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:

Travel expert and writer, Lisa Ellen Niver, recently returned from a safari in East Africa with A&K. Here she shares some of the highlights from her recent adventure.We Said Go Travel

Posted by Abercrombie & Kent USA on Thursday, October 11, 2018


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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 a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. 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 nearly 2 million views. 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. 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 (1.7 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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