We Said Go Travel

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We Said Go Travel is a global community of over sixteen hundred writers from seventy five countries with articles from every continent. Stories are shared with photos and video from a perspective of the transformative power of travel. We Said Go Travel has hosted live and online events as well as travel writing contests.[1][2]

History[edit]

The original blog began on blogspot by Lisa Ellen Niver, a member of the Travelers' Century Club. The We Said Go Travel[3] website with earned ratings of PR 5 and PA 50 began in May 2010. The first content was the newsletters previously published online during an eleven-month sabbatical in South-east Asia from August 2008-July 2009.

The site was created as a platform for a travel memoir[4] about a sabbatical year which included an underwater engagement, losing sixty pounds and visiting twelve countries.

With the first event in March 2011,[5] a larger platform was required and a website was built on weebly.com at www.wesaidgotravel.com with the blog being on www.wesaidgotravel.net. As the number of followers and events grew, it was necessary to combine the two sites into one on wordpress on www.wesaidgotravel.com.

In April 2011, Niver was invited to have a "We Said Go Travel" Blog on the Jewish Journal.[6]

At the fourth We Said Go Travel event in October 2011,[7] Bill Rosendahl gave an award in honor of the contributions to the city for leadership and community building efforts of the founders and the site.

Various social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+, were added for promotion and to increase traffic and views. In April 2011, a YouTube channel was added and as of July 2013 it has 130 videos and over 110,000 views. As of March 2015, there are over 340 videos and over 300,000 views. Instagram has also been added.[8]

Highlights of recent articles: "A Royal Cremation in Ubud" in National Geographic Intelligent Traveler,[9] and in print about the festival at Inle Lake in the Myanmar Times.[10]

In January 2013, Kred recognized the site with a Top 5% Elite Influencer in Travel Badge.[11] The founders were invited to speak in Kathmandu in April 2013 by the Nepal Tourism Board, where they read from their travel memoir for the first time. The feature editor interviewed them and had a full-page article was published in the Himalayan Times.[12]

In March 2013, The Nomadic Family awarded We Said Go Travel as #5 of the Top 50 Best Travel Blogs of 2012.[13] In May 2013, Kred recognized the site with a Top 1% Elite Influencer in Travel Badge.[14]

In August 2013, We Said Go Travel was added to the ninth edition of Nomadic Samuel's Top 100 Travel Blogs at #97. .[15] In December 2013, the site moved to #79 on the list.[16]

Both are bloggers for Huffington Post[17][18] as well as the Jewish Journal.[19] Their first Huffington Post articles were a "He Said, She Said" on their travels in Bagan, Myanmar. George's article: "One Thing My Wife and I Don't Agree on" [20] Lisa's article: "Terrorized by My Bike For My Birthday in Bagan" [21]

In July 2013, We Said Go Travel became the publisher for the memoir, Traveling in Sin, by Lisa Ellen Niver and George Rajna about their first year sabbatical in Asia.[22][23]

In January 2015, the seventh We Said Go Travel writing contest was held. There have been three contests a year since January 2013: Inspiration, Independence and Gratitude.[24]

Awards and Accolades[edit]

  • From City of Los Angeles City Council Member, Bill Rosendahl October 2011[25]
  • Top 5% Elite Influencer in Travel Badge, January 2013[26]
  • Number Five in Top 50 Best Travel Blogs of 2012 [27]
  • Top 1% Elite Influencer in Travel Badge, May 2013[28]
  • Listed in Top 100 Travel Blogs, Nomadic Samuel, August 2013 [29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Travel Contest Round-up January 2013". Johnny Jet. 
  2. ^ "Travel Contest Round-up May 2013". Johnny Jet. 
  3. ^ "We Said Go Travel Website". 
  4. ^ "Rajna Travel memoir". 
  5. ^ "Uncovering Jewish Morocco, March 24, 2011: Speaker: Lisa Ellen Niver". Westside Today. 
  6. ^ "Jewish Journal Column". 
  7. ^ "Award from Los Angeles City Council Member Bill Rosendahl". 
  8. ^ https://instagram.com/wesaidgotravel/
  9. ^ "A Royal Cremation in Ubud". National Geographic Intelligent Traveler. 
  10. ^ "Inle Lake: The Best Seats in the House". in print Myanmar Times. 
  11. ^ [by email from Andrew Grill, Kred.com CEO]
  12. ^ "Travelling and Falling in Love". in print Himalayan Times. 
  13. ^ "We Said Go Travel #5 in Top 50 Best Travel Blogs of 2012". The Nomadic Family. 
  14. ^ [by email from Andrew Grill, Kred.com CEO]
  15. ^ "We Said Go Travel in Top 100 Travel Blogs". Nomadic Samuel. 
  16. ^ "We Said Go Travel in Top 100 Travel Blogs". Nomadic Samuel. 
  17. ^ "Huffington Post column". 
  18. ^ "A Visa Scavenger Hunt to Visit Myanmar". Huffington Post Travel. 
  19. ^ "Jewish Journal Column". 
  20. ^ "One Thing My Wife and I Don't Agree on". Huffington Post. 
  21. ^ "Terrorized by My Bike For My Birthday in Bagan". Huffington Post. 
  22. ^ "Traveling in Sin". Jewish Journal. 
  23. ^ "Traveling Around the World in Sin". Westside Today. 
  24. ^ http://www.wesaidgotravel.com/writing-contest/
  25. ^ "Award from Los Angeles City Council Member Bill Rosendahl October 2011". 
  26. ^ [by email from Andrew Grill, Kred.com CEO, January 2013]
  27. ^ "We Said Go Travel #5 in Top 50 Best Travel Blogs of 2012". The Nomadic Family, March 2013. 
  28. ^ [by email from Andrew Grill, Kred.com CEO, May 2013]
  29. ^ "We Said Go Travel in Top 100 Travel Blogs". Nomadic Samuel. 

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