Thank you SHOUTOUT LA for the interview!


Thank you Shout Out LA for interviewing me! I am honored to be included in your series.

Meet Lisa Niver | Journalist and TV Host

September 13, 2021 

We had the good fortune of connecting with Lisa Niver and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lisa, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?

Thomas Edison said: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.”

I have learned that I need to keep taking small steps towards my goals. I have had to change my path literally and figuratively many times. I used to feel like my train was derailed and jumping off the track when things did not work out—when I left one grad school program for another, when my company went bankrupt right after 9/11, when I left my marriage, but now I realize I was just changing trains. In order to go in a direction, sometimes you have to take a bus or walk or find the next platform. When COVID started, I could no longer travel so instead of writing about travel as a travel journalist, I read books and worked on my own book. It was not what I thought I would be doing but it has turned out to be much better for me.

As Martin Luther King Jr. said:
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
Every day I work on making progress towards my goals.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?

For many years, I taught science at Curtis School, Brawerman Elementary School and CCUSD middle school. When I was leaving to go travel, my students were sad and wanted to keep in touch. I created a monthly newsletter to share my adventures which eventually became my We Said Go Travel website in 2010 and led to my journalism career. I also began to shoot video and one of my 5th grade students taught me to use iMovie during recess. I now have over 1.35 million views on YouTube:

I have loved being able to share my travel stories on KTLA TV. and recently I was on an episode on REELZ TV channel so now I am on IMDb:

The best lesson I have learned is to use the “F” word—which of course is FLEXIBLE. Whether your plane is late, or there are no planes or plans because of a pandemic, we have to be ready for changes and to go with the flow.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

If my friends were visiting Los Angeles, I would take them to my favorite places: THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL for a concert and where I recently saw The Princess Bride
HIGH Rooftop at Hotel Erwin for Sunset views and drinks
Santa Monica beach for a long walk
MOLA art studio (Members Only LA—where I create my ceramics and you can too!)
CHA CHA CHICKEN for Caribbean food by the beach
THAI BOOM for Thai food in Culver City

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?

I would like to dedicate my Shoutout to Stephen Wise Temple and its incredible clergy. When I was traveling full time in Asia, I missed being able to participate in the Jewish community that I grew up in and it was part of my reason to return to Los Angeles. During COVID, our services were all on Facebook Live, Zoom or YouTube. I really appreciate all of their efforts to hold the spiritual space in a new way online. I am grateful to the entire team.









We Said Go Travel Website

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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