Friends from the Road


People always ask us,  “How do you know where to go?” And they want to know, “How can you find a place to stay?” When George and I left for our year trip, having booked only two nights of hotel accommodation and one additional flight, my major concern was that we would end up sleeping on the streets. My deal with George stipulated that we would always have a place to stay. In the end we did have a problem during our journey for a total of two nights (we were forced literally to sleep outside), but those circumstances were unique!

Mainly we figured out where to go next with advice from our traveling friends; I understood that fellow voyagers possessed a wealth of information.  During our trip, we learned from people on the bus, the train, the sidewalk, by the falafel stand.  But our best information by far came from other travelers in the hostels where we typically stayed.

For example, we knew that there must be a way to get from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia without taking the $300 train (which was sold out). George kept saying, “How do the locals do it?” One day at breakfast in the hostel, a guy named Randy sat across from us and said he had just arrived from Ulaanbaatar by local bus and train. I took out my pencil and worked out a new plan based on his information!

With the increase in Wi-Fi, netbooks and smartphones, finding local knowledge has become even easier. Now we just go to Hostelworld and find a great place to stay. We know that once we arrive we will have great accommodations and all I have to wonder is: “Who we will meet on our next adventure?”

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. 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, 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 challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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