Arimo Travels

A 27-year-old Finnish backpacker. Travel tips, experiences and bad jokes.

Arimo Travels – RTW Travel Blog

Arimo Travels is a travel blog that focuses on long-term travel. This page tells more about myself, my journey and my long-term travel blog.

About Arimo Koo

I am Arimo Koo, a 26-year-old journalist and psychology student from Lappeenranta, Finland. After countless years of dreaming, two years of active saving and months of planning, I did what I always wanted: a trip around the world.

I’ve previously done several trips in Europe and Asia, visiting such diverse locations as Svalbard, Siberia and North Korea. However, my 2-year trip around the world was the longest and most ambitious trip I’ve ever done.

About My Trip Around the World

My trip around the world started in May 2016 and finished on July 2018. In total, the trip lasted 777 days

To begin my journey around the world, I sold most of my furniture, quit my job and put my studies on an indefinite hiatus. For a complete list of the countries I visited during my solo trip around the world, see my RTW itinerary page.

For more information about the trip, I recommend reading my summary post “I Traveled Around the World in 777 Days“.

Best RTW long-travel blogs. Arimo Koo sitting on the Pyramid of the Moon in Teotihuacan, Mexico.

Visiting the ruins of Teotihuacan, Mexico (November 2017)

About This Travel Blog

Although Arimo Travels has my name in it’s title, I’m not writing just about myself and my experiences. Instead, my goal is to help and inspire others to take the first (or second, or 1,000th) step and throw themselves into the world of traveling.

My travel blog focuses on long-term travel tips and the psychology of travel. I want to show what full-time travel feels like, so I write honest accounts about my travel experiences, whether they are enjoyable or not.

Arimo Travels can be seen as some sort of continuation for my previous travel blog Unelmien tiellä (“On the Road of Dreams” in English) from summer 2013. In Unelmien tiellä, me and my friend Olli traveled around Europe on InterRail for 20 days and asked a thousand people about their dreams for the future. The people we met wrote or drew their dreams on postcards that we posted on the blog’s website.

Contact Arimo

Do you have any questions about traveling or a particular destination? Or do you have an offer you think I shouldn’t refuse? I’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate! Hit me up on Facebook or Instagram or send an email to [email protected]


  1. I am wanting to go from Hong Kong to Los Angeles the beginning of July. Where can I look to find freighter options to travel this route? Thanks so much.

  2. Hello Arimo,

    I am really impressed about your traveling interest.
    Wish, i would visit some places at least among the one you did.

    Great inspiration. Best of luck for your future plans.

  3. Hi Arimo,

    I am glad to see your blog and some of the interesting tips you have mentioned on Travel Tips & Resources articles. However, I did not get when a traveler should use “Random Destination Generators”?

    Both “Travel Tips & Resources” and “The Psychology of Travel” articles are immense of knowledge and I like the way you put forward the psychology of traveler.

    In the entire blog, I have not seen you mentioning about the Vacation in a lush tropical paradise, Jamaica. It seems like, you have not visited Jamaica a jewel in the Caribbean tourism. Just-in-case you want to learn more please visit this blog here and

    • Arimo

      01/08/2018 at 12:26 pm

      Hey! The random destination generators are meant for anyone who wants to pick a destination at random. They are not necessarily travel tips or resources, but they didn’t fit into my other categories, so I listed them there.

  4. Great blog! I am from the USA and only 17-years-old and have traveled to over 20 countries so far for leisure and volunteering. You are an inspiration to me and I hope to travel to these places like Iran and North Korea one day. Keep blogging!

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