Nomads: All who wander are not lost (2)

 

Article first published as Nomads: All Who Wander Are Not Lost on Technorati.

Our first career break involved wandering from Indonesia to Mongolia in 2008. George and I met online in 2007 and almost immediately started to travel. We were in Fiji after 6 months, and George asked me to join his life long dream to travel for one year in Asia.
Taking a risk and a deep breath, I said yes. Once we were home from the Yasawa Islands, quitting my job and giving up my new condo for a year as a rental made me nervous. I kept coming up with more reasons why this vagabonding would be a bad idea. I focused almost completely on what I was giving up and not at all on what I would receive.
George helped me to focus on all the good things our trip would bring: time together, lots of time together, time to explore our relationship and other cultures. All of this came true and we even got engaged but that did not make the decision to go any easier for me. I had many long walks and long phone calls to discuss if this nomadic year would work for me at all.
Early in our time away, we stayed at a hostel in Auckland, New Zealand called Nomads. Their tag line was Nomads: All who wander are not lost. Feeling relived that I could wander and not be lost; I took my first deep breath in months. After all the drama of being unsure about going, I loved the trip.

Now I find myself longing for our months of wandering lost from plans, schedules and rules. I have been dreaming of our 11-day van trip to the Gobi Desert, Mongolia, with no road, little planning and amazing sights. Staying in Gers, Mongolian tents, reminds me also of the Jewish holiday happening now called Sukkot.

Many Jews celebrate Sukkot by creating a Sukkah, a temporary dwelling to use for meals and host guests. This holiday is a reminder of when we lived in fields, has temporary dwellings and were nomads. It is a time to be grateful and hospitable.
The Mongolians we met were some of the most hospitable people on our 12-country 11-month sojourn. One night our driver, Oggi, took all of us on an unplanned stop to Borj’s Ger. Although they were not expecting the six of us, the family was so welcoming.
It did not matter that we did not share a common verbal language; they shared their food, our Genghis Khan vodka, their tent (we slept on the floor), and their love of the land. We helped to make noodles over the dung burning stove, herd the goats although we are not sure we actually were helpful, and play with the children.
Sukkot reminds of a time when we were nomads and possibly a bit lost. It now also reminds me of people who still live in tents and have so much to give. Traveling has changed my definitions of lost and found, of wandering and staying in one place. At this time of year, I hope to find and give more hospitality and more destinations where I can lose myself.

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Thank you for all your comments and interest!
Lisa and George

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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