Our Blogiversary: Support is Appreciated

 

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village from Hungry Planet
Thank you for your support of us, our travels and our blog! We appreciate everyone who reads, comments or shares our stories.
When we started our blog on June 9, 2010 before we left for a summer in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, George and I were unsure if anyone would read, or care about our blog. 
Last week, June 9, 2011, our page views were well over 22,000 and we have been published in Technorati Travel, the Jewish Journal, LA Mom Magazine, Westside Today as well as added a science blog and our new website, www.wesaidgotravel.com.
In April, we were selected as the Los Angeles hosts for the National Event for Meet Plan Go on October 18, 2011. Our Meetup.com group, We Said Go Travel Los Angeles, already has over 50 members and was started June 2, 2011. Recently, we joined with the Global Group Travel Massive and will be hosting events under the Travel Massive umbrella starting this fall.
In the last year, we have visited and written about Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Colombia, Morocco, Taiwan and very soon we will be off to Tonga and Samoa. We hope you will join us at one of our upcoming events. See you June 21, 2011 at Hotel Angeleno for Travel Happy Hour!
To show our gratitude, we would like to share some images of families from around the world from the book, Hungry Planet. This book and its stories invite us inside of families and their homes. It is a fantastic insider view and nearly a trip around the world.

As another travel thank you, we would like to share a site we just found called http://www.whereivebeen.com which has 9.7 million members. On this site, we answered travel trivia questions and collected travel bucks which we were able to spend to help our planet. First we spent $1000 to help feed a child in Mali through the Friends of the World Food Program ($1000) and then $100 for one square foot of rainforest by the The World Land Trust (WLT), “an international conservation organisation that takes direct action to save rainforest and other wildlife habitats”

“ What Are Travel Bucks?Feed a child in Mali. Adopt a manatee. Provide clean water in Mozambique. These are just a few of many philanthropic things you can do by using Travel Bucks. It’s simple. All you have to do is interact with Where I’ve Been. The more you do, the more virtual travel bucks you earn. Think about it. You could be saving 45,867 trees in no time.”

We look forward to more travels, more stories and sharing all of it with you! Thank you so much for your comments, suggestions, questions and enjoying our travels. We love hearing that you are inspired to go on a trip or content to follow along on our travel madness. Thank you!

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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