Aaaaand they’re off!

We’ve come a long way since we launched the Big Blog Exchange competition on the 23 July. Since then we’ve had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of passionate, talented and diverse bloggers from all corners of the world. We’ve been through the voting phase, during which we saw the birth of an extraordinarily supportive global blogging community – a community that is still to this day going strong. Next we tallied in the votes and announced our fantastic 100 finalists. After this came the incredibly difficult task of narrowing everybody down and deciding on who our 16 winning bloggers would be this year, and in September we proudly announced them and their exchange countries to the world..

Since the announcement in September, both the bloggers and the team have been frantically busy, prepping and planning every detail of their cultural exchange adventures – and we can’t believe the day has finally come!

Some of our bloggers are currently packing up, grabbing their passports and getting ready to leave, some are at this very moment flying across the globe and a few have already touched down in their exchange counties. Tomorrow will mark the beginning of 16 diverse adventures, and will see 16 bloggers from all corners of the globe jumping out of their comfort zones and exploring every nook of a country culturally different to their own.

Of course along the way each and every one of them will be doing what they do best – blogging. We have 16 incredible countries represented in the project this year, each with it’s own unique culture and rich history, and we can’t wait to see them from our fantastic bloggers perspective.

Everyone is invited to join us on a 10 day digital trip around the world, following the bloggers footsteps, learning what they learn and experiencing everything with them.

This blog will serve as a central hub for all of the BBE adventures. Every single day we will be posting a ‘daily summary’ with photo’s, videos and stories from each of the 16 bloggers different journeys. You’ll be able to follow their individual adventures not only here on the blog, but by following their individual blogs and social media accounts.

You may remember we asked our bloggers to put together a small bucket list for their exchange destinations, we’ll be following the bloggers and catching up with them afterwards to see if they managed to get any of their lists ticked off! You may also remember we asked the bloggers to dare their exchange partners to do one thing whilst in their country – we’ll be following these up too, just to see if they were brave enough!

Tune into the site from 31 October for a 10 day digital trip around the world with the Big Blog Exchange!

To follow our bloggers journeys live on Twitter, click here.
To follow their individual journeys on their blogs, click here. 

For now, here are some updates on the whereabouts of our 16 bloggers! We’ve already had some lost luggage, some storms and some delays – but hey, it’s all part of the real travel experience right?

We’re so excited here at HI, and we hope you all are too…

Kitty has touched town in London Town, and Ruth is on her way to Hong Kong! 

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Vincent is on his way to Argentina, waiting at the airport – and Belen is in a very similar position!

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We’ve just heard from Logan and he has just touched down in India safe and sound, and Purujeet is currently in the air on his way to Canada!

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Lucie is on her way to the United States, and despite a slight issue with some lost luggage – Taralynn has landed in France, explored Paris a little and had a nice big American sized coffee!

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Manuel has landed in South Africa, and Roy has touched down in Spain and is exploring the capital, Madrid! 

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Ainoha is currently in Amsterdam and will soon be in Ireland and Stephanie is on her way to Brazil!

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Nina has landed down under, and Jono is on his way to Slovenia!

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Arrived in Australia, Sydney Opera House

 

Tessa is on her way over to the beautiful Italy, and Marcela has just hopped into her taxi to the hostel in Philippines!

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Remember to tune into the blog from tomorrow to follow  their journeys! 

 

Blogger bucket lists!

We can’t believe the week is finally here!

On Friday our 16 wonderful bloggers will have packed up and travelled across the globe, hopefully will have gotten rid of their jet lag and be ready to kick off their 10 day cultural exchange adventures! As you already know, we have been setting them some small challenges in the build up to prepare them for their journeys and to help the waiting period move along a little faster!

First came the ‘Local Lingo Challenge’, where we asked our bloggers to prepare a video country survival guide for their exchange partners. Next, we asked them to let their mean streak shine and dare their exchange partners to do one thing whilst in their countries, dares ranging from rafting to trying local delicacies – all of which we will be tracking to see if they were brave enough! If you missed these challenges, they can be found a few entries past on the blog.

For their next challenge we asked our bloggers to put together a bucket list for their host country. As you can imagine with 16 such diverse countries represented in the project this year – each over flowing with incredible opportunities, sights and unmissable landmarks, their lists are inspiring to read – and they certainly give us huge levels of wanderlust!

Some of our bloggers are still deciding on their final bucket lists, but for now, here are some for you to read through. Be sure to check the blog regularly from Friday 31 October to follow the bloggers individual journeys, and see if they manage to tick off everything on their lists!

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Vincent from Malaysia – Argentina bucket list

1. On a macro level, I hope to be able to show the world through the BBE that, not only is one never too old to blog and/or hostel, he/she can (and should) actively embark on world adventures in order to understand other cultures better. On a more personal level, my aim is to come home and share with as many fellow Malaysians as possible about my experiences with the hope of promoting a deeper understanding of South American to them.

2. I’ve heard of Asado Argentino before. When I’m there, I definitely hope to partake in one of these social events – and of course feast on the barbecue.

3. Take a scenic boat trip in San Carlos de Bariloche and while enjoying Mamuschka chocolates!

4. Mendoza is famous of excellent wines and divine steaks. Need I say more?

5. If possible (and feasible), I’d definitely like to visit a farm in Patagonia and witness gauchos doing their thing.

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Kitty from Hong Kong – UK bucket list

1. English breakfast

2. Harry Potter

3. Sherlock Holmes

4. Abbey Road

5. London Bridge

 

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Logan from Canada- India bucket list

1. Try some food from a street vendor

2. See a wild tiger in its natural habitat

3. Learn 10 phrases in Hindi

4. Visit a holy place

5. Eat real Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken)

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Lucie from France- USA bucket list

1. Experience Washington DC diffferently and better than the two previous times

2. Live my first Halloween in the USA

3. Learn some Texan Slang

4. Get a better understanding of this huge country that is the USA.

5. Discover the country one food at a time

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Manuel from Spain – South Africa bucket list

1. I want to do “White Shark Diving”, i´ve seen several times the film ‘Jaws’ and for me it´s a dream to be so close from white sharks.

2. South Africa is the country where was born one of one of the most important man in recent history, Nelson Mandela so I want to learn everything I can about him and his life.

3. I am a sports fan so I like to attend a sports event such as football match or rugby match

4. I love international food so i want to taste South Africa´s food as much as i can.

5. Finally my last wish is to visit Kruger National Park and see the “the big five” (Elephant, Leopard, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo).

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 Nina from Slovenia – Australia bucket list

1. seeing kangaroos and koalas in the wild and maybe even up close

2. get to know the Aboriginis life

3. trying to surf for the very first time

4. See the Sydney opera house

5. get to know the Aussies life

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Purujeet from India – Canada bucket list

1. Go on the Halloween trolley ride at vancouver

2. Successfully ski for 100 metres at whistler and Go bungee jumping

3. Eat at “Eat Fresh Be Healthy” in Toronto.

4. Go to the Symphony at montreal and attend a karaoke night in a pub

5. Go Sailing @ Halifax.

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Ruth from the UK – Hong Kong bucket list

1. Take the tram to see sunset at Victoria Peak!

2. Go to Temple Street Night Market!

3. Visit the Giant Buddha!

4. Visit Tai O fishing village and look for pink dolphins

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Tessa from the Philippines – Italy bucket list

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 If you were visiting one of these countries, what would be on your bucket list? Is there anything you think our bloggers shouldn’t miss? Let us know in the comments box below.

Remember to tune into the site from Friday 31 October for your daily dose of BBE adventure!

 Join the conversation @hostelling #bigblogx

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Dare your exchange partner!

If you are a regular follower of the blog and of the Big Blog Exchange journey, you will have noticed that we have been setting our bloggers a string of challenges to complete in the build up to their exchanges. First came the local lingo challenge, in which we asked our bloggers to provide a short video survival guide to their country for their exchange partners. If you missed this challenge, click here to watch the bloggers video’s and brush up on your global lingo!

A few more challenges have followed on from that, the next of which being the ‘Dare your exchange partner’ challenge! We asked our winning 16 to dare their exchange partner to do one thing when they are in their country, and to tweet their dares to one another.

Some of our bloggers are still plotting their dares, but here are some of the ones that have been set so far! We will be following up on these with the bloggers when they’re away on their exchanges, to see if they were brave enough to take them on, and of course we will be wanting video or photo evidence!

Ainoha for Stephanie

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Jonos dare for Nina

Lucie to Taralynn

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LOGAN TO PURUJEET

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MANU TO ROY

Taralynn to lucie 1 Taralynn to lucie 2

PURUJEET TO LOGAN

RUTH TO KITTY

KITTY TO RUTH

 

Join the conversation #bigblogx @hostelling

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One week to go!

With just over a week left until the 10 day exchanges, the excitement is inevitably building up. They’re all busy prepping, planning and packing for the journey of a lifetime and we can’t wait to see what our fantastic bloggers get up to on their adventures!

Twitter has been buzzing with excitement over the last few weeks, and we wanted to share a few of our favourite tweets with you, from our winners and from others… #bigblogx

Manu REAJ

Belen Jono Stephanie Taralynn Tessa Vincent Roy Marcela Lucie

 

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Join the conversation!! @hostelling #bigblogx 

Who’s journey are you looking forward to following?

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Travel with your taste buds!

We have a few food fanatics among our 16 winning bloggers this year, and several of our bloggers have expressed to us how excited they are to try the local cuisine of a different country.

We thought it would be fun to challenge you all to a game of guess the dish!

Below are 16 different deserts, snacks and dishes -all either originating from, a delicacy in, or very popular within the 16 countries our winning bloggers are representing and exploring on their exchanges this year.

Can you guess what each dish is, and where it is from? No cheating! Comment below.

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Spain

Photo credit: José María Mateos 

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India - Paratha

Photo credit: Alpha

3. 

Canada - Nanaimo bars

Photo credit: Brown Eyed Baker

4. 

USA - Twinkies

Photo credit: Christian Cable

5.

France - pot au feu

Photo credit: wilmacheryl 

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Photo credit: Jon Mountjoy

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Argentina - chimichurri

Photo credit: Asado

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malaysia - roti john

Photo credit: Stephen Chew 

9.

brazil - pastel

Photo credit: Luiz 

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ireland - stew

Photo credit: jeffreyw

11.

aussie lamingtons

Photo credit: Canonian 

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SLOVENIA - Kranjska Klobasa

Photo credit: Guttorm Flatabø 

13. 

uk english brekkie

Photo credit: Ibán 

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italy - lasagna

Photo credit: Jeffreyw

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philippines - balut

16. 

hk - pineapple bread

 

Two weeks to go!

We can’t believe there is now only two short weeks left before our winning 16 bloggers pack their bags and take off on their exchanges. It feels like only yesterday we opened the competition, and had the pleasure of getting to know hundreds of talented, diverse and incredibly committed bloggers.

In the build up to the exchanges, throughout and after – this blog will serve as the central hub for all things BBE. Everyday during their 10 day journeys we will be posting a summary of what our bloggers have been getting up to in their various exchange countries, their thoughts, insights, photos and stories.

It’s going to be an adventure not just for the winners, but for us here at HI, and the readers too. We will effectively get to travel the world in 10 days digitally with these bloggers, sharing their experiences with them every step of the way. We can’t wait to follow each and every one of them as they jump out of their comfort zones and learn about a country culturally different to their own.

We can hardly contain our excitement here at HI – what journey are you most looking forward to following?

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Winners – have you introduced your exchange partner to your readers yet?

As you all know, our 16 winners will not only be swapping cultures and countries – they will also be swapping blogs for duration of their 10 day exchanges.

We noticed that our winner from France, Lucie, has conducted an in depth interview with Taralynn, her exchange partner from the USA.

As Taralynn will be temporarily taking over Voyages et Vagabondages, Lucie has posted the interview on her blog to introduce Taralynn officially to her readers, and to give them a chance to get to know her.

Taralynn has also posted her interview on her blog asking her readers to pose questions to Lucie to get to know her a little better before she takes over Simply Taralynn. She has also conducted an interview with Lucie that she will be placing on her blog for the same reason.

We think it’s a great idea to introduce your readers to your exchange partner before they start blogging to them. If you would like to read the interview, you can do so here. 

Winners – have you introduced your readers to your exchange partner yet?

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What would you pack for your BBE adventure?

Packing for a trip can be an excitement building, fun activity for some – and a stressful, chaotic experience for others. We’re sure most travellers at one time or another have spent hours trying to cram everything they own into a backpack, before eventually admitting defeat and having to become selective about what they will need.

With only a few short weeks to go until our 16 winning bloggers head off on their 10 day cultural exchanges, we’re sure they are all starting to round up their things, prepare and think about what it is they will be bringing with them on their adventures.

So we wanted to open up the floor to you all and ask – what would you take with you on your BBE adventure? If you are one of our winners – what are you planning to take with you? What is you travel necessity? Comment below and let us know!

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The Big Blog Exchange on Youtube!

Have you taken a look at the Hostelling International Youtube channel lately? We’ve introduced a Big Blog Exchange 2014 playlist – on here you will find the competition launch trailer containing footage from last year’s exchanges, alongside all of this year’s winners Local Lingo Challenge videos.

There will be a few more lingo videos coming to us over the next few days – so keep an eye out! As the competition goes on, we will be adding any video footage from our winners to this channel, so you can follow their journeys.

For now, head over to the HI Youtube channel, enjoy our bloggers country survival guides, and brush up on your global lingo!
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The Local Lingo Challenge

In just a few short weeks our winning 16 bloggers will be jetting off to their exchange partners country – to immerse themselves in an unfamiliar culture, try new things and of course document their experiences and insights to the readers.

We have 16 culturally diverse and unique countries represented in the project this year, each one as beautiful as the last. We can’t wait to follow the journeys of the bloggers as they explore and learn about a country completely different to their own.

In the build up to the exchanges, we’re busy putting together every aspect of our winners adventures, and we thought we would set them a string of small challenges to help them to prepare, and to help the waiting period move along a bit faster.

The first challenge set was one that we at HI have dubbed ‘The Local Lingo Challenge.’

As the project is all about cultural understanding, we asked our lovely bloggers to provide their exchange partner with a video survival guide for their country. The video was to provide their exchange partners with local phrases, expressions, cultural norms and information to help them get through their 10 day adventures with a little more ease – as well as to give them the chance to get to know each other a little better!

This is what our bloggers have come up with so far. Some are still in the process of adding the finishing touches to their fantastic videos, so be sure to keep checking back as we will be adding a few more over the coming hours and days. For now – enjoy!

“Say HI to the world!”

Canadian survival guide – from Logan to Purujeet

India survival guide – from Purujeet to Logan

Slovenia survival guide – from Nina to Jono

Australia survival guide – from Jono to Nina

Hong Kong survival guide – from Kitty to Ruth

UK survival guide – from Ruth to Kitty

Ireland survival guide – from Stephanie to Aihona

Brazil survival guide – from Ainoha to Stephanie

Malaysia survival guide – from Vincent to Belen

Argentina survival guide – from Belen to Vincent

France survival guide – from Lucie to Taralynn

French phrases used:

Bonjour, Allez, on dit bonjour au monde entier. Allez, on commence. Bonjour, Je m’appelle Lucie. Mon blog de voyage est Voyages et Vagabondages et j’ai gagné un concours de blogueurs, le Big Blog Exchange. Comment ça va? Bien et toi? Bien. Parlez-vous anglais? Je parle un petit peu français. Je ne comprends pas. A l’aide. Je suis perdue. Où est la meilleure boulangerie de la ville? Je voudrais un pain au chocolat s’il vous plaît. Je voudrais une chocolatine s’il vous plaît. Merci beaucoup. Je voudrais un bon verre de vin et un plateau de fromage s’il vous plaît. Combien ça coûte? Merci. Au revoir.

USA survival guide – from Taralynn to Lucie

Spain survival guide – from Manuel to Roy

English translation:

Hi, I’m Manu and I am representative of Spain and i´m here to give some advice to Roy, my friend from South Africa, just to make your trip to my country as pleasant and fun as posible, i want you to say “Hi the world.” Here’s the first tip Roy, attentive: During your travel in Spain certainly you’re going to drink at some bar, it is important for you to know how to order a beer, for that you must say “Camarero quiero una caña” (Waiter, i want a beer) It´s very easy. You also have to know that in Spain is very typical that together with the drinks you will receive a small plates with food, like this one. These portions are called “tapas”. Finally you have to know that in Spain football is almost a religion and the whole country is divided between Barcelona´s supporters and Real Madrid´s supporters. I recommend that even if you dont´really like this sport you become a fan of one of these teams because sooner or later you’ll be asked: Wich football team do you support? These are my tips to make your experience the best as possible Spain. Keep in touch, bye.

Philippines survival guide – from Tessa to Marcela 

Are there any additional phrases you feel the bloggers should know before taking off to their exchange countries? Comment below and share the knowledge!

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Join the conversation!

It’s now only a matter of weeks until our winning 16 bloggers head off on their 10 day exchanges – and we can just about contain our excitement here at HI!

If you’d like to keep up to date with the preparations in the build up to the exchanges, as well as the individual journeys of the 16 bloggers – there are a few things that you can do to make sure you don’t miss a moment:

- Subscribe to this blog – we will be using this as a central hub for all things BBE related. We will be posting photos, video’s, stories and updates everyday both during the build up and during the exchanges.

- Follow each of our winners individual blogs – Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts and Instagram accounts. If you’d like quick links to all 16 in one place, have a look at the post we put out last week.

- Follow our Twitter account: @hostelling.

- Like us on Facebook.

- Follow the #bigblogx tag

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Blogging in different languages!

As you may have anticipated given the diversity of the countries being represented in the Big Blog Exchange this year – our winners will be blogging in several different languages throughout their exchanges. Although many of them will be translating their posts – if you have any trouble following their journeys we suggest using the trusty Google Translate tool!

We love the cultural diversity present among our winning 16 bloggers– as after all, cultural understanding is what this project is all about.

We hope you enjoy the diversity of the bloggers this year and that you enjoy reading about their cultural insights throughout their journeys.

Do you blog in more than one language? Do you blog in your native language, or in another to fit with your current location, or to benefit your current readership? Do you translate your posts? Let us know below!

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What is your travel technology of choice?

At the end of this month our winning bloggers will be packing their bags and jetting off to their exchange partners’ country – to immerse themselves in the culture, to learn and to share their experiences and insights with the readers. They will be blogging live on their exchange partners’ blog and on social media platforms for the duration of their trips, using various different types of technologies – we can’t wait!

With there being so many experienced, expert travel bloggers within this wonderful community, we thought we’d ask – what is your technology of choice while travelling and blogging? With so many different options available from smartphones and tablets to laptops – it can be difficult to know which is best.

We’re sure that if our winning bloggers haven’t already blogged from the road, they would appreciate some advice from the experts within the community.

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So comment below and let us know – what is your technology of choice while blogging and travelling?

What journey are you most looking forward to following?

On the 31 October our winners will be beginning their 10 day adventures within their exchange countries. Represented in the Big Blog Exchange this year are 16 culturally diverse destinations, each one as beautiful as the last.

The readers will be able to follow the bloggers every step of the way as they explore their exchange countries, experiencing every single day alongside them digitally.

So we wanted to ask you all – which bloggers journey are you most looking forward to following? Perhaps there is one destination being represented that you have always wanted to visit. Maybe one of our bloggers is taking off to a destination you have written about yourself – and you’re excited to see somebody else’s take on it. We’d love to know!

Canada – explored by Purujeet

Canada mountains

India – Explored by Logan 

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France – Explored by Taralynn

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USA – Explored by Lucie

United States Capitol Dome

Spain – Explored by Roy

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Malaysia – Explored by Belen

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Ireland – Explored by Ainoha

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Italy – Explored by Tessa

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Philippines – Explored by Marcela

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Brazil – Explored by Stephanie

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UK – Explored by Kitty

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Slovenia – Explored by Jono

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Australia – Explored by Nina

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Hong Kong – Explored by Ruth

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South Africa – Explored by Manuel

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Argentina – Explored by Vincent

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** These photographs do not belong to HI and we do not take any form of credit for them. They are for reference purposes only. If you feel that any of these photo’s are your right – let us know and we will take them down immediately.

Have you taken a look at our winners blogs?

Well, we have officially announced our winning 16 bloggers, and what an amazing bunch they are. We have a real dream team representing the project around the world this year. Not long ago we put a post out outlining who they are, who they are exchanging with and where they will be going. We thought we would put all of their blogs in one place, just in case you hadn’t had a chance to read through them yet, enjoy!

Logan Anderson, Canada to India.
Visit Logans blog here.

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Purujeet Parida, India to Canada.
Visit Purujeets blog here.

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Lucie Aidart, France to USA.
Visit Lucie’s blog here.

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Taralynn Mcnitt, USA to France.
Visit Taralynn’s blog here.

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Manuel Garcia del Moral, Spain to South Africa.
Visit Manuel’s blog here.

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Roy Potterill, South Africa to Spain.
Visit Roy’s blog here.

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Jono Cusack, Australia to Slovenia.
Visit Jono’s blog here.

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Nina Kogej, Slovenia to Australia.
Visit Nina’s blog here.

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Tessa Go, Philippines to Italy.
Visit Tessa’s blog here.

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Marcela Fae, Italy to Philippines.
Visit Marcela’s blog here.

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Ainoha Moura Aguirre, Brazil to Ireland.
Visit Ainoha’s blog here.

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Stephanie Buckley, Ireland to Brazil.
Visit Stephanie’s blog here.

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Vincent Quek, Malaysia to Argentina.
Visit Vincent’s blog here.

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Belen Palacios, Argentina to Malaysia.
Visit Belen’s blog here.

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Ruth Silverton, UK to Hong Kong.
Visit Ruth’s blog here.

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Chan Hoi Yung (Kitty), Hong Kong to UK.
Visit Chan’s blog here.

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Remember, each of the bloggers will be posting on their exchange partners blog about their experiences live from their exchange countries, and you’ll be able to get your daily dose of BBE adventure right here on the blog – stay tuned!

A Big Blog Exchange meet up!

We have said it before, and we will say it again. The Big Blog Exchange is not solely about the 16 winners and their cultural exchanges, it’s also about the fantastic community we have all built up together.

Which is why we were overjoyed to see the following tweets, showing four of our BBE 2014 finalists all meeting up for a catch up and a coffee!

We love the #bigblogx love and community feel that is going on – and we’re so pleased to see that even after the competition phase has ended and our winners have been announced, bloggers within the community are still in contact.

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Planning a #bigblogx meet up? Let us know at tbbe@hihostels.com!

Some changes to the winning 16 bloggers!

We just wanted to let you all know that we have had to make a few changes to our final 16. Unfortunately due to various reasons, a few of our 16 winning bloggers were not able to participate in the exchange this year. We wish these bloggers all the best, and hope they will come back and join us next year!

Therefore we’d like to introduce you all to the fantastic Nina Kogej- who will now be representing Slovenia in the exchange, swapping countries with Jono in Australia!

We’d also like you all to give a warm welcome to our amazing new wildcard winner, representing Hong Kong travelling to the UK swapping countries with Ruth – Chan Hoi Yung!

Below is an official up to date list of our final 16 winners, their blogs and their exchanges.
We have a real dream team here representing the BBE project in 2014 – and we’re so happy to have them all on board!

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/

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

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Exchange three: UK – HONG KONG

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

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- Chan Hoi Yung (Wildcard winner!), HONG KONG: http://kitx.mysinablog.com/

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Exchange four: SPAIN – SOUTH AFRICA

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

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

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Exchange five: MALAYSIA – ARGENTINA

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

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

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Exchange six: IRELAND – BRAZIL

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

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

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Exchange seven: SLOVENIA – AUSTRALIA

- Nina Kogej, SLOVENIA: http://www.nina-travels.com/

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- 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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Don’t forget to follow their journeys from 31 October, as they jet off on their cultural exchanges.

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We have hundreds of amazing blogs for you to read!

The voting phase of the competition is over, the jury have selected our 16 winners, and we are in the process of planning their 10 day adventures!

It’s all very exciting and we can’t wait to follow these 16 bloggers on their exchanges. However, we just wanted to take a moment to remind you all of the hundreds of amazing people who entered their blog into the competition this year. Our 16 winners form an incredible team – but there were so many other impressive and diverse blogs who entered and didn’t quite make it into the top 16.

Every blog entered into the BBE this year remains accessible from our site. From travel to fashion, cupcakes to sport – whatever your interest, we’re sure there will be a whole host of blogs for you to read through on this list.

The BBE is not just about the adventures, it’s also about the community – and every single one of the bloggers entered this year, as well as last year, are a part of that community.

So why not have a flick through the participants list and experience some of these amazing blogs?

You could even be reading the blog of a 2015 BBE winner!

To take a look at this year’s bloggers, follow this link.

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Halloween around the world.

Our bloggers exchanges will be kicking off on the spookiest day of the year this time around – Halloween!

Here in England – Halloween celebrations usually consist of trick or treating, scary costumes and horror movie marathons. The London Dungeon will usually put on a frightening show, houses will be decorated with skeletons, zombies and cobwebs, and people will spend the day jumping out on one another!

So we thought we’d ask you all – what are Halloween celebrations like in your hometown/country? Are there any traditions that take place where you live? Any special events or parades that happen? Or even just a tradition you uphold yourself?

Comment below and let us know – it will be really interesting to read about the different ways this scary holiday is celebrated in various places around the world! 

Join the conversation! #bigblogx

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Travel the world digitally in 10 days with the BBE!

On the 31 October our 16 winning bloggers will have touched down in their exchange countries ready to kick off their 10 day adventures!

From the 31 October – 9 November, all of you lovely readers will be able to follow their journeys as they blog live on various social media channels from 16 countries all around the world. The bloggers will be keeping the BBE team in the loop as well – letting us know what they’re up to, what they’re seeing and what they are learning about the cultures of their exchange countries. We’ll be posting daily updates on the blog using photos and stories sent to us direct from the bloggers to keep you all informed.

With 16 culturally diverse countries represented in the exchange this year -the BBE is the perfect opportunity to travel the world digitally! In 10 days you will be able to learn so much about the cultures of 16 different countries, we’re so excited to watch their journeys unfold – are you?

Oh and don’t forget – hundreds of talented bloggers entered the competition this year alongside our winning 16. All of their details are still on the site here. Giving you all access to their incredible blogs! Who knows – you could be reading the blog of one of our 2015 winners, they were all so unique and we wished we could have picked them all as winners.

Stay tuned and join us on 31 October for a 10 day digital trip around the world!

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