Where is the Ho Chi Minh Trail?


Thank you to Dave’s Travel Corner for posting my article, “Where is the Ho Chi Minh Trail?:

Here is the beginning of the article:

Disoriented is a term that means being lost or unclear about where you are. It originated from when the East or the Orient was considered the center of the world. If you have lost the orient you are dis-oriented and are not sure of where you are.  From a young age, I have been oriented to travel from when my family moved to Georgia when my dad was in the army or moving to California as a young child or my many years of living at sea. Parts of the Orient seemed essential to my understanding of the world around me but it would take several trips to learn the truth about the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

During the Viet Nam War for two years, I lived on Fort Benning Army Base. My dad was a dentist in the military and my sister was born on the base. Growing up I knew there was a war and there were protests about Viet Nam but I did not really understand very much about it except that many people thought we lost the war and it was a mistake to be there.

Until I first traveled to Viet Nam while working on a cruise ship, I really did not know about the long history of the battles between the French and Vietnamese. But I knew there was a Ho Chi Minh Trail and since there was a city named Ho Chi Minh I figured the trail was in Vietnam, since it supplied the Vietnamese during the “American War” as the locals call it or the Second IndoChina War.

Read the complete article here.

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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