Morocco: To Go or Not To Go? Join me for a Travel Talk March 24!


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In the 1990 film, Joe vs. the Volcano, Joe is asked, “What happened to you that you are so alive?” He tells us that the doctor gave him 6 months to live and “I am just so appreciative of my life.” He quits his dead-end job in the basement and tells his boss, “Why have I put up with you? It’s fear; I’ve been afraid to live my life.”

I hope that you do not work underground, in a job you hate, sitting next to the love of your life, who you are afraid to ask to dinner. Most of our lives are not this black and white. But few of us would tell our dinner partner, “I bribed the (musicians) to sing us a song that would drive us insane and make our hearts swell and burst,” as Joe tells his date for the evening.

duneFor many people, February is the month of cupid and love or the month of wishing for what they want to have in their lives. I have a few suggestions to move you closer to fulfilling your dreams.

First of all, check out Ann Bradney and her work at Radical Aliveness.  Peter Bregman has written Why Leaders Must Feel Pain and Why Leaders Should Try to be Overwhelmed about how Ann’s workshops can help leaders, businesses and all of us be less exhausted, more present and lead the happy lives we desire.

Five years ago, if asked, would I quit my job, rent my condo and travel with my new boyfriend for a year in Asia, I would have laughed and called you crazy, but I did I chose the dream and it has been amazing.

Join me to get inspired about travel in the Maghreb of North Africa. Let your senses linger over Sephardic music sung in Ladino and Spanish by Vanessa Paloma, a Fulbright scholar in Morocco, learn new tales of Jewish roots in Morocco and how the people followed in the footsteps of Maimonides from Spain through Morocco and finally returned to Israel.

aitThis travel talk, March 24, 2011 will include photography of Marrakech   and the Mellah in Fes el-Jdid . You will soon yearn for the mouth-watering treats in the city’s Jemaa el Fna Square and you will hear ideas about where to travel, what to bring and why you should go. You will experience the highlights of our own three-week journey and also will receive samples of your own possible future visit, including maps.road

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear about   wandering the deserts past to present. Travel stories help us find a unique side to ourselves and our ancestors; our mission is to bring travelers together.  Remember, to travel with joy and spontaneity you have to take risks, and above all take the first step!

usI hope that you are the one Patricia is talking about when she says to Joe, in the movie, Joe vs. the Volcano: “My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement.” I wish you a wonderful month of February full of radical aliveness, total amazement and wonderful adventures. 

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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 a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. 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 nearly 2 million views. 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. 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 (1.7 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)

One response to “Morocco: To Go or Not To Go? Join me for a Travel Talk March 24!

  1. I am a Hakim a young bedouin Moroccan men I born in nomadic lifestyle in the desert in a tiny place that is very close to the village of Merzouga. i use to work guide for Hotel and company as Tour guide for tourism sector for more than 15 years, and i creat my own company and My experience and understanding guiding the touriste in desert and the country showing the real experience , My personality we are glad to have and share our experience and to show you our Desert and our way of life I speaks English, French, Spanish,italian Berber, and Arabic. that grace to school of life Berber, and Arabic. that from our mother language.

    I invite you to be Nomad one time in your life and connect with nature and to listened to the voice of the silence discover the magic of the sahara and life simple but full of secret.

    Morocco Desert Trips

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