Who is Sanne Grieten?
Sanne Grieten is 21 years old and was born in the student city of Belgium: Leuven. In the desire to grow up in a nice city, she had to settle for a small village close to the big cities of Leuven, Mechelen and the capital Brussels. So a small village was not where she wanted to grow up, but she still loved the coziness and the wisdom the village taught her. This wisdom is that she’s destined to do larger things, but with the memory that small can also be fun.
First she started close, in her own country. Where the coast opened new perspectives. When the coast became her place, she wanted to explore new horizons: France, the Netherlands and Germany. The neighboring countries of Belgium became new places and gave her new dreams. Italy, Portugal, Spain and Austria, Sanne learned that Europe could also be beautiful. When these destinations were too close to door, they wanted to go further, bigger and deeper in traveling.
So many years later, she started a blog: Mostly Abroad. To note her dreams, wishes and comments.
Mostly Abroad – but with mental “things”?
Problems is a terrible word, just like disorder and limitation. I am simply Sanne, a person who sees the world just that little bit differently. Not because she is a travel blogger, although that can help, but because there is a black haze in front of her eyes: depression and a fear. Traveling with a mental disorder is extremely difficult. But fortunately for those who want to travel with a mental disorder it isn’t impossible. Everything is possible as soon as you believe in it. And I believe that traveling with a mental disorder can alleviate this irritating burden. Unfortunately, traveling can’t take away everything, but it can have negative feelings replaced by positive ones. I think that is a goal worth going for.
So yes, I am a traveler with a scared heart and a depressive mind. I am 21 years old, but since my 10th year of life I have been struggling with mental health problems. To break the stigma, inspire others and motivate them to follow their dreams (like traveling), and to help and share my insights on the best places anyone can visit, I blog about this on Mostly Abroad.
In general, Mostly Abroad is not an ordinary travel blog, it is more than sharing tips & tricks, publishing travel guides and writing reports about my trips. It is a community for those who are willing to pursue their dreams while, for example, they have a depression.
Read here articles about what it is like to travel with depression:
En lees hier hoe hard het reizen me bevalt: