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FESTIVAL OF THE PACIFIC: “Living Without Regret”

Join LACOT, Dave’s Travel Corner, PennClubLA  and We Said Go Travel for a raffle, drinks, and conversation at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel on October 16, at 7:00 PM. Lisa and George will be talking about long-term international travel across Asia and reading a short except from their new memoir “Traveling in Sin.”

RSVP TODAY! WITH PENN CLUB LA OR FACEBOOKEveryone is welcome and this event is free to attend. 

Join us Oct 23rd for an online webinar on Exotic Burma!

Contact Lisa (at) or  sign up for our newsletter for more details.


caineJune 12, 2012 Inspired by Caine! LACOT, We Said Go Travel and Jetset Extra Travel Happy Hour


What inspires you? Where will you go next?
Join us for a travel meet, mingle and get inspired happy hour!

Meet us at XBAR in Century City. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles, CA 90067
PARKING: $8 with validation or 2 hrs free at Century City Mall
June 12, 2012

Have you seen Caine’s Arcade yet? We are having a raffle to raise money for the Caine’s Arcade Foundation!


RAFFLE PRIZES include (more coming in daily!):

This event will have a few surprises! Stay tuned for more details!

February 26, 2012 JETSET EXTRA SOCIAL at Union Station

PictureThe globetrotting panel includes travel expert Johnny Jet of, Jeff Greif owner of, Stacy Dreyfus Founder of Orchid Worldwide Resorts and Escapes, go to travel guy of CTS Travel, James Densmore, Global adventurer Lee Abbamonte, and Ashley Colburn of Take Off with Ashley Colburn; Amy Swift Founder of SMARTY will moderate.“It was really important to me that the panel speakers be in the travel trenches today,” says Mary Anne Been of Jetset Extra. “With communication and content moving so fast, our audience needs to hear directly from the people who are forging these new paths between the old and new media.”

Register Now!  This event is from 4-8pm at the Fred Harvey Room at Union Station

February 22, 2012 roadmonkey: Adventure Philanthropy


Roadmonkey…Pronounced “rohd-muhnkee,” is a curious individual who finds joy in exploring the unknown, breaking a few rules & working hard to create positive change for people in need. On Wednesday, February 22nd, join Roadmonkey, Hostelling International and We Said Go Travel to learn more about adventure philanthropy and traveling with a purpose. Hear Paul von Zielbauer share the stories of expeditions that combine physically challenging adventures with sustainable volunteer projects. The event will take place at HI-Santa Monica, 1436 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
Join us at 7:30 pm, Refreshments and wine will be provided. 
Limited space is available. Please RSVP to shanec@lahostels.orgOPTIONAL: the evening continues with a Pub Crawl for Charity at 9:00 pm.

February 2, 2012 LACOT in conversation with Johnny Jet


Date: February 2, 2012
Time: 6-8 PM
Place: Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd, 11461 Sunset Blvd.
Special Guest: Johnny Jet

RSVP today as space is limited:

Please join LACOT and We Said Go Travel for this evening of hors d’oeuvres, wine, and conversation with special guest Johnny Jet.The Los Angeles Consortium of Online Travel (LACOT) is hosting, and we’ll hear a few words from our favorite local travel celebrity along with some helpful travel advice. Here’s what LACOT has to say about the event:”Those of us who so choose can have a quick tour of the Luxe Sunset Hotel. Right off the 405 on Sunset Blvd, this boutique hotel is one of west Los Angeles’ great little surprises. Great food and talented, creative barkeeps are a draw for locals, and the rooms are beautifully appointed. You’d never suspect that the Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd sits on seven acres, so close to the 405 as it is.And – shhh – there may be one or two other surprises in store for this evening’s gathering of like-minded travel lovers. Don’t ask; you’ll have to come to the meet-up to find out. But, seriously…wine, hors d’oeuvres, chit-chat, and Johnny Jet? Sounds pretty great as it is.”

November 29, 2011 Travel with Technology


What is your favorite travel app?
Meet fellow travelers and the creators of both Ship Mate and StudioMini!
Come to share your favorite app and learn what others are using on the road!Happy Hour Prices for Drinks and Appetizers!See you at 7pm, X-Bar Century City.
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2025 Avenue of the Stars Los Angeles, CA 90067
PARKING: $8 with validation or 2 hrs free at Century City Mall
RSVP on our Facebook Page:

November 3, 2011 5pmPST: Spreecast with Richard Bangs


 Join us online for an interactive Spreecast with Richard Bangs, 
Adventure Travel with a Purpose. 
Click this link to RSVP: Bangs, father of modern adventure travel that makes a difference will share his journeys that reveal eco-challenges & their solutions. We will continue the discussion started Oct 18 at our meet-up.You can join online to listen, ask questions or even come on camera!! See you there! Email with any questions! Lisa

October 18, 2011 Realize Your Dreams!


Join us in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 7:00pm, for a travel evening to inspire you to “Realize Your Travel Dreams!”  This event is designed to give you the opportunity to MEET inspirational speakers and like-minded travelers; get motivation, contacts and resources necessary to PLAN the trip of a lifetime; and start taking concrete steps forward to GO on that global adventure.Join us at India’s Oven, 11645 Wilshire Blvd at Barry, in Brentwood, CA 90025.Keynote speaker, Richard Bangs, (PBS) the father of modern adventure travel, is a pioneer in travel that makes a difference; he will speak about his journeys across the planet in search of ecological challenges and their solutions. Moderator, Jen Leo, (Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and Sand in My Bra), will offer words of inspiration and humor on great travels.Our Panelists include: Lisa Napoli (KCRW & Radio Shangri-La,) Doris Gallan (Baby Boomers Travel), and Michelle Page (NepalDog). All of these inspiring speakers have traveled extensively and are ready to share their joy and transformations related to their journeys and incredible lives! If you are tired of two weeks of vacation time and want to break away from the cube to explore the world, then don’t miss out on this event!Date: Tuesday, October 18th | Doors: 7pm
India’s Oven | 11645 Wilshire Blvd. – 2nd Fl.Admission is $15 and includes Indian Buffet Dinner, and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Books to Bhutan Library Project.Register for this event at:
There is parking available in the building and the restaurant is on the second floor.For more information email 
More information and a complete listing of the panel at

“Because we live in a society that doesn’t find value in taking time off, we wanted to create a community for people who do want to break out of the norm and travel for an extended period of time,” says co-founder of Meet Plan Go! Sherry Ott. Join us in Los Angeles for our October 18th event. “It’s about creating a peer group of people with the same dream. Whether it’s a career break, running a marathon, or earning an advanced degree; we all need people to keep us accountable, energized, and focused on our goals,” added Ott.

In addition to offering tools and resources for planning a career break, the panel will also address the main concerns that prevent people from taking a career break, usually centered around financial, career-related, societal, and safety concerns.

For more information: the website of our Los Angeles hosts: Lisa and George Rajna. We look forward to meeting you and helping you realize your dreams!

Website: We Said Go Travel | Twitter: @wesaidgotravel | Facebook: We Said Go Travel

Book Reading


about this event: WESTSIDE TODAY: Using Travel and the Seasons to Gain Perspective”

September 6, 2011 Travel book Reading and Signing with Rachel Friedman Join us for a special book reading with Rachel Friedman – author of “The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure”.Rachel Friedman’s life was as neat, orderly and structured as any high-achieving, parent-pleasing college student when she suddenly decided to abandon the American mantra of “go to school, get good grades, get a job.” A perennial good girl who unexpectedly finds that her carefully calibrated life plans no longer inspire her, she makes a series of life- changing decisions – first dropping out of music school and then off the beaten path altogether – and finds a world of adventure across Ireland, Australia and South America.We look forward to hearing your travel stories and travel dreams. Come meet other travelers and wanderers to share stories from the road and get inspired!

When: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 7pm
Where: Traveler’s Bookcase 8375 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
This event is part of Meet Plan Go! Join us for the National Event, October 18, 2011 to be held in seventeen cities on the same night!


Calling all travelers: Rookies, Veterans and DreamersGather with us to share stories, toast to future travel plans
and inspire others to take to the road especially the one less traveled: 
our first Meet Plan Go event in Los Angeles!Lisa and George, creators of We Said Go Travel and hosts of the LA Chapter of Meet Plan Go,
look forward to meeting you for happy hour drinks and to hear about your journeys from the road past and future. They will speak briefly about Meet Plan Go, upcoming events, how to get involved and great travels!WEST Lounge
at the Hotel Angeleno 

170 North Church Lane, Los Angeles, 90049
the Sunset exit off the 405
Admission: Free of Charge
June 21, 2011
Drinks & Appetizers Specials
Valet parking $7

RSVPMeet Plan Go: Do you long to escape your cubicle and strike out to discover the world on your own terms? If so, it’s time to take action. Looking for inspiration and ‘how-to’ advice regarding career break planning and travel? At Meet, Plan, Go! we are leading the career break movement in North America; encouraging and teaching others how to travel the world and have it be beneficial to your career. We envision a world where the term ‘career break’ is a part of your overall career strategy.We have a dream to get more and more people talking about AND taking traveling career breaks. We aren’t picky – we don’t care how long they are, or where you go. But go you must. Go out and see the world, open up your mind, shake up your perceptions, and get the best education out there…the world’s cultures.Lisa and George Rajna spent eleven months wandering Southeast Asia from Indonesia to Mongolia where they fell in love, got engaged, and now as a married couple are writing a book about their journey.Lisa is an accomplished travel agent, blogger, speaker, science teacher and member of the Traveler’s Century Club, a unique travel club limited to travelers who have visited one hundred or more countries. Look for her underwater as a PADI divemaster, in the science lab at the Brawerman Elementary School, or in Brentwood at Simply Science Camp. Lisa’s monthly column, “Science and Your Child,” can be found at LA Mom Magazine. She also writes for the travel section at and blogs on the Jewish Journal, WeSaidGoTravel and WeSaidGoScience.George is a bilingual speech therapist who has traveled to 100 countries across six continents. He composes music on the guitar and ukulele, and spent two years working in rural education for Peace Corps Paraguay. George recently took a career break for one year in Asia and can’t wait to take another extended travel adventure to exotic locations.event brite: