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 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. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. 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 1.7 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. 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 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 (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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