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WORLD TRAVELLERS: LISA AND GEORGE FROM WE SAID GO TRAVEL

It’s time to meet Lisa and George who have recently launched their travel memoir, Traveling In Sin!! Lisa and George also run the highly successful travel site “We Said Go Travel”. It’s a pleasure to feature them on here as World Travellers!

Who are you? We are global nomads. We left California one year ago and have spent the last year meandering in Asia.

Where are you from? George was born in Los Angeles, California and Lisa grew up in Los Angeles but was born in Boston, MA, USA. We nearly went to the same high school but did not meet until much later online!

Where have you been? To six continents. We are ready for the final frontier, Antarctica! Maybe we will go for our next wedding anniversary.

Where are you now? We have spent the last two months on Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand. We just finished editing our memoir, Traveling in Sin, it is available on Amazon!

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What are the top 3 places you’ve visited? Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar because it was part of how we met online. Koh Lipe, Thailand because it was where we got engaged and Sipadan, Borneo for an amazing dive at Barracuda Point!

What is the best travel experience you’ve had? Visiting the Gobi Desert, Mongolia and seeing the moon rise during our eleven-day van trip.

What is the worst travel experience you’ve had? Being ill at New Years in Indonesia. Luckily I was with George and he took care of me.

What is the funniest travel experience you’ve had? Meeting up with the same couple several times while traveling in Sabah, Malaysia. We finally decided to just all travel together.

World Travellers – Lisa and George from We Said Go Travel enjoying drinks!

What is the scariest travel experience you’ve had? Trying to not get crushed in the Varanasi Train station while pilgrims were cramming into the cars during Kumba Mela.

What 3 tips would you give a new traveller before they set off on their adventure?

1. Plan yet be flexible. 2. You can buy nearly everything you need. Don’t overpack. 3. Keep a journal or blog and share your experiences.

What are your future travel plans? In September and October 2013, we will be speaking and traveling in Manila, Palau, Guam, Oahu and Los Angeles. We hope to meet some of you at our live events or on our webinar October 23, 2013.

Our Independence Travel Writing Contest just ended on July 4, 2013. We had 188 writers from 31 countries participate and write about 73 countries. We hope you will participate in our Gratitude Travel Writing Contest which begins September 11 and will have no entry free, $1,000usd in cash prizes and two professional judges.

Lisa and George in the Himalayan Times!

Biographies:

Lisa Niver Rajna, M.A. Education, is a passionate writer, educator, social media ninja, speaker and global citizen, who has traveled to over one hundred countries and six continents. She is the co-author of Traveling in Sin. You might find her underwater, traveling to an exotic location, teaching in the classroom or in print about social media, science education, lifelong learning, books, and travel. Recently on National Television as a science teacher on the show Career Day, she was also a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Niver Rajna writes for many online and offline publications including National Geographic, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, and the Jewish Journal. She and her husband, George, are spending a second sabbatical year in Asia. Follow their travels on their award winning website, www.WeSaidGoTravel.com and on most major social media platforms.

George Rajna, M.B.A., Masters of Science in Communications Disorders, is a bilingual speech therapist who has traveled to over one hundred countries across six continents. He is the co-author of Traveling in Sin. He composes music on the guitar and ukulele, and spent two years working in rural education for Peace Corps Paraguay. He is a blogger for the Huffington Post, Jewish Journal, Technorati, and The Clymb and is in print at The Himalayan Times. George is also cofounder of We Said Go Travel and a member of the Travelers’ Century Club. His favorite region is Southeast Asia; in particular he recommends Bagan (Myanmar), Koh Lipe (Thailand), the Angkor Temples (Cambodia), Langzhong (China), diving in Sipadan (Malaysian Borneo), and trekking in Nepal. Since July 2012, George and Lisa have been living abroad in Southeast Asia. Learn more about George, Lisa and We Said Go Travel at Wikipedia.

Links (website, twitter, facebook):

Traveling in Sin on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Traveling-in-Sin-ebook/dp/B00DY1YS8M

We Said Go Travel Website: http://www.wesaidgotravel.com/

·       We Said Go Travel Website: We Said Go Travel is a Global Community of 350 writers with articles from every continent. Share your stories from around the planet. 188 writers from 31 countries wrote about 73 countries in our Independence Traveling Writing Contest. Where do you find freedom? Lisa & George Rajna

·       We Said Go Travel YouTube: We have over 150 videos with over 100,000 views of our voyages around the planet. Enjoy!

·       We Said Go Travel Google+

·       We Said Go Travel Facebook: Join our Facebook fan page and learn about our growing global community of travelers and writers.

·       We Said Go Travel You Tube

·       We Said Go Travel Pinterest

·       We Said Go Travel Wikipedia

·       Lisa on LinkedIn

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.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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