Join us Live: Winners of Gratitude Travel Writing Contest Announced!


google hangout 2013 wesaidgoravelJoin us for a live announcement of the 2013 winners of the Gratitude Travel Writing Contest! Direct link to the hangout click here.

The Judges, Richard Bangs and Tiffany Hawk, will be live from California and Virginia. Lisa Niver Rajna and George Rajna, founders of We Said Go Travel and authors of Traveling in Sin, will be live from Koh Samui, Thailand.
Hosted by Dr. Jessie Voigts of Wandering Educators and the Teen Travel Blogging Mentorship Program.

Thank you for participating! Over 500 writers from over 50 countries have shared their stories in our three travel writing contests in 2013.

The Google Hangout announcement will be live Jan 28 at 6pm in California, 9pm in New York City and Jan 29 at 9am in Koh Samui, Thailand. If you cannot make it, it will be archived on YouTube and we will add the link here and on our Facebook page. Click here to join the hangout.

The Inspiration Travel Writing Contest is open! Enter by February 14, 2014. First Prize is $1,000usd. We hope to announce YOUR NAME as the winner of our next contest!

Winners of  the We Said Go Travel Writing Contests:

Summer 2103 Independence Travel Writing Contest:

Our First Place Winner is JG who was born in South Korea but grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Enjoy her article, “Myanmar, Ferry Mothers.”

Our Second Place Winner is CC Xander who is one of America’s elite tennis coaches and travelers. Enjoy his article, “Tulum, Mexico.”

Our Third Place Winner is Esther K. Meyers  who born in a DP camp at the close of the war to holocaust survivor parents. Enjoy her article , “Poland: The Magic of Discovering Legacy.” 

Honorable Mention: 

Winter 2013 Inspiration Travel Writing Contest:

Our First Place Winner is Rachel Zimmerman Brachman who was born in Canada but now lives in the USA.  Enjoy her article about Alaska, “The Whale and the Trampoline

Our Second Place Winner is JG who was born in South Korea but grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Enjoy her article about Thailand, “Finding Friendship and Tea Above the Clouds.”

Our Facebook Vagabond Choice Award Winner is Arjun Karunwho is from India and wrote about India in a post called, “Kochi and New Year.”

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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