Travel: Best Trip Ever with My Mom

 

Mom and Dad in the 70s

My Best Trip Ever with My Mom

After traveling to six continents and joining the Traveler’s Century Club for those who have been to over one hundred countries, I am often asked, “Where is your favorite place?” We recently hosted a travel writing contest on WeSaidGoTravel.com with over sixty writers sharing, “Inspiration-A Place You Love.” Reading all the incredible entries from Alaska to Liverpool, and Mombasa to Vienna, I began to think about which places I love. During my travels with my husband, George, we have scuba dived in Sipadan, seen unbelievable UNESCO sites all over Asia like Angkor Wat, the Xi’an Warriors, Borobudur, and the Sun Temple and gotten engaged underwater in Koh Lipe. Together, we have made so many of our travel dreams come true.

However, one of the biggest adventures of my entire life was learning to read and constantly getting lost in great adventures. I remember one summer when I was about six or seven years old and my mom and I went to the library on Moorpark Street every Wednesday. I was allowed to bring home ten books; I felt so rich walking out of that building holding ten new “friends.” There was a contest with badges and prizes to encourage kids to read. I could not believe it–books and prizes! This was amazing. I could learn, discover and be rewarded for reading my favorite pasttime. I was in!

As Seth Godin says in Poke the Box

What differentiates us from every other creature is that we go places, places we’ve not gone before. We do it willingly and often. What makes our work and our life interesting is discovery, surprise and the risk of exploration.”

As a child the Librarians knew me, I guess I was a networker even then. As an adult, the librarians at my local branch still know me my name. I am a library evangelist. It has happened to me several times that a friend will call and say, “I know you will be so proud of me, I got a library card.” I was even on television recently in Japan about using library books on electronic readers. Before I ever leave home on a trip, I always get new books. To me my kindle is as important as bringing my passport and plane tickets! I cannot leave home without it.

Remember what Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowlege is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

My lifelong passion of reading, learning and preparing for the next great adventure began with my Mom reading to me and taking me to the library. Thanks Mom for setting me on the path to discovery and supporting my unquenchable thirst for new books. Happy Birthday!

A version of this article also appeared in the Huffington Post.

 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver 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. 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. 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. 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 over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. 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.   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. 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 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”

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