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Lisa Ellen Niver

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Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education. is a passionate writer, educator, social media ninja, speaker, global citizen and founder of We Said Go Travel who has traveled to over one hundred countries and six continents. You might find her underwater, traveling to an exotic location, teaching in the classroom or in print about social media, science education, lifelong learning, books, and travel. Recently, in print in Prevention Magazine’s “Go For It” section about setting goals and achieving them, her weight loss was also highlighted in print in First for Women Magazine. On National Television as a science teacher on the show Career Day, she was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Niver was a 2014 nominee for the humanitarian award, the Charles Bronfman Prize. Niver writes for many online and offline publications including Wharton Business Magazine, USA Today, National Geographic, the Huffington Post, the Guardian and the Jewish Journal.

lisa niver  travel tales podcastFrom Lisa & We Said Go TravelWe Said Go Travel Newsletter 63: May 20, 2015

  • Thank you to Mike Siegel from Travel Tales Podcast for interviewing me for his show. It was wonderful to talk about travel and We Said Go Travel with him. Enjoy the hour episode on his site. Click here to listen now to the full podcast.
  • My two USA Today articles about Ireland are now live. I am writing about all destinations for USA Today 10 best not only Los Angeles. Enjoy Whiskey Tasting in Dublin, Ireland and A Day Trip to Wicklow.
  • Thank you to KLOUT for assigning me topics and an EXPERT rating in 19 categories. In Blogging, I am listed as the top 0.1% out of 44,000 experts identified. Out of 180,000 experts in Marketing, I am listed in the top 0.2%. There are 74,000 experts in Travel and I am in the top 0.1%. See them all:
  • My Klout designated expert categories: Adventure Travel, Social Media, Blogging, Social Networks, Education, Tourism ,Food, Travel, Journalism, Travel Writing, Leadership, Traveling with Kids, Los Angeles, Writing, Marketing, YouTube, Photography, Publishing, SEO  
  • Thank you to OOAWorld for including We Said Go Travel in the Top 10 Best Group Travel Sites!

 

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Courage

At this time between Passover and Shavuot, I am counting the Omer with readings by Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar. Thank you to Rabbi Faith Dantowitz for the introduction.

From Day 36:

Courage to live. Courage to love. Courage to risk. Courage to fail. And patience. It takes time to become the person we want to be, to grow and unfold, to fail and persevere. There is a vastness between what is possible and what is real; an expanse of uncertainty, ambiguity, and doubt. When we are afraid, we are paralyzed, suspended in midair between imagination and manifestation. It is the natural course of things to have our dreams lay fallow; only care and determination make the ground rich and ready to bear fruit.

When we see our limitations as failure we are afraid. Be brave and step into your life.

Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar, Counting the Omer

We Said Go Travel Writing Contest

Winners from the Inspiration Contest will be announced in June and the Independence Contest is now open. Click here to learn more and enter this 8th writing contest. Thank you to everyone who has participated in all my contests!

YouTube

Thank you for watching my WSGT YouTube channel which is now over 325,000+ views! Enjoy movies from Los Angeles, Bermuda,  Puerto Rico, Palau, Guam, Hawaii, India as well as Bali and Lombok  Indonesia,  Southern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Nepal.  To find all 352 Videos: click here for the WSGT YouTube Channel. I am over 1000 followers on Pinterest, and up to 680+ subscribers on YouTube!

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April 2015 News from Lisa & We Said Go Travel:
  • We Said Go Travel has a new look! Thanks for all the compliments on the new design.
  • My first trip to Ireland last month was incredible. I loved being in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin. See Chris McGinnis and I on the bus in the parade below. 
  • New videos from The Redbury, The Bowery, Fig&Olive and mom’s birthday at Spaghettinis are on my YouTube channel now. I was in Santa Barbara last week and those videos will be live next week. See over 340 videos on my channel: WSGT YouTube
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The Power of Choice

At this time between Passover and Shavuot, I am counting the Omer with readings by Rabbi Karyn Kedar. Thank you to Rabbi Faith Dantowitz for the introduction.
From Day 15 of Counting the Omer:

Choose the one next step towards self-actualization, towards shift in perspective, towards living in the light and emerging from darkness.

To choose! To acknowledge! To affirm! Choice is empowerment when we choose to live differently, to be better. With every choice we defy inertia, with every choice we expand our sense of possibility. With every choice we become emboldened. But it isn’t easy, nor is it linear. We go back and forth between choice and discernment, reaffirming our decisions, reexamining everything. The spiritual path is a zigzag, a switchback up a mountain. It is exhausting, riddled with doubt and setbacks. There are so many ways to get us to where we need to go.

Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar, from Omer: A Counting

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Independence Writing Contest opens in May!

Winners from the Inspiration Contest will be announced in June and the Independence Contest will open next month  in May 2015. Thank you to everyone who has participated in all my contests! This next one with be #8!

ImageYouTube is at 315K views!Thank you for watching my WSGT YouTube channel which is now over 315,000 views! Enjoy movies from Los Angeles, Bermuda,  Puerto Rico, Palau, Guam, Hawaii, India as well as Bali and Lombok  Indonesia,  Southern Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and Nepal.  To find all 347 Videos:click here for the WSGT YouTube Channel. I am over 1000 followers on Pinterest, and up to 646+ subscribers on YouTube!

Thanks for reading and participating!
Happy April! Lisa
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Spring Skiing in Utah with the Family!

Fig & Olive has incredible dishes and olive oils to tempt your senses right on Melrose Place! We tasted the apertivo plates!

VIDEOFig & Olive on Melrose in Los Angeles

Video filmed and edited by Ashley Moradipour

FIG & OLIVE TASTING PLATES

FRENCH TASTING PLATE Fromage de Chevre with olive oil Baby beets with raspberry dressing Cucumber, shallot, yogurt crostini Heirloom cherry tomato with micro basil

SPANISH TASTING PLATE Malaga olive Beef tartar* Tuna, tomato, chive Manchego, fig jam, Marcona almond crostini

ITALIAN TASTING PLATE Gorgonzola cheese Mixed olives Artichoke marinade Mushroom, artichoke, parmesan crostini

At Fig & Olive: “FIG & OLIVE is about passion for the best olive oils, flavors and cuisine from the Riviera& Coastal regions of the South of France, Italy and Spain. Our large variety of extra virgin olive oils was selected to be paired with each dish and to be offered for tasting at the beginning of each meal.”

Excited to see the #OscarBloggers @figandolive #FigandOlive

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Tasting aperitivo @FigandOlive 5-7pm tasting plates French, Spanish, Italian #FigandOlive

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Lisa Niver Penn 2014 graduation

Lisa Niver Penn 2014 graduationLast year at this time I was planning to go to Penn reunion. My college roommate and I participated in the parade, the graduation and had an incredible lunch and lesson at Bank and Bourbon at Loews Philadelphia. If you are wondering where to celebrate in style, this is the place!

Video: Bank and Bourbon May 2014

I enjoyed my Bourbon and Whiskey Tasting and Lesson with Brian Bevilacqua at Bank & Bourbon. The restaurant is gorgeous, the food is delicious and I learned history while tasting milk punch like Benjamin Franklin made!

Bank & Bourbon features an innovative barrel-aging program for house aged liquors and creative cocktails under the guidance of its experienced Bourbon Master. Ask in advance for more information or a lesson. The American menu created Executive Chef Thomas Harkins focuses on seasonal interpretations of classic dishes that I am certain you will enjoy.

Graduation ceremonies at University of Pennsylvania were AMAZING and John Legend was a great commencement speaker.

VIDEO: University of Pennsylvania Graduation May 19 2014

His address was published in the Huffington Post:

The following speech was delivered on May 19, 2014 as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s commencement ceremonies.

Thank you. Thank you so much. Good morning. And congratulations!

Now I’ll try to be brief this morning. As a musician, this is about 10 hours before I normally go to work, so I’m gonna need a nap soon. And you’ve got degrees to receive.

And I also have a feeling some of you are already tired of me. The thing about pop radio in America, somehow they’ve scientifically determined that the public is only capable of liking the same 10 songs at any given time, so they simply play those songs over and over and over until you’re finally completely exasperated. Then they move on…

I’ve had a 10-year career as a solo artist and none of my songs has ever been one of those 10 songs. Until this moment. And now “all of you, are so over me, you’re tired of hearing that I went to Penn. Why’d they bring him back again?” (sung to the tune of “All of Me” chorus)

That was my humblebrag way of saying I have the biggest song in the country. Very artful, wouldn’t you say?

But, honestly, I am truly humbled and honored and grateful to be here at the commencement of one of the finest universities on the planet. I first visited this campus as a high school senior named John Stephens in 1995 — 19 years ago — and I would have never thought at that moment that I would be standing here as John Legend, speaking to you today.

The reason I’m here, the reason I’ve had such a wonderful journey so far, is that I’ve found love. Yes, love. We were all made to love. And I’ve found that we live our best lives, we are at our most successful, not simply because we’re smarter than everyone else, or because we hustle harder. Not because we become millionaires more quickly. The key to success, the key to happiness, is opening your mind and your heart to love. Spending your time doing things you love and with people you love.

My life could have gone differently though. At first, I had a pretty good childhood. I grew up in a small blue-collar city called Springfield, Ohio. I was surrounded by family, including 2 loving parents who cared so much about our education that they home-schooled us for several years during grade school. And they took the time to teach us more than academics. They taught us about character, about what it meant to live a good life.

My father often talked to us about his definition of success. He told us that it wasn’t measured in money and material things, but it was measured in love and joy and the lives you’re able to touch — the lives you’re able to help. And my parents walked the walk. They gave of themselves to our church. They took in foster kids and helped the homeless, even though we didn’t have much money ourselves.

Growing up in the Stephens house also meant you were immersed in art and music and encouraged to be creative. We had a piano and a drum kit in the house. I begged to take piano lessons when I was 4. I started singing in the church choir and in school plays by the time I was 7. So I fell in love with music at a very young age.

My family was like a model family in our church and local community. My parents were leaders, raising intelligent, talented kids in a loving environment. We even had a little singing group called the “Stephens 5.”

But things started to fall apart when I was 10. My maternal grandmother passed away that year when she was only 58 years old, and her death devastated my family. She was our church organist, and on Sundays after church, I would go to her house just to hang out with her. She would make chicken and collard greens and corn bread. And she would teach me how to play gospel piano. She was one of my favorite people on the planet.

She and my mother were also very close, and her death sent my mother into a deep depression that eventually tore our family apart. My world was shattered. My parents got divorced. My mother disappeared into over a decade of drugs and despair. And I was confused and disoriented.

After the initial shock of my family breaking apart, my outward response wasn’t very emotional. I coped by being stoic and seemingly unaffected. I thought if I didn’t expose myself to any more pain and vulnerability, I could never get hurt. If I didn’t fall in love, no one could ever betray me like that again.

I busied myself with school work and lots of activities, and tried not to think too much about my family situation, tried to avoid pain whenever possible. A big reason I only applied to colleges on the east coast was to make sure I had no reminders of home in my daily life.

The only thing I allowed myself to really love without reservation was music. I put all of my passion into it. I spent so much of my spare time working on it, that I barely got any sleep. At night, I was doing community choir, show choir and musicals in high school; a cappella and a church choir in college. I wrote my own songs. Played in talent shows. I put a lot of energy into becoming a better artist, a better writer and a better performer. And in some ways, it made me a better student and a better leader. Because when you actually care about something, you want to lead. Apathy’s not so cool any more.

When I graduated from Penn, I had many of the traditional opportunities in front of you now, and I took a job at the Boston Consulting Group. But I couldn’t shake my passion for music. I had followed the path that the Penn graduate was supposed to take, but I didn’t fall in love. I immediately started thinking about how I could leave BCG and become a full-time musician. I spent hours during the day preparing powerpoint presentations and financial models. And I spent almost as many hours at night writing songs and performing at small gigs around New York and Philadelphia.

I always believed that my big break would come sooner rather than later. In fact, from 1998, while I was still at Penn, to early 2004, I spent each of those years always thinking that I would get that big record deal within the next few months. I always thought my moment was just around the corner. But I was rejected by all the major labels; some of them rejected me multiple times. I played for all the giants of the business — Clive Davis, L.A. Reid, Jimmy Iovine, you name it. And all of them turned me down.

But I did find a young producer from Chicago named Kanye West who believed in me. Kanye happened to be the cousin of my good friend DeVon Harris, a classmate and roommate of mine here at Penn. DeVon introduced me to Kanye in 2001, and we’ve been working together ever since. Our collaboration has been a huge part of my career, and it had a lot to do with me finally getting a major recording contract in 2004.

Now, Kanye and I have very different personalities, as you might have guessed. But what unites us is our true love for music and art. We love to create, and at no point in our creative process do we stress about what will sell or what’s already popular. We think about making something beautiful, something special, something we can be proud of. We truly do this because we love it. We put all of ourselves into it.

And it turns out that love requires that level of commitment from you. Half-doing it is not doing it right. You have to go all in. And yes, your personal relationships require that too.

I know what it’s like to be all ego in your 20s. I know what it’s like to be selfish and just focus on your immediate wants and desires. I know what it’s like to protect your heart from pain and disappointment. I know what it means to be all about the rat race and winning.

But years from now, when you look back on your time here on earth, your life and your happiness will be way more defined by the quality of your relationships, not the quantity. You’ll get much more joy out of depth, not breadth. It’s about finding and keeping the best relationships possible with the people around you. It’s about immersing yourself in your friendships and your family. It’s about being there for the people you care about, and knowing that they’ll be there for you.

I know. It’s not easy to go all in on love. I’m 35 and I’m married and I’m still learning how to do this completely. But I’ve found someone who makes me want to try, someone who makes me want to take that risk. And it’s made all the difference.

Now, I’ve already talked about the power of love in your work and your personal lives. But I also want to talk about how love changes the world. There are 7 billion other people out there. 7 billion strangers. I want you to consider what it means to love them too. What does it mean to love people we don’t know, to see the value in every single person’s life?

Think about that. It’s a pretty radical notion. It means your daughter or son, your neighbor’s daughter or son and the daughters and sons of people who live thousands of miles away, all deserve the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It means we let go of fear and see each other’s humanity. It means we don’t see Trayvon Martin as a walking stereotype, a weaponized human. We see him as a boy who deserves the chance to grow into a man, even if he makes boyish mistakes along the way. It means American lives don’t count more than Iraqi lives. It means we see a young Palestinian kid not as a future security threat or demographic challenge, but as a future father, mother and lover. It means that the nearly 300 kidnapped girls in Nigeria aren’t just their problem. They’re “our” girls too. It’s actually quite a challenge to love humankind in this way.

Professor Cornel West gives us a word for what this kind of love looks like in public. That word is justice.

If you’re committed to loving in public, it requires you opening your eyes to injustice, to see the world through the eyes of another. This is not a passive activity. You have to read. You have to travel to other neighborhoods, other parts of the world. You may have to get your hands dirty. You have to allow people to love you, and you have to love them back

My team and I met a young girl named Rose from a small, impoverished village in Ghana. When you’re working with development organizations and visiting the communities they work in, you’re not really supposed to single out one child to fall in love with. You’re supposed to stick to the program and focus on the interventions that lift the community as a whole. But we couldn’t help it. We fell in love with Rose. Something about the spark in her eyes and her indomitable spirit made us want to go the extra mile to help her. So we decided to use our own funds to sponsor her tuition to secondary school.

We’ve stayed in touch with her over the past 7 years, and we’re so proud of what she’s done individually. But we’re also happy that she inspired us to formalize and expand our scholarship program to many girls in communities like hers throughout Africa, communities where the parents often invest in the boys’ secondary education, but don’t do the same for the girls.

In my travels around the world, I’ve looked in the eyes of many young girls and boys from Africa to Southeast Asia to Harlem, kids who had big dreams and needed someone to believe in them and invest in their future, in their education.

What would our schools look like if we were committed to love in public? If we cared about every kid in our school system, we would make sure they didn’t go to school hungry. We would make sure they had proper health care and counseling. We would make sure they had excellent teachers in every classroom. We would make sure we weren’t unfairly suspending them and criminalizing them for minor behavioral problems. We’d make sure all of them had the resources they need.

Every religion has this idea of philanthropy, love for mankind, at its core. But you shouldn’t do this just to make sure you get into the “pearly gates.” Look at the work of Marty Seligman here at Penn, who has literally written the book on happiness. Look at the work of Adam Grant, whom I hear is the most highly rated professor here: He has the data to show that giving works. There’s an increasing body of research and knowledge that tells us that living a life of love and compassion is the true path to success and contentment.

So what’s going to stop you? What’s going to stand in your way? What’s going to keep you from achieving your success? What will prevent you from going all in on love?

We’re taught when we’re young that the opposite of love is hate. But it’s not. Hate is a byproduct. Hate is a result. Being a hater isn’t cool. Nobody wants that. But hate comes from one thing: fear. And fear is the opposite of love. It’s not a coincidence that when we talk about bigotry, we often talk in terms of fear: homophobia, xenophobia. Fear is what blinds us. Fear is corrosive. Fear makes us hold back. It whispers to us, tells us that we’ll fail. It tells us that our differences are too much to overcome. Fear locks us in place. It starts fights. It causes wars.

And fear keeps us from loving. Even though we’re made to love, we’re often afraid to love. We’re afraid of being hurt deeply. Afraid of feeling the pain I went through when my parents divorced. But you’re never going to really love something or someone unless you put those fears aside. Don’t hold back. Being in love means being ready to give freely and openly, and being ready to risk something. Risking pain and disappointment, conquering your fears, and becoming anew.

Alice Walker once said, “The more I wonder, the more I love.” Love calls you to open your eyes, to seek, to search, to wonder.

Love is all-consuming — it infiltrates your body, it’s what allows you to experience bliss, joy and true friendship. You’ll be more disappointed when something goes wrong. You might fall harder. But the only way you’ll reach any height in life and in love is by taking the chance that you might fall.

You have to give your all.

Yes, I’ve been not-so-subtly working in my song lyrics. And some might think it’s all a bit too much. Here I am, this R&B singer with an album called Love in the Future, who’s recently married and wrote the biggest love song of the year, and what did I choose to talk about? Love. It’s so corny, isn’t it. It’s much cooler to be detached and apathetic, right? We all like a little snark and cynicism and irony, especially from our favorite artists and comedians and writers. I get it.

But that cool detachment only gets you so far. Passion gets you a lot further. It makes you a better entrepreneur, a better leader, a better philanthropist, a better friend, a better lover.

I want you to live the best life you can. You can be world-changers. When you leave here today, you’re going to be looking for a lot of things: security, money, friendships, sex, all kinds of things. But the most important thing you’ll find is love.

So love your self, love your work, love the people around you. Dare to love those who are different from you, no matter where they’re from, what they look like, and who they love. Pursue this life of love with focus and passion and ambition and courage. Give it your all. And that will be your path to true success.

Congratulations to the Class of 2014 and thank you so much!

 

 

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Lisa Niver usa Today 10best farmers daughterFarmer’s Daughter Hotel: A Retro Property in the Fairfax District

This 1960s-inspired stay also offers on-site restaurant TART for your dining pleasures

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Los Angeles Local Expert

Farmer’s Daughter Hotel in Los Angeles is a 1960s retro property in the historic Fairfax district, featuring TART restaurant for your dining pleasures. This “shabby-chic” location has been redesigned to appeal to the indie, artistic community that frequents this neighborhood.  

Enjoy nightlife at the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel
Photo courtesy of Farmer’s Daughter Hotel

At the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel — located across from The Grove and farmer’s market — you can find everything you need on-site or within a few blocks. The Farmer’s Daughter Hotel was remodeled in 1997 and updates to its exterior and guestrooms are slated for completion in mid-2015.

The public spaces at Farmer’s Daughter beckon you to belong and hang out in the game room with billiards or ping-pong, in the lobby or by the elevator on the comfy couches. There’s even a picnic table and a pool with rubber duckies.

Whether you need a tech-savvy room for a business trip or a place to hang out and relax after a day of touring, you’ll find sociable settings that will make you think, “Only in LA.”

Discover the newly renovated Robin Room at the Farmer’s Daughter
Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver

Investigate the recently renovated Robin Room, decorated in robin’s egg blue wallpaper, with custom-made furniture from Java, Indonesia and grasscloth-wrapped walls. The huge mirror and cheeky transparent wall between bedroom and bathroom may give you ideas about what to do with the Farmer’s Daughter.

Ask to stay in the “No Tell Room,” with a copper-encased mirror above the bed, a full landscape mural and a full wet bar.

Guests rave about the complimentary whisky happy hour and bikes to explore the surrounding area. The hotel offers homemade chocolate chip cookies each afternoon around 3 p.m., as well as fresh iced tea and kettle barbecue potato chips. Each room has bathroom treats from C.O. Bigelow from New York City and Nespresso coffee machines.

Tempt your taste buds on site at TART, with buttermilk fried chicken and waffles with Tabasco-maple butter. Sit inside or out by the fire pit, and relax under the stars and twinkling strung lights.

The all-day menu has many Southern-style shareable snacks and entrees, including steak tartare “scotch egg,” heirloom tomato salad and spicy barbecue long beans. Try a basket of biscuits for brunch with waffles and French toast, and build your own omelets to finish.

Taste the scotch egg at TART
Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver

The cocktail menu is served in mason jars to continue the downhome theme. TART’s many signature, spiked seasonal punchbowls are worth investigating: Scouts Honor with High West Campfire whiskey, apple brandy, orange bitters and a sugar cube; Southern Orange Tree with Ketel one vodka, orange, Serrano bitters and cranberry; or Whole Family Punch with peach vodka, Champagne and orange.

Farmer’s Daughter is a playful yet chic haven for Southern California visitors and locals. Come join the family.

TART’s interior patio is ready for you. Come join in the fun!
Photo courtesy of TART Restaurant

Part Two: A night out in Hollywood is many people’s dream come true! I recommend dinner at the Bowery, a show at Pantages and a night at the Redbury, “Your Home Away From Home!” (Part One: click here)

VIDEOThe Redbury Hotel Hollywood

 From the Redbury: “Situated at the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine, our all-suite, luxury hotel in Los Angeles, CA offers an unpretentious refuge with all the comforts you need to unwind after hitting your favorite Hollywood arts, music, fashion and entertainment hotspots.”

I enjoyed my stay at the Redbury and think you truly will feel at home (or better!).

Looking for “Your Home Away From Home” in #Hollywood? @TheRedbury is the answer!

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Part One: A night out in Hollywood is many people’s dream come true! I recommend dinner at the Bowery, a show at Pantages and a night at the Redbury, “Your Home Away From Home!”

VIDEOA Night out in Los Angeles the Bowery and Pantages Theater 

From the Bowery: “The Bowery brings to Los Angeles its first New York style Bar & Bistro. With a comfortable and cozy environment, a serious liquor bar, an eclectic wine list, craft beers and a comforting bistro menu, the Bowery is the quintessential New York joint.”

I think the food especially the hamburgers are AMAZING! Move this to the top of your list of must trys!

Ready for @BowerySt best burgers in #LosAngeles! Hollywood @discoverla

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Best mac’n cheese! @boweryst with @meanmangoliz YUM! A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on

My vote for best burger with caramelized onions @BowerySt! Truly tempting and tasty!

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Amazing! Chocolate pecan pie @boweryst. Delicious and nutritious! A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on

Enjoying the energy & enthusiasm of #Newsies @Pantages

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With so many choices in Los Angeles, where do you go for a truly special occasion?
Celebrate at Spaghettinis Beverly Hills! You will be delighted with A+ Service, Food & Music! This is where I brought my mom for her birthday. Incredible sounds, tastes and service will make your night one to remember.

VIDEO: Jennifer Keith Sextet

From Spaghettinis: “A Chef and a Saxophonist walk into a bar…and they hit every note! Inventive California cuisine with Italian sensibilities meets world-class entertainment. Welcome to Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge.”

A sensational start to Saturday night @spaghettinibeverlyhills with Marchese Antinori

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Amazing music with Jennifer Keith & the phenomenally talented sextet @spaghettinibeverlyhills A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on

Lisa Niver and Richard Bangs are Orbitz Originals “co-host[s and] award-winning travel experts! Read more from the nasdaq article:

 

Bermuda News Orbitz #Rbquests Jan 14 2015Orbitz Launches “Orbitz Originals: Bermuda – Proper Fun” in Partnership With the Bermuda Tourism Authority

By GlobeNewswire,  January 13, 2015, 11:29:00 AM EDT

Online Video Series Highlights the Island’s Many Attractions for Fun-Seeking Travelers

CHICAGO, Jan. 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading online travel company Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) has partnered with the Bermuda Tourism Authority to launch “Orbitz Originals: Bermuda – Proper Fun,” a seven-part online video series that is co-hosted by award-winning travel experts Richard Bangs and Lisa Ellen Niver and is available for viewing atOrbitz.com/Bermuda. Supported by hotel discounts of up to 20 percent and substantial flight and hotel package savings, this eleventh installment of the “Orbitz Originals” series once again uses the power of online video to inspire travelers and increase bookings to this beautiful Atlantic destination located less than two hours off the East Coast of the U.S.

Research continues to point to the importance of destination video content in consumers’ purchasing behavior. YouTube has seen views of travel content spike by 118 percent year-over-year, according to a recent study and whitepaper released by Google.1 The study also found that two out of three U.S. consumers watch online travel videos when they’re thinking about taking a trip, and that “searches on YouTube generally occur earlier in the travel-planning process…a strong video strategy can help brands reach, inspire and engage today’s digitally savvy traveler in more ways than ever before.” “Orbitz Originals: Bermuda – Proper Fun,” shows off the tropical paradise’s many accommodations and activities, created to entice travelers to take a trip and experience it all for themselves.

Select highlights from the seven-part series:

  • “Proper Fun in Bermuda” gives viewers an overview of all that the island has to offer, from its pink sand beaches and world-class golf courses to its fine dining and many ways to unwind.
  • “Proper Food, Only in Bermuda” explores the tide-to-table and farm-to-fork local dining scene, with its authentic flavors of the sea and luxurious drinks and desserts.
  • “Bermuda Luxury Hotels” contains Richard’s “Gold List” of the top hotels, resorts and spas on the island.
  • “Scooting Around Bermuda” showcases the island’s 21 square miles on scooter and offers breathtaking views and sights.

Orbitz Jan 2015 properfun page“Short of visiting the island, there’s no better way to showcase Bermuda’s brilliance than video storytelling. Orbitz Originals brings the beauty and experience of Bermuda to a new generation of travelers – and the videos are designed to inspire them to make their next trip to the island,” said Victoria Isley, chief sales & marketing officer at the Bermuda Tourism Authority. “As a trusted media partner and travel brand, Orbitz can also assist in the booking of those trips. From cliff jumping at Admiralty House Park and shopping the styles of the City of Hamilton to sipping a Rum Swizzle at the Swizzle Inn and enjoying a bite of the famous Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy fish sandwich, the options for having ‘Proper Fun’ in Bermuda are endless.”

To date, “Orbitz Originals” videos highlighting Cancun, the Cayman Islands, Qatar Airways, Vermont, Western Ireland, New York, Northern Ireland, Bradenton, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Jackson Hole have been viewed over 1.2 million times by travelers seeking inspiration for future trips. Bookings to those destinations have experienced double-digit growth over the life of each campaign.

“We want each new edition of the ‘Orbitz Originals’ series to really capture the destination and use video to provide a unique perspective and inspire travelers to visit,” said Josh Winkler, Orbitz Worldwide vice president of partner marketing. “In the case of Bermuda, Richard and Lisa combine their travel expertise to provide a fun look at this popular destination and give travelers a real sense of life on the island.”

1Travel Content Takes Off on YouTube, Google and Ipsos MediaCT (August 2014)

About Orbitz.com

Orbitz.com is a leading travel website that enables consumers to search for and book a broad range of hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and destination activities. Since launching in June 2001, Orbitz.com has become one of the world’s largest online travel sites. Orbitz.com now offers the groundbreaking Orbitz Rewards loyalty program—the only program where customers can earn rewards immediately on flights, hotels and packages, and redeem instantly on tens of thousands of hotels worldwide. Use the Orbitz Rewards Visa® Card to earn even more rewards. Orbitz.com is the #1 way to book travel on mobile devices, be it using our apps (get them at orbitz.com/mobile) or our smartphone-optimized website (m.orbitz.com), both of which are tailored for smartphones and tablets. The Orbitz app won the 2014 Appy Award for best travel app. Orbitz also ranks #1 in Online Travel Website Customer Satisfaction in the 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index. Follow Orbitz on Facebook, Twitter and through the Orbitz Travel Blog. Orbitz.com is operated by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW).

About Orbitz Worldwide

Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) is a leading global online travel company using technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase travel. Orbitz Worldwide operates the consumer travel planning sites Orbitz (orbitz.com), ebookers (ebookers.com), HotelClub (hotelclub.com) and CheapTickets (cheaptickets.com). Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Partner Network (orbitzpartnernetwork.com) delivers private label travel technology solutions to a broad range of partners including some of the world’s largest airlines, bank loyalty programs and travel agencies, and Orbitz for Business (orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed travel solutions for companies of all sizes. Orbitz Worldwide makesinvestor relations information available at investors.orbitz.com.

 

Just under two hours from East Coast gateway cities, Bermuda stretches for 21 miles along turquoise waters and is surrounded by a 200-square-mile coral reef plateau. The destination’s accommodations range from luxury resorts to intimate guest cottages and family-run inns, all incorporating the sophistication and hospitality unique to the Bermuda experience. The island includes more than 150 restaurants to fit any traveler’s budget, from simple and inexpensive to elegant and special dining. Bermuda’s diverse activities offer an array of vacation options all year round, including more wreck dives and more golf per square mile than anywhere else in the world, renowned deep sea fishing, luxurious spas and smooth pink beaches. For information visit www.gotobermuda.com, www.facebook.com/BermudaTourism or www.twitter.com/GoToBermuda.

CONTACT: Media contacts:
         Orbitz WorldwideTrevor Kight
         +1 312-260-8198
         trevor.kight@orbitz.com

         Bermuda Tourism
         Turner PR
         Lauren Ryback
         212-889-1700
         lauren.ryback@turnerpr.com

Source: Orbitz Worldwide

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She shares the platform with many up and coming travelers who cover all corners of the globe.

Super inspired blog and a great person to connect with.”

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