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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 is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 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. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. 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 1.6 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 and been a finalist twenty times.   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 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 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” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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