Travel to me means something that is a bit out of your comfort zone – going the extra mile, adventure, exploring new places that you might not have thought of before and opening up your mind to new cultures. I love to travel and I was lucky enough to go and travel to some amazing places like Cuba, Morocco, South-Africa and Israel. Places that I heard goods stories about but was quite reluctant to visit at first, afraid of the unknown, a culture shock. I would have never thought of going to South-Africa (Africa really never appealed to me, while now I cannot wait to get back someday). Isreal scared me because all the crazy stories you hear about the wars on the news, but it was such a wonderful destination to spend a family holiday there – who would have known ;)
Today, I want to talk about FOMO, it stands for the Fear Of Missing Out. It basically means that you constantly have the urge to be at all popular events or friend hangouts, that when you skipped something, you might have missed something great. It may sound like a lame term, as the next YOLO or something, but it actually has some meaning to it. I personally don’t have this fear, but I do feel like it’s easy to get caught up in it. In today’s world, there are so many temptations for people to do, to visit and to see. Facebook is full of pictures of people travelling the world and festival events are popping up like mushrooms! It’s often difficult to deal with the pressure of attending social gatherings, especially when each gathering is a lot of fun! Continue reading “Preventing FOMO: The Fear Of Missing Out”
So, this Monday I was supposed to fly to Malaga (Spain) for a holiday with my friend. We booked a Ryanair flight from Eindhoven and a lovely place to stay at an Airbnb place. I was looking forward to this trip for weeks: finally a break from daily working life and some relaxation in the sun. However, when trying to check-in the evening before departure, we got a notification that there was some trouble with our flight. Continue reading “Times are tough, but we are tougher”
It’s been little over half a year now that i’ve graduated from university, but it feels like ages ago. Somehow I feel like life has only started after my graduation. As mentioned before in a previous post, i’ve lived a large amount of time on an auto-pilot mode. Mostly related to my study though, just picking courses, making assignments, studying for exams. I didn’t think much really through but just did what was expected. Luckily, next to my studies I was able to build a vibrant social life: I joined a student association, a badminton association, met people at my studies and maintained high-school friendships. Nothing to complain and I was able to combine all of this pretty well with my study.
But then, it allll ended…. Continue reading “Long-distance friendships: Do’s and Don’ts”
We all know the saying ‘live your life’, meaning you should enjoy it to the fullest. I always thought: I just want to be happy, get a family, a nice job, travel a lot and do other fun things. However, I didn’t spend much time figuring out what would actually make me happy and how to achieve this. I feel like the biggest part of my life I’ve partly acted on an autopilot mode. Going from primary school to high school, eliminating course subjects that I wasn’t so good at, choosing a study that was in line with what I was good at, went to university and did what was expected of me. But did I really enjoy it? Continue reading “Why you shouldn’t just live your life”