Where did I celebrate my birthday in Cancun?


How was my Cancun celebration for my birthday? SIMPLY SPECTACULAR! I got to see Grand Bahama bank from the air and was ready for more exciting adventures. My home for this trip was the Hyatt Zilara. I had a balcony with a hammock, an in-room hot tub and a magic box.

MY VIDEOWhere did I celebrate my birthday in Cancun? Experiencias Xcaret & Hyatt Zilara

Sergio and I spent my birthday at XPLOR! I drove through caves, swam in caves, and hammock ziplined into the water. At XPLOR, they thought of everything. Your things will be safe in your locker, your helmet has as chip in it so when photos are taken of you they can all be aggregated together, and food is included so no need to carry money. In order to plan your next activity, check the board. If any area has a line it is marked with a yellow or red light, go for the green areas!

I was afraid of the zipline towers at first but the staff is friendly and competent and I just decided to GO FOR IT! I loved it so much. I wanted to go again! I learned that everyone is welcome at XPLOR –they are prepared to take people in wheelchairs or with certain disabilities up on specific platforms so they can zipline too! I loved my birthday cake and singing at XPLOR cafeteria. My day was truly magical!

I spent the next day at the brand new XENSES! I was concerned as I have always had an eye issue that makes what I see slightly different that what other people see. I spent all of 2015 in vision therapy and most of 2016 testing my new skills. I wanted to be able to enjoy all of the unique perceptions of this park and I did! It was a huge success for me and incredible fun as well. Be prepared for something different around every corner. Do you believe what you see? Would you drink out of a toilet?

This year is the 25th anniversary celebration at XCARET! I loved the show which explores Mexico’s history. If you want great seats for the show, I highly recommend you pick the show with dinner option! I was impressed by all the local dancing styles. I wanted to get down on the floor and join in!

Where did I celebrate my birthday?After all that excitement, I was glad to return to Hyatt Zilara to walk on the beach, relax by the pool, join in the foam party and eat at all the great restaurants. In the lobby, there was a show and I was able to sit so close I felt like I was actually in it!

Thank you to Hyatt Zilara, XPLOR, XENSES and XCARET for making my birthday celebrations so special!

Where did Lisa celebrate her birthday?

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. 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 times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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