If not traveling, what is your 9-5 life like?
I have lived in Bolivia for almost 3 years now. For two years I was the director of a foundation working with street kids. At that time, my life was very hectic and I worked much more than 9-5. The last six months I have been working as a freelancer, and now my time is a bit more flexible. But usually during the working hours you will find me on my lap-top writing. After work, I spend most of the time with my husband. We like to see movies, go out to eat, or take a trip in the park with our little cute dog.
Who, or what, inspired you to travel the first time?
That has to be my parents. As a child we travelled a lot by car through Europe. Until a certain age, I did not appreciate the travels that much. But the older I got, the more I understood that I loved to travel, and finally got addicted. Later, when starting to study at the university, it was friends that inspired me, and I went on many trips with them in the holidays.
How have you changed your life to travel more?
Firstly, I have as long as I can remember been very careful with money. I tried to save as much as possible for use on travels. I never have the last model of mobile phones, expensive brand-name clothes or other material things young people might be interested in. Furthermore, I tried to live as cheaply as possible. For example, renting an affordable place and rarely eat outside. Besides this, I worked hard in the nights and weekends besides my studies, and I saved it all.
I also decided to take a master degree that was online, so that I could be anywhere in the world while working. I worked mostly in Norway, but took some weeks to travel now and then. In the summer holidays I travelled for 2 months.
Now, my husband and I try to not spend so much, and continue to live cheaply. It has been hard as we had to get a new place to live, and buy new furniture. There are many expenses and bills to pay every month. However, we manage to put aside savings every month for our travels.
How has travel changed your life?
Travelling has changed my perspectives in many ways. Now, I appreciate what I have so much more. When I was in Nigeria doing the research for my thesis, I found myself in an unsecure and armed conflict zone. Furthermore, I did not have access to water or electricity. However, I was still happy, and so where most of the people living there permanently. This made me understand that no material things in this world will make me happy. What will make me happy is being with people I love and that love me back.
What is your main purpose/goal of your travel blog?
The main goal of my blog is to make my readers aware of the “not-so-obvious” when it comes to travelling. I like to write posts about travel topics rarely discussed. Another goal of Places, People and Stories is to teach my readers something new. And there is nothing better than when you write a post with a topic that can really be discussed, and you get several comments with different point of views.
This or That:
Backpack or Rolling Suitcase Rolling suitcase – It is not as heavy to drag around as a backpack, and my things are better organized.
Cities or Open Spaces Open spaces
Salty or Sweet Sweet… mmmh I love everything that is sweet.
Sandals or Snow Boots Sandals. I love snow, but I grew up in a very cold country, and we are all very happy when it is warm and beach weather.
Comedy or Drama Nothing is better than a good comedy.