Insights from the Road: Business Insider and Lisa Niver

 


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A woman who went backpacking for 11 months explains how to pack light

lisa backpackLisa Niver of We Said Go Travel. Lisa Niver/We Said Go Travel

Lisa Niver started off teaching science to elementary school students. Now, she teaches aspiring adventurers how to make the most of their travels. As the founder and curator of We Said Go Travel, a travel website that hosts 1,600 travel writers in 75 countries, she’s been to over 95 countries herself.

In between working on a cruise ship and taking a teaching job, Niver went backpacking through Southeast Asia for 11 months. She spoke to INSIDER about how she packs.

Ask yourself ‘Will I want this in three months?’

When Niver was packing up her apartment before her long-term trip, she downsized by thinking ahead.

“My theory was ‘What will I be happy to see in three months?'” she said. “And if I won’t be happy to see it, I got rid of it.”

Leave anything you don’t want ruined at home

The rewards of traveling come with plenty of risks. Don’t take something along that you can’t live without, because there’s always a chance you might have to.

“Be prepared for everything to break or get ruined,” she said. “I broke a computer, a hard drive, and several cameras. Being on the road is really hard on electronics.”

lisa climbLisa Niver/We Said Go Travel

Don’t try to prepare for everything

It may sound counter intuitive to be under prepared, but stuffing your backpack full of things you might end up needing isn’t the best way to pack.

“I think one of the confusing things when you first start backpacking is ‘how am I going to prepare for everything,’ and the answer is you simply can’t,” said Niver.

Buy what you need when and where you need it

Unless you’re really going to the middle of nowhere, chances are you can pick up any essentials you’re missing along the way.

“Wherever you go, if there’s something specific you need for that region, they sell it there,” she said. “If I get someplace and I’m cold, I’ll buy a sweater.”

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Insights from the Road: Business Insider and Lisa Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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