Posts by untravelingthemind


As some of you may already know, I studied abroad for a semester during the first year of my Master's studies. While I've been back in Belgium for over two years now, I believe my Erasmus experience still has an impact on me and is never far away. By moving 200 kilometers to the North I opened up a whole new world. A world I definitely want to discover. While the experience was nerve wrecking at times and caused a lot of insecurities, it also made me more aware of different cultures. It sparked an interest to learn about the immense diversity and to expand my vision of the world. When I started courses back in Gent, people told me I seemed more open and not as mysterious as before. Not sure if it was meant as a compliment but it sure indicated I had changed. Of course my personal journey of change isn't enough to conclude on the impact of studying abroad. Luckily some (but not nearly enough) investigation has been done on the subject and I will go through the findings with you now!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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!

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....

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...

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...

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...