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  • Travel Writing Contest: Free Entry, Cash Prizes!

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    January 2, 2013 | 8:26 am

    We Said Go Travel Writing Contest
    Winter 2013--Free Entry, Cash Prizes

    WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its 2013 Travel Writing Contest with a $200 first-place prize and no fee for entry.  The theme for the Winter 2013 contest is “Inspiration: A Place you Love.” We hope...

  • Travel Writing Contest: Free Entry, Cash Prizes!

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    January 2, 2013 | 8:26 am

    We Said Go Travel Writing Contest
    Winter 2013--Free Entry, Cash Prizes

    WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its 2013 Travel Writing Contest with a $200 first-place prize and no fee for entry.  The theme for the Winter 2013 contest is “Inspiration: A Place you Love.” We hope...

  • Bali Bargains? (video)

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    July 24, 2012 | 4:18 am

    Bali Bargains?

    While in the town of Kuta in Bali, we stayed for two nights at Bakung Sari Hotel, booked online at Asiarooms.com. On our last trip in 2008, we did not carry much electronics with us—only a digital camera, new Kindle (they came out in 2008) and an iTouch. We had no...

  • Our Year Adventure Begins!

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    July 17, 2012 | 9:42 pm

    July 3, 2012 in Los Angeles at 6:31pm, July 4th, 2012 9:31am in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

    Our Year Adventure Begins: Three Flights to Bali, Indonesia from Los Angeles, California

    What a trip! Three flights from Los Angeles to Bali; with the help of modern chemistry we slept through...

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  • Northern Ireland with Richard Bangs

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    July 6, 2012 | 3:30 am

    Northern Ireland. It warms every hand that stretches, and it thaws the frozen seas within us. There is something eternal about the light of this land, a radiance that unshadows the future, like the pillars of a bridge supporting what we see into the delights of what we soon will. So...

  • Wanderlust and Volunteerism

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    April 18, 2012 | 9:59 am

    “Wanderlust is a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about,” as defined by Dictionary.com. Traveling is a requirement for George and I and right now we are in Hawaii. Christine Maxfield offered to share about her recent year of volunteerism around the globe. I know you will...

  • Metamorphosis: The Website and I

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    March 27, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    “Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly.” I have always felt connected to science, transformation, and especially to the process by which fuzzy caterpillars become butterflies. Butterflies and their metamorphosis were even the focus of my...

  • Lisa is a L.E.A.N Traveler! (video)

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    March 12, 2012 | 9:51 am

    Staying Fit and Lean

    Recently I was interviewed for L.E.A.N. Traveler about staying fit while traveling. I lost sixty pounds from when I first met George to when we got married!

    Here is part of the L.E.A.N. Traveler interview:

    What are your top three tips for staying lean while...

  • Revisiting the Mask of Purim

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    March 7, 2012 | 9:53 am

    Last Purim, this was my first post for the Jewish Journal, I had no idea what would come next! I am happy to say it has been a year full of writing success! Our YouTube Channel just went over 10,000 views! We have hosted many travel events with over 100 people in attendance! Thank...

  • Drama: My Personal Samoa Survivor (Video)

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    February 27, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Enjoy this article and video about Samoa and my personal Drama at Virgin Cove—right where they filmed SURVIVOR SAMOA! Drama at Virgin Cove: Face-Planted on the Ground


    At 1:30am as I lay on the cement step outside the bathroom. I thought, “Hmm, why am I on the ground? How did...

  • Red Goddess Rising by Halle Eavelyn

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    January 30, 2012 | 11:53 am

    When I met Halle at her book reading recently, I thought about my first trip to the Giza Pyramids. I remember that day like it was yesterday although I visited the great archeological site over thirty years ago! My family was cruising on a Greek ship at the time and the vessel...

  • Turbulent Tonga Part III: “Humps and Bumps, Tonga Giveth, Tonga Taketh”

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    January 9, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    The Lonely Planet describes Neiafu, the main town on the Vava’u Island group as “ramshackle.”  Although I somewhat agree, Neiafu has its charms.  In fact, I would describe it as quaint. Families of pigs cross the road, a large white church perches above the town, and children...

  • Be the Change! Be Better!

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    January 3, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Five years ago I went on a New Year’s cruise and made two resolutions:

    To buy a condo and to find a long-term relationship. I had been focused on these items already but now I was ready to make them happen.

    By January 18, 2007, I had my first date with George and by January 20 I...

  • Bahia de Kino, The Foundation Part 1

    George Rajna

    December 12, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Three years ago while my wife and I traveled around the world for a year, we spent some time in the Mongolian capitol of Ulaanbaaatar before heading into the emptiness of the Gobi Desert. While roaming the streets of the capitol one afternoon, we ran into a Canadian miner at a video...

  • As seen on MSN.com Today!

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    December 1, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    My photo on MSN.com Today! It goes with this article: Lessons from jobs held in your 30s

    Finding your passion
    After dropping out of medical school in her 20s, Lisa Niver Rajna of Los Angeles traveled for almost seven years on the high seas. “In my 30s, I worked on a cruise ship like...

  • Happy Thanksgiving! Realize Your Dreams! (video)

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    November 20, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    Give Yourself Time: The Joy of Taking a Break


    Friends and family ask us, “How do you do it? How do you manage to leave for a year?” Others say, “You are crazy; I would never do that!” These people usually think of the dictionary definition of a vagabond as “…a person who...

  • Tasting with the Napa Wine Project

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    November 15, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    Please enjoy this Guest Post from Dave at Dave’s Travel Corner:

    Thanks to George and Lisa for this guest post!

    I first met them early this year at a travel blogging event at the Biltmore in downtown and have since been to several of their events including the very well attended Meet...

  • I love Lucy! What is in your backpack?

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    November 7, 2011 | 8:00 pm

    I love Lucy clothes!

    Just like the ads claim they are perfectly packable. While stuck inside for a couple of days in torrential rain while cooking upstairs at Fifita’s guesthouse in Pangai, Ha’apai, Tonga, Dwight asked me “Who is Lucy? And why is her name on all your...

  • Los Angeles Meet Plan Go, 106 of us together!

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    October 30, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    Thank you to everyone (all 106 of you) who joined us for our Meet Plan Go event Tuesday Oct 18!

    Some thoughts from those who attended:

    It was inspiring and encouraging to hear the stories and meet other people who have a desire for world travel like I do.

    I had never been to an...

  • Realize Your Dreams! (video)

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    September 24, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Join us in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 7:00pm, for a travel evening to inspire you to “Realize Your Travel Dreams!” 

    This event is designed to give you the opportunity to MEET inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers; get motivation, contacts and...

  • Samoa Survivor (video/slideshow)

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    September 18, 2011 | 11:07 am

    Survivor Samoa Or How did I fall on my Head and other survivor stories at Virgin Cove.

    Leaving Los Angeles for a summer of sun in Samoa and the South Pacific, I had no idea of the Survivor Stories that would unfold so quickly. It took us nearly 3 days just to get there as we had a...

  • Lisa & George

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    September 11, 2011 | 12:30 pm

    Hello Fellow Travelers!

    Thank you to everyone for supporting us and for coming to our travel events in Los Angeles! We appreciate all who tweeted about our events, shared an email, found us and even SHOWED up to one of our events! Thank you for creating a community! We loved having...

  • Using Travel and the Seasons to Gain Perspective

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    September 1, 2011 | 3:56 pm

    The seasons go round and round sometimes without notice, but I like to pay attention.

    The Labor Day holiday reminds us that summer has almost ended and the school year will soon begin. This year my contemplation of beginnings and endings includes my Aunt Iris’s passing and...

  • Turbulent Tonga

    George Rajna

    August 28, 2011 | 9:10 am

    After three glorious weeks on the beautiful islands of Samoa, we boarded the two hour Air Pacific flight from Apia to Nadi in Fiji, the most convenient access point for Tonga. We noticed there that the onward flight from Nadi to Nukalofa, Tongatapu was likely delayed and could not...

  • A Career Break Fairytale

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    August 26, 2011 | 5:48 pm

    Taking a Chance and Saying “Yes!”

    When asked in the moonlight on a gorgeous beach in Fiji, “Will you go with me on my life dream and travel in South East Asia for a year?” I, of course, said “YES!” I mean after kissing all those frogs to look for my prince, what...

  • Travel Book Reading, The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    August 19, 2011 | 12:52 pm

    Calling all travelers: Rookies, Veterans and Dreamers

    Do you long to escape your cubicle and strike out to discover the world on your own terms? If so, it’s time to take action. Looking for inspiration and ‘how-to’ advice regarding career break planning and travel? At Meet, Plan,...

  • Meeting the Locals: Connecting on the Road and at Home (video)

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    June 26, 2011 | 11:57 am

    One of the most unexpected surprises of budget travel has been the connection with people. One of my favorite parts of our trips happens not only when we meet locals along the way, but also other travelers back home afterward.

    Traveling the “five-star” way (having lived on board a...

  • Tainan, Taiwan: Can I help you? (video)

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    June 19, 2011 | 5:05 pm

    “Can I help you?” is a great thing to hear while traveling. At home, I rarely hear anyone offer to help. Over the last two years on my two-mile walk home to and from school, I have called 911 several times after a traffic accident. I am trained as a first responder from working...

  • Travel Happy Hour: June 21 Join us!

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    June 17, 2011 | 1:40 pm

    In the New York Times regular segment, Practical Traveler, Susan Stellin wrote on October 12, 2010 Making the Dream Trip a Reality about Meet Plan Go’s “hosted events in 13 cities, where they answered questions about their (career break) experiences from 1,500 aspiring travelers...

  • Taipei to Kenting: Flying on the High Speed Train (Video)

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    June 5, 2011 | 11:14 am

    Going to Taiwan felt different to me. I did not really converse with George about it. I did not waiver. I just decided and organized the tickets with frequent flyer miles. Sometimes I do not know what I want or honestly I do not want to share my preferences but this time I just did...

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