WIPEOUT: falling down in the Thai Islands


Wipeout! Yard Sale! Knocked Down but I get up AGAIN

They say third time is the charm but not sure if that is true if you wind up bloody. In Koh Phangan we went for a walk from Haad Yao to Haad Salad to  Mae Haad and back again. All three bays are pretty but I am certain more lovely on a sunny day when the blue colors of the water can really be seen. It has been rainy and misty and not particularly nice. At least it’s not pouring down buckets as it has during some of our time so far in Thailand.

We were wandering and walking on a road full of coral and then I found myself no longer upright. It is always so surprising as an adult to suddenly be sprawled on the ground.  George turned around, shocked by the sound of my forward motion as I slided across the sharp coral edges. He crouched next to me and said, “Are you okay?” I said, “Slowly.”

I could see a large stick in my shoe. My foot did not hurt particularly but felt cramped so I figured the rock had not gone through my skin, but only was inside my Chaco footwear. I loosened the straps and slowly released the culprit. I think that a protruding tree branch was the lever that caused me to kiss the path.

Meanwhile, I was still face down, so I carefully began to move my limbs and rise toward a seated position. My left lower arm was bleeding in two places and so was my knee,  but neither wound seemed major.  My palms were scraped but not too seriously. Somehow I managed to keep my face from participating in the fun.

George walked around gathering our things. My sunglasses were only a few paces away but the camera had been flung a good distance. George noticed that the camera battery was missing. In the hunt to recover it, he had to walk quite far. If it was a snow-skiing accident, the losses would have resembled a yard sale.

I stood up, brushed myself off and kept walking. We talked about my two other falls I’d accomplished in our nearly six years of traveling. (I fell one night in Samoa and hit the ground so hard I chipped a tooth and once in Laos, at a French restaurant, I slipped in a wet bathroom and fell down three stairs.

This time I have to say so far I feel okay. I washed and pronounced myself ready for the next activity.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and 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. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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