2019 Wonderful Wonderings Year in Review


2019 Round-up of my wonderings around the world! Where did I go? What did I did I do? What did I love? It was a most amazing year! I was fortunate to travel to great places and have the opportunity to share them with you and the audiences of many top publications.

Lisa Niver with giant tortoise in Galapagos
Galapagos Giant Tortoise and Lisa Niver Dec 2019 Photo by Peter Freire

2019 Adventures

In 2019, I returned to two of my favorite places: Park City, Utah for skiing and NYC for family gatherings. I had my first visit to both Sandals Resorts Montego Bay in Jamaica and Beaches Turks and Caicos with scuba diving. One of my videos is now over 10k views! I dove in Miami and learned about a coral restoration project. I loved seeing Star Wars opening weekend and I found it how hot is it in Scottsdale in the summer and did a TV segment about it! I was honored to represent Ms. Magazine at the United Nations Conference and the Gates Foundation Goalkeepers conference in NYC. I loved being back on campus at PENN in Philadelphia for my 30th year reunion, to speak to students and for Barbara’s Butterfly Ball Gala event for LBBC. I lost my mentor, Joannie Parker, and celebrated her in DC at the Judy Chicago exhibit at NMWA and in Philadelphia with her daughter.

Tanna Volcano PANO Vanuatu

In the summer, I returned to both Fiji and Vanuatu and went to new islands. I walked on an active volcano and went scuba diving to 141 feet! I taught children in a local village to hula hoop! Want to see more photos? Click here and VIDEOS here!

Lowinia Village in Tanna Vanuatu

At the end of the year, I went to my dream bucket list destination, the Galapagos Islands. Over the next weeks, I will share the photos, videos and stories of my magical adventures. Want to read more about all of my 2019 journeys, click here to see my newsletters.

Vanuatu videos


In 2019, I was honored to have four nominations for my writing and broadcast TV segments! I won an award at the National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards! See photos from the award ceremonies for Southern California Journalism Awards and my winning segment for KTLA TV at NAEJ!

Lisa Niver wins at NAEJ National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2019
Lisa Niver wins at NAEJ National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2019
Lisa Niver at YouTube Space LA 2019

Video: One Million VIEWS on YouTube

Thank you so much for your support of my videos! I am thrilled that I now have OVER ONE MILLION VIEWS on my We Said Go Travel YouTube channel! Thank you for watching, liking, commenting and subscribing!

Thank you One Million Views on YouTube Lisa Niver

KTLA TV Segments

Watch all five segments of my 2019 KTLA TV segments:

Star Treatment for Critics Choice Awards Jan 21 2019

Founder Father’s President’s weekend in Philadelphia Feb 18 2019

Countdown to Gold: Getting Ready for the Oscars Feb 24 2019

Spring into Summer with Rocky Mountaineer March 31 2019

It’s That Hot in Scottsdale in Summer June 28 2019

Lisa Niver on United Airlines with her story for Hemispheres Magazine!
Lisa Niver on United Airlines with her story for Hemispheres Magazine!


In print for Air Canada in enRoute Connect the Bots! Robots and Artificial Intelligence in Hotels, American Airlines in American Airways Tech Moguls Hit The Slopes , Ms. Magazine Can Bicycles Change the World? and United Airlines in Hemispheres Painter by the Numbers.

Lisa Niver with her print article in Ms. Magazine!
Lisa Niver with her print article in Ms. Magazine!

Online at:  Jewish Journal, Ms. Magazine, The Female Quotient, Saturday Evening Post, TODAY.com, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine: and of course on my site, We Said Go Travel.


Ms. Magazine

USA Today 10best:

Wharton Magazine:

Lisa Niver in Reader's Digest I Did NOT GIVE UP


Debbie White Kim Lisa Niver Metro Women's Leadership Summit 2019
Debbie White, Kim Sardo and Lisa Niver speaking at the
Metro Women’s Leadership Summit 2019


I was a speaker at the Metro Women’s Leadership Summit We spoke about: “Wonder Woman Needs To Wander!”

I shared the #IamRemarkable training at Ms. Magazine this summer. “#IamRemarkable is a Google initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond, thereby breaking modesty norms and glass ceilings. Learn more at g.co/IamRemarkable”

Videos from GALAPAGOS

Round-ups since returning from Asia

2018: Where were Lisa’s Wonderful Wanderings?

2017: We Said Go Travel is GLOBAL!

2016: What did Lisa LOVE the most?

2015: Highlights from Lisa’s videos and adventures

2014: A real rollercoaster!

Watch my TV segments, read my articles, see my videos with over one million views, and follow me on social (over 160k) at LisaNiver.com

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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