I am such a sentimental person that whenever I go away anywhere or do anything remotely exciting I am always thinking of ways I can record my memories to look back on later. As spending a year of my life living in another country is a pretty big deal, I was thinking about some of the ways I could record my adventures and also let other people know what I've been up to. So if you are planning a big trip, a year abroad yourself, or are even just looking for ways to record special moments then hopefully this post will give you a few ideas!
1. Start a Blog: Although "Miss Zarabelle" did exist before I came on my year abroad, it definitely did not exist in the format it is today. I have really spent a lot of time this year working on my blog, trying to improve my photography and it is such a great creative outlet for me to let everyone know what I have been doing. I read back old posts from time to time and it is so exciting to see how far I have come. I would 100% say "Go for it!" if you have been thinking about blogging for a while now. It also gives me something to do and focus on during my days off and although I have never travelled solely for the purpose of writing a blog post about it, definitely gives me a push to go out and explore a bit more.
2. Polaroid Pictures: Way back in October I wrote a big old post all about my polaroid camera and why I loved taking pictures with it. You can read all about it in depth here! I have to admit I haven't used it as much recently, but with all my travelling coming up in April you can be certain I will find a way to bring it along with me. Polaroid pictures are so special and unique and I love my little collection. They are definitely going to have a special place on my wall when I go back to University.
3. Make a Scrapbook: I haven't started my own Scrapbook yet as I am saving it as my Summer project but scrapbooks are beautiful ways of presenting photographs and are such a special keepsake. Last Summer I made one for my friend Sarah's birthday and she absolutely loved it. It will be a bit of a chore to sift through the literally thousands of photographs I have taken this year, but it will force me to choose only the most special ones. You don't need a lot to start a scrapbook either, Paperchase have a beautiful selection, although I mostly use the plain brown paper ones as that way no photo or accessory will ever clash with the background. Scraps of ribbon from old gifts or even the loops that come with clothing to help them stay on the hanger are great for accessorising pages, and since there is no right or wrong way to do it every scrapbook will be personal to you.
4. Keep a Ticket Journal: I always keep my tickets, whether it be a bus ticket in a different city or a ticket to a play or sports game. I have kept a journal with all my tickets in it and it is a super quick way to record the things you have been doing. You literally only need an empty book, pen and glue! Even just looking at tickets for things I have done reminds me of so many other details about the day, and is a great no-fuss way to keep track of what you have been doing.
5. Write Letters/ Send Postcards: This one might seem pretty obvious, as almost everyone will send a postcard when they are travelling. However I don't just mean send postcards to your friends a family, you can also send postcards or letters to yourself. I've mentioned this in my 5 Essential Travel Apps post, but Touchnote is a fantastic app that lets you create your own postcard using photographs you have taken, and deliver them to anywhere all from within the App itself. You can also buy bulk packets of 5, 10 and so on postcards which gives you a big saving. By sending yourself postcards or letters, you are capturing exactly how you were feeling at that particular moment, and can be really interesting to read through when you get home and see how far you have come.
Dodgy photography aside (where has the sun gone?!?) these really are just a handful of things you can do and I'd love to hear in the comments if you have any other suggestions of things you do when you are travelling for a long period of time!