Being at the 2019 Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show
felt like a reunion with my travel friends.
It was great fun to walk the aisles and see familiar faces and places from around the world. It feels a bit like being a kid in a candy store as I want to go everywhere! I hope to see you next year at L.A.’s Favorite Travel Show on February 15 – 16, 2020 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, so you can discover your new favorite destination! You can: “Discover the World In One Weekend, All Under One Roof.”
I made a video from my day at the show so you can see who I spoke with and where I want to travel NEXT!
G Adventures has National Geographic Journeys and a new Wellness program that Kim told me about in Iceland! I have not been to Iceland yet. Maybe 2019 is my year to go!
MSC cruises is opening Ocean Cay in November 2019. Do you love to Cruise?
Do you want to go hiking this year? It is time to Visit Switzerland.
With Aggressor Adventures, you can go diving in the Red Sea near Egypt and then cruise from Luxor to Aswan.
You can hear speakers from Patricia Schultz author of 1000 Places to See Before you Die, to Kellee Edwards, Samantha Brown, Rick Steves, Pauline Frommer, Kelley Ferro and Angel Castellanos to get inspired by their travel knowledge!
Are you ready to visit Japan? Have you been to Tohoku? Let’s Go! ありがとうございますArigatou gozaimasu Thank you!
Bula! Meet me underwater in Fiji! I love the music, the friendly people and the beautiful sea.
Do you want to see more animals this year? It is time to go to Yosemite.
A quick drive from Los Angeles and you can be in Buellton! Want to join me?
Mark from Savinar luggage and I talked about packing cubes which are my favorite. I met Miss California, Mackenzie Freed, who loves compression sacks.
Where am I going next? I am going to Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica! I cannot wait to go scuba diving.
What is on my bucket list? Papua New Guinea is one of the places I most want to go and explore. Did you know there are more than 800 languages in PNG?
Talofa! I went to Samoa and loved exploring the islands. We stayed at Monono Island where there are no dogs, no cars and you can walk around the whole island in the afternoon.
Fiji Islands can take you to the entire South Pacific including Samoa, the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
I visited the Solomon Islands in 2017 and wrote about the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal for Smithsonian and Saturday Evening Post.
Have you seen the gorgeous Cook Islands? I loved snorkeling in the amazing Aitutaki lagoon.
Do you want to road trip this year? Nevada has adventures including everything from skiing in the mountains to shopping to exploring in caves.
Stop by the Global Beats Stage and watch colorful cultural performances and dances. This year they even had a zipline!
Have you seen 40 shades of Green in Ireland? Aer Lingus flies every day in the summer from Los Angeles to Ireland.
Make sure to get your photo taken in the Visit Billings photo booth to have great memories of your day to take home and post on social media.
Check back with me to hear about my next adventure in Jamaica at Sandals Montego Bay.
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.
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)
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