SheKnows: Explore Tel Aviv with me!

 

Sheknows Lisa Niver Tel Aviv Israel article

This article first appeared on Sheknows with the title: “Studying in Israel as a teen gave me a lifelong love of travel:”

As a teenager, I was allowed to travel for nine weeks with 150 friends from Los Angeles on a summer Ulpan in Israel. We studied, we laughed and we learned about ourselves. That trip imbued in me a desire to travel that has never left. Because of that summer experience, I chose to study in Jerusalem during my junior year of college.

I never wavered. I decided to do it when I was sixteen years old and I followed through with a semester at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I lived in Israel during the first intifada and I did not worry. I knew I was where I was supposed to be.

After that semester, the feeling of living in another land became necessary for me. I chose to work at Club Med and on cruise ships and have traveled to six continents and over 100 countries.

In October 2015, I was invited on another journey to Israel. My life of writing about travel and creating videos of my experiences was leading me back to where it began. I was honored to be invited and thrilled that I would spend my birthday in Jerusalem during the adventure.

I highly recommend that you visit this amazing country. It will change your life.

Where to stay in Tel Aviv?

Brown Beach HouseI absolutely loved the Brown Beach House. It is a new property just a block from the beach in Tel Aviv. The decor and atmosphere are inviting and inclusive. I loved the champagne in the lobby. It was the first time I indulged in a massage just after arrival at a property and this might become my new favorite ritual.

 VIDEO: Brown Beach House

 

My View at The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya, Israel
My View at The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya, Israel

Another highlight of my trip was staying at the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya. The location on the marina is stunning. I loved walking on the beach for a windy sunset and returning to my two story sanctuary with a view. The Herbert Samuel is the first kosher restaurant at a Ritz-Carlton hotel and I loved the fully open kitchen which showcased many fresh seasonal ingredients. I loved the incredible tomato salad. I could have eaten a second and maybe even a third one. Breakfast was a buffet of fantastic tastes and I wish you could taste and smell the food on my video. It was remarkable like my room and the service.

Video: The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya

Enjoy all twenty-seven of my videos to see where we went and what we ate and feel like you were there with us!

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)

One response to “SheKnows: Explore Tel Aviv with me!

  1. We are just back from our first trip to visit friends and were blown away by the place! Vibrant, tasty, stunning, all the history. So sad the way the press portrays the country, I am glad we have friends here and ignored the media. Anna

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