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.
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: WeSaidGoTravel.com 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.
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?
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.
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 WeSaidGoTravel.com 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:
More information about my safari in Africa:
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