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, 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.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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