Meet the Nomads – Lisa and George Rajna of We Said Go Travel

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.

Get to know more about Lisa and George and follow their adventures at We Said Go Travel. But before you click away, check out my short interview with this awesome couple.

Lisa and GEorge at Hilo Milo Bagan

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

George: “I learned how much I loved to travel through my parents especially my mom. We took family trips to the Bahamas, Mexico, Hawaii and Israel. It was such a passion for her she even became a travel agent.”

Lisa: “I went on a teen tour to Israel for nine weeks one summer when I was sixteen with ninety other teens from Los Angeles and it changed my life. I loved being in Israel, I loved being away, and I loved speaking Hebrew. I wanted more so I chose to live in Jerusalem for a semester in college and then traveled for the whole summer. By then I was hooked!”

What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?

George: “Being robbed in broad daylight in the North Eastern Brazilian beach town, Natal. I would have given them what they asked for but I thought they were beggars not robbers at first and then I heard the taller guy say, “watch” in Brazilian. When I realized what he said, he was already twisting his fingernails into my wrist and I had to fight them off. After they ripped the watch off my hand in a struggle, they ran off.”

Lisa: “The worst thing was when I was working on a Renaissance cruise ship and while we were in Italy, I got a phone call about my mom’s recent operation. My dad said, “You need to come home now.” Waiting for immigration papers to leave the ship and travel home took all night and with the time change it was a challenge to get current information. It all turned out well but it was incredibly stressful.”

What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?

George: “Getting engaged underwater to Lisa on Koh Lipe, Thailand during our first year sabbatical in Asia.”

Lisa: “I agree and I said, YES!”

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What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?

George: “I have found that in a basic way people everywhere are the same. Also, that people can be happy with very few material possessions.”

Lisa: “I have realized that I think I am traveling to learn about other people and other cultures, but the main lessons I learn are usually about myself.”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

George: “I agree that it can be a tiring activity so I highly recommend that people slow down their travels and spend at least 2-3 nights in each town or city. During this year’s trip, our goal is to try to spend 5 days to a week in each place. It doesn’t always happen but that is what we try to do. When we travel to more places, we try to break it up to do shorter distances.”

Lisa: “I love to be on the road with George. I always enjoy our time, our adventures and seeing new places. One of the best things on this trip, our second sabbatical year in Asia, is to return to places and see certain places again with a new perspective.”

This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?

George: “I would like to travel with Daniel Craig. He already travels all over the place so he has a lot of travel experience. I think he would open my eyes to things I would not see without his character.”

Lisa: “Wonder woman would definitely be my choice. I want to go in the invisible plane and I want to use the golden lasso of truth!”

Meet the Nomads - Lisa and George Rajna of We Said Go Travel

Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?

George: “I do not have a favorite place on this planet. If I was picking a colonial city, it might be Ouropreto, Brazil. If I was picking a beach, it might be Koh Lipe, Thailand. But then again for underwater life, my favorite would have to be the Indonesian archipelago. I generally don’t like big cities, but Havana and Kathmandu are near the top of the list.”

Lisa: “One of my favorite places is the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. After growing up in Los Angeles, it shocked me how much I loved the vast expanse of nothingness. I also saw my first moonrise and I won’t ever forget it.”

What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?

George: “Prepare yourself with information about the place you are going, travel lightly and when setting your itinerary allow at least 2-3 nights in each location. Do not try to see too much too quickly.”

Lisa: “I will always remember leaving home with every single thing I thought I could not live without. My bag was so heavy I could not carry it. I vowed never to have that happen to me again. On my next trip, I had wheels! I still had too much stuff but I could wheel it around. I have learned to travel with less and it is better.”

What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?

George: “In Chiang Mai, Thailand during Songkran, I purchased a Rambo backpack super-powered water gun and I ran through the streets shooting people with ice-cold water and getting attacked back by locals.”

Lisa: “When I worked as a GO at Club Med, I played Marge, the nerdy librarian, for the Dating Game show. It was so much fun to dress-up crazy like Marge. Her socks did not match, her glasses were broken, she was missing teeth but she loved her slide ruler. Guess what? The other contestants were so scary; I won almost every game!”

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About George and Lisa:

George Rajna, Co-founder of WeSaidGoTravel.com, MBA, MS Communications Disorders, 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. His favorite region is South East Asia and he recommends Bagan (Burma/Myanmar), Koh Lipe (Thailand/engagement), Angkor Temples (Cambodia), Langzong (China), diving in Sipandan (Malaysia), and trekking in Nepal.

Lisa and George Rajna met online in 2007 and started traveling together internationally almost immediately. By 2008, they had quit their jobs, rented their condo and left for a year on the road. After eleven countries, twelve months, losing sixty pounds and getting engaged underwater, they returned to Los Angeles. On July 1, 2012, the next year long adventure began in Indonesia with snorkeling in Northern Bali.

Lisa Niver Rajna was recently on National Television as science teacher on the show Career Day. She is a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and a member of the Traveler’s Century Club for travelers who have been to over one hundred countries. She and George are spending a sabbatical year in South East Asia. Follow their travels at We Said Go Travel, on Twitter and on Facebook.

About We Said Go Travel Blog:

“We Said Go Travel is a Passport to a Global Community: Travel, Education, Inspiration! Join Lisa and George Rajna for unique career break adventures! This couple met online and are on their second sabbatical year in Asia. Their site is a meeting place for travelers where all can share their journeys through photos and videos. When in Los Angeles, they host travel events with travel authors, writers and fellow vagabonds.” – Lisa and George

Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Lisa and George.

Next: Meet the Nomads – A Year of Learning 2012 Part 1 Previously: Turner Barr of Around the World in 80 Jobs For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.

Comments

  1. Nice to meet you both. Its amazing how you met online, quite your jobs and went around the world.

  2. Shalu, Thanks so much! We are happy to be on our 2nd sabbatical year. Happy New Year from Palolam, India! Lisa

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