Prevention Magazine: “Go For It” with Lisa Niver Rajna

Thank you to Prevention Magazine for including me in their “Go For It” section for January 2014! “Staying active is my passport to adventure.” Lisa Niver Rajna, 45 Teacher, travel writer When the travel industry went into a tailspin after 9/11, I lost my job as a senior assistant cruise director. Heartbroken over the fact that my … Continued

Brazilian Sunrise

I stepped off my first international flight at 4:39, along with nineteen other visitors from our small town. We sleepily boarded transpiration that would take us from the city to the jungle. Most of the travelers slept peacefully on the trolley. I sat in the front bench inspecting the strange landscape out the window. It … Continued

Igbele, Nigeria: Outreach for a Reawakening

In my just concluded undergraduate life, every year I had the privilege to visit a local community not to far from my university campus. We usually went to different communities as part of my Christian fellowship’s evangelical outreach, back then in school. Each year, we spent about four days with the villagers in a different … Continued

La Sicilia-Sicily

“Santa Maria, piena di grazia, il Signore è con te. Tu sei benedetta fra le donnee benedetto è il frutto del tuo seno, Gesú. Santa Maria, Madre di Dio, prega per noi peccatori, adesso e nell’ora della nostra morte. Amen.” Nights here were always like this. Lazy, hot and languid. She looked out onto a … Continued

Seven New Years Together: Love, Celebrate, Grow

Arriving to the upscale restaurant dressed up and excited to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Puerto Rico, we were shocked when the maître d’ blurted, “You are late but we will seat you.” Our expectation was that our 8:00 p.m. dinner would lead to hours of frivolity in Old San Juan; however, from the moment … Continued

Italy: Grazie, Villa Lante, Grazie Bagnaia

Grazie, Villa Lante, Grazie, Bagnaia! Esther Kane Meyers I drove straight from the Rome airport to Bagnaia and the Villa Lante. I had not called ahead, but was confident that the grand Renaissance-era Villa would greet me warmly. I passed through her towering iron gates and immediately found Rosella, the art curator. The Villa, my … Continued

Entering the Tibetan plateau, China

“Welcome to Tibet״  a monk wearing a dark rouge colored robe greeted us, at an alley outside Lābǔléng Sì in the city of Xiàhé. It was early afternoon, hundreds of monks just finished their prayer and lunch ritual, so most of the monastery’s streets were deserted. The low earth buildings that make up the monastery’s … Continued

Barbados: A great place to visit year round.

Ah, the Caribbean. The name alone conjures up daydreams of relaxing on the beach under a palm tree with your feet buried in warm, white sand and a nice sea breeze coming off the clear blue waters ahead. With thousands of islands spread out over the Caribbean Sea, there are many options of islands to … Continued

Mara Land, Kenya: A World Away

A World Away Veronica Thompson Rolling hills and vast plains lay stretched out like fragments on a canvas before me. Our destination was Mara Land in Western Kenya – the heart of the Maasai people and the home to all of the biggest predators in Africa. Uneven dirt tracks and collapsed bridges provided only small … Continued

We Said Go Travel

We Said Go Travel