Using Pinterest To Prepare For Studying Abroad – 11 Tips From API

As we all know, the popularity of Pinterest has skyrocketed in the past few months. Many wonder, is Pinterest actually useful, or just another social networking craze that will suck hours of my time? This is a great question! At API, we’ve found Pinterest to be an excellent tool for study abroad: brainstorming, researching, organizing, planning and sharing.

While some thrive on pouring through travel books, blogs and extensive checklists, others thrive on visually-based content. For our visual friends, we’ve compiled the following tips and suggestions for how you can use Pinterest for your study abroad preparation:

1. Places I’d Like To Study Abroad: Create a Pinterest board when researching locations to study abroad. This board is also a great way to share your research and plans with family and friends. 

2. Packing List: No one likes the “I feel like I’m forgetting something!” feeling, but we’ve all been there! Use this board to pin images of items you’ll need to pack for your study abroad. Will you be volunteering at an orphanage or staying with a host family and plan to bring items to donate or gift? Create a board to collect ideas for these items!

3. Packing Tips: So, you have everything gathered. Now you have the challenge of making it all fit into 1 suitcase! Use this board to pin packing organization tips. 

4. Attire: The items you will need abroad are frequently different than what you need at home. Shoes for tango class? Attire for surfing?

5. Luggage: From suitcases, to backpacks, to computer cases, to purses, you will be bringing a variety of luggage! Use this board to pin the luggage you will need for your trip abroad. 

6. Travel quotes: Use this board to collect inspiration for your upcoming travels!

7. Trip Ideas: While abroad, many students take advantage of free weekends and holidays to explore locations outside of their host cities. Use this board to pin locations you would like to visit.

8. Within Madrid: What are the places you’d like to experience within your host city? Create a bucket list board which can include: locations, sites, museums, beaches, restaurants, and events you’d like to experience within your host city. 

9. My API Program: Between school, classes, cultural events, and excursions, API students have plenty to look forward to upon arrival! Use a board to pin visuals of the activities and locations you will be experiencing with API. 

10. Food I’d Like to Try: Food abroad is a highlight for many students! Use a board to pin the food you are looking forward to enjoying in your host country!

11. Interest-specific pins: Do you have a hobby or passion of particular interest? Perhaps it’s architecture. Salsa dancing. Old churches. Gelato. Fountains. Street food. Create a board specific to the hobby you plan to explore while abroad. 

Last but not least, make sure to check out API’s Pinterest for examples, resources and inspiration!

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  1. I love these ideas!! I’m a big believer in using Pinterest for travel. Great post!


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