What did Lisa LOVE the most in 2016?

 

Welcome to my 2016 Round-up! Where did I go? What did I did I do? What did I love?

New Countries

I was thrilled to be invited to new places in 2016. I went to the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Vatican City and Bonaire for the first time which takes me to 95 countries on the UN list and 125 on the Traveler’s Century Club list. I was invited to the United Nations in NYC as a “Champions of Humanity” Ambassador. I also went to Capitol Hill to meet with Representative Ted Deutch about the Congressional Holocaust Survivors Resolution.

Active Trips in 2016

I was able to ski in the mountains in Utah and scuba dive in the Caribbean. A highlight of 2016 was going to SharkSchool in Playacar. I also sailed for the first time on Carnival Cruises on the Carnival Breeze in the Caribbean, Fathom Cruises on the Fathom Adonia to the Dominican Republic and last December on Viking River Cruises to the Christmas Markets.

Conferences 2016

For the first time I went to five conferences including TBEX, Travel Media Showcase, Travel Classics West, The Scuba Show and BlogHer. I met with top professionals in my field about writing, traveling, video and what I am going to do next in 2017!

Art

I had my very first solo art show! And participated in an art show at my studio in Santa Monica, The Clayhouse.

New technology

I was invited to test the new phone LG V20 which I love. The photos and video are so much better! I also received a dive computer to test, the DeepBlu Cosmiq, which is fantastic. In January of 2016, I created my first sizzle reel–see below! In March 2016, I filmed four episodes in Carlsbad. In May, I created a video for Reef Safe Sunscreen.

New Partners

I loved working with American Express and Flytographer in New Orleans in March. I stayed at my first Hyatt Regency in Bloomington, Minnesota and at the Hyatt Zilara in Cancun.

I was home in Los Angeles for the Jewish Holidays and in the Caribbean for my birthday. It has been a great year for me and for We Said Go Travel. My social media has doubled, my video views are now over 900,000 and I started my own channels on Amazon Fire TV and Roku. At this time last year, I had under 400 videos and now I have over 630. I hosted two more international writing awards which brings us to eleven awards and nearly 2000 writers published. I was interviewed by Business Insider–read both articles turning traveling into a career and about packing! Want to know even more? Read each the 2016 newsletter archives.

Thank you for your support for me and We Said Go Travel! I hope that in 2017 you take steps to make your dreams come true! Happy New Year! Lisa Niver

What did Lisa LOVE the most in 2016? roundup

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. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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