About Us

Man and Woman posing for photo in front of lake and trees

One minute you’re posting to Instagram…

It’s funny how life works sometimes. One minute you’re posting your travel photos on Instagram – the next minute you’ve met the love of your life. Well, we’re Lisa and Eric – and that’s essentially how our journey has unfolded.

Our story is a little crazy – at least, that’s what everyone tells us. But when a German traveller meets a Canadian wanderer through a love of travel and photos, you never know how it may turn out. We fell in love over Skype, and took a leap to travel Europe together – having never before met in person. Simply put, that trip was the beginning of our life together. Now, we travel the world and share stories as we pursue our goals and dreams. If you want to learn more about our first trip together, read the tale here.

Who We Are

Eric is a Canadian & Hungarian content writer with over 45 countries under his belt. From volunteering in Australia to studying his Master’s degree abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland, his travel experiences have taken him across the globe. Next to writing on Penguin and Pia, he has also contributed to companies in the travel space such as Matador, GoOverseas and Spot.

Lisa is a German content writer and marketer who studied Business and Languages/Cultures at university. She spent a year in the United States during high school, went to university in Copenhagen, Denmark, did an internship in Edinburgh, Scotland and studied abroad in Bilbao, Spain. Next to travelling around over 20 countries in Europe, she has also lived in Toronto, Canada on a Working Holiday Visa.

We don’t seem to fit any of the travel “molds”. We backpack, but we’re not quite backpackers. We often travel cheaply, but we’re not quite budget travellers. We don’t mind investing in a good experience, but we’re not luxury chasers.

We’re just us. We’re normal people – probably no different from you. Like you, we have huge goals and a desire to see and experience the world. We’ll share those experiences with you – and we’ll do it in two languages! If you want to learn about Eric’s home province of Ontario, feel free to visit our second website OntarioAway.com.

Why “Penguin and Pia”?

That’s a good question. As the story goes, we have a love for animals – penguins, in particular. Falling in love long distance can be quite tough, and so Eric sent Lisa a stuffed penguin named “Penguin”, from Canada for her birthday.

Months later while travelling together in Krakow, Poland, we stumbled upon a plush animal shop where we found another penguin. It was love at first sight. We bought her, Lisa later named her “Pia” – and the legend was born. Our penguins travel the world with us as we share tales of adventure, love, and taking a “leap of faith” for something you believe in.

So, welcome to our site – we’re glad you’re here. If you’d like to leave us a message, feel free to get in touch! Otherwise, happy reading!