Author: expatpanda

Responsible travel: A BASIC guide for dummies

Responsible travel: A BASIC guide for dummies

What is responsible travel? Responsible travel was formally defined in 2002 at a World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Cape Town. It can be simply described as: Travelling with an awareness that we, as travellers, have an effect on the people and places that […]

Visiting Maldives: Panda’s Tips & Tricks

Visiting Maldives: Panda’s Tips & Tricks

I never had the Maldives on my list.   I honestly thought it was one of dreamy destinations beyond my reach. Like Tahiti. Or Bora Bora. (How does one even reach those places?) But seriously though, I just didn’t think I was ever going to […]

Discovering Nizwa: Panda’s Practical Guide

Discovering Nizwa: Panda’s Practical Guide

Minarets, mosque domes, bleating goats & bustling markets make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time when you visit Oman’s former capital city (6th and 7th Century AD), Nizwa. This city used to be the centre of the country’s religion, trade and education […]

Exploring Wadi Damm: Panda’s Practical Guide

Exploring Wadi Damm: Panda’s Practical Guide

Once in a while I need to escape the UAE in search of some lush scenery and natural formations. I am fortunate enough to find that (and more) in the country right next door to me- Oman. I have been to various parts of Oman […]

“Your partner lets you wear THAT?” (And other inane questions I am asked)

“Your partner lets you wear THAT?” (And other inane questions I am asked)

When Expat Polar and I started dating, it was about only a year later that I decided to take our relationship public on my social media. Apart from the devastating divorce I had endured in the recent years of my late twenties (which you can […]

Planning a trip: Panda’s Process  

Planning a trip: Panda’s Process  

  There is no right or wrong way to plan for a trip and each person has their own preferences on how they like to do things. But a lot of people have messaged me saying things like:   “Where do you start looking for […]

Are you responsible about your travel stories?

Are you responsible about your travel stories?

  A while back, a group of influencers (people who have large followings on Instagram) all traveled to Saudi Arabia to ‘witness the beauty’, ‘experience the culture” or some such catchy motto. For the most part, I never take much notice of these influencers mostly […]

10 South African Female Bloggers to inspire your next adventure!

10 South African Female Bloggers to inspire your next adventure!

The truth is that we feel connected to people who we can relate to. We are more likely to take advice from someone who has the same struggles we have. And we feel inspired by people who rise above the challenges and still persevere.   […]

Has Instagram replaced blogging? Are they the same thing?

Has Instagram replaced blogging? Are they the same thing?

As I grow, I open my mind to learning new things and having old notions challenged. I had always thought that Instagram and blogs were two separate things. This was a black & white matter in my mind with clear distinctions and differences between the […]

The Struggles of Living & Leaving: Life as a Chinese Canadian

The Struggles of Living & Leaving: Life as a Chinese Canadian

  “There’s no way you’re traveling to Australia on your own. I’ll take your passport away.”   These were the exact words my father told me after feeling elated at buying a return flight to Sydney during my sophomore year in college. I wasn’t exactly […]


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