“Who says love stories have to have a Romeo-Juliet ending? But again the ‘Prince Charming and happily ever after’ tale we have been led to believe is just limited to text, or is it? Whether you admit to want to fall in love or not, the desire to share those little precious moments with someone cannot completely fade away. Of course with heart wrenching experiences, you may believe such things don’t exist and rightly so, but one day you realize that the glass is not half empty after all.
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Lisa Niver Rajna and George Rajna, founders of We Said Go Travel, host travel storytelling contests for emerging travel writers. Here are a few gems from our chat.You and George have established quite a travel blog together. What advice would you give to someone considering a travel blog of their own?
Avid travelers and entrepreneurs, Lisa and George fell in love while exploring the world, and have continued to strengthen their bond while reaching out to inspire others to live their dreams. They are two educators with a passion for globetrotting, and their adventures have brewed their creation of We Said Go Travel, a site that has developed into a global community, where over 300 people have come to share their story.
1. When did you fall in love with travel?
George: I first fell in love with travel when I traveled with my parents as a young child on a road trip in Mexico, and during family trips to Israel and the Bahamas. I eventually truly fell in love with travel on my own when I traveled to Europe for the first time. I knew it was something I wanted to continue to do.
Lisa: My parents took my sister and I on a cruise to the Mediterranean when I was twelve. I loved being at sea and waking up each day in a new port. The waiter gave us huge bags of fruit to take on the bus to the pyramids; he was worried we wouldn’t find anything to eat. Riding a camel that day was an experience I have never forgotten, and I am still hungry for more adventures!
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Enjoy all the Q&A including:
What’s your dream destination: Lisa: Since I met George, we have traveled to several of my dream destinations including Borobudur, Indonesia, Gobi Desert, Mongolia and Sipadan, Borneo. Soon I would like to go to Palau and our final continent, Antarctica.
George: I would add to that an African safari.
Best travel tip: Use the “F” word: flexible!
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As Dave said, “I first met Lisa a number of years ago at an event in Los Angeles. Her unbridled enthusiasm for International travel is truly contagious. Few people are lucky to go on one Round the World Trip (RTW) in a lifetime; Lisa has been privileged to experience two RTW trips and in fact at the time of this original interview, was currently in the midst of her 2nd RTW trip!”
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As Flip says, “Lisa and George are the owners and writers behind one of the newest blog that I’m following, We Said Go Travel. There’s a lot of useful articles that can be found in various destinations. Both Lisa and George are well travelled and have been to more than a hundred countries already (and still counting).
This is also a great blog for couples who are wondering what’s life like to travel with your partner for quite a long time. In 2008-09, the couple spent 11 months travelling in Asia and recently they left again last July for another year long travel.”
Enjoy this “Week-In-The-Life” story as we move from the sun-kissed isles of Thailand to the city life in Kolkata. Is life on the road like a photo on a postcard? Sometimes we buy boat tickets, go on buses with flat tires and wait in traffic, but overall we are making our dreams come true-together.
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Interviewed by Alex, the Travel Fashion Girl, she opened with these lines:
“One of my favorite aspects about Lisa’s packing choices is that she travels with buys from all over the world. Her travel wardrobe includes memories from Mexico, Tonga, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Morocco, and a special gift from Fiji.”
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Lisa: Traveling and teaching have always been parts of my life! I have taught preschool to middle school usually with a focus on science. This is my thirteenth year teaching and currently I teach K-6 science in Los Angeles, California where I grew up. I also spent seven years on the Seven Seas as a youth counselor and assistant Cruise Director, just like Julie McCoy of the Love Boat!
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