2019 Wonderful Wonderings Year in Review


2019 Round-up of my wonderings around the world! Where did I go? What did I did I do? What did I love? It was a most amazing year! I was fortunate to travel to great places and have the opportunity to share them with you and the audiences of many top publications.

Lisa Niver with giant tortoise in Galapagos
Galapagos Giant Tortoise and Lisa Niver Dec 2019 Photo by Peter Freire

2019 Adventures

In 2019, I returned to two of my favorite places: Park City, Utah for skiing and NYC for family gatherings. I had my first visit to both Sandals Resorts Montego Bay in Jamaica and Beaches Turks and Caicos with scuba diving. One of my videos is now over 10k views! I dove in Miami and learned about a coral restoration project. I loved seeing Star Wars opening weekend and I found it how hot is it in Scottsdale in the summer and did a TV segment about it! I was honored to represent Ms. Magazine at the United Nations Conference and the Gates Foundation Goalkeepers conference in NYC. I loved being back on campus at PENN in Philadelphia for my 30th year reunion, to speak to students and for Barbara’s Butterfly Ball Gala event for LBBC. I lost my mentor, Joannie Parker, and celebrated her in DC at the Judy Chicago exhibit at NMWA and in Philadelphia with her daughter.

Tanna Volcano PANO Vanuatu

In the summer, I returned to both Fiji and Vanuatu and went to new islands. I walked on an active volcano and went scuba diving to 141 feet! I taught children in a local village to hula hoop! Want to see more photos? Click here and VIDEOS here!

Lowinia Village in Tanna Vanuatu

At the end of the year, I went to my dream bucket list destination, the Galapagos Islands. Over the next weeks, I will share the photos, videos and stories of my magical adventures. Want to read more about all of my 2019 journeys, click here to see my newsletters.

Vanuatu videos


In 2019, I was honored to have four nominations for my writing and broadcast TV segments! I won an award at the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards! See photos from the award ceremonies for Southern California Journalism Awards and my winning segment for KTLA TV at NAEJ!

Lisa Niver wins at NAEJ National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2019
Lisa Niver wins at NAEJ National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2019
Lisa Niver at YouTube Space LA 2019

Video: One Million VIEWS on YouTube

Thank you so much for your support of my videos! I am thrilled that I now have OVER ONE MILLION VIEWS on my We Said Go Travel YouTube channel! Thank you for watching, liking, commenting and subscribing!

Thank you One Million Views on YouTube Lisa Niver

KTLA TV Segments

Watch all five segments of my 2019 KTLA TV segments:

Star Treatment for Critics Choice Awards Jan 21 2019

Founder Father’s President’s weekend in Philadelphia Feb 18 2019

Countdown to Gold: Getting Ready for the Oscars Feb 24 2019

Spring into Summer with Rocky Mountaineer March 31 2019

It’s That Hot in Scottsdale in Summer June 28 2019

Lisa Niver on United Airlines with her story for Hemispheres Magazine!
Lisa Niver on United Airlines with her story for Hemispheres Magazine!


In print for Air Canada in enRoute Connect the Bots! Robots and Artificial Intelligence in Hotels, American Airlines in American Airways Tech Moguls Hit The Slopes , Ms. Magazine Can Bicycles Change the World? and United Airlines in Hemispheres Painter by the Numbers.

Lisa Niver with her print article in Ms. Magazine!
Lisa Niver with her print article in Ms. Magazine!

Online at:  Jewish Journal, Ms. Magazine, The Female Quotient, Saturday Evening Post, TODAY.com, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine: and of course on my site, We Said Go Travel.


Ms. Magazine

USA Today 10best:

Wharton Magazine:

Lisa Niver in Reader's Digest I Did NOT GIVE UP


Debbie White Kim Lisa Niver Metro Women's Leadership Summit 2019
Debbie White, Kim Sardo and Lisa Niver speaking at the
Metro Women’s Leadership Summit 2019


I was a speaker at the Metro Women’s Leadership Summit We spoke about: “Wonder Woman Needs To Wander!”

I shared the #IamRemarkable training at Ms. Magazine this summer. “#IamRemarkable is a Google initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond, thereby breaking modesty norms and glass ceilings. Learn more at g.co/IamRemarkable”

Videos from GALAPAGOS

2021: Creating 2021 Content during COVID-19

2020: Creating 2020 Content during COVID-19

2019: Wonderful Wanderings

Round-ups since returning from Asia

2018: Where were Lisa’s Wonderful Wanderings?

2017: We Said Go Travel is GLOBAL!

2016: What did Lisa LOVE the most?

2015: Highlights from Lisa’s videos and adventures

2014: A real rollercoaster!

Watch my TV segments, read my articles, see my videos with over one million views, and follow me on social (over 160k) at LisaNiver.com

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have nearly 2 million views. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. https://bit.ly/m/lisaniver Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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