Lisa Niver Rajna

About Lisa Niver Rajna

Lisa Niver Rajna, M.A. Education, is a passionate writer, educator, social media ninja, speaker and global citizen who has traveled to over one hundred countries and six continents. She is the co-author of Traveling in Sin and co-founder of We Said Go Travel. You might find her underwater, traveling to an exotic location, teaching in the classroom or in print about social media, science education, lifelong learning, books, and travel.

Recently on National Television as a science teacher on the show Career Day, she was also a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Niver Rajna writes for many online and offline publications including National Geographic, the Huffington Post, the Guardian and the Jewish Journal. She and her husband, George, are starting their third sabbatical year! Follow them on Facebook or @WeSaidGoTravel on twitter!

A quick stop in Penang, Malaysia: The Pearl of the Orient

Kek Lok Si in Penang

By George Rajna We’ve been to Penang, Malaysia quite a few times since first visiting the island in 2009, and each time we return only enhances my appreciation for the island known as the “Pearl of the Orient” (due in part to its rich, multicultural heritage). Our original visit focused on the touristy section of […]

Palau: The incredible Rock Islands and Jellyfish Lake

G jellyfish lake

By George Rajna Ever since 2009, when Lisa—my wife and travel partner—and I swam with jellyfish in a lagoon on Indonesia’s Kakaban Island, we had wanted to once again immerse ourselves amidst jellyfish in a place famous for it: a lake located within Palau’s gorgeous and UNESCO-recognized Rock Islands. Our first day visiting the famous […]

Palawan, the Philippines from above and below

Sabang Beach on the Philippine island of Palawan

By George Rajna Having heard that Palawan in the Philippines is a worthwhile destination from a variety of travelers over the years, I was excited to be heading to the island’s capital, Puerto Princesa. Rissa Gatdula-Lumontad and Ricky Tio at Cebu Holiday Tours set up our accommodation and itinerary in advance, and so we were […]

One-stop, non-stop entertainment in Manila, the Philippines

Lisa in Cinderella's Carriage

By Lisa Niver Rajna and George Rajna During the last fifteen months, my husband George and I have been traveling independently all over Asia. We knew we needed to return to Los Angeles for a family event in October so after being away since July 2012, we began to make our way back across the Pacific. […]

Kailua Beach, a Tropical Oasis on Oahu

On the Road in Kailua by Lisa Niver Rajna

Should you visit the Hawaiian island of Oahu, don’t miss meeting Carol, the wonderful owner at Mani Mele Bed and Breakfast, a tropical oasis steps from the beach on Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. You may remember hearing about this beach as this was the Presidential respite and winter break in December 2011 for the First Family. […]

Wandering in Waikiki

Waikiki

The area around Waikiki’s famous two mile-long white sand crescent beach is a mecca for tourists. Waikiki means “spouting waters” and is located on Oahu, the third largest of the Hawaiian islands. Oahu means “gathering place” and many tourists gather here to enjoy the sand, shopping, and attractions of this incredible paradise. We stayed at […]

A Day to Remember: Pearl Harbor

Shuttle Boat

My father was born on December 11, 1941 while my grandfather had already joined the military. For my whole life I have heard how my father was born three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the triggering event of American involvement in World War II. The attack claimed the lives of over 2000 military […]