We know how it is. Going into your study abroad experience, you’ll have every intention of blogging or writing about every person you meet, every place you visit, and every last bowl of paella you scarf down. And then a couple days will go by, followed by a week, and suddenly you’ll realize that you still haven’t actually, um, recorded anything. It can be tough — you’re in an exciting new place with lots of amazing things to do and see, and blogging can seem like a real drag in comparison. But, trust us — if you don’t keep a blog while studying abroad, you’ll always regret it later on in life. Here are the top 5 reasons why keeping a study abroad blog is a great idea:

1) You’ll have pictures and stories to show your family and friends back home. You may not care all that much about keeping your parents happy while you’re abroad, but you absolutely should (after all, they’re probably the whole reason why you got to go in the first place). Keeping your blog updated with cool pics and stories will make them feel like they’re taking this adventure with you, and it’ll more than likely give them peace of mind that you’re staying safe and happy. Why not take a few minutes out of your day to upload a picture of your first time at the Eiffel Tower, so that your Uncle George and Aunt Linda are satisfied?

2) If you don’t keep a blog, you’ll more than likely forget the little things that happened. You’re having this truly awesome experience, and you think: how could I ever forget any of this? But, the thing is — you will. Time will go by, and you’ll forget all about your first sunset over the Mediterranean, the time you and your roommate got the best gelato of your life, how it felt to dance in the streets in your new city. Blogging about all those special moments during study abroad will help ensure that you remember them forever.

3) You. Will. Look. Awesome. Because let’s be honest — who doesn’t want to show off the fact that they’re having the best time of their lives in a fabulous new country (and looking good while doing it)?

4) You’ll have a chance to show off your writing and photography skills. Blogging is such a great opportunity to exercise your creative muscles — sometimes, even creative muscles you didn’t know you had. If you have the slightest interest in writing, storytelling, and taking pictures, than keeping a blog will probably become a really awesome source of joy for you. And who knows? Your blog may end up on a study abroad website or two!

5) Keeping a blog will inspire other students to study abroad. Lots of students out there have no idea how amazing study abroad is — wouldn’t it be great if you could inspire even one other person to have the same wonderful, life-changing experience that you did?