Our Blogiversary: Support is Appreciated

 

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village from Hungry Planet
Thank you for your support of us, our travels and our blog! We appreciate everyone who reads, comments or shares our stories.
When we started our blog on June 9, 2010 before we left for a summer in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, George and I were unsure if anyone would read, or care about our blog. 
Last week, June 9, 2011, our page views were well over 22,000 and we have been published in Technorati Travel, the Jewish Journal, LA Mom Magazine, Westside Today as well as added a science blog and our new website, www.wesaidgotravel.com.
In April, we were selected as the Los Angeles hosts for the National Event for Meet Plan Go on October 18, 2011. Our Meetup.com group, We Said Go Travel Los Angeles, already has over 50 members and was started June 2, 2011. Recently, we joined with the Global Group Travel Massive and will be hosting events under the Travel Massive umbrella starting this fall.
In the last year, we have visited and written about Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Colombia, Morocco, Taiwan and very soon we will be off to Tonga and Samoa. We hope you will join us at one of our upcoming events. See you June 21, 2011 at Hotel Angeleno for Travel Happy Hour!
To show our gratitude, we would like to share some images of families from around the world from the book, Hungry Planet. This book and its stories invite us inside of families and their homes. It is a fantastic insider view and nearly a trip around the world.

As another travel thank you, we would like to share a site we just found called http://www.whereivebeen.com which has 9.7 million members. On this site, we answered travel trivia questions and collected travel bucks which we were able to spend to help our planet. First we spent $1000 to help feed a child in Mali through the Friends of the World Food Program ($1000) and then $100 for one square foot of rainforest by the The World Land Trust (WLT), “an international conservation organisation that takes direct action to save rainforest and other wildlife habitats”

“ What Are Travel Bucks?Feed a child in Mali. Adopt a manatee. Provide clean water in Mozambique. These are just a few of many philanthropic things you can do by using Travel Bucks. It’s simple. All you have to do is interact with Where I’ve Been. The more you do, the more virtual travel bucks you earn. Think about it. You could be saving 45,867 trees in no time.”

We look forward to more travels, more stories and sharing all of it with you! Thank you so much for your comments, suggestions, questions and enjoying our travels. We love hearing that you are inspired to go on a trip or content to follow along on our travel madness. Thank you!

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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