Insights from the Road: Business Insider and Lisa Niver

 


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A woman who went backpacking for 11 months explains how to pack light

lisa backpackLisa Niver of We Said Go Travel. Lisa Niver/We Said Go Travel

Lisa Niver started off teaching science to elementary school students. Now, she teaches aspiring adventurers how to make the most of their travels. As the founder and curator of We Said Go Travel, a travel website that hosts 1,600 travel writers in 75 countries, she’s been to over 95 countries herself.

In between working on a cruise ship and taking a teaching job, Niver went backpacking through Southeast Asia for 11 months. She spoke to INSIDER about how she packs.

Ask yourself ‘Will I want this in three months?’

When Niver was packing up her apartment before her long-term trip, she downsized by thinking ahead.

“My theory was ‘What will I be happy to see in three months?'” she said. “And if I won’t be happy to see it, I got rid of it.”

Leave anything you don’t want ruined at home

The rewards of traveling come with plenty of risks. Don’t take something along that you can’t live without, because there’s always a chance you might have to.

“Be prepared for everything to break or get ruined,” she said. “I broke a computer, a hard drive, and several cameras. Being on the road is really hard on electronics.”

lisa climbLisa Niver/We Said Go Travel

Don’t try to prepare for everything

It may sound counter intuitive to be under prepared, but stuffing your backpack full of things you might end up needing isn’t the best way to pack.

“I think one of the confusing things when you first start backpacking is ‘how am I going to prepare for everything,’ and the answer is you simply can’t,” said Niver.

Buy what you need when and where you need it

Unless you’re really going to the middle of nowhere, chances are you can pick up any essentials you’re missing along the way.

“Wherever you go, if there’s something specific you need for that region, they sell it there,” she said. “If I get someplace and I’m cold, I’ll buy a sweater.”

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Insights from the Road: Business Insider and Lisa Niver

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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