Are You Dreaming of Your Next Vacation?


Now that we have been #SafeAtHome, #AloneTogether, #TogetherAtHome since mid-March to flatten the curve on COVID-19, some of us are wondering when we can roam again.

Sunrise from my suite, The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya

I have been sharing about my past adventures in my new series, Tell Me More About. I personally cannot wait to go back to Israel. I have traveled there many times and went to college for a semester in Jerusalem.

In 2015, I had the most incredible stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya. The views were magnificent, my room and the food was fantastic but the best part was the incredible team led by General Manager, Ned Capeleris. I look forward to seeing him again when I visit Hotel Maria Cristina, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastián, in Spain as soon as we are allowed to wander the world.

The view from The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya

Are you worried about booking with all of this uncertainty? Marriott has a special for the next seven days! You can purchase Marriott Bonvoy Gift Cards at a 20% discount until May 20, 2020. The gift cards are good for future travel globally this summer and beyond.

Many people keep asking me about cancellation policies as well as the new cleanliness plans by hotel chains. Learn about both at this Marriott COVID-19 policy page.

Lisa Niver in Israel 2015

More stories from Israel: Seeing the Startup Nation Firsthand in Wharton Magazine, Traveling to Israel: The Real Deal with Lisa Niver on Pink Pangea, Falafels and foodie culture: Dining out in Jerusalem, Baklava by the beach: Israel’s seaside, Explore Tel Aviv with me! and Art meets Culture.

Watch this playlist to see my adventures at Marriott Hotels around the world!

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 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. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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