Talking Travel On The Good Life With Mike Wreyford


The Good Life with Mike WreyfordThank you to Mike from THE GOOD LIFE Show for inviting me on his radio program for the 3rd time.


What did we talk about?

I have always loved traveling.

My parents took us on a cruise when I was little and I saw the pyramids and the parthenon and I felt like my history books had come to life.  As an educator, it taught me how to make something interesting and engaging. As a student, I felt like reading about Greek history was boring but then I was there and I thought how can anyone make this boring. 

Mike: It is important for kids to go visiting and traveling to be inspired about the world. The magic of travel is it allows us to be kid-like again.

Lisa Niver flying to Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge


When you look at other cultures, they talk about “beginner’s mind.” When you are traveling, you don’t know where is the bathroom, how to use the money and you feel out of control and like a child. You have to learn to read the signs and only because of the kindness of strangers I got on the right bus.

Mike: There is a different language, food and culture—Take some effort to learn new words and connect with other people. When I was trekking in Nepal for a month, the people would offer us tea with fermented yak butter. They offered us the best they had and wanted to connect.

Mike: You have so many views on your videos, 135,000+ followers on your social media and have grown your website so well: Tell us about it:

Lisa: I started the website to promote a book. I joined Facebook and then when someone recommended it, Twitter. At the time, I did not even know what twitter was. Someone recommended that I start in video—I bought a used Cisco flip video on Ebay for $50. I have added one thing after another.

Lisa Niver is BRAVE

Mike: I see that you have the writing award and the photo award. Tell us about the journey.

Lisa: Last year we had 500 entries in the photo award. We had so many beautiful entries. Click here to see the winners.

I recommend to people when you get started, don’t spend money on a custom url or a logo. Start doing long form on Facebook, enter an award, get a free site like blogger. In the beginning, no one is watching what you are doing anyway. Just get started and see how you like it. Write once a month on your birthday. Do not have unrealistic expectations that you will write every day. No one is that interesting every day. You have to start somewhere. Make a commitment to yourself. I started with writing once a week. Whatever you do, you will get better. Ask questions. Take an online course. Go to conferences.

Mike: Meet different people from all strata and learn. Chuck from Malibu has a question for you about getting out of your zip code.

Chuck: Happy Birthday!
When I was young, I went to Copenhagen and saw the fijords. What do you think of the Northern Cruises?

Lisa Niver 100th Country: African SafariLisa:
It sounds like you had an amazing trip. I worked for several cruise lines for seven years. I love that part of the world. For me, cruising is a great way to experience many destinations and only unpack once.

Mike: Is that only a summer trip?

Lisa: Mainly there are summer itineraries. But there are cruises to see the Northern Lights and some lines like Hurtigruten may sail more of the year.

Chuck: The sun had to set around 4am and kiss the horizon and rebound and start the new day. It was pretty neat to see.

Lisa: It sounds like you should write a travel story about this amazing adventure.

Lisa: I have been focused on making videos, growing my videos and telling travel stories for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.

Mike: Tell us about your trip from Tanzania to Kenya.

Lisa: I was invited to Tanzania which was my 100th country and I went on Safari with Abercrombie and Kent for a small group luxury tailor made journey. We stayed with Sanctuary Retreats. We traveled overland from Tanzania to Kenya. It was so interesting to meet the people and see the border crossing. I had learned 5 words of Swahili in Tanzania and then I learned Maasai to speak in Kenya.

Enkereri school children in Maasai Mara. Photo by Matt Payne
Enkereri school children in Maasai Mara. Photo by Matt Payne

Mike: Did you meet the Maasai?

Lisa: I got invited to a Maasai village near Sanctuary Olonana. I asked the Chief of the village if I could bring my hula-hoop. I showed him a video because I had hula-hooped with some of the staff at Sanctuary Kichakani earlier in the week. He said, yes I could bring my hoop. After the warriors did their performance. I was able to teach them to use the hula-hoop. They had never seen one before. A couple of the warriors were willing to try, one of them was excellent. One of the warriors was laughing so hard, he fell down!

Mike: What a great idea!

here is a bunch of Maasai warriors, I have seen the way they jump and they have their cows. They are cattle farmers. To think that those proud warrior type guys, would hula-hoop! I have to watch that!

Lisa: Find me at for the website and all social media and on YouTube channel. I am going to Philadelphia as my best friend is being honored for her work with Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

Mike: Find Lisa Niver at We Said Go Travel!

Watch Lisa Hula Hooping with the Maasai:


Listen to Lisa on THE GOOD LIFE:

Sept 2017

March 2018 (More March news and links to the show)

October 2018

More information about my safari in Africa:

Part 1: Where Did I Travel on My First African Safari?

Part 2: Are You Ready? Today We Are Going to the Serengeti!

Part 3: What is the Best Way to Travel from Tanzania to Kenya?

Part 4: How can you see Black Rhino, Maasai Warriors and Hula Hoops?

Part 5: Do You Love The Animals of Africa?

Thank you to Abercrombie and Kent for sharing so many of my photos from our East African safari on their Facebook page:


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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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