Feel the FEAR, Travel ANYWAY!

 

TiffanyThank you to Tiffany Hawk for including me in her article, “How to Make Dreams Happen. Right Now. Even if You’re Scared,” on the Huffington Post.

The article begins:

Feel the fear and do it anyway. More than 25 years after Susan Jeffers released a bestselling book by that title, the go-get ’em phrase remains a mantra for the world’s adventurous and successful. Hell, I never even read the book, but its title alone changed my life forever.

When my college friends went backpacking around Europe after graduation, I burned with envy. I was dying to see the places I’d spent four years learning about, but I didn’t have anything resembling a saving account, let alone a trust fund. Determined to finagle my way abroad, I had the bright idea that I’d become a flight attendant. I loved the idea of airplanes. I loved the idea of travel. The only problem? I was afraid to fly.

Quote from me:

Lisa Niver Rajna and her new husband, George Rajna, have turned a one-year sabbatical into a thriving travel-writing enterprise, a book, and a popular blog – Wesaidgotravel.com. It seems like a match made in heaven – the couple got married shortly after hitting the road together – but before they left for their trip, Lisa had her fair share of fears.

Before George, my boyfriend, and I left for a year sabbatical in Asia, I worried and I walked and I wondered what would happen. Under the moonlight in Fiji, I had said yes to his dream backpacking together for a year. Back in Los Angeles while preparing and planning, I had doubts. After years working at sea, I was not worried about what to do if I was ill, and I knew that if someone at home needed me, I was only a plane ride away. But I could not wrap my head around what if — we — did not work out. Finally, a friend said on one of our many walks, “Imagine he goes without you and you teach for another year. How will you feel when he returns from a year of adventure and you had another year in the classroom?” In that moment, I had clarity. I was going. No matter how it turned out, I wanted to try.

Read the full article: click here.

Learn more about our Travel Writing Contest judge, Tiffany Hawk: Click here.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Award-winning travel expert Lisa Ellen Niver has explored 101 countries and talks travel on KTLA-TV and her website, We Said Go Travel, which is read in 212 countries. Her YouTube videos have nearly 900,000 views and she has more than 140,000 followers on social media (verified on Facebook and Twitter). She sailed on the high seas for seven years and she has been nominated for five Southern California Journalism Awards in the past two years and received 2nd place for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for publications including AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Robb Report, Sierra Club, Smithsonian, Saturday Evening Post, United Airlines (Hemispheres) and USA Today 10Best. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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