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 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.

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