View of Panana City from Parque Natural Metropolitano


Hi I’m Lydia Bigley,

the person behind Barking Lizard Travel!

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, I was fortunate enough to be brought on regular childhood family holidays. My earliest memory is being in the apartment pool while on holiday in Malta. I was three years old.

This introduced me to travel and culture outside, the then very mono-cultural, Ireland. I quickly developed a severe case of wanderlust.

As soon as I turned 18 I started travelling independently.

Travel is my passion

Travel is my number one passion in life. I’ve travelled to over 40 countries all over the world. I never pass up a good opportunity to go on an adventure. One of the most common questions people ask me is: ‘When’s your next trip?’

I usually travel solo and independently as I enjoy the freedom it gives me. I love to take the road less travelled and explore destinations off the beaten track.

Some of my travel highlights so far have been riding the Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Vladivostok, two weeks spent exploring the Balkans, and a 3-month trip backpacking around Central America.

I have built up lots of travel knowledge of everything from travelling solo, to the best travel gadgets, and finally learning how to travel light.

I love to learn about the culture, society, and languages of the countries I visit. I speak fluent German, some Russian, and am currently learning Spanish.

I’ve lived in Germany, New York City, and London. Right now, Berlin is home.

When I’m not travelling, I can be found running around Tempelhofer Feld and drinking coffee in various Kreuzberg cafés.

Visit to find out more about my non-travel life