Savoring Samui


Sawadeekah from Thailand! Hello from Koh Samui. We are at Meedej Guest house with a large balcony directly over the sand and we can hear the waves through our two sliding glass doors. The spacious room is cooled by cross breezes and a fan and is a mere 500Baht ($17usd). We have been here for the last three weeks and we are so happy to be in one place!

George is a musician and one of his favorite artists is Bob Dylan (so much so-that he named his cat, Bob Dylan.) In Nepal, we first saw this quote: “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” –Bob Dylan

We are working hard to follow Dylan’s advice. For the moment, we are walking on the beach, kayaking, snorkeling and editing our memoir about our first year sabbatical in Asia where we got engaged underwater and I lost over fifty pounds!

Our family has so much to celebrate! On June 5, my sister and her husband will celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary. My parents are in Iceland traveling by cruise ship to enjoy their fiftieth wedding anniversary on June 15! George and I were just notified by KRED that our site is now a top 1% elite influencer in Travel

Thank  you to everyone who has shared our journey literally on the road with us or by reading and commenting on our newsletter and website! AND for watching our YouTube videos: Our channel just went OVER 85,000 views!

Lisa and George (Click here to sign up for this newsletter. )

Recent posts to enjoy: My article in the Gates Foundation Impatient Optimists“Teachers Need a Village,” our Myanmar Love Story on thePlanetD  and words of wisdom from Stephen King.


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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. 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-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

2 responses to “Savoring Samui

  1. awesome! is that the view from your room i Koh Samui? Congratulations on your Youtube videos and your travel blog success! will definitely read more of your stories whenever I have free time. you guys have an amazing site.

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