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

Award-winning travel expert Lisa Ellen Niver has explored 101 countries and talks travel on KTLA-TV and her website, We Said Go Travel, which is read in 212 countries. Her YouTube videos have nearly 900,000 views and she has more than 140,000 followers on social media (verified on Facebook and Twitter). She sailed on the high seas for seven years and she has been nominated for five Southern California Journalism Awards in the past two years and received 2nd place for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for publications including AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Robb Report, Sierra Club, Smithsonian, Saturday Evening Post, United Airlines (Hemispheres) and USA Today 10Best.

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