Travel: Best Trip Ever with My Mom

 

Mom and Dad in the 70s

My Best Trip Ever with My Mom

After traveling to six continents and joining the Traveler’s Century Club for those who have been to over one hundred countries, I am often asked, “Where is your favorite place?” We recently hosted a travel writing contest on WeSaidGoTravel.com with over sixty writers sharing, “Inspiration-A Place You Love.” Reading all the incredible entries from Alaska to Liverpool, and Mombasa to Vienna, I began to think about which places I love. During my travels with my husband, George, we have scuba dived in Sipadan, seen unbelievable UNESCO sites all over Asia like Angkor Wat, the Xi’an Warriors, Borobudur, and the Sun Temple and gotten engaged underwater in Koh Lipe. Together, we have made so many of our travel dreams come true.

However, one of the biggest adventures of my entire life was learning to read and constantly getting lost in great adventures. I remember one summer when I was about six or seven years old and my mom and I went to the library on Moorpark Street every Wednesday. I was allowed to bring home ten books; I felt so rich walking out of that building holding ten new “friends.” There was a contest with badges and prizes to encourage kids to read. I could not believe it–books and prizes! This was amazing. I could learn, discover and be rewarded for reading my favorite pasttime. I was in!

As Seth Godin says in Poke the Box

What differentiates us from every other creature is that we go places, places we’ve not gone before. We do it willingly and often. What makes our work and our life interesting is discovery, surprise and the risk of exploration.”

As a child the Librarians knew me, I guess I was a networker even then. As an adult, the librarians at my local branch still know me my name. I am a library evangelist. It has happened to me several times that a friend will call and say, “I know you will be so proud of me, I got a library card.” I was even on television recently in Japan about using library books on electronic readers. Before I ever leave home on a trip, I always get new books. To me my kindle is as important as bringing my passport and plane tickets! I cannot leave home without it.

Remember what Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowlege is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

My lifelong passion of reading, learning and preparing for the next great adventure began with my Mom reading to me and taking me to the library. Thanks Mom for setting me on the path to discovery and supporting my unquenchable thirst for new books. Happy Birthday!

A version of this article also appeared in the Huffington Post.

 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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