We Said Go Travel says, “THANK YOU!

 

lisa disney hatI want to express my gratitude to everyone who reads We Said Go Travel.

Many years ago, We Said Go Travel got started to promote a memoir I co-wrote. I had no idea that We Said Go Travel would grow and introduce me to so many people.

About a year after I started the site, a friend told me writing was not enough. She said I needed to also now create videos. I was not really sure it was a good idea but I got a used cisco flip camera and started filming. A fifth grader taught me iMovie during recess one day at the school where I was an elementary school science teacher and the next phase began.

At this point, I have 535 videos live online and collectively those videos have 650,000 views. It has been a wild ride. I have worked with several professional film teams but mainly I have filmed and edited them all myself. I have taken more classes, had more lessons and been assisted in many ways.

I recently read Tommy Spaulding’s book, “It’s Not Just Who You Know: Transform Your Life (and Your Organization) by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships.” Many people who know me well would agree that my superhero power is networking. There is some disagreement about what is my personal kryptonite, it might be patience or realistic expectations. Feel free to chime in with your ideas. Regardless, I enjoyed his stories about his path to service. As Spaulding says:

We’ve moved into a servanthood economy—one in which our greatest value is found in how we serve each other and our greater communities. To build a sustainable organization in the twenty-first century, we must add value to something and someone other than ourselves.”

I hope that you find value in We Said Go Travel. Personally, I appreciate everyone who has supported me and the site. I am honored that nearly 2000 people have chosen to share their stories in the 10 travel writing awards on the site since 2013. The theme of the current award is freedom. The entries are beginning to be published and they are fantastic! There is still time to enter. The Fall award will have a theme of gratitude and begin on September 11 and close on Thanksgiving.

I loved when Spaulding said: “The most important thing in your life is not what you do or who you know; it’s who you become.” I am proud of who I am becoming and I appreciate all of you for reading, participating and being there. Thank you!

Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

I filmed in Carlsbad with a team of three cameramen! I loved working with this professional team. Enjoy!

Videos: Visit Carlsbad with Lisa and We Said Go Travel

 

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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