Global Travel Mission


George and I in Ha Long Bay in Viet Nam

“Travel’s power is two fold: it is both a vehicle for enlightenment and a powerful agent of global change. Together we can make a difference.” Klara Glowczewska, Editor in Chief, Conde Nast Traveler

I love the quote about the power of travel. Do you think we can make a difference?
Have you seen the book, Art of Non-Conformity? Check out Chris Guillebeau and his blog.

I loved what he wrote to me after I signed up for his blog and with his permission I am posting it here:

“I’m interested in questioning assumptions and expectations about how we live our lives, and I write for remarkable people all over the world. To be remarkable means:

* You’re interested in life as a series of adventures, not just something we do to fill the time

* You complete your education (high school, college, university, graduate school, whatever) because you want to, not because you feel like you should

* You do work you enjoy that also makes a positive difference in other people’s lives

* Helping others is not something you do as an afterthought. It is a central part of who you are, just as doing what you want is. If you want to change the world, you’ll need to start with a major decision. 

The decision is deceptively simple: begin making your own choices, and stand out from many of the people around you. It’s simple because that’s really all there is to it — think for yourself instead of following the crowd, then begin to take actions to align what you do with what you believe. 

It’s deceptive, however, because whenever you begin to do this, you’ll encounter more than your share of opposition from people who want you to do things their way. Some of them will say your ideas or goals are unrealistic. I say, “life is short.” Finding a way to do what we want while also helping others is the most important work we can do.”

George saving me from the Train
In Da Lat, Viet Nam

George and I are big into the idea about life being a series of ADVENTURES! Thank you to all the people who have been reading our blog and helped us to get to 4000 page views in about 4 months! Keep reading and sending your comments and we will keep sharing our adventures and photos!
Lisa and George

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. 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-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

2 responses to “Global Travel Mission

  1. I love your most recent post regarding the adventure of life and the remarkable nature of the paths that are available to venture down, up and around.
    Travel for me has been so expansive, living amidst people of other cultures, countries, and spaces invites a fresh perspective and understanding of just how human I am and the glorious nature of humanity as a whole. Moving out of my safety zone to realize, it's "safe" everywhere!! Please continue to share those insights.

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