01 Aug 2016 We Said Go Travel says, “THANK YOU!

lisa disney hatI want to express my gratitude to everyone who reads We Said Go Travel.

Many years ago, We Said Go Travel got started to promote a memoir I co-wrote. I had no idea that We Said Go Travel would grow and introduce me to so many people.

About a year after I started the site, a friend told me writing was not enough. She said I needed to also now create videos. I was not really sure it was a good idea but I got a used cisco flip camera and started filming. A fifth grader taught me iMovie during recess one day at the school where I was an elementary school science teacher and the next phase began.

At this point, I have 535 videos live online and collectively those videos have 650,000 views. It has been a wild ride. I have worked with several professional film teams but mainly I have filmed and edited them all myself. I have taken more classes, had more lessons and been assisted in many ways.

I recently read Tommy Spaulding’s book, “It’s Not Just Who You Know: Transform Your Life (and Your Organization) by Turning Colleagues and Contacts into Lasting, Genuine Relationships.” Many people who know me well would agree that my superhero power is networking. There is some disagreement about what is my personal kryptonite, it might be patience or realistic expectations. Feel free to chime in with your ideas. Regardless, I enjoyed his stories about his path to service. As Spaulding says:

We’ve moved into a servanthood economy—one in which our greatest value is found in how we serve each other and our greater communities. To build a sustainable organization in the twenty-first century, we must add value to something and someone other than ourselves.”

I hope that you find value in We Said Go Travel. Personally, I appreciate everyone who has supported me and the site. I am honored that nearly 2000 people have chosen to share their stories in the 10 travel writing awards on the site since 2013. The theme of the current award is freedom. The entries are beginning to be published and they are fantastic! There is still time to enter. The Fall award will have a theme of gratitude and begin on September 11 and close on Thanksgiving.

I loved when Spaulding said: “The most important thing in your life is not what you do or who you know; it’s who you become.” I am proud of who I am becoming and I appreciate all of you for reading, participating and being there. Thank you!

Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

I filmed in Carlsbad with a team of three cameramen! I loved working with this professional team. Enjoy!

Videos: Visit Carlsbad with Lisa and We Said Go Travel

 

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Lisa Niver

Lisa Niver is a travel expert, writer, artist, entrepreneur, and on-camera host who has explored 99 countries. Niver has established a following through her written and video content, garnering over one million video views on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv and Roku. She is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set, the first travel based TV Talk show. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. Niver is the founder of a top 100 travel blog, We Said Go Travel, that reaches more than 200,000 annually and is in the top 1/8 of the top 1% of all sites in the United States. In her tri-annual international travel writing competitions, she has published nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans for a project with American Express and Starwood Hotels. Her recent stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra, Ubud cremation ceremony for National Geographic and scuba diving in the Solomon Islands for Smithsonian. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and is verified on Twitter and Facebook. Niver was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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