How To Document Your Adventures As An Expat

document-expat-adventureWhether you currently live the life of an expat, or plan on it in the future, you’ll want a way to preserve your memories and share them with loved ones back home.

While once the best technique was photo albums, technology helps you keep all your memories fresh with pictures, video and the written word.

If you want some tips on how technology can help you document your memories, here’s a beginners guide.

Social Media

Social media has made the world a smaller place in terms of communication. You can keep in touch with family and friends in real time, no matter where you are. With image-based platforms like Instagram and Tumbler, share your pictures and short videos with the world. Streamline your photography with a state of the art smartphone like. Outfit it with photography accessories like the Claw tripod, which can grapple on any terrain and even comes with a remote, so you’ll get the perfect shot without the need to ask someone to take your picture. If you really want the perfect photo of a landscape or vista, you can fit your smartphone with a fish-eye lens that will widen the breadth of your photography.

If you enjoy writing about your experiences, Twitter is a more text-based social media platform. Share thoughts and news with the larger world, 140 characters at a time. While Twitter is predominantly text-based, it does have video and photography capabilities.

Blog It Out

Many travelers and expats start a blog that is informative and fun for readers, and while there are a lot of travel blogs out there, don’t think you can’t contribute something new to this community. The first step for the travel blogger is coming up with a catchy name. Make your blog’s name short, and make sure to steer away from cliche names often seen as travel blog titles. For example, Adventurous Amy, may tell people that your name is Amy and you’re adventurous, but chances are someone has a travel blog with a similar name already. Once you have your blog name, pick your blog service. Google’s blog platform, Blogger, is a popular one, as is WordPress, which provides users with a variety of tools for customization. While both these services have free options, users can deepen customization options for a fee. Other services like Squarespace, and Weebly, provide similar products, though in a more refined and user-friendly way. However, these services come at a higher price.

A Closed Option

If you’d rather not share your life story with the world, you can always keep your videos and photos on a cloud storage service. Popular ones include Google Drive, iCloud and Microsoft One Drive, but independent cloud storage companies like Lockbox have simple share options so you can share seamlessly with your friends and family back home. With private share options on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, you can make sure only the right people have access to your pictures and videos, as well.

With all these tools, years from now you’ll look back on the fond memories you had while abroad like it was yesterday.

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