Process your experience
Writing, whether it’s keeping a journal or starting a blog is a great way to relive your time abroad and go through your experience. Essentially, it’s an amazing way to process what you just went through and figure out the answer to the question “What now?”
Stops you from driving friends/family crazy
Save yourself the trouble of getting into the awkward position of going on and on about “this one time in Paris” and realizing that your friends don’t really care. Write it down to let them read at their leisure. Plus, they can see the pictures right then and there saving you 1,000 words and making the story more engaging.
You never know when your simple blog could be seen by a big company or recruiter. Even if it doesn’t get seen, if you’re proud of your work you can use it as an example of motivation, tech savvy, and writing skills in an interview and your resumé.
How to Share Your Story – The Different Platforms
Free blog platforms like WordPress
Wordpress is an incredibly simple way of creating your own unique blog with your own unique URL. It’s super user-friendly, even for those who are not techies.
GoAbroad Writers Academy
This interface offers travel writers an all inclusive portal for getting published. It works for aspiring beginners and established veterans. Writers can choose from the reservoir of trending topics, pitch their own ideas, and submit their work all in one place.
Buzzfeed and other Trending Entertainment Blogs
Buzzfeed and other blogs are constantly accepting guest posts and just last year had a call for writers asking to post about “You know you studied abroad in blank country when”! So they are literally looking for writers like you.
One of 2013’s most read iReports was from a student who studied abroad in India and experienced extreme reverse culture shock upon her return to Chicago. Obviously your story doesn’t have to be so negative but CNN is always looking for interesting iReports.