BRAVE-ish on WLS RADIO 890 with Colleen Kelly


Thank you to Travel Expert Colleen Kelly and Co-Host Megan Kudla for inviting me on their show: Round Trip With Colleen Kelly to talk about my memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty

Colleen and I first met at Joanne Vero’s Travel Media Showcase in Texas! I wrote about the conference for HuffPost! During the Girlfriend Get-away, I learned about Tammilee’s 40 before 50 which led to my 50 before 50 project!

I saw her again in 2017 when the conference was in North Carolina

We saw each other this year in New York City  IMM North America which is TravMedia’s Leading Media Networking Event. I had so many exceptional meetings I had to make TWO VIDEOS: Part 1 and Part 2

AND!! We were together in San Diego for Emily Kaufman’s CAMP TRAVEL MOM 2023

Colleen Kelly and Lisa Niver at Camp Travel Mom 2023



This week on Round Trip, Colleen Kelly and Megan are focusing on women in travel who are 40 and over! It’s a group of travelers not to discount. They’re everywhere, seeking new adventures, and coming together to share their experiences. On this episode, our hosts will be joined by a journalist and author to talk about her new book surrounding this very topic, and the founders of a company that focuses on health and wellness products which women over 40 will love!

More Information from our Guests can be Found Here:


Although Lisa Niver has traveled in far-off locales from Vanuatu to Nepal and received numerous accolades for both her writing and her top ranked website, what people don’t realize is that this began from the wreckage of a rotten romance.

Newlywed Niver was on the adventure of a lifetime. She had quit her job, rented out her condo, and was traveling around Asia. To the outside world, Niver was a woman living out her dreams of exploring ancient ruins in Cambodia and seeing orangutans in Borneo. In private, she was keeping a dark secret. But, when she found herself lying on a sidewalk in Thailand, looking up at the sky in severe pain, she knew things had to change. At age forty-seven, Niver found the courage to set course on a new life.

Feeling like a failure, pushing fifty, and moving home to her parents’ house to start again from scratch, Niver started taking one tiny “brave-ish” step at a time to take her life far away from the old one and into the adventurous world of travel writing. These small hurdles led to the challenge of trying fifty new things before turning fifty. From diving into shipwrecks, swimming with sharks, bobsledding at 3 Gs, to indulging in wild escapades, Niver found herself traversing the world on a journey of reinvention, personal growth, and discovering what it actually means to be “brave.”

While Brave-ish chronicles Niver’s inspiring expeditions to distant corners of the world including Myanmar, Cuba, Morocco, Kenya and Mongolia this is more than a travelogue. Niver’s story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of perseverance. Brave-ish inspires readers to dream big, take risks, and embrace the unknown to create a life filled with wonder and excitement, even when courage seems elusive.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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