Kated Travel Podcast: Stephen Bailey and Lisa Niver


Kated Travel Episode 162 – What To Do When You Can’t Travel, with Lisa Niver and host, Stephen Bailey

Stephen Bailey and Lisa Niver

Thank you to Kated for highlighting my interview in Unorthodox Travel:

Kated Travel Podcast

What do you do when your number one passion is taken away? What do you do when you always travel, and then you can’t travel? It’s easy to be despondent during the great pause that is Covid-19. But some travellers see opportunity and positivity in the situation. Lisa Niver from We Said Go Travel brings her positive energy and great advice in today’s episode. She gives tips on how to use this time productivity and stay upbeat for when travel can return.

We talked about:


Solomon Islands

YouTube Videos with 1.3M views

Galapagos Islands


Lisa on KTLA TV in Los Angeles in her classroom:

Lisa on KTLA TV talking about travel–first segment about Napa Valley

Lisa on KTLA TV talking about Ogden, Utah: skiing and where the East and West Coast sides of the train met:

Lisa’s articles for Teen Vogue, AARP, American Airlines, Delta Sky, United Airlines, Wharton magazine, Smithsonian Magazine and many other places!!

Lisa Niver is a winner at the 2020 62nd Southern California Journalism Awards!

Lisa wants to go Scuba diving: bucket list: Great Barrier Reef, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Join me at Gardens of the Queen, Diving in Cuba

Lisa’s bucket list: Antarctica (her final continent), Brazil, Iceland and Mallorca!

Lisa is writing a memoir! Learn about the journey to her book on Undomesticated magazine:

Lisa’s 50 challenges before 50: mountain biking, sky diving and skiing with Jennifer who is blind and diving with bull sharks.

Lisa Niver working for Princess Cruises
Lisa Niver working for Princess Cruises
Photo By Matt Payne
Matt Payne took this photo of Lisa Niver, founder of We Said Go Travel, in Kenya in July 2018

Thank you to Stephen Bailey and Kated Travel for inviting me on your show! It was great to talk about what you can do when you can’t travel!

You can also listen on LISTENNOTES:


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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