About me

Hi, I’m Lia, writer of The Nomadic Panda Blog.

Thank you for visiting my site. This blog started out as a place to share photos from my trips but has evolved into something more. I share destination travel guides from the great cities I’ve visited around the world but I am also working on including more local content in the future. Local for me means, Cape Town and the beautiful towns of the Cape Winelands like Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the best places to eat, taste wine and hike.

I try to live my best life as creatively as possible.

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.  The secret is once you find some great travel resources, stick with them.

How I travel:

Best budget travel, 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.

Visit my Destinations page to see where I’ve been.

*Disclaimer and Copyright:  All photos and content on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I own the copyright to the images I have taken myself please do not publish them as your own. 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. I am also an affiliate member of booking.com, a booking service I use for all my trips and I earn a very small commission if you book a property via a link on my blog.


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83 replies to About me
  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. Great blog you’ve got here! thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you enjoyed it 🙂
    I look forward to reading more about your travels!


  7. 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 🙂


  8. 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!


  9. 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.


  10. Hi Panda!

    I love your blog (name, design and everything!) and you kid yourself if you think those pictures aren’t beautiful! 🙂 Can’t wait to read some more 🙂

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  11. Nice blog! I was looking for some information about Tokio and Google recommended me your blog.
    Also panda lover right here . 😀


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