I’ve not only waved a temporary goodbye to Scandinavia, but also my two good buddies who took the trans Siberian train with me, so it’s onwards into Eastern Europe all alone…

friends in finland
Good luck boys, see u soon!

Looking back at my time in Finland, I feel so happy about the things I was fortunate enough to see and the people I managed to meet. I’ve traveled a lot over the years, but whether it’s a case of having a bit more money or a lot more maturity, this trip has already potentially been the best I’ve taken, and Finland was the icing on the cake.

Renting a car and road tripping to the Arctic Circle was brilliant, as was meeting the ‘real Santa Claus, ice-fishing naked on the Swedish/Finnish border and partying on Vappuu but it’s the people who really set off my time in Finland.


I just wanted to take a bit of time to thank Harri who allowed us to sleep on his floor for 2 nights, to Margus who took us into his office, gave us his sauna and then helped us organize staying with his dad. A huge thanks to Mr Pasula too, teaching us how to fish, feeding us home-made Finnish booze and letting me sleep on a waterbed for the first time!


When in Tampere I met Viilde, the owner of Dream Hostel. He couldn’t have been nicer to us. First off, the hostel was awesome – it’s cheap, so spacious, clean and right in the city centre of Tampere. The staff were cool and there’s lots of cheap bars and restaurants just around the corner too. Viilde then went above and beyond and helped us try to organize a return to Finland as part of a press-trip, if it comes off I’ll be even more grateful! Cheers mate.


Sometimes trips just have away of working out in the best manner possible, and Finland certainly did that for me. The weather was beautiful throughout, and driving through Lapland in the snow was like something out of a dream, people were helping us at every street corner in the most perfect English imaginable. Helsinki is a great city, and certainly a place where, as an EU citizen, I could feasibly consider moving to.


Anyways, now I’m on the boat to Tallinn, Estonia where another couchsurfing friend is hopefully going to meet me. I’ve got high hopes for this next leg of my trip from Estonia, through Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Transnistria, Romania, Bulgaria and down to Greece. It promises to be quite a journey, and I’m getting those nerves jingling a little bit, here we go again… happy travels!

Remember, never travel without travel insurance! And never overpay for travel insurance!

I use HeyMondo. You get INSTANT quotes. Super cheap, they actually pay out, AND they cover almost everywhere, where most insurance companies don't (even places like Central African Republic etc!). You can sign-up here. PS You even get 5% off if you use MY LINK! You can even sign up if you're already overseas and traveling, pretty cool.

Also, if you want to start a blog...I CAN HELP YOU!

Also, if you want to start a blog, and start to change your life, I'd love to help you! Email me on johnny@onestep4ward.com. In the meantime, check out my super easy blog post on how to start a travel blog in under 30 minutes, here! And if you just want to get cracking, use BlueHost at a discount, through me.

Also, (if you're like me, and awful with tech-stuff) email me and my team can get a blog up and running for you, designed and everything, for $699 - email johnny@onestep4ward.com to get started.

Do you work remotely? Are you a digital nomad/blogger etc? You need to be insured too.

I use SafetyWing for my digital nomad insurance. It covers me while I live overseas. It's just $10 a week, and it's amazing! No upfront fees, you just pay week by week, and you can sign up just for a week if you want, then switch it off and on whenever. You can read my review here, and you can sign-up here!


So if you’re ready to…..

1) Change your life
2) Travel the world
3) Get paid to travel
4) Create a positive influence on others
5) Be free of offices and ‘real world’ rubbish

Then Sign Up Below and Let’s Get Started!

Follow me on Instagram @onestep4ward