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 television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. 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, 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 challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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