TripWolf Featured Blogger!


Thank you to TripWolf for listing We Said Go Travel as featured bloggers!

tripwolf’s travel bloggers of the month March, Lisa and her husband George from We Said Go Travel, are writers, speakers, but most of all, they are travelers. Up until now, they have visited more than one hundred countries and Lisa herself has worked on a cruise ship for 7 years. Not settling for writing for others only, they also like to inspire travelers to write about their own travels and to submit their articles in the We Said Go Travel writing contest.

What is your blog about? Where are you from and where do you live?

We Said Go Travel is a global community of writers and travelers. We have articles from every continent. During the last thirteen months, over one thousand people on our planet from seventy-four countries has shared their stories in our writing contests! We left Los Angeles, California, USA in July 2012 and have been wandering about Asia.

GL Nepal

Lisa and George in Nepal.

Sushi or pork roast? Sushi but my favorite is tempura. (I don’t eat pork)
Coffee or Red Bull? Neither- I don’t drink any caffeine!
Wine or beer? PROSECCO! I love the bubbles.
Suitcase or backpack? Backpack—love Eagle Creek
Night train or night bus? I like the night train and the night bus. I want a sleeper bed not a seat so sometimes depending on the country to get a full sleeper you have to go with train vs. bus!
Sleeping bag or bedding? Sleeping bag for Nepal trekking otherwise bedding.
Window or aisle? I love a window seat! I like to see where we have been and where we are going.

LG Palau boat

In a boat in Palau.

Since when does you blog exist? Any post you recommend to our readers?
We Said Go Travel began in 2010 and started as a way to promote our memoir, Traveling in Sin.
Why is traveling so important to you and how would you define ‘real travel?’Traveling is an education. I love to learn about new places. Real Travel does not require leaving your home town. If you are exploring and finding a new way to look at an old situation or problem, that can be REAL TRAVEL!

LG Ajunta caves jan 19 2013 india

Ajunta Caves, India.

Do you plan to travel indefinitely?
I worked in travel for seven years on a cruise ship and now have been backpacking for years. I am certain travel will always be important in my life but I am not sure how it will look in the future.

Is there a place you would like to go back to, and is there one you never want to see again?
I would love to go back to Mongolia! The vast expanse of nothingness was fantastic and intense. I also really want to see Antarctica, my final continent!

Do you have a story to share about plans gone awry?
In our book, Traveling in Sin, we talked about the two nights that we literally had nowhere to stay. It was my greatest fear and it came true TWICE! I learned that it really does always work out!

LG first dinner India Kolkata

Ever encountered a cultural misunderstand you are still embarrassed for?
Once I was in China and I said, “Frey Chan How.” The Man said, “I don’t understand English.” George said, “She is not speaking English!”

Is there anything that you dislike about traveling?
One thing I am working on is how to stay connected to my friends at home and others we meet on the road. It can be hard with the time distance to have a phone chat with someone. I am working on figuring that out!

What was the strangest food you’ve ever eaten, and what was the best?
I ate a fried cricket in the Sunday Night Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand because Tyler convinced me that they taste like Lay’s Potato chips. I decided he has not eaten potato chips in a long time! For my friend, Nancy’s birthday, we ate in the restaurant on the Sun Princess. The headwaiter brought us one of everything on the menu for dessert! That was tasty, memorable and a great gift!

If you could choose a superpower, which one would it be?
I like Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth. I sometimes say that I have sticky fingers because so much information finds its way into my hands!

Which three items do you not leave home without?
I have five and I just wrote about them for Tim Leffel!

Definitely my Becca Bikini, my hula-hoop and tiger balm!

LG Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, Thailand.

What is your favorite place in your home country or city? 
I love Santa Monica beach in California. I love to go on long walks and search for dolphins!

Mountains, beach or city? beach
Cockroaches or rats? Rats
Couch-surfing or guesthouse? Guesthouse. We did couchsurf for the first time this summer in Guam. It was great.
Skiing or surfing? Skiing but only because I have not tried surfing yet. I want to try it out!
iPhone or Android? Windows phone. I love my Nokia Lumia 925.
Travel tool you find most useful: Kindle. Love it!
Postcard or emails? I email all the time. But it is fun to send the occasional postcard.

How do you inform yourself about your next destination, and how do you prepare for the trip?
I ask other travelers who have been recently for their favorite spots. I think recent local information is the best.

Your latest discovery on the Internet?
Skyscanner for flights and Spotify for music.

The best breakfast in the world is on a balcony listening to the waves crash while eating cereals in pajamas!

Sunset over Water in Koror

Sunset over Water in Koror.

What is on your bucket list for 2014?
Antarctica, African safari and Sardinia

If you could recommend three places our readers must visit in their lifetimes:
Shwedagon Pagoda- Myanmar, Angkor Wat – Cambodia, Koh Lipe – Thailand

The most important life lesson that you learned while traveling:
Use the F word (FLEXIBLE) as much as possible!

Anything else you’d like to share? 
Thank you for including me in your interview series. I hope your readers will share their stories in our next Travel Writing Contest starting in May 2014. We have a $1000usd cash first prize. Our new travel video contest will start this summer with an incredible grand prize of TRAVEL! The best way to stay in touch is to sign up for our newsletter, which comes out twice a month.

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Blogger name(s): Lisa Niver Rajna
twitter handle: @wesaidgotravel

Memoir: Traveling in Sin
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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.

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