The epilogues are in!

We can hardly believe it’s been almost 3 weeks since our bloggers returned home from their cultural exchange adventures. This years competition was an incredible journey not just for the bloggers who took part – but for us here at HI and the followers too. We threw our winners a surprise country to explore, and sent them on their way to learn as much as they could about the culture – all the while recording their experiences so that we could learn alongside them.

We had lost luggage, delayed flights, new friends, new families, minds opened, perceptions changed – and some unforgettable experiences providing insights into an unfamiliar culture. We followed our winners from the packing of their bags to the moment they landed back home, documenting every experience and thought in between.

Now that our bloggers have settled back into every day life, we asked them to take a look back on their Big Blog Exchange experiences. What did they learn in their exchange countries, what did it mean to them? Their reflections, memories and musings were translated into wonderful video epilogues – and here they are on our HI Youtube channel for you to see. Just follow the link to find out what our bloggers thought about their time with TBBE.

If you would like a chance to be in our 16 winners shoes next year, you can register yourself on the BBE site to recieve notifications about BBE 2015! It’s been an amazing journey – and we will see you next year for another Big Blog Exchange adventure – welcoming 16 brand new bloggers.




12 thoughts on “The epilogues are in!

  1. It’s been amazing. A month ago today, I left Malaysia for Argentina to begin my cultural exchange, and everything still seems surreal. A blur. I will forever be grateful to HI for giving me this TRULY once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I encourage everyone to try (or try again) in the BBE 2015 as the exchanges are such wonderful and eye-opening experiences. Good luck to all and feel free to drop me a line if you wish to know more about my BBE experience in both 2013 as well as 2014.

  2. I noticed you said there were 16 winners but there’s not 16 videos. I was really curious about the young lady who went to France about her adventure. Is she making a video? Such a beautiful country, it would be a shame to be left off!

    1. She never made one. I do believe that due to the contest rules since she did not hardly even blog about her trip, do the “dares” or even submit her video, that she violated the contest rules. She should pay back every cent to BBE. Other bloggers should have been awarded the trip in my opinion…

      1. Yeah…Taralynn is infamous for starting big projects and never finishing them. You will probably never see a video from her unfortunately.

    1. She didn’t make one. Taralynn isn’t exactly known for her “follow through” on projects. I had to quit reading her blog because there were countless recipes, activities and projects she said she would post/start, that just didn’t come to fruition. I have a feeling I am not the only frustrated former reader.

      1. I agree!! Very frustrating that Taralynn wouldn’t post a video like the rest of the bloggers for a trip that she won from her readers!

      2. Yup! I read her blog for years and loved her until I realized how un-relatable and flakey she is. It was her playing victim and inability to apologize for her mistakes that drove me to the edge. The least she could have done was follow up on a project that her readers let her win. Not like she has an actual job to keep her busy anyway.

  3. She will never make a video. You can’t photoshop a video to shave 25 pounds off and appear more anorexia so your pro-ana blogs will keep appealing to sick little 12-year-old girls. It’s a crying shame TaraLynn was chosen when there were so many other deserving bloggers who would have told a great story instead of drinking coffee and complaining about things for a week.

    1. I’ve never heard of this girl before and I just looked at her blog. Her life is a big joke. Does she really make money off of this blog? Her writing reads like some 12-year-old’s LiveJournal.

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