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  • UnRetire: Finding Your Way to Home Sweet Anywhere!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 2, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    home sweetHome Sweet Anywhere tells the story of Lynne and Tim Martin who decided that their American dream did not involve a white picket fence and a retirement of babysitting grandchildren, watching television and staying in one place.

    They sold their home and started a Home Free...

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Exploring Tune Hotels

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 20, 2014 | 9:10 pm

    tune KL night

    Traveling in Asia has been our life for the last eighteen months. George and I love to fly on Air Asia, they have great fares and fly everywhere we want to go. They are to Asia what Southwest Airlines is to the United States; a reliable low cost carrier with many flights. ...

  • Guam: “The Hub of Micronesia” Hafa Adai

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 18, 2014 | 8:00 am

    Guam UnderWaterWorld cool colors

    As our airplane descended toward Guam after departing Palau’s International airport in the wee hours of the morning, I reflected on how little I knew about the U.S. territory island called Guam. I knew the island of Guam, situated in eastern Micronesia, has had a strong U.S....

  • The Insanely-Tested Top Ten Travel Tips for Spring

    March 10, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    Spring is the season hope is rekindled, when broken blades are renewed, and light washes the shadows. We can go barefoot in the grass, pluck the charms of flowers, whistle in the warming breeze, and hit the winding road.
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    Jasper Bangs celebrating Spring

    But, as with any...

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  • Hooping for Happiness in Hawaii

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 5, 2014 | 8:38 am


    waikiki viewDuring my first hula-hoop class I was not happy because the hoop often dropped on the ground. Our instructor, Tisha, reminded us to be gentle with ourselves; each time we picked up the hoop, she instructed us to tell ourselves something nice. My internal monologue grumbled as I...

  • Picking Ourselves in Honolulu: You Can Too!

    February 9, 2014 | 5:32 am

    Peering across the splendid banquet room of the Lotus Honolulu at over forty interested travelers, I read an excerpt from the beginning of our memoir, Traveling in Sin. It felt more daunting to read my written words than I had expected. In contrast, when I read George’s written...

  • Inspiration: First Prize $1,000usd CASH

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 14, 2014 | 6:29 am

    Winter 2014 INSPIRATION Travel Writing Contest

     $1,750usd in CASH PRIZES,

    Free Entry

    Dates: January 2, 2014 - February 14, 2014 at midnight PST. We are looking for an article about a place that inspires you to spend your time with no regrets. In Arnold Bennett's book, How to...

  • Discover The 6 Best Places for 2014

    January 3, 2014 | 10:56 pm

    Richard Bangs is a judge in our We Said Go Travel Writing contest! We hope you will participate and share your story! Write your favorite spot for 2014 in the comments below!

    2013-12-26-where_are_youmd.png So, once again we combed the planet, turned over the stones, took the pulses, danced the boards, and...

  • Bradenton, Florida: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

    December 24, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    Oh, the places they stole.

    Four times this year I've been to the canals of Venice, without ever setting foot in Italy. In Vegas, Macau, Qatar and where I live, Venice, California, there are facsimiles of the famous waterways, only cleaner, shinier, and without the creases of...

  • Bradenton, Florida: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

    December 24, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    Oh, the places they stole.

    Four times this year I've been to the canals of Venice, without ever setting foot in Italy. In Vegas, Macau, Qatar and where I live, Venice, California, there are facsimiles of the famous waterways, only cleaner, shinier, and without the creases of...

  • Philippines: Exploring Palawan (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 16, 2013 | 4:27 pm

    Palawan has been touted as an up and coming destination on many elite travel lists. Ever since the Underground River was named a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the new seven natural world wonders, tourists began arriving in droves with thirty flights and nearly 1,500 people...

  • Leaving Teaching For Traveling, The Drama of American Education

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 6, 2013 | 7:57 am

    Thank you to the Huffington Post for sharing my story: Why So Many of America's Teachers Are Leaving The Profession

    John Owens in his book, Confessions of a Bad Teacher, shares that "America's public school teachers are being loudly and unfairly blamed for the failure of our...

  • Travel Happy Hour: Living without Regret

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    October 10, 2013 | 5:33 pm

    TRAVEL HAPPY HOUR: LIVING WITHOUT REGRET

    Have you dreamed of long-term international travel in Asia? Considered quitting your job to become a travel blogger and book writer? Want to connect with travel-minded community members?

    Festival of the Pacific is a celebration of...

  • GRATITUDE TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST: WHERE DO YOU FEEL AWE?

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    September 17, 2013 | 4:04 am

    FALL 2013 GRATITUDE TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST
    Free Entry $1,000usd in CASH PRIZES
    Contest will run September 11 through November 28, 2013.


    We are looking for an article about a place you are grateful for or a memorable holiday that you shared with a special loved one or a place...

  • Traveling Around the World…in Sin

    August 2, 2013 | 5:17 am

    From Westside Today:

    “Traveling in Sin” is a love story and travel memoir rolled in to a single, enjoyable book. Written by George Rajna and Lisa Niver Rajna, the travelers who fell in love while traversing the Far East, the inveterate travelers include 80 beautiful photos from...

  • New Mexico: Perfect Strangers Embrace

    July 26, 2013 | 5:37 pm

    It was the moment of the Bloodline Healing workshop that touched me most deeply. My eyes swelled with tears as I witnessed Abbey, a Native American Elder, embracing Eliana, a young Jewish woman.  My chest filled with a pure satisfaction as Eliana sobbed and Abbey soothed.  These...

  • True Weight Loss Story: Lisa Niver Rajna lost 58 pounds while Traveling the Globe

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    July 23, 2013 | 2:59 am

    True Weight Loss Story: Lisa Niver Rajna lost 58 pounds while Traveling the Globe

    Lisa Niver Rajna is a member of the prestigious Traveler’s Century Club, a unique group limited to travelers who have visited 100 or more countries. She enjoys trekking to new locales so much, she...

  • Traveling in Sin

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    July 16, 2013 | 6:44 pm

    Traveling in Sin

    This exuberant and unique travel memoir is written in the voices of the story’s two leading protagonists, George and Lisa, who meet on-line in January 2007. After exchanging emails and dating, the couple travels to Fiji over the summer of 2008 where George...

  • Israel: Savoring the Taste

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    June 24, 2013 | 1:35 am

    My friend Baruch and I wended our way up into the northern Galilee in Israel, up into the mountains. Just a few kilometers from the Blue Line – the UN determined border between Israel—we drove past an Israeli Army outpost and its patrols dressed in their heavy uniforms in all that...

  • Will you Love me Anyway?

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    June 6, 2013 | 8:54 pm

    Author, Tiffany Hawk, will be signing her book, Love Me Anyway, June 7 at 7pm at Book Soup.

    In Tiffany Hawk’s novel, Love Me Anyway: A Novel, Emily and KC seek new lives flying towards their unrealized dreams. Approaching their new job as United Airlines flight attendants...

  • The First Rule of Swimming by Courtney Angela Brkic

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 31, 2013 | 2:11 am

    In The First Rule of Swimming by Courtney Angela Brkic, Luka taught his granddaughter: “The first rule of swimming was to stay afloat.” Madgalena and Jadranka, two sisters who grew up on Rosmarina Island, Croatia, must find a path to balance in this novel. Through the details of...

  • $1000usd in CASH PRIZES for Independence Travel Writing Contest

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 17, 2013 | 9:53 pm

    SUMMER 2013 INDEPENDENCE TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST 

    FREE ENTRY, $1,000USD IN CASH PRIZES


    WeSaidGoTravel.com invites you to enter its Summer 2013 Travel Writing Contest with $1,000usd in CASH prizes and no fee for entry. The theme for the Summer 2013 contest is “...

  • Inspired by Alaska

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 10, 2013 | 7:56 am

    The theme for our first travel Writing Contest was INSPIRATION! Our Judge, Richard Bangs, selected Rachel Zimmerman Brachman's article, "The Whale and The Trampoline," as our FIRST PLACE WINNER. 

    Our INDEPENDENCE WRITING CONTEST begins May 11 and ends on July 4th. We hope...

  • Interview with Dave’s Travel Corner

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 24, 2013 | 4:21 am

    Thanks to Dave from Dave's Travel Corner for interviewing us about our world travels! We are honored to be included on his site and to share about our travels. Read a few of the fantastic questions below and the FULL INTERVIEW on Dave's Travel Corner

    Q. What are your travel...

  • Nepal: Learning to be A Trekker

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 19, 2013 | 4:36 am

    From our latest Newsletter: We Said: Hello from Nepal

    Hello from Pokhara! Our time in Nepal has been filled with wonderful people and incredible views.

    We hiked UP! to Sarangkot from Pokhara. This stair climb began at the lake (884 m) to Sarangkot (1590m). It was about 4 hours...

  • Travel Writing Contest: Free Entry, Cash Prizes!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    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 Ellen Niver

    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 Ellen Niver

    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...

  • Metamorphosis: The Website and I

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    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...

  • Revisiting the Mask of Purim

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    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...

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