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When Päivi and Santeri Kannisto met in 2004, they took a bold life decision to walk outside the box, wander the world, and write about their experiences. Together they have written more than a dozen books, both fiction and non-fiction.

The book actually surprised me since, I don't know why, I had thought it was going to be like a travel guide but I defnitely found a very deep analysis of that "nomad" way of living. Based on a lot of history, a lot of recent cases and serious comparisons. It was really very good. It is also very plural and objective. Even when the authors talk about problems it doesn't seem they are/were upset about them, but just limit their comments to the real facts without allowing feelings, what makes the reading very impartial.

Gustavo Raffo, Argentina

This penetrating analysis of the challenges posed by global nomadism for individuals and societies pushes forward the frontiers of mobilities research. A compelling combination of theoretical and personal insights unravels the complexities of lives lived through new forms of mobilities.

Allan Williams, University of Surrey, UK

A groundbreaking analysis of today's 'location-independent' travel in sedentary societies… With its many contributions to our present understandings, the work is destined to become a standard reference in its field.

Prof P. Hottola, University of Oulu, Finland

I bought this to help me write an International Relations paper. It did that well. It covers global nomadism from the perspective of travellers. It really promotes travelling as a lifestyle and is therefore biased towards this aspect. Having said that, it does cover some negative aspects of travelling, but at the end of the day, the book is here to say that global nomadism is the way forward.

S. Linter, UK

This is a highly intriguing and thought-provoking book about location-independent people who are always travelling. The book provides original insight and nuance into un-researched ways of life, which challenge conventional understandings of home, travel, work, and leisure. It makes us think about homelessness, obligations, consumption, and many other aspects of social life in new ways.

Jorgen Ole Baerenholdt, Roskilde University, Denmark

Päivi Kannisto has written a cutting-edge book on modern mobilities. She sheds new light on the nature of the mobile risk society and what dwelling in mobility seriously means. This is a highly innovative book. It is well crafted, thought-provoking and a pleasure for all those interested in mobility, modernity and social change.

Sven Kesselring, Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Germany

A valuable contribution to the mobilities literature and a rich source of empirical data.

Prof G. W. Richards, Tilburg University, the Netherlands

International rights

Established non-fiction writers in Finland, Päivi and Santeri Kannisto are expanding into the English language market. Their areas of interest include global nomads, travel, alternative lifestyles and business. Zeitgeist Media Group (based in Brussels and Sydney) is selling the international rights for their books.


Free as a Global Nomad: An Old Tradition with a Modern Twist by Päivi & Santeri Kannisto Global Nomads and Extreme Mobilities by Päivi Kannisto Global Nomads: Challenges of mobility in the sedentary world by Päivi Kannisto La Habanera. The Escape From The Rat Race by Päivi & Santeri Kannisto Tourism Guide for Brazilians. A satirical tourism guide by Päivi & Santeri Kannisto The guide to the good life by Päivi & Santeri Kannisto Hot Holidays: How sex tourism moves people, feelings and money around by Päivi & Santeri Kannisto My Life as a Nomad (Elämäni nomadina) by Päivi Kannisto The Art of Freedom (Vapaana elämisen taito ) by Päivi & Santeri Kannisto The Super-Rich and The Poor (Superrikkaat ja rutiköyhät) by Päivi & Santeri Kannisto Santeri Kannisto´s autobiography (Platinainen pilvenreuna) by Päivi & Santeri Kannisto Happy together (Onnelliset yhdessä, vapaa parisuhdekirja ) by Päivi & Santeri Kannisto Customer Service: Science, Magic or Common Sense? (Asiakaspalvelu) by Päivi & Santeri Kannisto Backdoor, IT Thriller, Fiction (Takaportti, IT trilleri) by Päivi & Santeri Kannisto Gilded Pooper-Scooper, Satires (Kullattu kakkalapio, satiireja) by Päivi Kannisto Vitriolic Verses (Suolatut säkeet, Päivi Kanniston väitöskirja) by Päivi Kannisto

Author Bio

Nomad and travel books written by Santeri & Päivi Kannisto

Paivi and Santeri have created a sensation with their books on the nomadic lifestyle. Their first nomad book, My Life as a Nomad, was published in Finland followed by an abridged English version called Free as a Global Nomad. Both books were written for general audience. The English book has been translated into Turkish and a French translation is on the way. The two books were followed by Päivi’s academic works including Global Nomads and Extreme Mobilities.

The Kannistos’ unique approach combines travel stories with philosophical pondering on big life questions. The couple enjoy abundant publicity and receive personal letters. Readers thank them for life-changing ideas and encouragement. One of these letters ended up in Taidehalli art museum in Helsinki. It was part of an installation called ”101 for all” that explored the formation of opinions. The reader wrote: ”Reading this book strengthened my idea that people can and should rely on their own choices and live in the moment, even if other people didn’t approve it.”

Päivi Kannisto

Päivi Kannisto (b. 1970) started her career as a researcher in the prestigious Academy of Finland. She completed her first PhD on comparative literature at the age of 27. After leaving academia, Päivi worked as a journalist and PR manager in various institutions. At the turn of the millennium, she joined telecommunication business being in charge of producing and marketing of new mobile services. She was selected among the corporation’s 5000 employees as one of the 25 most promising young managers, and participated in Masterclass training that included strategy, leadership, customer relationship management, and finances. Eventually, Päivi became a management consultant. Her work included training managers in strategy and leadership and co-authoring a book on business management.

On the road, Päivi made her second PhD on location-independent lifestyles (Tilburg University, the Netherlands, 2012–2014). She is currently working as a freelance writer and an independent researcher.

Santeri Kannisto

Santeri Kannisto (b. 1970) studied software engineering in Tampere University of Technology when he started a pioneering open source software company called SOT Finnish Software Engineering Ltd. in 1991. The company developed GNU/Linux OS platforms and had offices in Finland, Estonia, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. The company’s clientele included Nokia.

SOT was actively involved in the global development effort of the GNU/Linux operating system and Linux Office suite. As the maker of the leading Finnish Linux distribution – SOT Linux, Best Linux and SOT Office – SOT had strong Linux expertise offering solutions, consultancy, maintenance, and support services. Santeri ran the company until October 2004, when he walked out and started to travel the world and write books with Päivi. Later on the road, Santeri got interested in IT again and has built websites with online booking systems and search engine optimisation all over the world.