Päivi is an adventurer living in Turku, south-west Finland. A mother of 3 grown-up children, she works as a communications manager.
Päivi travels mostly solo in Finland and around other parts of Europe. Her blog name is Parasta lähteä nyt ‒ matkoja lähelle ja kauas, which translates to something along the lines of 'It's better to leave now ‒ trips to near and far away!' You can find out more about the lovely Päivi from her IQPlanner profile.
Why did you start travel blogging? How long have you been doing it?
I like writing and taking photographs. Blogging is a means of combining these 2 ways of self-expression. I’m keen on seeing different places and cultures, which is why I also like travelling. I’ve been blogging since February 2015, so have been doing it about 2 and a half years.
Name your top 3 most memorable places?
One of my top memorable places is Melbourne, Australia. It’s a long way from Finland, but I travelled there to take part in The World Conference of Science Journalists in 2007. We visited many places, including a gold mine in Bendigo, a vineyard and The Penguin Parade in Phillip Island Nature Parks.
São Miguel in the Azores is also very interesting and beautiful with its diverse flora, and views across the Atlantic Ocean with dolphins and whales.
Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates was great for getting acquainted with the Arabic culture. My sister used to live in the UAE for couple of years and I visited twice with my teenage children.
What’s the best thing about being a travel blogger?
I like creating stories and uploading my photos. I learn many things about writing, taking photographs, social media, people and places.
I’ve also met many nice people and have made friends with some of them. My world is now much wider!
And the worst?! (if there is one)
As I work full-time, there’s always a shortage of time. I’ve more ideas and materials from my journeys to blog than I have possibilities to accomplish my posts.
Give your top tip to a blogger starting out
To blog or not to blog is an important question to consider before starting. Is your idea good enough to carry on for years or is it only a short-time attempt?
Are you enthusiastic about your blogging theme? Is there something unique in your blogging idea to be unlike thousands of other blogs? You have to be persistent, because it takes times to develop a popular blog. You also need a good name for your blog, and one that everyone will remember.
Hotel freebies: take ‘em’ or leave ‘em’?
I take hotel freebies if they’re useful, but will leave them it they’re unnecessary for me. For example, I leave shower caps behind, because I never use them.
Why should people subscribe to your page?
I’m blogging and giving information about many European destinations and especially places in Finland. As an amateur blogger, I only write about places and matters that I like myself and which could be useful for my readers.
I write in Finnish, which is restrictive for international audiences, but there are many photos in my blog to make up for it.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten on your travels?
For many people, oysters aren’t so unusual, but for me it is. I ate oysters for the very first time in my life in October in Ireland. I was surprised that I liked them served with lemon juice.
In Finland, we have some things that may be unusual for foreigners. For example, mustamakkara (black sausage) is a type of Finnish blood sausage traditionally eaten with lingonberry jam and mämmi, a traditional Finnish Easter dessert.
Mämmi is made of water, rye flour, and powdered malted rye, seasoned salt and bitter orange peel.
Name a place, city, or country where you feel happiest?
I would like to say, that I feel happiest wherever I am, enjoying new cities and countries. But maybe the truth is that my hometown of Turku in Finland is the best place to live and always to return after a journey.
I enjoy seeing the sea and I like islands. Luckily for me, Turku’s situated by the seaside, by the Baltic Sea.
Where’s your next adventure?
I’m looking forward to my next proper journey, but at the moment I don't know where that will be.
At the time of writing this, I’ll be heading to Helsinki to take part in the Book Fair for a couple of days.
See what's new in Turku, and Päivi's next Finnish adventures, by clicking on any of the links below:
Website - parastalahteanyt.wordpress.com • Facebook - @PSeppaLassila • Twitter - @PSeppaLassila • Instagram - @paiviseppalassila • Pinterest - paivisl • LinkedIn - paiviseppalassila • IQPlanner - @paivi.seppalassila