Nomad No More: Time to Be Jewish

 

Thank you to Erin from Explore with Erin for

including me in her series Nomad No More.

Explore with Erin Nomad No More #9

Click here to read the interview on Explore with Erin

Erin Lisa and Alex at Blogher August 2016 in Los Angeles
Erin Lisa and Alex at Blogher August 2016 in Los Angeles

 

I met Lisa at a conference several years ago. She was filled with so much energy and enthusiasm for life. During a rough time in my life, she reached out to me and loaned me her enthusiasm for life so that I could smile again. And while Lisa loves to travel, she also loves being connected to her Jewish roots and for that reason, she decided to be a Nomad No More.

About this series

See more in our first interview, but in the briefest terms: This series is focused on people who travelled the world, without a base, for minimum 6 months or more, and eventually found a home. Back where they were or in a different location, but a base that gives them bills, and a wardrobe with more clothes than fit in a suitcase.

Make sure you tune in each Friday to read about your favourite nomads who returned home.

 

1. When did you first start your nomadic journey?

When I was eleven years old, my parents took us on a cruise to the Mediterranean. I saw the pyramids and the Parthenon. I felt like my history books came to life and I was hooked on a life of travel. I studied in Israel during a summer in high school and a semester in college. I knew I wanted to live in more places.

2. How long did you go for?

After college and graduate school, I worked for Club Med for one year in Colorado and the Bahamas. After that, I worked on cruise ships for nearly seven years. I traveled and worked and loved seeing new places. It was amazing.

3. How many countries did you do?

Right now in July 2018, I am on a flight to my 100th country! I am so excited. I have dreamed of going on safari and now it is happening.

4. What did you do for money/work while nomadic?

After working at sea, I moved back to the United States and started teaching science again. I saved up my money and traveled for a year in Asia. I had started We Said Go Travel but it was very small at that point.

5. Give us a brief description of your travel style?

When I lived on ships, I was gone for 4 to 6 months at a time and then on holiday for usually six weeks when I went traveling! I also did a year trip in South East Asia and went home to work and then did 18 months in SE Asia. Now I am based in Los Angeles and usually travel one to two weeks a month.

6. Do you have kids? How old were they at the time?

No.

7. When did you decide to stop nomadic life?

I wanted to have a home base again so I could feel more grounded. I wanted to be at family events and participate in the Jewish holidays with my synagogue. I have been based in LA since 2014.

8. How long have you been stationary now?

I was living in South East Asia and returned to California in February 2014, so 4 years.

9. Are you doing the same job when you were on the road or did you return to work?

When I first came back to Los Angeles in 2014, I started teaching but in a new way. I worked on set for Nickelodeon and the teenage actors in the show were my students. I also was a contributor for USA Today 10best.

10. What do you miss most about the road?

There are things I miss about long-term travel but honestly, I do not miss doing my laundry in a sink in a hostel. I do not miss writing blog posts from the bed in a hotel room because I have no desk. I loved it but there were times when being away for so long was really challenging.

11. What do you love most about having a home?

I love belonging to an art studio and making pottery again. I love going to the gym and being able to swim regularly. I love going to Temple on Friday nights with my mom. I love calling my friends and talking on the phone in the same time zone.

12. Will you ever go nomadic again?

I think I would go nomadic to travel to certain hard to get to places but I don’t think I would go for a year again. But you never know! It could happen! I would love to go for a month and do a language immersion or a scuba research expedition.

13. Do you recommend nomadic travel to everyone?

I recommend that people travel. Study aboard programs are a great way to try out a new place and learn a language or the history. There are many ways to travel and  I hope everyone finds a way to see a new place and look at life from a new perspective.

14. Where can we find you?

Award-winning travel expert Lisa Ellen Niver has explored 100 countries and talks travel on KTLA-TV and her website, We Said Go Travel, which was read in 222 countries in 2017. Her videos have nearly 2 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and YouTube, and she has more than 100,000 followers on social media. Lisa has also written for publications including Luxury MagazineDelta SkySmithsonian, and the Saturday Evening Post. Find her on > YouTubeInstagram or Facebook.

 

 

Thank you again to Erin for interviewing me! Here is my video interview of her at BlogHer 2016 in Los Angeles!

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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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