What are some good ways to document your year abroad?

Obviously I'm aware of blogging (and am considering starting one) but are there any other interesting ways?

This question was asked on 13th August 2014 and has been read 1750 times.

  • Anonymous Answer · 7 years ago

    I had two main ways to document my year abroad: an in-depth online blog which I updated on average once a week, and a scrapbook. 

    The blog I found particularly helpful, not just for my own development and documentation, but also to keep friends and family updated back home, particularly those who were not on Facebook. I also plan on leaving it online, so hopefully in years to come, I will be able to look back and smile! The scrapbook was really easy to do - in my first week, I simply bought an empty exercise book and filled it with tickets, receipts, boarding passes, or just anything with a date on. It was very therapeutic, and I would recommend this method of documentation to anyone going on a year abroad! 

  • Natalie Earl · 7 years ago

    I am also one of those Year Abroaders with a Year Abroad blog, which is a really nice way of writing down and concreting your experiences. I started my blog mainly for my close friends and family at home, who wanted to keep updated with what I was doing. The only issue is you have to be quite dedicated and put time into writing it.

    The other way I documented my blog was through my One Second a Day Video. Before I left for my year abroad, I saw a TedTalks presentation where the speaker had taken a one second video every day for a year, then stuck all of the videos together. It is a beautiful way to document your year abroad. My videos ended up being longer than 1 second, some days there were 4 or 5, some days were even 20.

    I also bought a postcard in every single different place I travelled to, and then stitched them together with needle and thread to make a kind of wall hanging / poster!

  • Lauren Stevens · 7 years ago

    I had a blog, which I tried to update every 2 weeks (http://lauren-stevens-melilla.blogspot.co.uk/) I wrote notes about important events on my phone or paper so I wouldn't forget what to write.

    I also bought postcards when I went to some places and took plenty of photos. If I want to remember what happened, I can refer to my photo albums on my computer or my blog.

    I kept all the tickets from the transport I used and places I visited and used them to make into a display frame when I got home.

    Here's the photo from Pinterest where I got the idea from:


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