When studying abroad there are the obvious ways to document your trip by taking pictures and posting on social media. If you’re like me though, you probably want a little bit more special way to document your experience and remember it for years to come. In preparing for my trip I wanted to plan ahead of time how I want to document it that way during the time I’m there I can get the pictures and write the things I need to do what I want. Here are my favorite ways that I found for remembering your study abroad semester.
1. Write a Blog – I plan to write weekly reflection posts on here about everything I did that week as a way to keep a kind of journal, but also keep all of you guys and my family up to date about what I’m up to as I gallivant across Europe. This option is a great way to easily send updates to your family along with write everything down to look back a year or two from now. If you are looking for some inspiration for study abroad blogs you can check out some of my friends blogs who went abroad this past spring semester: Watch Shelbie Blog or Jack Rabbit Takes London. I also really like this blog, which was written by a girl who went to the school I’m going to!
2. Keep a Journal – This is a perfect one to do on the go because you don’t have to worry about wi-fi. You can keep your journal in your bag and write whenever you have a free moment whether it’s in between classes or on a train to a different country. This is much more personal than a blog because you will probably be the only one who sees it, but it’s a great way to remember the memories you make. You can choose whether you will write in it every day or maybe only once a week. If you are looking for a good notebook, I love Kate Spade ones and plan to use one myself that one of my best friends got me for my birthday.
3. Create a Video – Take short video clips of everything you do, compile it into one (or several videos), add a fun song, and voila you have a video that you can watch again and again to relive your study abroad experience. I love how these turn out and they make for such a good way to remember your trip. If you are looking for inspiration you can watch this one from a Greece study abroad or this one from Barcelona. My biggest tip for this one is to film horizontally instead of vertically because then the video takes up the whole screen when you upload it to Youtube.
4. Take the Same Picture Everywhere you Go – I saw this and now I’m determined to try to take the same picture everywhere I go during my trip. I haven’t decided what pose I’ll do or anything, but it’s going to happen. If you do this, try to do something in each picture that represents you. Similar to this, I love when people hope up signs with a different word on them to make up a message when you put all of this pictures together like above. I might even try doing both of these ideas because I like them so much.
5. Make a Scrapbook – If you are a crafty person, you can take all of the pictures you took throughout the trip and put them into a scrapbook. I love this tutorial for making a scrapbook. If you aren’t feeling like you could commit to a scrapbook, you can make it’s easier cousin, a Smash Book.
6. Photobook from Shutterfly – I love these because they are hardcover and really nice looking so you can keep them for years to come. Just upload your photos from your trip, put them into the templates they provide or play around with your own designs, and you have a lovely new book to show your friends and family. Once you have made one you can print as many as you want, so they could make great gifts for the friends you met while studying abroad.
7. Make a Shadow or Memory Box – Throughout the entire time your abroad collect free things from where you go, whether it’s a pamphlet about a museum, a menu from a restaurant, or a plane ticket. Then you can take everything you have when you get home and put it all into a memory box like these or display it all in a shadow box like above.
8. Write Yourself Postcards – This is kind of like writing a journal, but a little bit more unique. Everywhere you go get postcards (you can also try to find free things to write on too like the back of a plane ticket) and write down what you did that day. Once your done writing place it into a box, envelope, etc. Then when you get home you can take out all of the notes when you feel like reminiscing.