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The longer we travel, the more couples like us we discover or even meet. Like us they dreamed about traveling, like us they made the big trip happen, and like us they document their experiences online. In the Two Toothbrushes traveler interview series we introduce fellow traveling and blogging couples to share their story and draw inspiration from them. If you’d like to participate or know a couple who would, please visit the series page.

Kaisa Kapanen and Arno Enzerink started their traveling life in March 2014 when they gave up their flat in Helsinki, Finland, sold most of their stuff, stored the rest and headed to Bali, Indonesia. After two months of diving and doing yoga in Bali, they came to the Philippines with the intention to stay for some time. They are documenting their journey on their Reconnect Discover blog.

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Where is your toothbrush and where is it headed next?

Our toothbrushes are currently on a small island called Camiguin, in the Philippines. We don’t know where we are headed next, to be honest. We will stay here until mid-2015 at least, and then see where the mighty Universe will take us. We love the Philippines, so for sure we will travel more around before heading to other locations in Asia and the Pacific.

What’s your definition of home?

We have both lived in other countries before. We have both lived in the U.S. (me [Kaisa] for one year in Michigan, Arno for 3 months in Montana). While I was born in Finland I lived in the Netherlands for 10 years, and Arno, born in the Netherlands, lived in Finland for 12 years. So the notion of home has always been a moving target for us. From early on we have gotten used to the fact that most of our important people are not to be found in our home towns, in the same country, or not even on the same continent.

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Arno and Kaisa getting ready to dive in Camiguin, Philippines.

Home for us is a state of mind. It is not a location, but more a feeling. It’s about wellbeing and about feeling comfortable with what you do, and who you do it with. We find home in each other, and we are in peace with who we are, and where we are. This is enough to feel at home.

How do you make yourself feel at home wherever you go?

For those moments when you are missing familiarity, relatively small things can make you feel at home. Having the same hobbies, such as running or writing. Occasionally eating familiar foods like the ones you used to eat at home. We love watching movies, so we sometimes unplug from the world around us and watch a movie in bed.

Why this trip, why now?

We wanted to do something different. Although we were happy before, we were craving more freedom, and a lifestyle that the tropics would provide us. I was not feeling well in my corporate job and decided it was not worth it to risk my health and wellbeing. It was time to follow my heart!

Arno trained himself as a PADI Dive Instructor, I pursued my dream to become a life coach and a yoga teacher. We founded a company together, Reconnect Discover, in order to share the love we have for this lifestyle, and to encourage others who wish to follow their hearts. We are now organizing retreats here in Camiguin combining diving, yoga, and life coaching.

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Kaisa and Arno on top of Hibok Hibok volcano, Camiguin, Philippines.

What were your greatest challenges in making the trip happen? How did you overcome them?

Making the jump to do this was challenging. While Arno was already an entrepreneur (as a graphic designer and a photographer), I had a comfortable corporate job which I needed to leave behind. Although I really wanted to leave it, it was not the easiest thing to do. I was scared! We were both scared of leaving Finland and living somewhere so different. We had no guarantees, just a dream and a passion for what we were going to do.

We are great believers in the Law of Attraction, and in the fact that the Universe will carry you. You just need to show initiative, take a leap, and the rest will be alright. This has certainly been the case for us, and if I ever get anxious about the future, I just take a look back and remember how far we have already come.

What do you enjoy the most about your traveling life?

We are finally living the kind of life we love. If we would win a million dollars tomorrow, we would still do what we do. This for us is the ultimate freedom. It’s not measured by the money you have in the bank account, but by the freedom and experiences you have.

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Picnic on White Island, Camiguin, Philippines.

Share a moment from your trip that made you laugh out loud.

The local life makes us laugh out loud a lot. Especially here in the Philippines people are smiling all the time. No matter what they have, or how they live, they smile, wave and are enthusiastic to learn more about you. Especially the local kids are adorable, shouting ‘hello, hello!’ every time we pass local villages. Their smiles makes us laugh every single time!

 Two Toothbrushes: A traveler interview with Reconnect Discover

Aug 202014
 

Some are scruffy, some are mangy, while some look better fed than most humans. During our travels, we saw relaxed Greek cats, skittish Serbian cats, and Malaysian cats you wouldn’t want to meet alone in a dark alley. But the street cats of the world do have one thing in common: they look right at home wherever they are.

So here’s the Faraway Feline, yet another cat photo to distract you from whatever you were doing before. You’re welcome.

This week’s Faraway Feline comes from our reader Erin Deatharage who found it while on a free walking tour of Lisbon. Erin captured the cat in an enclosed public backyard patio, where people hang clothes and grow plants, and where the cat was considering hunting the chickens nearby.

Faraway Feline Lisbon Faraway Feline: Lisbon, Portugal

Gimme all your chickens!

Are you as taken as we are with the cats of the world? If you have a Faraway Feline you’d like to share, email Lindsay and we’ll post it with a link to your blog or Facebook page. Please include the location it was shot and a caption about your Faraway Feline. We prefer photos that include some visual indication of location (in other words, not just the cat).

 Faraway Feline: Lisbon, Portugal