Hi, I’m Lia, writer of The Nomadic Panda Blog.
I’m not a nomad (but I love to travel and explore) and I’m not a panda either (but I love all panda cuteness).
So who am I then (in real life)?
I am a young adult (erm…the appropriate term to use these days to hide your true age) with a full-time job in the medical industry.
I have a gym membership but I mostly do yoga (not at the gym).
I am the owner of a passport, a piano, a cello and a cat.
I live in the beautiful Cape Town area in South Africa. I’m small town girl, who loves the big cities (occasionally).
I like to save up all my money to go traveling in the great big world once or twice a year and live like a poor person for the rest of the time. I love exploring my home country too.
How being South African impacts my travel life:
Well that’s easy. It’s expensive (local currency not doing too good) and you have to apply (and pay a fortune) for a visa to go almost anywhere. BUT it’s not too bad once you get the hang of THE TRAVEL BUDGET.
What will you find on this blog?
Stuff (I write) about what I experience in other countries and some nice (unprofessional) pictures accompanying them. Also, I like food and wine and food markets (especially local) so that is on here too.
This is not a professional travel blog so don’t expect glossy magazine posts. English isn’t my first language either.
I blog about my experiences to remind myself that they actually did happen (while I’m doing the 8-5) and hopefully it will inspire you in some way (or you just like looking at my pictures).
How I travel:
Budget travel (as a working young adult), solo travel, travel with friends/family, group travel, cultural activities like music, museums, food+drink, leisurely outdoor activities like (small) hikes and loafing on the beach, dancing.
I tend to want to go back to the same places, especially some that left an impression on me the first time.
I’ve been to: UK, Europe, Japan, South Africa (obviously)
*Disclaimer: All photos and content on this blog is from the creative juices of The Nomadic Panda, unless stated otherwise. Some of my blog articles with interactive maps are available for download on the GPSMyCity app for which I earn a small commission with no extra cost to you.