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.



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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/

is swapping places with..

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


Exchange two: FRANCE – USA

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

is swapping places with..

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


Exchange three: UK – HONG KONG

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

is swapping places with..

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


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/



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

is swapping with..

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


Exchange six: IRELAND – BRAZIL

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

is swapping with..

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


Exchange seven: SLOVENIA – AUSTRALIA

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

is exchanging with..

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


Exchange eight: ITALY – PHILIPPINES

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

is exchanging with..

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


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



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.


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!


Your all talking about the BBE!

Since the news of our winners and their exchanges hit the site you’ve all been tweeting and blogging away about the BBE and getting excited!
Here are a few snippets:


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We’re currently in the process of planning our winners trips, and it’s all getting very exciting! Stay tuned to the blog to keep track of their adventures – just over a month until they jet off! #bigblogx


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!


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!


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:

aia join again next year  fotostrasseeee Googleys Instagram Googlies - yoga lclass Ima jerermy fowler Jono kisty lucie manuel madrid ruth stephanie buckley Taralynn Mcnitt Zoe Homes


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/


Exchange two: FRANCE – USA

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

is swapping places with..

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


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/


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/



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

is swapping with..

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


Exchange six: IRELAND – BRAZIL

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

is swapping with..

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


Exchange seven: SLOVENIA – AUSTRALIA

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

is exchanging with..

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


Exchange eight: ITALY – PHILIPPINES

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

is exchanging with..

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


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


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!


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!


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!


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!


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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Karien running the race

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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


But where will our wildcards be from?!


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



But where will our wildcards be from?!