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, 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/

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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