UN(t)RAVELING THE MIND

How to grow your resilience while travelling

How to grow your resilience while travelling

Everybody has a history, good and bad experiences, a certain way of seeing the world and interacting with it. This doesn’t have to be a negative thing. We get wiser the more aspects of life we discover and phases we go through. Most experiences make us stronger. Not all of them though. Some life events just leave us devastated and not everybody can overcome the trauma it has caused. This doesn’t mean you’re weak. It just means you didn’t get the needed support in your early life to learn how to deal with these events later on. We don’t choose how resilient we are right now but this doesn’t mean it’s not open to change. While travelling many occasions arise that give us the change to build and grow our resilience. Concepts like thinking patterns, self-esteem and social support are tied together with how well we can handle difficult situations and are the ones I’ll highlight in this blogpost. Click the button to dive in!

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The personal baggage we should leave at home

The personal baggage we should leave at home

It’s very easy to think about our literal luggage and how optimizing this baggage can have a freeing effect on our travels. But what about our emotional carry-on we never seem to shake off? With the years passing by, our emotional baggage only seems to add up. We all have specific patterns of communicating with others, forming relationships, (not) expressing feelings and deciding what’s right or wrong that are the result of our upbringing. Whether we want it to or not, these patterns accompany us on our trips abroad. Read more to learn all about your baggage and how to become more aware of it’s influence.

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My ten countries of 2017 (part 2)

My ten countries of 2017 (part 2)

Last week I took you on a trip through the first five countries I traveled to in 2017. Now it’s time for another five (+) countries who absolutely stole my heart. On the menu? Switzerland, Italy, France (already included in the last post but also an important part of our summer roadtrip), Spain, Hungary and The Netherlands. We also had short pit-stops in Luxembourg and Andorra but those were almost purely for cheap booze and gasoline. Still worth the mentioning right? Let’s see what I did this summer and the second half of 2017!

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My ten countries of 2017 (part 1)

My ten countries of 2017 (part 1)

2017 is the first year where I visited more than 10 countries. Some were new destinations and others were revisits of cities and places I fell in love with before. I tried to keep it closer to home this year and stayed mostly within the borders of Europe, with one exception. Car, van, train, bus, plane: you name it and I tried it. Travel with me through 2017, accompanied by my favorite picture of each destination. Here we go!

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Am I still alive?

Am I still alive?

Let me start off by saying; yes, yes I am! But it has indeed been months since I’ve written a blogpost. This doesn’t mean that I haven’t traveled or been busy with psychology, in the contrary! I thought this would be the perfect time to re-introduce myself and explain why I have been this absent (aka all the excuses I’ve made for myself). Read more to discover what I’ve been up to for the past couple of months and what my plans are for 2018. Glad to have you back!

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The paradox of choice

The paradox of choice

I’m sitting in front of my laptop, researching all the places to go and all the amazing cultures to explore. I look up fares for flights to different continents, different dates and different cities within a country. I venture through all the accommodation sites; comparing the possible hostels, hotels or Airbnb places. After days of research, you know where I end up traveling and spending […]

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Eurotrip 2017 – Rome – Braccianomeer – Afscheidsfuif

Eurotrip 2017 – Rome – Braccianomeer – Afscheidsfuif

Dag 7. De laatste dag van Eurotrip 2017. De dag van de afscheidsfuif. De dag van Rome, de alom geprezen hoofdstad van Italië. Ondertussen zijn we al bijna een maand  verder en sinds een week weer thuis in het miezerende België. Het voelt goed om terug te blikken op onze laatste én warme dag met de Beyond Borders organisatie. We staan vroeg op, na het […]

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Eurotrip 2017: Montepulciano – Civita di Bagnoregio – Lago di Bracciano

Eurotrip 2017: Montepulciano – Civita di Bagnoregio – Lago di Bracciano

6 juli 2017. Verdwaasd worden we wakker, nog een beetje dronken van de nacht ervoor. Mijn verjaardag, juist… De kater volgt met enige vertraging. We besluiten alles rustig aan te doen en onze dag niet vol te plannen. Vanavond moeten we op tijd arriveren op de volgende camping, niet te ver van Rome. Hier zullen we -helaas al – de laatste twee nachten van Eurotrip […]

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Eurotrip 2017: Firenze – Lago di Bilancino – Hieperdepiep

Eurotrip 2017: Firenze – Lago di Bilancino – Hieperdepiep

Vorig jaar vierde ik hem op een strand in the middle of nowhere in Brazilië, brigadeiro etend. Dit jaar vertoef ik in Italië wanneer ik weer een jaartje ouder word. 5 juli 2017, 23 jaar. Tijd om volwassen te worden, voelt het bijna. Maar het zal toch niet voor deze week zijn. In augustus kan ik beginnen denken aan werk en verantwoordelijkheden. Nu heb ik […]

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Eurotrip 2017: Pisa – Alpi Apuane

Eurotrip 2017: Pisa – Alpi Apuane

Dag 4, we staan vroeg op, veel voor de boeg. Het begint een herhalend thema te worden. We hebben nu eenmaal geen tijd te verliezen. Zeven dagen is véél te kort om Zwitserland én Italië te verkennen. De komende twee dagen zal onze uitvalsbasis een camping bij Firenze zijn. Die moeten we deze avond zien te bereiken. En een dag eindigt om 0u00, belangrijk, zal […]

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