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    Dharamshala, India – Find your consolation here!

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    There are very few places in the world which encapsulate you into its atmosphere giving you a sense of fulfilment. One such place for me is Dharamshala in North of India in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala has a serenity about it that made me appreciate and thank life for whatever it has offered […]

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    Los Angeles: Discovering L.A. Live Downtown

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    My article about L.A. Live is on USA Today   L.A. LIVE: A Pulsing Center of Downtown This is not to be missed, with something for everyone By Lisa Niver Los Angeles Local Expert SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 L.A. LIVE is a thriving hub of sports and entertainment in Los Angeles, which surrounds the STAPLES Center and Nokia […]

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    Belonging in a state of mind in Italy

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    The faint peaceful intro of “in the morning” by the Living End disturbs my sleep, before the guitar kicks in and I quickly kill it so as not to disturb the house, Living in a big South Tyrolean family house on the edge of Caldaro Italy is definitely a little bit of a culture shock […]

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    Ocean Prime Beverly Hills: Seafood, Steaks & Cocktails

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    Enjoying Ocean Prime Beverly Hills: Seafood, Steaks & Cocktails @OceanPrime_CMR corner of Wilshire, Dayton, Camden new in #BeverlyHills A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:45pm PDT VIDEO: Ocean Prime Beverly Hills Berries and Bubbles #OceanPrime @OceanPrime_cmr #BeverlyHills A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:10pm PDT Raw […]

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    The Watercolour Coast in the UK

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    The corn ears shivered against my palm and bare legs as we walked, pushing through the thick crops towards the horizon. I had seen over that ridge a hundred times, I had watched my dog’s tail twitching and disappearing amongst the corn over again and yet it never failed to fill me with joy and […]

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    The Great Family Beach Tour to Indonesia

    Monday, October 27, 2014

      So we as a family want to set apart one holiday exclusively for beaches, calm beaches. We even gave it a title – ‘Beach Tour’. There we head to the shores of Lombok archipelago. The Gilis had always been in our list. The only child in our 4-member group, 5 year-old Evy, my niece, […]

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    Travel the world to come home

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

    Travel over the years has been teaching me a long, slow lesson. More than teaching me languages or about culture and food and diversity, it has taught me about myself. At 18 years old, I was desperate to break out of the mold that had been made for me: the good student, the good daughter. […]

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    At The End Of The World in Argentina

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

    Having succumbed to the sweltering heat in Buenos Aires, I can assure you that arriving at Ushuaia “The End of the World” Argentina in 45 degree Fahrenheit weather, wearing a t-shirt, sweat pants and flip flops was not the most pleasant feeling. I scurried off the plane and paused to look around at the scenery […]

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    LOST AND FOUND IN THAILAND

    Friday, October 24, 2014

       LOST AND FOUND IN THAILAND          One scenario in my not so old life has just happened this year that really made me lost. Losing a baby in the womb and having a miscarriage for a woman like me is really a terrible and painful experience life could bring…     […]

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    The Father of Adventure Travel: Richard Bangs

    Friday, October 24, 2014

    Richard Bangs is a judge for the We Said Go Travel Gratitude Writing Contest. Share your story in our sixth international contest. Enter now until Thanksgiving. This story about him is from Outside Magazine. Sponsored by Tudor. The Father of Adventure Travel: Richard Bangs For more than 40 years, no one has done more to shine […]

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Oct
30

Dharamshala, India – Find your consolation here!

There are very few places in the world which encapsulate you into its atmosphere giving you a sense of fulfilment. One such place for me is Dharamshala in North of India in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala has a serenity about it that made me appreciate and thank life for whatever it has offered […]

Read More
2014-10-16_54401cc5085a5_photo1.jpg
Oct
29

Belonging in a state of mind in Italy

The faint peaceful intro of “in the morning” by the Living End disturbs my sleep, before the guitar kicks in and I quickly kill it so as not to disturb the house, Living in a big South Tyrolean family house on the edge of Caldaro Italy is definitely a little bit of a culture shock […]

Read More
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Oct
28

The Watercolour Coast in the UK

The corn ears shivered against my palm and bare legs as we walked, pushing through the thick crops towards the horizon. I had seen over that ridge a hundred times, I had watched my dog’s tail twitching and disappearing amongst the corn over again and yet it never failed to fill me with joy and […]

Read More
2014-10-12_543a0acb76eef_CyclingonTrawangan.JPG
Oct
27

The Great Family Beach Tour to Indonesia

  So we as a family want to set apart one holiday exclusively for beaches, calm beaches. We even gave it a title – ‘Beach Tour’. There we head to the shores of Lombok archipelago. The Gilis had always been in our list. The only child in our 4-member group, 5 year-old Evy, my niece, […]

Read More
2014-10-14_543d5b353cca8_304353_10151244806059048_1051510974_n1.jpg
Oct
26

Travel the world to come home

Travel over the years has been teaching me a long, slow lesson. More than teaching me languages or about culture and food and diversity, it has taught me about myself. At 18 years old, I was desperate to break out of the mold that had been made for me: the good student, the good daughter. […]

Read More
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Oct
25

At The End Of The World in Argentina

Having succumbed to the sweltering heat in Buenos Aires, I can assure you that arriving at Ushuaia “The End of the World” Argentina in 45 degree Fahrenheit weather, wearing a t-shirt, sweat pants and flip flops was not the most pleasant feeling. I scurried off the plane and paused to look around at the scenery […]

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Peel Tower
Oct
9

8 Interesting Things to Do in Manchester

Manchester is a great jump-off point for a European vacation. Vacationers can fly direct from New York, Miami, Orlando and Las Vegas and then hop on to other popular tourist destinations like Turkey, Spain, Greece, the Canary Islands and other countries on Thomas Cook flights. But before you move on to the other spots, first […]

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sunset marquis
Oct
8

Sunset Marquis Spa: A Hidden Gem of Rock’n Roll History

Ready to Relax and deciding which Spa to choose? Wondering about the Sunset Marquis Spa? Wondering who stays at the Sunset Marquis since 1963? Actors, Comedians, Artists, Fashion Designers and Rock Stars! Over the last fifty years, this luxury Hollywood Hotel has been a well-kept secret on a secluded residential street. The Spa is world class and […]

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the mid game interview
Oct
7

Gold SATW & Independence Winners! Celebrate!

OCTOBER NEWS FROM WE SAID GO TRAVEL: Congratulations to Ken Budd for his Gold SATW award for his article, Kenya: Holding Elijah on We Said Go Travel! This award is considered the Pulitzer prize of Travel Writing. Winners Announced for 2014 Summer  Independence Travel Writing Contest: First Place Winner:  Monet Waits by Tina Murty   Second Place Winner: 1974 in […]

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Oct
6

Winners: Independence Writing Contest 2014

Thank you to all the writers who participated in our 2014 Independence Writing Contest! We hope you will share more stories with us. The 2014 Gratitude Travel Writing Contest is now open and closes November 27, 2014. Over fourteen hundred writers from over seventy-five countries have written about their experiences and transformations all over our planet in the last […]

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10best Lunch
Oct
4

USA TODAY: Wondering where to wander for a savory feast at lunch in the San Fernando Valley?

Wondering where to wander for a savory feast at lunch in the San Fernando Valley? By Lisa Ellen Niver (Click here to see all my USA Today articles as a Los Angeles Expert.) Ventura Boulevard has so many delightful and tempting options.Lunch may not always be considered the most important meal of the day but […]

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Oct
3

Gold SATW for Ken Budd

Congratulations to Ken Budd for his 2014 Gold SATW award for his article,  “Kenya: Holding Elijah.” Ken Budd’s 2013 story on his volunteer experiences in Kenya and recent media criticism of voluntourism won gold on October 16 in the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas awards, which honors the best work in travel writing and media. Gary Arndt of […]

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lisa ellen niver ritz carlton spa day
Sep
18

@RitzCarlton #LosAngeles: Turn Your Daycation into a Residence!

Have you ever wondering where to spend a day in Los Angeles that makes you feel so refreshed and renewed it is like a week’s holiday? Spend your Daycation at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles and feel revived! I toured around L.A. LIVE and Staples Center with my umbrella. I think it was 100 degrees […]

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Sep
17

Supreme Influence: Join Niurka in Los Angeles October 11, 2014

Are you ready for transformation? As Niurka says, “Often the very thing that challenges you is where the greatest gift resides for your evolution.” See her in person in Los Angeles for a one-day session October 11, 2014 or join her for a several day conference in Joshua Tree. Niurka recently asked a Los Angeles […]

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