WELCOME TO BOTH-PATHS

Do you spend hours googleling dream destinations, flights, hotels, tours and adventures?

Do you lose track of time browsing travel account on instagram?

Do you daydream about adventures, travel and exploring the world?

 

Yet…

 

You’re hesitant to book and go

 

Because…

 

You feel like it is not the right time

The money just isn’t there

You feel like traveling doesn’t fit into your lifestyle

You feel the pressure to do other “important” things like study, work, save and buy a house

You’re scared to take the leap

 

 

If this is you, then you have come to the right place. I am here to show you exactly how you can make your dreams can come true, how you can experience the adventures you have dreamt of for so long.

Combine life, travel and studies

 

Being young and filled with wanderlust can be difficult. There is a lot of pressure on you about how you should be spending your time, what your priorities should be, and what your life should look like. It can often feel like there just isn’t enough time in a year, with school, work, social life, family and so on it can be really overwhelming. Especially when everyone has an opinion about you and your life. There is so much pressure to study right after high school, get an education, get a job, buy a house, and settle down.

How can your love for travel fit into that?

And then there is the issue of money! You might have student debt, you never learned how to actually save money. You probably feel like you have to save for more “important” things like a house, retirement, education, and so on. I can promise you. It is possible to travel and see the world and still get all those things. It is not either-or, you can have both, I PROMISE!

Traveling can fit into any lifestyle.

 

Trust me, it is possible, even though it might not seem like it.

 

It is possible to combine travel with studying and working. You do not have to give up your dreams to get an education and a good future to see the world. Whether you are working, going to school, studying, or whatever you might feel like is stopping you from traveling; I am here to tell you that it is possible and to show you how.

 

On both-paths.com you will not only find destinations specific tips, general travel tips, but you will also find tips, tricks, and tools that will help you figure out how you can combine travel with your lifestyle.  

If you are a student, I will show you multiple ways of combing travel with that including, leap-years, studying abroad, how you can save money for traveling as a student, and so much more. 

If you are working and feel like that is stopping you from traveling I will give you advice on shorter weekend trips, itineraries, how to save money and travel cheaper, working remotely, and how to earn extra money online.

 

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My Travel Style

 Well the thing about me is that I don’t have one specific way of traveling. I don’t do extremely tight budget, luxury, outdoorsy, culture or something like that. I love to combine all, and I don’t like to stick to just one kind. Right now I have just studied for a year, I have a part time job and I am going to be a student again soon, so then I travel it is usually on a pretty tight budget. However when I have a bit more money I love to splurge on some things. I love both complete beach relaxation vacations, backpacking partying, exciting big-city weekends, and living in a village experiencing culture. I don’t like to limit myself to one style of travel, I believe that it is totally possible to combine them all. I can party on a beach one day and spend the next day exploring museums. I want it all. So if you love to travel, experience new things, and see the world then this is a site for you.

WHO AM I?

 

So if you want to know anything about the person behind both-paths.com here are 10 facts about me

  • My name is Maria and I am 22 years old
  • I am from Selje (Norway), but I have lived most my life in Bergen (Norway)
  • I lived in Houston, Texas for a year when I was 16/17
  • I am a cat person
  • Pepsi Max is like oxygen to me, I just need it
  • I am terrified of flying
  • I am gay, as is my mom which we find very funny and make a lot of jokes about
  • I can fall asleep anywhere, any time. Watching movies with me is no fun!
  • I can do the splits from I did gymnastics, and I use that as my go-to party trick
  • I live with my girlfriend Mona

 

 

 

Why should you listen to anything I have to say?

So if you are still with me, let me tell you why I care about helping you fulfill your dreams.

At this moment I have recently finished a year of studying, and I am planning to start studying again in 2021. I work part-time. I am currently on a long-term trip around South America. I have struggled myself for so long with how I can combine my passion and love for travel with my “normal” life, and because of that I really want to help others in similar situations.

I have done an exchange-year abroad in high school, I have had leap-years, I have traveled next to my studies and work, and I am currently planning to do my bachelors-degree abroad in Australia. 

I experienced that a lot of the advice we get when we are young is from older people, people in completely different life-situations than us, and often people with very different monetary situations and values. This advice is hard to listen to, and I think it is hard for them to give us the advice we need, as they do not understand our situation. We get advice like “just get a job”, “save your money”, “spend less” and like that. Yes, all of that advice is “good and true” per se, yet you are left with the question “but how???” “how can I get a job? how can I save money? and how can I spend less?”. That is why I decided to create both-paths.com.

I wanted a place where you can easily find the advice, given from someone in the same situation. I am a student, I earn all my money myself, I pay rent, bills and I struggle. I know how hard it can be to figure it all out. I want to give you not just advice, but step by step help on how you can still live your dreams, travel and save as a student and while working.