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Below is a summary of my route around the world from 2016 to 2018. The list doesn’t include destinations where I didn’t stay overnight (Latvia, Romania and Austria).

For detailed summaries of my RTW trip, see the following:

Around the world in 777 day. All the stops of my RTW trip..

All the stops of my 2-year trip around the world

Countries Visited In 2016

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia

Europe (15 May – 3 July 2016)

0. Finland (left on 15 May 2016)

Hometown Tourist in Jyväskylä

1. Estonia (15-16 May 2016)

It’s Day Number One (and I Already Feel Like I’m Traveling)

2. Lithuania (16-21 May 2016)

Pictures from the Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Klaipeda, the Curonian Spit and Why CouchSurfing Can Be So Useful

The Train to Vilnius and the Kindness of Strangers

3. Belarus (21-28 May 2016)

One Week in Belarus – My Thoughts About the Country

4. Poland (28 May – 3 June 2016)

Poland – A Land of Awesome People and Weird Politics

5. Czech Republic (3-7 June 2016)

Czech Republic and the Element of Surprise

6. Slovakia (7-18 June 2016)

Bratislava and Beyond – Pictures from One of the Best Travel Days So Far

Slovak Paradise & High Tatras – Trekking High And Low

7. Ukraine (18- 26 June 2016)

Visiting Chernobyl and Pripyat

8. Moldova (26-28 June 2016)

48 Hour Moldova Travel Experience

9. Bulgaria (29 June – 2 July 2016)

Sofia and the Fellowship of Travelers

10. Turkey (2-3 July 2016)

Sleepless in Istanbul


Pink Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Pink Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Middle East (3-16 July 2016)

11. Iran (3-11 July 2016)

Impressions from a Guided Tour of Iran

12. United Arab Emirates (11-16 July 2016)

The Wrong Season to Visit United Arab Emirates

People of Bangladesh. Crowded street junction in Khulna, Bangladesh.

Khulna, Bangladesh

Indian Subcontinent (16 July – 23 October 2016)

13. India (16 July – 21 August 2016)

Monsoon Travel in Kerala, South India

I Found Paradise (And It’s called Gokarna)

Stumbling in Hampi

I Got off the Train in a Random City in India

I Had a Noble Mission in Udaipur

Alternative Pictures of Taj Mahal

Happy Days with a Travel Companion

Survival Tips for India

The Monday Diaries – A Look on the Average Days of a Solo Traveler

14. Nepal (21 August – 13 October 2016)

Crossing the Nepal Border and Visiting Lumbini

What’s There to See in Tansen, Nepal?

Pokhara – How Does It Feel to Stay Still?

Bungee Jumping in Pokhara

Is Learning Nepali Difficult?

Alternative Stops Between Pokhara and Kathmandu

“I Hate Thamel”

Rice & Blood for Lunch – Staying in Nepalese Villages

6 Best Places to See the Himalayas in Nepal

15. Bangladesh (13-23 October 2016)

My Experience of Solo Travel in Bangladesh

Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan, Myanmar

Mainland Southeast Asia (23 October 2016 – 25 December 2017)

16. Thailand (23 October – 4 November 2016)

How Thailand Brought Back My Travel Mood

17. Myanmar (4-14 November 2016)

Myanmar in Pictures

17½. Thailand again (14-19 November 2016)

No blog posts.

18. Laos (19 November –10 December 2016)

Slow Boat from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang

Hot Air Ballooning in Vang Vieng, Laos

Day Trip from Vientiane to Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan)

19. Cambodia (10-18 December 2016)

Is Angkor Wat Worth It?

20. Vietnam (18-25 December 2016)

One Week in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Countries Visited in 2017

Trekking Mount Bromo without a tour.

Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Islands of Southeast Asia (25 December 2016 – 22 April 2017)

21. Taiwan (25 December 2016 – 6 January 2017)

Pictures from Taroko National Park, Taiwan

5 Reasons to Love Taipei

22. Philippines (6-31 January 2017)

What Did I Do in the Philippines?

23. Brunei (31 January – 4 February 2017)

Scuba Diving in Brunei Darussalam

Day Trip to Ulu Temburong National Park

24. Malaysia (4-22 February 2017)

How to Cross from Sabah to Kalimantan

25. Indonesia (22 February – 22 April 2017)

An Atheist’s Review of 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat

Visiting Mount Bromo without a Tour

'Eua Island, Tonga

‘Eua Island, Tonga

Oceania (22 April – 10 July 2017)

26. Australia (22 April – 31 May 2017)

How to Visit William Ricketts Sanctuary Near Melbourne

1-Day Great Ocean Road Self-Drive from Melbourne

Uluru – My New Favourite Destination in the World

My Impressions of Australia

27. Fiji (31 May – 13 June 2017)

Resort Life in Fiji

28. Tonga (13 June – 1 July 2017)

Hiking in Tonga (‘Eua Island)

29. New Zealand (1-11 July 2017)

How One German Word Stopped Me from Flying to New Zealand

I Wish I Had Seen Hobbiton (Travel Memory #28)

29½. Crossing the Pacific (11-26 July 2017)

Crossing the Pacific – My Cargo Ship Travel Experience

How Long Does It Take a Cargo Ship to Cross the Pacific?

How to Prepare for Traveling on a Cargo Ship?

Kings Canyon National Park, USA

Kings Canyon National Park, USA

North America (26 July 2017 – 19 December 2017)

30. United States of America (26 July – 4 September 2017)

Gleanings for the Hungry – My First Workaway Experience

31. Mexico (4 September – 19 December 2017)

Day Trip to Teotihuacan Without a Tour

Mexico City – Why I Took a Break from Traveling

How I Spent Three Months Traveling Through Mexico

A Short Guide to Overland Travel Through Mexico

View from Morro de Santo Antonio viewpoint in Caraguatatuba, Brazil.

Caraguatatuba, Brazil

South America (19 December 2017 – 18 January 2018)

32. Colombia (19-26 December 2017)

7 Curious Things I Noticed in Colombia

33. Brazil (27 December 2017 – 18 January 2018)

Visiting Penedo, the Little Finland of Brazil

A Zebra at a game reserve in Mokopane, South Africa

Mokopane, South Africa

Africa (19 January 2018 – 21 March 2018)

34. South Africa (19 January – 19 February 2018)

Visiting Makapan’s Caves in Mokopane, South Africa

How My One Week in South Africa Turned into a Month

Crossing from South Africa to Zimbabwe on a Bus (Visa on Arrival)

35. Zimbabwe (19-23 February 2018)

Crossing from South Africa to Zimbabwe on a Bus (Visa on Arrival)

Visiting Victoria Falls in February

36. Zambia (23-28 February 2018)

Visiting Victoria Falls in February

Train from Zambia to Tanzania

37. Tanzania (28 February – 9 March 2018)

Train from Zambia to Tanzania

38. Kenya (9-16 March 2018)

How Drawing a Random Circle on a Beach Ball Sent Me to Kenya

39. Egypt (16-21 March 2018)

Visiting Cairo in 2018

Is Cairo Safe to Travel?

Neuschwanstein Castle from Queen Mary's Bridge. RTW itinerary.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Back in Europe (21 March 2018 – 1 July 2018)

During the last leg of my trip, I did not write separate blog posts from the countries I visited in Europe. Instead, I summarized the last months of my trip into a single blog post:

Goodbye Travel Life – My Homecoming Tour through Europe

In 2022, I wrote a series of 30 Travel Memories. Many of those take place in this period.

39½. Turkey again (21-24 March 2018)

40. Greece (24-28 March 2018)

41. Macedonia (28 March – 1 April 2018)

No McDonald’s in North Macedonia (Travel Memory #12)

42. Serbia (1-11 April 2018)

Couchsurfing in Serbia (#13)

43. Hungary (11-17 April 2018)

Staying in the Bubble in Hungary (#18)

43¼. Slovakia again (17-22 April 2018)

43½. Czech Republic again (22-24 April 2018)

43¾. Poland again (24-27 April 2018)

44. Germany (27 April – 8 May 2018)

45. Switzerland (8-14 May 2018)

46. France (14-19 May 2018)

Remembering Michel Felet (#1)

47. United Kingdom (19 May – 11 June 2018)

Reunions in the United Kingdom (#26)

48. Belgium (11-16 June 2018)

“Why Didn’t You Stay at Home?” (#15)

49. Netherlands (16-21 June 2018)

Visiting the Netherlands (#25)

49½. Germany again (21-30 June 2018)

My 2-year trip around the world ended in Finland on July 1, 2018.


  1. Liam says:

    Amazing stuff, how did you get the financial support to travel that long?

  2. Lauren says:

    I’d love to travel the world like you, but I can’t seem to find the time to do it. I’m always too busy to travel, though I desperately want to. I’m also afraid to go at it alone, as I’m not a very outgoing person. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Arimo says:

      You’re the best person to judge whether you could arrange the time to travel or not. No one else will start the adventure for you, so it’s all in your hands now 🙂 Whether you decide to stay still or travel, try to be content with your choice and situation.

      Also, remember that you don’t need to start with a full world tour straight away. If you want to get more experience traveling, you can start with shorter trips first.

      • LingHua(Alinna) Wang says:

        Hello, it is really interesting to see your posts. I was reading about Vipassana meditation review and it leads me here haha. Did you booked a years worldwide ticket or you just book from one destination to another at the time?

        Best wishes. 🙂

        • Arimo says:

          Hey! 🙂 I booked my tickets one at a time. I think that’s a better method as it gives you more flexibility and freedom to change your plans.

  3. Vaibhav says:

    Wow! Amazing!

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