How we ended up buying an only one-way ticket to the Philippines? End of 2019 we decided to sell our lovely place in Tallinn Old Town and moved out from rental apartment in Helsinki ending a lengthy period of living in 2 countries at the same time and becoming homeless. Sometimes you have to give up on what you have to get what you want and we desired more freedom to travel. Getting closer to a simple minimalistic lifestyle was another important aspect. We were able to drastically reduce the number of our material belongings and only keep practical essentials and the stuff that sparks joy in our life.
“Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.” – Swami Vivekananda
Our next actions were affected by several factors. Our family needs to be able to enjoy our mornings together and work in the evenings during European business hours. Freediving conditions and community are equally important to keep going deeper into the mind and the ocean.
Bali is an excellent destination and one we will certainly return to but we had just spent 2 months there 2019 so we decided to return to the Philippines – our favorite country in Asia and one of the best places to work remotely. Weather is the best, nature is second to none, people are friendly and helpful with English widely spoken, life is cheap, local plant-based food is delicious. We made good contacts on Facebook before choosing the island of Panglao as our base. It is known as Mecca for freedivers and is well-positioned for visiting other islands in the Visayas region.
The start of the journey was getting a one-way ticket to the Philippines with a stopover in Doha at the end of February and telling our families that we will see them in 4 months. Our internal target return date did not exist however and at this point is less clear than before we left Europe. We have a pipeline of numerous activities and islands to visit. Like most of the world, we are also locked down at the moment so everything is postponed while we enjoy our time in a beautiful villa next to the ocean training static breath-hold, doing yoga and meditation, working on our projects and businesses.
Have you ever travelled with one way ticket only?