Vanuatu: An Interesting Planet


Lisa and George hiking in a volcano crater in Hawaii

I have not always been very interested in Earth Science or Volcanoes. I distinctly remember Seventh Grade Earth Science being incredibly dry. I think I could have fallen asleep but I was too much a goody-goody to actually close my eyes in class.

During my seven years at sea, it came as a real surprise that so much of the planet was mesmerizing and full of true awesomeness.  I remember being uninterested in the locks of the Panama Canal in advance, but all three times I have sailed through I have sat outside all day watching and have taken the same photos every time. It really is incredible.
When I got assigned to go to Alaska for my first summer, my friend said, “I am so jealous! I have always wanted to go there.” I said, “Why?” Apparently, his seventh grade teacher inspired him to want to learn about Earth Science and Glaciers and showed videos of the Glaciers calving and he was waiting to see it for himself.
Now, I know that there are marvelous mysteries around every corner.


Tanna Volcano (

Recently in Hawaii, I walked for miles in a crater, which was incredible. It reminded me of our trip to Vanuatu. On that trip, we missed out on going to the island, Tanna with the active volcano. I know I will be back there soon. Whether Volcanoes, Glaciers or Canal locks, there is so much to see just around the corner and a bit further.

I am working my hardest to make sure that all of my science students are inspired to travel all around our wildly interesting planet.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one and a quarter million views (1,250,000) on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blogs and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. From 2017 to 2020 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won three times and been a finalist fourteen times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards. She was also a finalist for four other categories including online journalist of the year, digital story for activism journalism with Ms. Magazine, educational reporting for Wharton Magazine and a broadcast lifestyle feature for KTLA TV in Los Angeles.    Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. In 2018,  she was a finalist for stories in Smithsonian, PopSugar Fitness and the Saturday Evening Post. Niver won a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and was a finalist for travel reporting. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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