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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Coming back is not the same as never leaving – the hardest part of studying abroad

Coming back is not the same as never leaving – the hardest part of studying abroad

Studying abroad. Leaving your safe nest to move away for 6 months, maybe a year, maybe longer. Most of the students at this point are still dependent on their parents or financial aid. The majority of the expats isn’t used to fixing problems themselves, keeping their finances in check and figuring everything out on their own. It’s not their fault, our student years are supposed to […]

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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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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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