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)

Pompeii*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.


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66 thoughts on “About

  1. I think it was Eliot who said that the point of travel was to return at last to the place you were first so as to see it clearly for the first time. I think this is especially true for any thinking South African. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Well hello nomadic panda 🙂 We look forward to following your adventures around the world and hope you get to visit all the places you desire in 2015! Happy travels and can’t wait to see where you “pop up” next 🙂


  3. Thank you for visiting my new blog http://dewdropsonmomiji.wordpress.com/ !
    The words you use to describe how you like to travel: moving, wandering, getting lost in, meandering, following, finding, dreaming, exploring, adventuring… I couldn’t have said it better myself!
    p.s. I see Japan is at the top of your wishlist of places you want to travel.. I hope you get to go there, and if you need any travel tips… 😉 !


    1. Hi! Thank you so much for the nomination!! I’m honored!! I’ve already received a One lovely Blog award 🙂 I don’t think I’ll have time to do it twice. Thanks for reading and enjoying my blog! I really appreciate it! ♥

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  4. I love your blog! Maybe because one of the nicknames my friends gave me is panda. 🙂 And wow, you’ve been to so many places already. I look forward to reading more of your adventures!


  5. Nice to have stumbled upon a fellow South African’s blog, although technically I am not South African! Really enjoyed reading about your ‘little’ trips across Europe. Look forward to more. Happy travels!


  6. You have a cool blog and I myself love learning about new places and studying new languages. I think traveling is so much fun and if you have the liberty to do so then why not?

    Thank you for liking and following my blog it is much appreciated 🙂


  7. Thank you for visiting my blogsite and travels in Portugal – perhaps it will tempt you to travel further in Portugal? I was in South Africa at the beginning of the year and loved it; I hope the photos captured the splendour of the towns and countryside.


    1. I am planning a trip with my mother for her birthday to Portugal next year 🙂 Really looking forward to seeing more of the country! I hope you enjoyed South Africa 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


  8. I’m very excited to read about your journeys and discoveries. It’s so fun to escape, if only for a moment, and read about the beautiful places others have discovered. Thank you for following my blog too.


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