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    Goa, India: Here HAPPINESS is the choice

    Friday, October 31, 2014

    Everybody must have heard of Goa’s beaches, its churches, its greenery, cleanliness but what you would have not heard about would be its inner beauty. Having beautiful beaches is not the only claim to fame for Goa. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of hectic lifestyle which clutches the rest of India, this sun drenched […]

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    Getting to know the locals in Thailand

    Friday, October 31, 2014

    Around the world, Thailand is known as, “The land of smiles” for good reason.  No matter where you go within the kingdom, the people that you will meet are more than likely to welcome you with open arms.  They are famous for their welcoming nature, curiousness and carefree attitude towards life.  A common way to […]

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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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Oct
31

Goa, India: Here HAPPINESS is the choice

Everybody must have heard of Goa’s beaches, its churches, its greenery, cleanliness but what you would have not heard about would be its inner beauty. Having beautiful beaches is not the only claim to fame for Goa. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of hectic lifestyle which clutches the rest of India, this sun drenched […]

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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
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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 […]

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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
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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
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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. […]

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They Said

MindPower Niurka
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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Malaysia
Sep
16

Marvelous Malaysia: Housesitting in Langkawi

While sitting in our guesthouse in Fortuna, Costa Rica last Fall, I was imagining our upcoming trip to Volcan Arenal when I found a housesitting assignment in Langkawi, Malaysia in the Caretakers Gazette. After nearly a year and a half on the road, staying in one place for three weeks sounded like heaven.  I wrote […]

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Alaska Cruise
Sep
15

5 Reasons to Buy Insurance When Going on a Cruise

Booked your dream cruise and excited to go? Remember to take out travel insurance for a cruise holiday. A cruise is undeniably a great vacation option as it normally offers a relaxed itinerary with many opportunities to explore different places during the stops on the way. More often than not, the cost of a cruise […]

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Sep
14

Hunza, Pakistan: The Lady Finger Peak

  “Pakistan is one of the most plundered countries whose riches and potential yet awaits to be discovered”, remarked my driver-cum- guide as we took leave from Eagle nest- the hotel where I had spent the night. I had traveled all the way from Islamabad to Gilgit –Baltistan, the newly formed province in North Pakistan […]

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We Said

lisa and joyce 2014
Jun
7

Reunion: Living Life “As Is” Or “So Perfect?”

My 25 Year Penn Reunion: Living an “As Is” life in a world that only wants “So Perfect!” Author:  Lisa Niver Rajna, C’89 Wandering on Madison Ave in Manhattan last week, I noticed paparazzi everywhere. After asking, a woman told us, with tears in her eyes, that JLo was eating lunch. I would have missed her. She did […]

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Puerto Rico
May
31

Puerto Rico: Filming with Richard Bangs!

When Richard Bangs invited me to travel to PUERTO RICO to film with Orbitz and the Puerto Rican Tourism Board: I SAID YES! Please enjoy Richard’s article about our journey and the many videos from our visit! Lisa When Christopher Columbus made landfall in Puerto Rico during his second trans-Atlantic voyage, in 1493, a young […]

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Vinci Town Photo
May
28

Wandering in Tuscany this Summer!

Wondering where to Wander this Summer? It is nearly June and I am wondering where to go this summer. My very close friends from my days as Julie McCoy, Assistant Cruise Director on the Love Boat, invited me visit them in Sardinia. I have never been and I cannot wait to go. I am trying […]

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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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