Travel Blogger Interviews: Lisa Ellen Niver of We Said Go Travel

 

Interview feb 2016 travel blogger interviewThank you to the Guy Who Flies for interviewing me for Travel Blogger Interviews!

What is your name?

Lisa Ellen Niver

Which country do you come from/call home?

USA

Are you a backpacker/long term traveller/business traveller/live and work abroad?

I am a long term traveler. My first job in travel was working for Club Med in Colorado and the Bahamas. I sailed the seven seas for seven years working for Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Renaissance. I was recently interviewed in Yahoo Travel about my job as senior assistant cruise director.

 

How do you fund your travel (savings/work whilst travelling/other)?

I have been doing social media consulting, writing and last year I was on television for Hilton Garden Inn in New York City

What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?

I went skiing with my family when I was seven years old. My dad would rather ski than breathe and we went several times a year to the mountains. 

Lisa Ellen Niver of We Said Go Travel on a ski trip

Lisa of We Said Go Travel on a ski trip

Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?

Almost every trip! I went to Yellowstone this summer and I had no idea it would be so big or that the animals would be so close. I loved every minute. I also loved seeing the buffalo at Custer National Park. I love this video of our drive

Have you had any bad experiences whilst travelling?

I have mainly found that when things do not turn out how you expect, you often find the best people. I was in Israel for my birthday in October 2015 on a press trip. I did not tell anyone it was my birthday but they found out on Facebook and went out of their way to make my day special. It really made a difference to me. You can see some Israel videos here:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLv_jKkCiDQcQd-k0sVpAVSlR01oJJSPg1 

Lisa Niver at the Dead Sea

Lisa Niver at the Dead Sea

Do you have any funny travel stories?

When I worked on cruise ships while we were sailing in the Mediterranean Sea near Greece, an American woman came to the front desk and asked, “Is this the same moon I can see at home?” We told her yes, but I really wanted to ask if she arrived by airplane or space ship!

Where is your favourite place in the world?

I have loved visiting so many places! Top of the list is Thailand, Mongolia and anywhere underwater! I love SCUBA Diving. Diving in Palau, Sipadan and Cozumel were some of my favorites. I cannot wait to get back underwater. Here you can see me underwater when I went to Puerto Rico with a team from Orbitz

Lisa Ellen Niver of We Said Go Travel in a Jellyfish Lake

Lisa in a Jellyfish Lake

How did Expedia recognise you?

I was honored that Expedia put my site on their best bloggers of 2015 list!http://expediablog.co.uk/best-bloggers-of-2015/

I also am on the top 1000 #Travel1K travel sites list! The first week I was on I was #13.

 

Do you have a bucket list? If so what is on it?

Antarctica, African safari and Iceland

Why were you on national TV?

I was invited to share a day in the life of a teacher for the show Career Day. Two television crews followed me around in my classroom for over three hours. My students were so excited to be on National Television! It was a really fun day for all of us! You can watch the three-minute segment on our We Said Go Travel YouTube channel.

 

Recently I was on TV as a travel expert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AsA3uqufhU&index=4&list=PLv_jKkCiDQcQdZ5lek95Na9-yZxDSWMQN

Can you imagine life without travel?

I love to travel. I cannot imagine if my passport were taken or I was not free to wander our planet. I feel very fortunate to be able to see so many interesting places.

If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?

I would teach again. I love sharing science with my students.

What is the name of your travel blog and the url?

We Said Go Travelhttp://www.wesaidgotravel.com/

When did you begin your website We Said Go Travel?

I started We Said Go Travel in 2010. It has evolved so much and I am honored that so many people chose to share their stories in my 9 travel writing contests. There were over 1600 writers from 75 countries. Later in 2016, I will be starting a new project.

Lisa Ellen Niver diving copa marino 2014

Lisa diving copa marino 2014

Why do you write (for money/connecting with people/therapeutic/fun)?

I write to connect people and places. My articles have been published in USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, Yahoo Travel as well as the Huffington Post, Jewish Journal, National Geographic Intelligent Traveler, Gates Foundation Impatient Optimists and in print for the Myanmar Times, the Himalayan Times and the Guardian.

What makes your site so unique and why should people read it?

We Said Go Travel is a community of travelers and writers sharing stories from their personal experience. I hope your readers will chose to participate!

What has been your most successful video to date and what was it about?

My most popular video is about Monwya, Myanmar and it has been viewed over 25,000 times!I have been to Myanmar (Burma) three times and it is truly a spectacular place to visit.

What has been your favourite travel project?

I loved filming with Orbitz in Bermuda and Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, I went on the zipline and went SCUBA Diving. In Bermuda, I loved the pink sand, hula hooping at sunset and my first Dark & Stormy!

What is your favourite mode of transport? (plane/train/boat/car)

I just love to be on the go! I will take any mode of transport! I went on my first hot air balloon ride this summer and now I want to learn to fly a plane and jump out of one!

Lisa of We Said Go Travel in New Gondola 2016

Lisa in New Gondola

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?

Remember the “F” word: FLEXIBLE! While traveling, things do not always go according to my plans. Enjoy the bumps and delays as much as you can, sometimes they are the most memorable and you make the best new friend!

What has travel taught you?

Travel has taught me to be grateful for all that I have and enjoy every moment.

Quick fire questions:-

Favourite airline? United

Favourite country? Israel

Favourite city? Los Angeles

Favourite beach? Anguilla

Favourite food? Thai

Favourite language? Spanish

Please provide the following:-

Website url? We Said Go Travel http://www.wesaidgotravel.com/

Twitter handle? Twitter https://twitter.com/wesaidgotravel

Facebook page? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Said-Go-Travel/133588513359395

Google+ profile/page? https://plus.google.com/100874978323166560555

Pinterest? http://www.pinterest.com/wesaidgotravel/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/wesaidgotravel

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WeSaidGoTravel

THANK YOU to The Guy Who Flies!

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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