Why you’ll definitely fall in love with Ghent (part 1)

Why you’ll definitely fall in love with Ghent (part 1)

Ghent, Belgium. 9000. “Negen duust”, like we call it. 257.000 awesome people, which makes it the second biggest city in Belgium (after Antwerp) in terms of inhabitants. As you might have guessed, I am of course one of them! I was born in Ghent and always came back to it growing up. Since the start of my psychology studies, I’ve lived alone (four years with my […]

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Fear Of Missing Out: are you travelling for the right reasons?

Fear Of Missing Out: are you travelling for the right reasons?

That fear of missing out on things makes you miss out on everything. -Etty Hillesum  In my blogpost about Porto, I mentioned I have some sort of fear of missing out. This fear is defined as a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent and is characterized by the desire to stay constantly connected with what others are […]

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My 5 favorites of Porto

My 5 favorites of Porto

In this short blogpost, I’ll cover my 5 favorite things in Porto. I have to warn you, this won’t suffice as a guide for your next trip to the city. It will just give you some targets to look out for while visiting, backed up by some crappy smartphone pictures. I already described here (click it, you can do it!) why I felt the need to […]

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An ode to Porto

An ode to Porto

This is going to be a completely different blogpost than the last one. Like I previously said, I recently went to Porto for 3 days and I wanted to share my experience here! This isn’t going to be a typical, touristic resume of all the places I went to or the must see attractions. I traveled to Porto without any expectations. I didn’t look up […]

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Beyond Borders – Make me a travel blogger!

Beyond Borders – Make me a travel blogger!

Moest je me leren kennen via mijn blog, zou je al snel merken dat er twee constanten in mijn leven zijn: Ik ben altijd op zoek naar een nieuw avontuur. Ik ben altijd blut. En volgens mij is er een duidelijk oorzakelijke relatie tussen de twee. Ondertussen heb ik al veel trial-and-errors achter de rug en ben ik er nog niet in geslaagd rijker van […]

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But what is it, travel psychology?

But what is it, travel psychology?

Travel psychology, what is it? You would assume that the internet would be able to give me a clear explanation. But of course, like in all other aspects of psychology, it’s not that clear. You could say travel psychology is a specialized branch of social psychology that focuses on developing knowledge about how our minds and behavior interacts and influences our travel activities and the other way around. The topics of research in this area are very broad. There has been studies to assess how our personalities change while studying abroad and even how the personalities from those people going abroad were already different from the start than from the people who never took this step. There’s loads of research showing how we get more humble, more creative by discovering different places and how travel has positive effects on both our personal and our work-life!

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l’appel du vide – the attraction to and fear of high places. And falling from them.

l’appel du vide – the attraction to and fear of high places. And falling from them.

Here we go with the first real post! A few weeks ago, I went to Porto with my best friend to meet up with a Brazilian guy we hadn’t seen since our adventure in Recife last summer. I will cover this short trip in another blogpost but a conversation I had on the last night got me thinking. I was standing on the Ponte Dom […]

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Welcome to un(t)raveling the mind!

Welcome to un(t)raveling the mind!

Well hello there! You’re the first people who wandered into my blog! I’m very curious which magic way led you to this moment… But first: welcome, welcome to the next chapter of my life! I am Renate, 22 years old and living in Belgium (some people refer to it as a city but it really is a country! A tiny one, that’s true). I am […]

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