May 2017 News: 3 New Countries Takes me to #99!

 

May 2017 NEWS: Time to TRAVEL!

I am writing the news early this month as I will be spending over three weeks in Europe in May and going to six countries. Three of them I have never been to before and they will be countries #97, 98 and 99! I feel so very fortunate that I have these amazing adventures as part of my 50 Things Before I am 50 Project.  Thank you for all your support. I cannot wait to tell you all about it!

Where did I travel in April and May?

In my April news, I mentioned my trips to New York City and Clearwater, Florida but at the end of the month I went to Shanghai for the weekend! Please click here for a preview of what we explored in China. In May, I went to the 2017 SCUBA Show and flew to Nice, France to begin my European journey. I traveled by helicopter to Monaco to see the e-Grand Prix. I also went to Ireland, Scotland, Italy and San Marino. Photos and videos coming soon to share my stories.

Lisa Niver is the Adventure Correspondent on The Jet SetI am so excited about being the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set! New segments are coming soon. See my first segment about Utah and skiing with the visually impaired here.

I also reported about my first ride on the Winter Comet Olympic Bobsled! Did you see my interview on The Jet Set: Interview of Lisa Niver: Transformational Travel

 

Newest Videos:

 

Where can you find my 660+ travel videos? Here are links to my video channels on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv, Amazon Short Video and Roku Player. I hope you enjoy my “This is What it is Like” Episodes!

Recent Articles written by or featuring Lisa:

Jeana, JJ, Ellen, Stef and Lisa on the way to Shanghai with China Eastern Airlines!

Travel Writing Award: 

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our We Said Go Travel Competitions!

The 2017 Summer Independence Award is now open. The winners of the 2016 Gratitude Travel writing award were announced on May 15, 2017. The 2017 Inspiration We Said Go Travel Writing Award entries are currently being published.

 

Winners of the 2016 Gratitude Travel Writing Award:

First Place:

PERU: THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE IN AGUAS CALIENTES BY JON LAPIDESE

Aguas Calientes is a mountain town in Peru. It’s also Spanish for hot water – which was appropriate as that was where I found myself at the moment. It was late and our film crew was tired and hungry. I was tired, hungry and worried. The local fixer who had promised me dozens of rooms had desaparecido. Vanished.

Second Place: 

FINDING LOST GRATITUDE IN KANAZAWA, JAPAN BY RITU PRASAD

In February, I received my first acceptance to graduate school. In March, I lost my grandfather to cancer. In April, I quit my job. By May, I had moved home, attended my first funeral, and booked a two-month-long trip around the world.

Third Place: 

INDIA’S TOXIC BEAUTY BY KATIE DIEDERICHS

The smell of cow dung assaults my nostrils and my skin is damp in the humidity. Stares of passersby burn holes in my skin and there’s a lump in the back of my throat growing steadily bigger. This isn’t the India I’d imagined.

I have been honored to publish nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries with the thirteen writing competitions I have hosted on We Said Go Travel. I hope you will consider participating in the next competition or sharing it with someone who wants to tell their tale. Thank you for all the support over the years.

As my fortune cookies said: “Live in THIS moment” and “Through greater effort and hard work a precious dream comes true!” I am working every day to make my goals into reality and it is actually happening! If you have suggestions for my country #100, let me know!

Thank you for your support. Lisa

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Newest Videos from Lisa and We Said Go Travel: 2017 Travel and Adventure Show in Los Angeles

 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 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. 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 1.5 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.   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 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”

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