Welcome to explore the world with FinnsAway! We are Anne and Toni, a Finnish couple that decided to leave it all behind and jump into nomadic / cosmopolitan life style. Our life-changing journey began in July 2017, when we sold or donated our belongings down to such volume that basically fits in two backpacks. First part of the journey took place in eastern and southeastern Europe, as we decided to start by a six months long road trip with our car. After that, in early 2018 we left the car in Athens for the time being, and flew to Cyprus. In spring we made a few weeks visit to Finland, after which the journey has continued to Portugal and Italy.
We are two sporty backpackers who want to roam around the world as freely as possible. We enjoy the feeling of takeoff and arriving in next destination, hiking on remote hills, reaching the high peaks, watching sunsets, strolling on old city streets, spotting castles, eating local meals, tasting new beers and meeting like-minded people. Our travels are budget-friendly; we don't lodge in 5-star hotels but favor apartments, hostels or camping instead, and we always aim to find cheap flight deals and bus and train tickets when moving around.
On this site we share our experiences, uncover our best budget travel tips and bring out the true nature of living and working on the road. Our aim is to develop FinnsAway site to a useful source of information and travel deals for other travelers. Also, we want to inspire those other restless souls, who are themselves thinking about the possibility to turn traveling into a lifestyle.
Besides travelers, we both are educated and experienced engineers, and Toni also has strong background as entrepreneur. Freelancing through our own company enables working location independently as digital nomads.
We visited as many as 58 countries during short holiday trips along 12 years. (We are publishing travel stories also about these old trips in the blog, in category Before FinnsAway). Those all were great escapes from our hectic 9 to 5 life, but providing just short glimpses on what the world can offer. On our travels, we were always in a hurry to move to next city or country, trying to maximize the number of places that can be visited during 1 to 5 weeks holiday. Even if we chose to use all possible day offs travelling abroad, we never had the possibility to stay in one place long enough to really adopt the local way of living, or to really step out of the beaten track.
During those holiday trips we had been hiking and biking on mountains, snorkeling over coral reefs, swing jumping from a bridge, camping under apple trees, jogging through villages where everyone was just staring at us, and taking breathtakingly thrilling but still awesome bus rides. We definitely enjoyed it all, but still, we were accompanied by a slightly depressing and empty feeling, knowing that soon we needed to go back home again. Planning the next adventure was always fun of course, but counting the days to next holiday and to the next takeoff not that much.
Not to say that there was something wrong with our life in Finland; we had beautiful home, good jobs, wonderful friends and rewarding hobbies, but we still wanted to cut the chains of ordinary life with daily routines and wander free. So, slowly we came up with the decision to leave it all behind and make the dream of travelling for a longer term (even for a life time, who knows?) and working globally through our own company true.
After the first discussions about finding time for a longer trip, it took still years to actually come up with the big decision. It was maybe early 2016 when we started to more seriously talk about leaving, and back then we scheduled the departure to happen on spring or summer 2017. After that we kept the idea alive, and finally started selling our stuff little by little in early 2017. In end of June we left our jobs and during July got rid of all furniture and the rest of our belongings. After cleaning up our apartment and putting it for sale (ended up renting it out later), we hit the road with our travel companion for coming months, Nissan Tiida. First couple of weeks were about visiting friends in Finland, and finally early August 2017 we crossed the Gulf of Finland to Tallinn in Estonia and started the road trip through Eastern Europe all the way to Greece. Since last summer we have learned a lot about living as nomads and we are certain that we made a right decision.
We are sharing our journey in the blog, and with that we also want to inspire our readers to travel the world and find new paths. In 2017 our adventure took us through 15 European countries, and in 2018 the journey continues in Europe, Caucasus and Middle East. Welcome on board!
Anne & Toni