SheKnows: Make Your Active Resolutions Come True: Kayak!


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If far flung travels are out of the budget, a local kayaking trip is just the thing

Did your New Year’s Resolutions include travel? Many people I talk with want to travel more but are worried about cost or distance for exotic locations. You do not have to travel outside the United States for amazing experiences. Last summer, I went to Minneapolis for the first time and had fun kayaking right in the city.

Try something new this year! Kayaking is something that some people think is really hard exercise. Maybe you have seen white water kayaking in the Olympics with helmets and thought, “I could never do that!” Some people do not want to learn to roll in their kayak. I have to admit I have been kayaking in many places and I have no idea how to roll a kayak.

Honestly, I have never even really gotten wet kayaking. Well, there was this one time in Florida I got soaked but we were in a rain storm and that was not from falling in!

Almost anyone can kayak for fun for a few hours. You can always rent a double kayak and go out on the water, relax, see the sights and let the other person do the paddling!

 Four Favorite Kayak spots:

1. I loved kayaking in the City of Minneapolis with Above the Falls Sports. We walked two blocks from their headquarters and got right into the kayaks. The scenery was beautiful. It was such a contrast and literally in the middle of the city!

Video: Magic Minnesota Adventures

2. In Broward County, Florida, we kayaked in the Mangrove Forest with incredible guide, Dom Coscia. On West Lake Park at the Ann Kolb Nature Preserve, we saw little blue herons, white ibis, striped mullets, giant spiders and gorgeous red mangroves! This was very close to our hotel, The Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida. If you are in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, this is a great adventure to add to your visit.

Video: Snorkeling and Sleeping at Carp Island


3. If you are ready to go further for your water sports, I highly recommend a visit to Palau.  You can stay  at Carp Island part of the UNESCO Rock Islands and kayak all day. A bucket list visit to Jellyfish Lake to swim with the stingless jellys must be on your agenda. You can also snorkeling and kayak in other parts of the Rock Islands. This is truly a lifetime highlight.

Video: Kayaking the Rock Islands

4. The islands of Vava’u in Tonga are another bucket list destination for kayakers. I found Tonga’s tourism prices high for the value of the accommodation and food. It is stunningly beautiful, swimming with the whales is amazing and I got to watch Tonga’s Got Talent!

Video: Tonga’s Got Talent


Do you wonder where does kayaking come from? it is believed that the Inuit first invented the one person boat for transportation and hunting. One of the main differences with kayaking is the use of a double bladed paddle.

Kayaking is different from canoeing because a canoe has a one sided paddle and the paddler sits on a raised seat. In a kayak, you sit on a low seat with your legs extended in front of you. Kayaking and canoeing have been in the Summer Olympic Games since 1936 in Berlin.

New Technology:

If you already kayak or want to take your kayaking to a new level, I have the best new device for you! I recently met former Navy officer Guy Aharon in Israel and I learned about his Motionize Paddle, a motion sensor training tool for kayaking.

Imagine having a top coach with you on the water, giving you real time feedback on where to place your paddle, how to change the angle and even earn badges for great progress on your phone and with you on the water. The user interface is easy to understand and use—this is the next step in gamification—take your iPhone app outside and learn with it. It is like WII on steroids as you are actually doing a sport outdoors and your kids will still think they are playing a video game. The emergency message feature adds a layer of safety to your time on the water and the UK Coast Guard has already endorsed it.

Whether you go out for a tour in the city in Minneapolis or choose to travel to a place like Vava’u, Tonga or Carp Island, Palau for the kayaking, it is a great way to get some exercise, see the sights and enjoy family and friends as they move through the water with you. 

Find more activities and travel tales from me, Lisa Niver, on my website, We Said Go Travel or my YouTube Channel.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. 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 times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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