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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
2014-10-17_5440f06d82502_IMG_0637.JPG
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
2014-10-11_5438a62fed54e_image.jpg
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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They Said

Brussels Image
Oct
1

Best Urban Exploring Spots in Europe

While most people might picture a thrilling vacation as one that takes place in the middle of an untamed jungle or on the side of a treacherous mountain slope, true adventurers have no problem finding undiscovered excitement in the heart of a city. Urban exploration is the adventurous traveler’s best kept secret. All over the […]

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Sep
30

Ilocos Norte, Philippines: Paoay Opens Bacsil Sand Dunes

Sure, the sand dunes of Ilocos Norte have been used as the setting for the desert scenes in the movies Mad Maxx, Born on the Fourth of July, and the local blockbuster flicks ‘Ang Panday’ series and ‘Temptation Island’. The sand dunes have always been there. For the longest time, the locals knew it was […]

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Susan's inlaws' hometown in China
Sep
30

Should you be a Good Chinese Wife?

Please enjoy this excerpt from Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong  by Susan Blumberg-Kason The Chinese University of Hong Kong sits atop a mountain, north of Hong Kong Island and twenty minutes south of the mainland China border. When I arrived on campus in 1990 for a college exchange year, I […]

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brussels
Sep
29

Ticking off the Top 7 Historic Attractions in Brussels

Brussels is Belgium’s capital and the largest city in the country. It is a cosmopolitan city with a renowned art scene that has been vibrant for several centuries. History and culture enthusiasts cannot afford to miss sampling the charms of this city especially after snagging those hard-to-come by last minute holidays from Ireland. A notable […]

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We Said

Lisa Ellen Niver
Aug
31

#TasteLA: Enjoying Field to Fork 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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lisa katie at nice guy HRD
Aug
22

Hollywood: The NICE GUY is OPEN!

What is The NICE GUY? The latest bar lounge hybrid experience from John Tezian, Brian Toll, Markus Molinari and Adam Koral of The h.wood Group. John Terzian says, “This is [The h.wood group's] first venture into a restaurant/lounge concept, it was an organic step for our brand, we created a fun and upscale lounge atmosphere […]

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mapping megan interview
Aug
10

100+ Countries in A Lifetime: Interviewed by @MappingMegan

Thank you to Mapping Megan for interviewing me for her fantastic travel site. Read the full interview “100+ Countries in a Lifetime” by clicking here. A few questions to get you intrigued: How has travel enriched your life? Travel has shaped my life. I went on a teen tour to Israel, which inspired me to study in […]

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betsy and lisa
Aug
5

La Ventura: Modern Mexican Food Melts in Your Mouth

La Ventura: Modern Mexican Food Melts in Your Mouth I had the opportunity to experience Jeffrey Saad‘s new restaurant, La Ventura, on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City last night. “[Saad's] insatiable appetite for ingredients and flavors and encyclopedic knowledge of spices allows him to create ‘food without borders.’” I fully enjoyed everything and highly recommend you […]

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