Travel & the Brain

The Traveller’s Dilemma: How Much Planning is Too Much? Insights from the Yerkes-Dodson Law

With travel info on the web overflowing like a garbage heap and lost faith in the Lonely Planet, we find ourselves unsure of how to navigate the tenuous line between too much and too little planning. Encounters with the unknown abide by the Yerkes-Dodson Law – you have to find that sweet spot in the… Read More The Traveller’s Dilemma: How Much Planning is Too Much? Insights from the Yerkes-Dodson Law

Mental Well-being, Travel & the Brain

Travel, Anxiety and Fear of the Unknown: Insights from the Brain

Fear of the unknown is a common challenge for anyone wanting to travel abroad. According to neuroscience, we fear the unknown because our brains are, inherently, prediction machines. In unfamiliar settings, the brain goes on “threat-mode” as it tries to get a handle on its surroundings.