I'm writing this because I wish I had documented my time abroad better. It has bugged me ever since, especially as my computer had an irrevocable crash and I lost a huge number of my favourite photos (pleeease make sure you print them, or at least back them up properly!).
To help you avoid making the mistake I did, here are some great ways to preserve your photographs and itineraries: scrapbooking, an intriguing handbag idea, a stop-motion video, a clever keyring, a beautiful printed book, or even a photo patchwork quilt/cushion can all come to your memory's rescue when you're a nostalgic graduate.
While you're preparing for your year abroad, it's useful to find out what other students in your position are up to! Here are the early-stage blogs and words of wisdom about year abroad preparations written by current students, and here's what last year's students got up to: Top of the Blogs 2011-2012. Blogging is a great way to document your year abroad, but here are some other weird and wonderful ways.