-book with color photos, a paperback with color photos, a paperback with black and white photos and […]

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