Dec News: Grateful for a Year of Friends, Family and Travels in 2016


December NEWS: Grateful for a Year of Friends, Family and Travels in 2016

I hope that this holiday season brings you, your friends and family warmth and happiness. Remember that A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. -James Keller

We Said Go Travel is a community of travelers and writers sharing their stories and I appreciate your participation with me and my site. As Buddah said, “A thousand candles can be lit from the flame of one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness can be spread without diminishing that of yourself.”

As the candles of Chanukah burn brightly, I am filled with hope for gaining light in my heart and life and sharing it with you.

Dec News: Do you Swim with Sharks?
Lisa Niver swimming with sharks in Cuba. Photo by Alon Shtrachman

Where did I go in December?

I returned to Cancun. It was my 3rd visit this year as I went with Jennifer on the Carnival Breeze in September and for my birthday to Xplor and Xenses in October and then in December for SharkSchool with ProDive International, WiroDive and Erich Ritter’s SharkSchool. I stayed at Royal Hideaway in Playacar and my lectures were at Allegro Playacar. It was a truly extraordinary experience to dive with the pregnant Bull Sharks and to learn from Pascal Gospodinov. I look forward to sharing the lessons and video with you in 2017.

Video Update: I have published the videos from Aruba, Cancun and part of my dream trip to Cuba. Bonaire is up next in my editing bay and then Arizona and SharkSchool.

We Said Go Travel is really growing! Twitter is now over 18,000, Instagram is over 13,000 and my video views are over 900,000!!

Where can you find my 620+ travel videos? Here are links to my video channels on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv, Amazon Short Video and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes!

Thank you for your interest in my art! Simply Ceramics now has its own Instagram account and Facebook page. My solo show was a success and I was also in the show at The Clayhouse in Santa Monica in December.  Are you looking for handmade gifts? I have art for sale.

Recent Articles featuring Lisa:
*Business Insider Interview about Lisa: “After quitting her job as a teacher, this woman traveled to 95 countries and turned traveling into a career.”

*Business Insider about Packing:  “A woman who went backpacking for 11 months explains how to pack light.”


Niver in Business Insider: Find What you are LOOKING forComing in JANUARY: The Winter Inspiration We Said Go Travel Writing award will be open! The Fall Gratitude We Said Go Travel Writing Award is closed. I have been honored to publish nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries with the dozen writing competitions I have hosted on We Said Go Travel. I hope you will consider participating in this award or sharing it with someone who wants to tell their tale. Thank you for all the support over the years.

The essays from the participants of the Fall Gratitude award will be published staring in January 2017. After they are all live on the site, we will publish the finalists list and expect to announce the winners in early spring. For the 2016 Summer Travel Writing Award: The winners will be announced in early 2017.

As my fortune cookie said: “ You create your own stage. The audience is waiting.” AND “You will be a great success–both in business and socially.” I am ready for ONE MILLION VIDEO VIEWS! I expect that by Valentine’s Day! Get ready to celebrate with me.

Happy New Year! Make your DREAMS come true! Thank you for your support. Lisa

Discover more on my social media accounts:  InstagramFacebookTwitter, Pinterest, YouTube.

Newest Videos from Lisa and We Said Go TravelCaribbean 2016: My adventures in Aruba, Cancun, Cuba and Diving in Cuba

Dec News: Did I swim with the sharks? Was I scared?

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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