Your time spent here in Australia will be a whirlwind of new experiences, lessons, and time spent with friends.
In the years to come, you’ll want those memories close at hand.
In case you don’t have time to write it all down every night, here’s seven creative ways international students can record their time in Australia.
1. Invent a hashtag
You never know when, where or how you’ll want to store a memory so, invent a unique hashtag and attach it to all your photos and posts. This way, anything you send out in the world will be really easy to find later. It’s also a great way to get your friends involved.
2. Send letters or postcards to yourself
We all know how exciting it is to get an actual letter in the mail these days. Imagine coming home to a whole stash waiting for you! Even better, ask a friend in Australia to send them to you one month after you’ve left so you get the pleasure of finding them in the mailbox.
3. Create a blog
One of the most versatile ways to keep your memories together is in your own personalized blog – or vlog. With a blog, you’re in control of exactly what goes it in it; journal entries, photos, videos or a bit or everything. You can set one up for free from sites like (WordPress.com, Squarespace or Tumblr) and you can access it anywhere (and so can friends and family back home – if you like).
4. Keep a recipe journal
Yes, this one’s for the food lovers, but there’s more to it than just indulging yourself and taking pictures. Smell and taste are strongly linked to memory. Keep a diary of the foods you try and the recipes you make in Australia and then make them again when you’re back home. The memories will come flooding back.
5. Make a playlist
Every period in your life comes with a playlist. Put together all the most meaningful songs from your time abroad and keep it for a rainy day.
6. Write a micro-diary
Instead of long journal entries, try the 20 word a day journal. There’s no room for rambling with this method. It forces you to figure out what the most important thing from that day was. It’ll make for a page-turning read in the years to come.