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

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

One response to “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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