Arimo Travels

A 26-year-old Finnish man on a 2-year trip around the world. Travel tips, experiences and bad jokes.

Arimo Travels – RTW Travel Blog

Arimo Travels is a RTW travel blog written from a 2-year trip around the world. This page tells more about myself, my journey and my RTW travel blog.

About Arimo Koo

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

This trip around the world is not my first backpacking experience I’ve previously done several trips in Europe and Asia, visiting such diverse locations as Svalbard, Siberia and North Korea. However, my current 2-year round-the-world trip is definitely the longest journey I’ve ever done.

About My Trip Around the World

My 2-year trip around the world began on May 15th 2016.

To begin my journey around the world, I sold most of my furniture, quit my job and put my studies on an indefinite hiatus. I have estimated that the trip will take approximately two years to complete.

So far I’ve travelled from Europe to Asia, Oceania and North America. For a complete list of the countries I’ve visited on my solo trip around the world, see Where Have I Been? page.

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

Visiting the ruins of Teotihuacan, Mexico in November 2017.

About the RTW Travel Blog

Although my travel blog “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.

This RTW travel blog 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 arimotravels (at)


  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.

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