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.

Writing contest: http://www.wesaidgotravel.com/writing-contest

Blogger name(s): Lisa Niver Rajna
Blog: http://www.wesaidgotravel.com/
twitter handle: @wesaidgotravel
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Said-Go-Travel/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/100874978323166560555
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wesaidgotravel/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/wesaidgotravel
Memoir: Traveling in Sin http://www.amazon.com/Traveling-in-Sin-ebook/dp/B00DY1YS8M
We Said Do Good: http://www.wesaidgotravel.com/we-said-do-good

 

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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