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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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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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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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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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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