Could your hometown be the world’s inspiration?

The Big Blog Exchange is proud to say that it is one of the biggest blogging competitions in the world. Since the project began last year over 1,700 bloggers from all corners of the globe have signed up to compete and to become a part of this amazing community.

As there are so many passionate and knowledgeable bloggers and travellers in this community we have built up together – we thought it would be good to utilize that and ask you all if you would like to write a small post for us about your hometown. We could feature your ideas on the BBE blog for the rest of the community to read.

The information, tips and knowledge that you all have of your various home towns and countries means that by passing them on, you could make your destination an inspiration to the other bloggers here and make them want to add it to their must visit list!

We’d love for you all to share your talent, ideas and opinions with us and the rest of the community.

So if you’d like to share anything with us, drop us a comment below or e-mail us at tbbe@hihostels.com

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Even if you’re not a winner..

The Big Blog Exchange is not just about the 16 winners and their exchanges – it’s also about the incredibly supportive community of bloggers we have created here. You have all been rooting for one another, swapping votes and giving each other tips and advice for future travels. As well as providing us with incredible blogs to read through and generally just enjoying the fantastic platform we have all created together here at the BBE.

We hope that even if you are not one of our winners this year, that you will continue to follow the BBE journey. Watching our winners take off to their exchange destinations, helping them out and continuing to connect with each other. Some of our winners this year entered in 2013 and didn’t quite make the final 16, but they did not lose hope, returned this year and now they are heading off on the experience of a lifetime – so next year, it could very easily be you!

We were so impressed with you all and we wished we could pick more of you as you were all so unique and deserving – but your time could come in 2015!

We hope you will all stick around the blog for news, updates, discussions, interviews with our winners and of course documentations of their adventures! If any of you have any subjects you would like to see an article about on the blog, or even if you would like to contribute to a post in some way yourself, whether that be artwork or whatever else, do contact us at tbbe@hihostels.com and we’ll be more than happy to listen to your ideas.

So thankyou again to each and every one of you for featuring us on your wonderful blogs, telling the world about the BBE and of course for your efforts.

The BBE is far from over – we’re so excited for the next stages!

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Your Twitter reaction!

Since the news of the 16 winners and their exchanges hit the site – you have all been on Twitter and Instagram sharing your thoughts!

Here is a few of our favourite reaction tweets:

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Stay tuned to the blog – we’ll be keeping you up to date with all the goings on with the winners and their exchanges. We’re so excited to watch them take off on their adventures and to follow their journeys – and we bet you all are too! 

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The wait is over – meet our winners!!

The waiting is finally over! A few moments ago we announced our 16 Big Blog Exchange winners and their exchange countries – and what an amazing bunch they are!

Here’s a quick reminder of this years exchanges…

Exchange one: CANADA – INDIA

- Logan Anderson, CANADA: http://backpackersguidetoearth.tumblr.com/

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- Purujeet Parida, INDIA: http://sfscient.wordpress.com/

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Exchange two: FRANCE – USA

- Lucie Aidart, FRANCE: http://voyagesetvagabondages.com/

is swapping places with..

- Taralynn Mcnitt, USA: http://simplytaralynn.com/

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Exchange three: UK – JAPAN

- Ruth Silverton, UK: http://rooth121.blogspot.co.uk/

is swapping places with..

- Ashley Dy (Wildcard winner!), JAPAN: http://candykawaiilover.blogspot.co.uk/

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Exchange four: SPAIN – SOUTH AFRICA

- Manuel Garcia del Moral, SPAIN: http://www.secretosdemadrid.es/

is swapping places with..

- Roy Potterill, SOUTH AFRICA: http://www.roywrench.com/

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Exchange five: MALAYSIA – ARGENTINA

- Jui Seng Quek, MALAYSIA: http://www.vincequek.com/

is swapping with..

- Belén Palacios, ARGENTINA: http://viajarenpelotas.com.ar/

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Exchange six: IRELAND – BRAZIL

- Stephanie Buckley, IRELAND: http://eatsleepchic.co/

is swapping with..

- Ainoha Moura Aguirre, BRAZIL: http://www.vanguardiasustentable.com/

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Exchange seven: SLOVENIA – AUSTRALIA

- Mic Melansek, SLOVENIA: http://ineedtoiletpaper.com/

is exchanging with..

- Jono Cusack (Wildcard winner!), AUSTRALIA: http://www.seesomething.com.au/

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Exchange eight: ITALY – PHILIPPINES

- Tessa Go, PHILIPPINES: http://instagram.com/googlygooeys

is exchanging with..

- Marcela Fae, ITALY: http://fotostrasse.1982.us/

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CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL! We’re excited to watch your adventures unfold…

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It has been an incredibly difficult decision this year for the jury – you’re all so wonderful. 

Each and every one of you brings your own unique vibe to blogging and you are all so passionate and talented. We at HI genuinely have felt privileged to spend so much of our time getting to know you all individually – as well as enjoying all of your amazing blogs, articles, photographs and stories. We’re hoping that even if you’re not a winner this year, you will stick around to watch these 16 bloggers prepare for their journeys, take off and embark on the BBE experience, helping HI to make the world a better place and spread cultural understanding. This blog will be a central hub where you can keep up to date with their journeys and the competition – so stick around! We’re sure you’ve all got tips and advice for them and that the community feel we’ve built up here together over the last few weeks will continue to flourish throughout the next steps of the competition. We’re so excited for the next stages and we hope you all are too! The journey is far from over!

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One day to go!

The day you have all been eagerly anticipating is nearly upon us! 

We’re sure you’ve all been counting down, waiting and wondering – and tomorrow is the day we officially announce our 16 winning bloggers and their exchange countries to the world – how exciting!

We will be posting the official list on the Big Blog Exchange site at 12:00pm British time - so make sure you tune in!

It’s been an incredibly difficult decision for the jury this year, as we’re sure you can all imagine given the amount of incredible bloggers that have entered– there’s so many of you that we’d all love to see take off on a cultural exchange but only 16 can win!

We’d like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you yet again for your engagement, your efforts spreading the word of the project and for providing all of us here at HI with such amazing blogs to spend our time going through. We truly have enjoyed getting to know you all – and we hope you have all enjoyed the BBE experience so far.

Even if you don’t see your name pop up on our winners list tomorrow, we hope you will stick around to support the 16 winning bloggers and to follow their journeys digitally. The community is still thriving and we’d like you all to stick around and to continue to be a part of it till the end. We’d also love to think that each and every one of you will come back next year and try again – it will be a new year and a new opportunity for you all to get involved and win the experience of a lifetime!

So stay tuned – we’re so excited to announce the winners!

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What will change for you after the BBE?

Last year the Big Blog Exchange competition changed people’s lives. If you follow the blog you’ll remember a post we put out to you all not so long ago with our winner from 2013, Chee Chingys presentation on her BBE experience. The project inspired her to jump out of her comfort zone, travel alone and explore new places – all of which we are so pleased about.

This year however, before the exchanges have taken place – we have already been receiving some incredible feedback from you all!

We’ve heard how the BBE has inspired people to work on their blogs, to grow, expand and try new things – including blogging in different languages, and using new platforms. Some of you have been letting us know how the BBE has opened your eyes to the number of supportive, friendly bloggers that are out there, and that you have made several new friends through the competition. It really is incredible for us to hear about the positive impacts the project has had on you all – and all before the travel phase has even actually begun! We’re excited to see what happens during the travel period!

So we wanted to ask you all – how will things change for you after the BBE? Will there be anything you will do or see differently? We’d love to know what it has changed for you so far.

Keep blogging – not long to go till the winners announcement, we are very excited!

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We’ll be setting some small challenges!

The team here at the Big Blog Exchange have got their creative thinking caps on and are brainstorming different little challenges we could potentially set our 16 winners when they jet off to their exchange countries, just to make things fun (although of course, they will be having incredible amounts of fun regardless!)

So we thought it would be interesting to get your opinions – if you were a winner, what small challenge would you set your exchange partner coming to your country? Maybe to try an interesting local delicacy, or a quick photography challenge. We’d love to hear your ideas!

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The BBE has been spotted on YOUR blog!

We’re really enjoying reading all of the lovely posts you have been writing about the Big Blog Exchange – as well as seeing the creative artwork you have been making to promote the project – it’s fantastic!

Here’s a few examples…

We can’t wait to find out the names and countries of the 14 winners and 2 wildcard winners – what about you? Who are you rooting for? (other than yourselves of course!)

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Who will be our 2014 winners?!

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What question would you ask the community?

The BBE isn’t just about the 16 winners – as we’ve said before it’s hugely powered by the strength and support of this amazing blogging community we have all built up together.

Although this phase of the competition is probably not everyone’s favourite (oh, the waiting, the wondering!) we will still be posting on this blog every single day, asking questions and giving you updates. We’d like you all to see it not only as a way to follow the competition – but as a central social hub for our community of bloggers – the go to place for access to the community.

Therefore today we thought we’d ask you all, if you could ask the community ONE question – what would it be?

It would be fun for you all to post your question in the comments below – and the rest of the blogging community, and ourselves, can read through and provide you with our answers. We feel as though we should make the most of the incredible group of bloggers we have gathered together here in one place and help each other out as much as we can!

What would your question be? Comment below!

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You’re all still busy blogging away!

Even though this waiting period can be nerve wracking – you’re all still busy blogging away about the Big Blog Exchange, proudly letting your readers know that you participated or that you have made it to the top 100 finalists. We’ve really enjoyed reading through everyone’s posts over the last few days! 

Here’s just a couple that we have noticed:

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Keep blogging guys! Congratulations again to the final 100 – we can see that most of you have your banners up on your blogs which is great! 

Remember even if your not on the list of finalists – we still need our two wildcards, you could still be a winner!

Happy blogging!

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Celebrating Asia and Oceania!

Huge congratulations to our finalists in this region!

Here’s a little tally for you:

1 blogger from Singapore:
- Allan Lee

13 bloggers from Philippines:
- Nik Rielo
- Quez V

- Miguel Aquino
- Keith Andrew Pablico
- RV Panambo
- Tessa Michelle Go
- Maritzi Tullao
- Hazel Ureta
- Kathering Anne Cutar
- Aia Solis
- Anna Esguerra
- Fatima Elliz Balles
- Lyle Mark Bulado

3 bloggers from Malaysia:
- Jui Seng Quek
- Siow Lee Ng
- Jasmine Rajah

6 bloggers from India:
- Rupesh Nandy
- Elita Almeida
- Oindrila De
- Surya Bhattacharya
- Purujeet Parida
- Zachariah Joe

1 blogger from Indonesia:
- Lucky Haryadi

1 blogger from Nepal:
- Swati Pujari

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But where will our wildcards be from?!

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Celebrating Europe!

Huge congratulations to our finalists in this region!

Here’s a little tally for you:

2 bloggers from Italy:
- Marcela Fae
- Fernanda Souza

1 blogger from Hungary:
- Aniko Muhi

2 bloggers from Spain:
- Manuel Garcia del Moral
- Diego Rodriguez Vera

1 blogger from Finland:
- Juha Miettinen

6 bloggers from France:

- Anne-Laure Chorro
- Camille Gras
- Natasha Tourabi

- Marie-Charlotte Lienard
- Deborah Bourdin
- Luci Aidart

5 bloggers from the UK:
- Ruth Silverton
- Jonny Blair
- Pedro Richardson
- Samantha Hussey
- Sara Thomas

1 blogger from Slovenia:
- Mic Melansek

1 blogger from Bulgaria:
- Dimitrina Mladenova

1 blogger from Germany:
- Maya Lombarts

1 blogger from Ireland:
- Stephanie Buckley

 

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But where will our wildcards be from?!

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How did you hear about the BBE?

We’ve had so many wonderful bloggers signed up this year – so we got to wondering, how did you all hear about the Big Blog Exchange?

Maybe you saw it being promoted somewhere local to you, you stumbled across it online, maybe you entered last year, or a friend of yours did. Perhaps you stayed in a HI hostel somewhere around the world and saw it advertised, or a friend saw something and mentioned it to you.

We’re curious to know!

Comment below and let us know – how did you first discover the Big Blog Exchange?

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Celebrating the America’s!

Huge congratulations to our finalists in this region!

Here’s a little tally for you:

15 bloggers from Brazil!
- Anselmo Florentino
- Ainoha Moura Aguirre
- Carol Moreno
- Leidinara Batista
- Andre Motta
- Hector Cortez
- Kivia Mendonca Costa
- Leonardo Lima
- Jonathan Padua
- Daniele Oliveira
- Rafael Kosonics
- Danilo Hadek
- Amanda Mornito 
- Tulio Pires Braganca
- Amamda Noventra

6 bloggers from the USA
- Randi Poole
- Taralynn McNitt
- Paige Grosse
- Kailea Frederick
- Shelly Najjar
- Millie Christie-Dervaux

3 bloggers from Argentina!
- Evelin Armella
- Belen Palacios
- Guadalupe Pinyeiro

1 blogger from Canada!
- Logan Anderson

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But where will our wildcards be from?!

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What would you look for in a winner?

With our top 100 list alone overflowing with so much talent and passion, alongside the hundreds of other incredibly talented, passionate and diverse bloggers entered into the competition this year – we’re sure you can appreciate how difficult it is going to be for the international jury to whittle you all down to only 16!

There’s been a lot of discussion already – and it’s definitely going to be a very difficult choice to make! You’re all so deserving, but only 16 of you can take off on your cultural exchange.

Even if you aren’t selected as one of the 16 winners, that does not mean you have not done incredibly well – you’ve still been an imperative part of the BBE journey and community. We’d like to think that you would all still continue to follow the BBE and our lucky 16 as they embark on their journeys – sharing every step with you all. We’d also like to think that you would join us again next year for another amazing journey!

The decision is going to be a difficult one – so we thought we’d open up the floor to you guys – if you were a member of the international jury, what would YOU be looking for in a blog?

 

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Celebrating Africa and the Middle East!

Huge congratulations to our finalists in this region!

Here’s a little tally for you:

17 bloggers from South Africa!
- Jessica Hewson
- Brigid Prinsloo
- Fawn Rogers
- Cale Pissarra
- Victoria Bourhill
- Karien Potgeiter
- Dawn Jorgensen
- Lauren Wallett
- Namritha Sivsanker
- Phindiwe Nkosi
- Franscesca Traverly
- Tash Suchecki
- Sara Essop
- Roy Potterill
- Artwell Nwaila
- Anton Magnin
- Ruan Smit

1 blogger from Egypt!
- Mohamed Hafez

2 bloggers from Zimbabwe!
- Nozizwe Dube
- Edison Mutematemi

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 But where will our wildcards be from?!

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Even if you’re not a finalist.. You could still win!

A few days ago we sent out huge congratulations to our finalists, but we just wanted to remind you all that even if you didn’t quite make it onto this list – that does not mean that you won’t be chosen as one of our winners!

Although our top 100 have all done extremely well to collect up their votes -we don’t believe that the number of votes received is always a reflection on how passionate or deserving you are, or of the standard of your blog. That’s why the Big Blog Exchange has two wildcard winners – chosen by the jury purely based on their motivations, blogs, content and passion – regardless of votes or ranking.

So please don’t feel in any way let down if you aren’t on our top 100 list – we need our two wildcards, and who knows – it could be you!

So keep blogging away – the competition is far from over!

Who will our winning 16 be?! Keep tuned into the blog – winners will be announced 16 September!

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More 10 day itineraries are up!

As you know the voting period of the competition has now come to an end – and the international jury will now begin the incredibly tough process of selecting our 16 winners – 14 from the top 100 finalists and two wildcards!

These winners, announced on 16 September, will be taking off on the travel experience of a lifetime. Swapping countries, cultures and blogs with another winner across the globe.

With the help of our amazing partners all over the world, we have been putting together some mock 10 day itineraries for you all to get excited about! These aren’t final – they are just to give you an idea of what you could potentially get up to should you be chosen as a winner!

We just wanted to let you all know that a few more have now been put together, you can see them all by following this link.

Keep blogging!

 

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Congratulations to our 100 finalists!

We just wanted to say a huge well done to our BBE 2014 finalists!

We know you have all worked hard to rack up your votes and promote your blogs – and you should be very proud of yourselves.

Now the incredibly difficult process begins for the international jury – they will have to whittle you all down to 14 and decide who will be taking off on their exchanges! However, please do not feel defeated if you didn’t quite make it onto the list, votes aren’t everything – the jury will also have the tough task of going through every single blogger entered into the BBE this year to decide who our two wildcard winners will be! 

So even if you’re not a finalist – you’re still in with a chance!

We genuinely wish we could send every single one of you off on the travel experience of a lifetime as you are all so deserving – but unfortunately only 16 can win!

So stay tuned – we will be keeping this blog updated regularly, letting you know what’s going on in the build up to the announcement of the winners on the 16 September.

The list of our finalists can be found on the http://www.bigblogexchange.org

If you have any questions regarding the next phase of the competition, or anything else for that matter, either comment in the box below or send us an email at tbbe@hihostels.com and we will be more than happy to help you!

Keep blogging!

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