REIMAGINE Your Life: Alka Joshi and Lisa Niver


Thank you to Alka Joshi for inviting me on her show, Reimagine! I absolutely loved speaking with her about books and travel! Make sure you read both her amazing books: The Henna Artist and her new book out June 22, 2021, THE SECRET KEEPER OF JAIPUR, which I included in my Thrive Global article: Sizzling Summer Reads.

VIDEO: REIMAGINE! Alka Joshi interviews Lisa Niver

We talked about: getting started in traveling with my family, safety, travel planning, being prepared and what is in your suitcase! What would you miss if your luggage disappeared? Lisa cannot live without her kindle to read books but Alka reads paperback and hardcover books.

Alka asked me about interviewing Deepak Chopra! Watch our interview or read about it in Thrive Global.

We talked about how to get started as a travel writer (13.10) and my last trip before COVID on Ecoventura in the Galapagos! It was incredible to be invited and I just kept thinking, “I must have done something good!”

We talked about my safari with Abercrombie and Kent in Africa when I was in Tanzania– my 100th country! (14.09)! Watch the videos of elephants, giraffes, hippos and more!

Alka asked me about the importance of creating my travel videos—see them all and my over 1.3 Million views on my YouTube channel.

We talked about my trip to the Solomon Islands (14:53) for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal which I wrote about for Smithsonian Magazine which was nominated for a Southern California Journalism Award!

Lisa Niver published in Smithsonian Magazine

Once in Samoa, a family took me to their house. I made a video about how the Seligas saved us in Falealupo, Samoa. People will write to me and say, that is my Aunt’s house or I used to live there. Video brings the space you visited into people’s lives that is why I think video is so important.

Lisa with the Seligas family in Samoa in 2011

Alka asked about my stories for National Geographic, AAA Explorer, USA Today 10best,

USA Today 10best Niver A&K African safari

Lisa travels with a hula-hoop and that led to a story about travel and fitness at AARP!

Lisa Niver writes about Travel for AARP

How do stories happen? Lisa tells about how she wrote for Sierra Club Magazine about NAC (National Ability Center) and skiing with Jennifer who is blind. (18.09 & more 19.32)

Lisa Niver Skiing with people with visual impairments

Lisa’s KTLA TV segment for Odgen happened because she sent her producer at P.S. (19.17) about going skiing there.

Lisa skiing as a little girl

Being a travel writer requires curiosity and talking to people as well as being a participant! Lisa hula-hooped with the Maasai warriors! (24.35)

Lisa is a participant! In the Galapagos (25.31), she did EVERY activity: hiking, kayaking and snorkeling with penguins!

Lisa went scuba diving in Cuba at Gardens of the Queen and when she got home to write her articles–her notes were in Spanish! (27.15)

Lisa and Alka talked about working with editors to make an article better and Alka is writing novel #3 and learning about fragrance and perfume! Lisa wrote for the airline inflight print magazines for Delta, United, American Airlines and Air Canada.

Where is it safe to travel now? (29.30) Lisa’s first trip after 450 days in Los Angeles was to fly to San Jose, California and visit college friends. For summer and fall, people are going to visit family and friends like I did and celebrate graduations, anniversaries and birthdays that were missed! Tourism supports many families around the world–hopefully many of us can start to safely travel again. (30.35) Think about taking a job in hospitality! I loved working on cruise ships and traveling the world.

May new hotels are opening around the world–read my friend, Ramsey’s article about 69 new hotels around the world!

Lisa Niver at Los Gatos Creek Trail with Carl Law

Where do I want to go? Iceland (31.40), Antarctica and anywhere outdoors: Montana, Hawaii and every National Park! I also really want to go swim with the Whale sharks and go back to Bonaire (32.52)

Learn more about Lisa’s memoir in this article for Undomesticated. She is actively seeking an agent for her book!

What type of articles will Lisa be focusing on? (34.33) Trips with meaning like these 10 she wrote about for Ms. Magazine. I loved learning about how Likuliku Resort has been saving the Fijian crested Iguana!

There are GOOD NEWS stories and people making a difference by helping around our planet. We talked about my story for Ms. Magazine about How Bicycles Can Change the World! (35.40) I learned about this project on my Africa trip with Abercrombie and Kent.

FUN FACT from my trip to OGDEN!! Why does the United States have time zones? Because of the TRAIN! I went to the museum about the trains and learned so much! (36.10)

Lisa Niver in the Ogden Train museum

Alka said: “She is doing what most of us dream about doing, going to exotic places and doing exotic things. If you want to be along for the ride with Lisa, you can live vicariously through Lisa’s experiences”

Lisa Niver Joins Alka Joshi on REIMAGINE

Lisa Niver, award-winning travel blogger and journalist does what most of us dream of doing, travel to exotic places. Enjoy this video of my chat with her where she shares her exotic stories of travel!

PART 2: Lisa Niver on REIMAGINE

Lisa Niver, award-winning travel blogger and journalist does what most of us dream of doing, travel to exotic places. Enjoy part 2 of my chat with her where she shares her exotic stories of travel!

Watch our talk on Facebook!

Lisa Niver, award-winning travel blogger and journalist does what most of us dream of doing, travel to exotic places. Enjoy this video of my chat with her where she shares her exotic stories of travel!

Listen when Lisa Niver interviews Alka Joshi!

Read my interview of Alka on Thrive Global

Read about The Henna Artist in my article on Ms. Magazine

I found The Henna Artist at Costco!

I loved finding Alka’s book at Amazon Books in Century City!

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 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. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.

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