Motivations We Love #43

It’s nearly time to start looking over ALL of your entries, whittling down 1100 bloggers to just 16! Until then, here’s a few of today’s favourite motivations!

Blou, from 360 Tree Blog (South Africa) says: 

I’ve a deep love for the tiny details, for capturing moments of magic within the mundane lens of each passing day. A stroke at 27 radically altered my life and perspective – I had to leave my career in the corporate world as my focus narrowed to learning to live within my ‘new’ body. Many gifts have revealed themselves as I embraced change and benefits of ‘the simple life’. This focus informs how I travel now too: walking at a slower pace, turning from from crowds and tourist ‘hot spots’, searching instead for the complex nuances of local secrets… where one can soak in a sense of the day-to-day life atmosphere of the place. To find the common threads which link our diverse lives, whilst celebrating the powerful mystery of ‘foreignness’. And the path of maverick and wanderer has always inspired me… To trade countries and experiences for 10 days, a brief ellipse in time and space to seek out intricacies of a different ‘life’ and weave together a tapestry of images and words to speak of it, is a unique opportunity. One I would love to apply lens and heart and hand to.

Patricia IACOB, from Patricia IACOB blog (Romania) says: 

Since I let my limits into past and I decided to open the blog I feel better cause now I am free to express myself and be me. The blog is a place were I can speak on my own language and I can feel comfortable. Now I have a team with a web designer, an it specialist and a PR and right now we are working at the blog. We will change the look of the blog and we wanna enjoy and evolve in interesting projects. I wanna travel and achieve as much information as I can because I wanna inspire other to try new things from time to time,, to take care of their look to be bold and optimistic. Fashion can change the attitude of the people and I wanna show them that is easy and everyone can be fashion.

Martina Agrì, from In Front Of The Closet blog (Italy) says: 

Hello! My name is Martina Agrì and I’m a graduate student in Fashion. I opened my blog In Front Of The Closet to share with other people my passions. Currently the blog is phase of restyling because I studied for my graduation but it will soon be available. I would like to partecipate in this project because I love traveling and other cultures different from my own. In the first page of my thesis I wrote: ” We must open our eyes to the wonderful diversity of this world.” I analizyed different cultures for time and space from the western that is shamanistic culture in Siberia in particular Yukaghir and Koryak culture. My dream is to learn through travel. I would like to see the Ocean, the Northern Lights, the milky way in the night from Africa, the great capitals of the world like New York, Honk Hong, Tokyo, Sydney and eat and live like the locals. Could be a great opportunity,I hope you believe in me. Regards, Martina Agrì

Megan Leader, from Far Far Away Blog (United States) says: 

The world is a breathtaking place full of vibrant, wonderful people. There is so much beauty to be explored and experienced that I sometimes become overwhelmed by my ever-growing “must-visit” list. Having the opportunity to swap places with another blogger would allow me a fresh perspective into someone else’s lifestyle and traditions, and that’s one of the most valuable life experiences anyone could ever ask for!

Motivations We Love #42

And today’s favourites are….

Noeleen Ginnane, from wordsfallfrommyeyes Blog (Australia) says: 

Like many, I feel I have something to add. And like many, I do have something to add. For many decades, I did not add my tell to the world because I thought I was of no creative or spiritual value; and nor of value was my existence. Then someone who had read my scribings littered about my little bedsitter in Cottesloe, Western Australia, he said, “But no-one writes it LIKE YOU.” That was the beginning of daring to believe I had a skill of tell. Who writes from the brink of suicide – genuine, not a ‘cry for help’, their deathbed, and spins it into poetry? Me. I deserve to be one chosen for I have a message to impart essential to people today, “in this day and age” of bullying, abuse, the after-effects of abuse (I had a damaged childhood – sure, so what so many have, but I have words and a voice you’ve not seen-heard before). I would embrace this opportunity and give it back ten-thousand-fold, is why. And learning of others in that big embrace, I would truly cherish.

Justin Vawter Greco T. Buenagua, from The World According To Me Blog (Philippines) says: 

I have always wanted to travel. There are things outside my city that tickles my imagination. The culture, the food, the history, the lifestyle and the fashion. As fashion blogger, I always search for inspirations based on architectural designs. Architecture is something that reflects a place’s rich history and culture. It speaks for the place itself. Living a life that is outside of what I have grown up with really excites me. I want to know how people live their lives based on their geographical location, customs and traditions as well as religions. It would definitely be a great experience to be part of this since I get to share my own while getting something from others. And one step at a time, I want to share THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ME.

Catherine, from Simply Catherine (Malaysia) says: 

Life is a never ending experience. I love to enjoy and explore around, to see and discover the many different other cultures is one of the best part of travelling. I believe this would be an eye-opening and give me the adventure and memory that none-other can. I blog about anything that relates to life and me.

The Itinerary Blog (Philippines) says: 

I love travel! I know a lot of people do backpacking, but I prefer to do it the flashpacking way, not in terms of getting a 4-5 star hotel, rather, I spend some of my money indulging on good food, better coaches on transfers and finding reasonable accommodation not at the expense of comfort 🙂 Here’s a blog that summarized WHAT, WHERE, HOW & other details of the travels that I’ve been to and for the other countries that i’d be exploring in the years to come!

Steven Active Goh, from The Physically Active Blog (Singapore) says: 

I embrace diversity and believe that a world that celebrates the many cultures that we have is the best place to live in. I am always on the look out for adventure and the thing that I would really like to do now is to encourage more people to be physically active. An active person is a healthy person and he is a happier person!

Motivations We Love #41

5 days to go! Who is counting down?

Here are today’s favourites:

Div, from Diva’s Travelogues Blog (India) says: 

Sometimes I wonder why I was born in India. Out of 220 odd countries in the world, why here?… and if I were to be born or be living in any other country, would that only change my identity(i.e. my name, location) or even the person I am, change my entire being… Would i be someone different from the way i am or would I be the same? And when i travel across India, i get to see so much of diversity that it amazes me.. the beauty and unity of it all- the religions, the geography, the cultures, the food, the family bonding. The kind of hospitality and kindness and compassion i see here amazes me. And it makes me wonder how different it is in different parts of the world? Would 10 days be enough to find out? May be, may be not… but definitely worth a shot 🙂

Calista Leah Liew, Travelling On A Dream Blog (Malaysia) says: 

Having not been able to really travel until 4 years ago, travelling, even to another part of the same country was a luxury for me. Since then I have had the opportunity to travel to a few of the beautiful countries around South East Asia, and gain experiences that I believe have changed who I am and how I perceive the world. To win this unique opportunity to travel, exchange blogs, lives, places and cultures with another passionate blogger in a totally different part of the world for 10 days is an ultimate dream! My motivation for joining this competition is that I’ve always wanted to travel the world and learn how people in other countries live. I believe experience is the best eduction, and you can learn nothing faster than if you were to experience it on a personal level. I am currently in a limbo with my life at the moment, not quite knowing where I want it to go or which of the many passions in my life I’d like to fully pursue, and I believe that winning this blog exchange would help me put a lot, if not all, of it into perspective. =)

Hendra, from Saya Minggat Dulu Blog (Indonesia) says: 

Traveling and writing are two of my biggest passion in life. I am dreaming of having my own books and spreading the traveling mood to anyone. By traveling, you could not only learn general knowledge (country and its resources) but also you are given opportunity to understand people personally.

Glen Shorey, from The Adventures Of Wheelchair Boy (UK) says: 

My name is Glen Shorey and I have Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare inherited dsorder that affects me on a lot of ways but the most obvious is that I’m wheelchair bound. Under a year ago, I decided to start writing about life from my rather different perspective in the hope that I would be able to enlighten people about disability. I have been overwhelmed by the response to my blog but the oppertunity of taking the message of ‘Wheelchair Boy’ is one that I cannot miss. Please read my blog as my mission is to touch people with my words and make the world a less ignorant place. Hopefully you like and if you do, without sounding like an X Factor contestant, please vote for me and make my dreams come true. With your help, I can change the world. Bye for now!

Motivations We Love #40

Today’s favourites are:

Aizzing, from Icing And White Blog (Philippines) says: 

I relocated here in Dubai in 2010 to pursue a career in the media advertising industry. Since then, I have explored, experienced and learned so much in this Emirate beyond what I’ve ever imagined. I can say that I’ve grown a lot and have turned into a better version of myself in those three years and have religiously documented all of these amazing adventures on my blog. This place is very different from my home country (the Philippines). From the weather, the food, the people and the culture: it’s a whole different ball game here. The UAE is a very wonderful country with even more wonderful people and I am sure that any blogger from another country who is passionate for new adventures and excitement will really learn a lot and enjoy what Dubai has to offer. All of these aside, “Why do I deserve to win?” First, I am a fun-loving and creative individual who enjoys sharing snippets of my daily life on my blog. Experiences, places, people, things, and adventures that have given me happiness and inspiration are the core elements that make up my blog in general. Second, it would be such a huge honor to take part in this exciting project. I’d love to see the view from the other side of the fence and hopefully, come out from this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as an even better blogger and better person with a pocketful of wonderful memories to share to the whole world. 🙂

Daniel Machuca, from My Town Melbourne Blog (Australia) says: 

I love sharing and exploring my city as a local tourist. It would be fantastic to do the same at a whole new location.

Agusmia Putri Haerani, from Youth Got Travel Blog (Indonesia) says: 

I just started my blog on 6th March 2013 without any knowledge about Big Blog Exchange 2013. I have already written many articles about travel, places, fashion and hobbies for some websites, but I just realized that I hadn’t written anything about myself. Indeed, I was kind a “techno squib”, so that’s why I was a little bit uncertain how to make my blog interesting. With a help and support from my boyfriend in technical issues, I started to post my precious experiences and memories during my journey in some countries. Surprisingly as a newbie, just about a week later, I already got more than 150 views from many countries. It encourages me a lot to write and to tell people how beautiful my life is. Indeed, through my blogs, I would like to inspire and to share with the viewers of my blog how to travel and see the world. I have also planted a new hope to be able to see and to experience more the new destinations in the future. Therefore, I am applying for Big Blog Exchange 2013 to meet other bloggers around the world and it will super incredible if I can win this competition. Maybe, I am a new blogger but it’s never too late to start inspiring people through my blog. I think that I started at the right time to apply for Big Blog Exchange 2013. If I have the chance to exchange my life, my culture, and experience with other people in reality, it means that my dream comes true. Travel and be forever young, Gelato Traveler

Zahrul Fuadi, from jajandimana Blog (Indonesia) says: 

My motivation is I want to be a better food blogger. I really hope that BigBlogExchange can give me a BIG chance to taste more “color” on food and be a better BLOGger after meeting people that knowledgeable in this field of expertise. And finally I can exchange my experience to my community. I believe that if i win this competition, i will learn a lot and have fun through the process.

Nella Silaen, from Pursuing My Dreams Blog (Indonesia) says: 

I love trying new things, I always have dreams that are so high, and I’m trying to catch that up. My motivation for this competition, I want to participate to explore new worlds, meet people with different cultures and languages. I believe each nation possessed unique individual and I really wanted to see the uniqueness of it.

Motivations We Love #39

And, today’s favourites are:

Cheryl Keit Ang, from Sing, Travel Live Blog (UK) says: 

I want to live as fully as I can, and that includes meeting as many different people as I possibly can. I love travel and music, and both are incredibly important to me. My blog captures memory and inspiration equally, and those are both things I want to share with the world. Blogging is a way to share the world with other people and inspire those you’ve never even met, as well as be inspired by those you’ve never met. The greatest adventures are those in which you go with the flow, don’t over-plan, and Let Yourself experience everything as it comes. After all, we’ve all got a limited number of days on this earth – we might as well be honest with the time we have.

Teacher’s Dudes Grill and BBQ (UK) says: 

For the last five years I have been documenting through photography, video and articles a proud country’s decent into poverty and humiliation. The narrative often used in the press is that Greece has brought this fate upon itself by it own careless policies. Now as the same signs of decline and economic contraction are starting to make themselves felt in other EU countries I would like to have the opportunity to show how fellow European nations are dealing with the same situation.

Cedric Damour, from Parisian Eye (France) says: 

My blog means everything to me today. It represents who I am, what I like and what I want the world to know about me, what I want to share with everyone. It was just a casual occupation when I started it, and it has now become a true passion, allowing me to meet hundreds of people I could never have met otherwise, and to getting access to the backstage of many worlds and interests I have always had a passion for. To end on a lighter note, I should wing because this spring marks the 1st anniversary of my blog ! What better way to celebrate than getting to share it more !

Hannah Karim, from Dainty and Ivory Blog (UK) says: 

I think everyone if given the chance should travel, it opends the mind, you learn lots of new things and meet incredible people. I would love to be given this chance as I would like to show people a way of living that may be different to their own.

Rose Wilkinson, from Confessions Of Rose Blog (UK) says: 

My dream is to travel the world, writing about their culture, their food, their fashion and anything else to do with the beliefs and ways of the country/city. It would be a dream to be able to do so with the Big Blog Exchange and gain experience into what my future career could be like!

Amparo, from Book A Ticket And Leave Blog (Spain) says: 

As i was seeing the promotion video my heart started to pump faster, being a insaciable traveller i can’t find anything more challenging and interesting than this iniciative. I am not a big writer but i am a big fan of living new experiences. When i have to think about my “happy place” i pictured myself in a boat at the Halong Bay, wind in my face, great views and my feet touching the water.

Motivations We Love #38

8 days to go! Which bloggers are you rooting for?

Here are today’s favourite motivations:

Laura, from The Booksmartie Blog (Germany) says: 

Reading has always been a way for me to escape the smalltown, the walls that cage me in and the people that tell me to act and look and behave a certain way to be accepted. My blog is the next step out of silly mantras and prejudice. I share my views on books, I finally have the chance to reach out to people all over the world and hear their opinions on topics – it has literally opened doors for me. It feels so good to see the world as a whole, how many people, countries, cultures and lifestyles there are to explore. As a student, I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to travel and see new placese for real, but blogging is a great alternative for that. For me, my blog is not only about the books – it is about the world.

Marek Bednar, from Bloody Cardinal (Czech Republic) says: 

The more you learn, the more you realise how little you know. And the more you travel, the more you want to travel. I have been to many places around the world and I want – no, I need to visit even more. My explorer’s soul often drives me into places no sane person would visit. And I love it for that and thank it for numerous interesting stories. And if you want to go somewhere, you need to get there somehow. I love cars – for their beauty, their noise, but mostly for the freedom they give their owners – you get in, start your engine and go. Whenever, wherever – no timetables, no airports. And when you are running out of fuel, you stop at a petrol station, fill it up and you go some more. You know how they say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’? Well – a drive a day keeps me from losing my mind. And since 2006, I write. I write about anything that comes up to my mind – what I loved about the trip to Bulgaria (or just across the field to another village – you never know when and where an adventure strikes), what I love about the new Alfa Romeo or what some politician said that I disagree with. Sometimes I end up with a long text, sometimes just two, three sentences about a thought that came up to my mind. Everywhere I go, I write a review about it – like the Paralympics in London last year. Recently, I started to follow one of my dreams and I became a novice motoring journalist. Participating in this exchange is an attempt to follow another dream of mine – to see the morning in the mountains of Alaska, to see the sunset in the east and in the west…

Emmie de Vries, from Emmie’s got Ice Cream (Netherlands) says: 

My blog is me and I am my blog. I spend hours a day on my blog, I love to interact with people I find on tumblr. I make my blog personal and blog about things that makes me smile, and the opportunity to share that with the world is an amazing thought, don’t you think?

Cristina Castejón, from Toque de Estilo (Spain) says:

I would love the opportunity to travel to another place in the world to learn new cultures, inspire, share my experiences, to know how is to have a blog in another country, fashion is different in each place. I would use this opportunity so much because that is something that only happens once in a lifetime.

Jimena, from Yo Feminista Blog (Spain) says: 

I started my blog experience little time ago, but I am very excited about it!! I have a great committment to Gender Equality in the world. Despite I am not a big blogger yet, I think it would be very importante for me to be able to travel and exchange experiences with other bloggers in order to better mine and to know the situation of women and gender issues all over the world!! My goal with this blog is to explain normal people the meaning and development of feminism. As women’r rights are being attacked all over the world I find it important to defend Human Rights from a blog. That is why I would really like to live this experience and people to read my blog. Thank you very much, Jimena.

Motivations We Love #37

There’s still time to register if you haven’t already! Remember, two wildcards will be chosen based on their motivation and their blog content purely, regardless of votes. So everyone is in with a chance of being one of the final 16!

Kaisa, from Cashews Blog (Finland) says: 

I’m positive, talkative (I mean VERY social) and friendly young woman from Finland. I enjoy meeting new people and I get along with most of people. I’m not selfish at all: I prefer to make others comfortable. I’d like to travel a lot: to Canada, France and Netherlands for example. I’m pretty outgoing. I talk a lot but I like to listen others opinions. I try to be kind to everyone (while killing you in my mind if I hate you, JOKING) and I like to help others with their problems. So.. Why me? Because I’m awesome (I’m an unicorn). Well maybe because I’d love to travel and meet new people. I hate living in this tiny town, never nothing to do.. I just wanna feel free!

Gimmy, from Pensare Camminando (Italy) says: 

I’m Gimmy, 36 years old! Why win? After several years of work, I decided to start to study seriously and in 2010, I graduated in Economy of Arts and Culture at Milan Catholic University. After having renovated my house, I started to work as an educator of children and I’m a kind of freelance, sometimes not so free! I like a lot of things: music, books, art, cinema and sports but my main passion is to travel, meeting new people and knowing their stories so that’s also why I decided to open a little B&B in my house, a new place where my sweet home is your home!

Mika Larsson, from Miklar Blog (Sweden) says:

I LOVE traveling, seeing new places but most of all to meet new people from cultures I know less of. My passion for people and my passion for writing makes me the perfect candidate, since I love to see the small things and to think about how those small things become big and important.

Fareed Mohammed Blog (South Africa) says: 

Although I have only started blogging I have always wanted to share not only my thoughts but my feelings and experiences with others. I am a South African, I’m proud of it. I’m proud of every bit of culture and heritage that makes up who I am. I am hungry for new experiences. I observe. Human nature inspires me; interactions and reactions. I have been lucky enough to travel to a few places but not wise enough to document the and this opportunity. Young and naive, the places only existed until now that I can fully grasp what the they taught me and how it influenced me.

Huibri Schalkwyk, from Sew Long (South Africa) says: 

I am a regular traveller and love getting a taste of different cultures. Not scared to try new things (have you tried Mopani Worms soaked in Vodka?) I see the finner details and beauties around me that tends to be missed by most. Whenever I travel I make a point of exploring the countries food, drinks, social life, design and fabric shops (of course) but most of all interacting with the people. I am drawn to people with accents…

Motivations We Love #36

Today’s favourite motivations are:

Lisa Imogen Eldridge, from Girl About Globe (UK) says: 

To be given the opportunity to swop lives with another blogger would simply be AMAZING! From one day to the next, I have no idea where I’m going to be or where my life will take me. One minute I’m in Budapest dancing to La Ketchup song with Pedro from Brazil, the next I’m having a beer with a load of travel bloggers in a pub in Angel. Impulsive? definitely. Love meeting people? yes please. I love the unknown and thrive on new places, preferring to learn about the people and the culture when I arrive. What makes me different is my ability to mix with absolutely everyone from a Masai in Kenya to a Turkish Ambassador in Mongolia, I’ve met some amazing people along my adventures and I never stop learning. I’m danced with a witchdoctor, spent the weekend the monk and taught the Cha Cha Slide to Buddhist nuns, I take whatever opportunity comes my way and embrace it. So, if I am lucky enough to swop my life with another blogger, I may love it so much that I may not want to come back…

Amy Scheepers, from Wolf & Wood Blog (South Africa) says: 

I’m a pretty passionate person, there’s a whole lot of things I know I need to experience and do with my life and I’m getting there one step at a time. That being said, there’s a few things that I’m slightly more passionate about than others, mainly travelling, food, and photography, which are all things I would get to experience more of in huge amounts if I got to be one of the 16. My blog deals mainly with photography, fashion, and daily life and adventures in my country, South Africa. It would just be an amazing experience to write about similar things in a new country with new perspectives and insight. The idea of being able to lose myself in a new place, document it all on camera, and immerse myself in a new culture excites me more than just about anything I can think of, and I can’t wait to see what happens!

Meruschka Govender, from Mzansi Girl Blog (South Africa) says:

Since as far back as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated by travel and culture. I’m a fun-loving, Africa-loving travel blogger who is passionate about Mzansi – that’s South Africa for all of you not fortunate enough to live in my amazing country =) I’m a strong believer in cross-cultural exchange and have been couchsurfing in 3 continents since 2006. The Big Blog Exchange is an amazing opportunity for me to take my blog more seriously and to truly immerse myself in another culture while sharing the best of my own. I’m happiest when I’m sharing my love of my country, its diverse cultures, its music and its heritage. I’ve travelled much of Southern Africa, but there’s so much more diversity and awesome to discover. I’m always happy to share tips on amazing places to explore in my country, just shoot me a question on Twitter @MzansiGirl

Guy Lazarus, from Muay Guy (South Africa) says: 

I have particpated in Martial Arts since the age of 7. Started with Judo and from age of 16 I started Muaythai.I now practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and am always on the look out to learn more. I have traveled to compete and train in Thailand several times with mixed results.I started this blog to help raise awareness for the martial art/sport of Muaythai that I hold so dear. Worldwide there is a large support, how ever locally in South Africa is still in its infancy in its growth. I hope to help grow Muaythai & MMA using my experience and travels to provide insight into fights and news. Should I win this competition, it will greatly help grow my audiences and possibly get other persons perspectives on my world. It will also provide me with the opportunities to learn new concepts and get ideas to help grow, that which I love so much. Sp please vote for me to help change 2 peoples lives for the better and to help grow a sport and culture and get South Africa’s name out there!.

Motivations We Love #35

Here are today’s favourites:

Sarah Duff, from Duff’s Suitcase (South Africa) says: 

For over three years I worked as a travel journalist at Getaway Magazine in South Africa. My job took me on some incredible adventures, from hiking into an active volcano on Reunion island, tracking mountain gorillas in Rwanda, overlanding Malawi in a Mini, trekking in the Namib Desert, beach hopping in Mozambique, partying at music festivals around Africa, eating my way around Mauritius and riding elephants in India. Far from quenching my wanderlust, my work has only stoked my addiction to travel. I’m now a freelance journalist, and I plan to travel even more than before. What I makes me happiest is inspiring people to travel Africa through my stories, photography and blogs. I would love to bring another travel blogger from the other side of the world to the tip of this continent: to Cape Town, the amazing, beautiful, creative city I’ve made my home.

Michael Ellis, from Snap Kamera Blog (South Africa) says: 

I tell stories without words. I document life as it happens around me, seeing and capturing things most people don’t even notice. Through images I feel more people can be reached and a stronger message sent. Giving someone an image to decide themselves what it means to them is causing that person to take part in the story. We all have our own opinions and interpreting a photograph is the easiest way of drawing that opinion out of someone and making them decide for themselves what it means. My interest in documenting things around me would be a great way of capturing life and culture of someone else. I believe we can never stop learning and the best way to learn is by first hand experience which this opportunity exactly is.

Nitzan Arad, from 2 BALAYLA Blog (Israel) says: 

My name is Nitzan, I’m 31 years old and I live in fabulous Tel Aviv city, Israel. This blog completely changed my life (by the way- “2 Balayla” means “2 AM” in Hebrew). ever since opening it, I appeared on TV and Radio shows, talking about the hilarious, exciting and sometimes weird experiences of being a single gal in Israel. Besides my blog, my biggest passion is travelling – I find it inspiring and I always have the most unusual and funny experiences getting to know different cultures. I visited many places across the globe but Israel, to me, is the most exotic and eclectic place there is. Big Blog Exchange could be a dream come true for me, because I can’t wait to discover a new place and mostly for People to discover my amazing Israel.

Vijay S Paul, from The Nonsense Times (India) says: 

My mind has traveled all the places and met all the people of varying cultures I wanted to meet. I would love to do the same in real life. And yes, I do believe bloggers, like leaders, have the power to change the world. My life itself was given a U-Turn by a blog post of mine! Sure would love that to happen again.

Motivations We Love #34

You guessed it… today’s favourites:

Estela Gómez, from Viajes e ideas Blog (Germany) says: 

I’ve been travelling a lot during all my life, but especially I’m doing it since I moved to Germany, 2 years ago. That’s the reason why I opened my blog: I needed a place to share my experiences. I love to travel, and I want to make others feel this incredible passion too. I really want to discover new places and cultures, so I can tell to the rest of the world what is amazing about all of it… and the Big Blog Exchange is a great opportunity!

María de la Varga, from Caminando por la vida Blog (Spain) says:

I consider life as a train where people go up and down and there are many of them that keep in your mind along your path. I have met many people in my way and all respond me with a smile, a kind gesture, with new insights into their places, cultures and traditions. I travel and I filled it with what I see, I experience the most, I dance traditional dances, I taste the different flavors of foods and beverages, I mingle among the people and smell the new place. Psychologist said that people respond to others according to their treatment, I always get a smile when I walk through life with a smile on my face. Other passengers on the train of life have told me that I have inner light and I have to pass on that light to the world. So that, I think I should win this competion, to continue spreading my joy, vitality and knowledge to the rest of the population, I would like keep going up to new trains and meet new stories and experiences.

Peter Miedema, from Peter Miedema Blog (Netherlands) says: 

Living on the Dutch island Terschelling, I’m primarily blogging about island-related topics: mostly about the people and their stories, the island-way of living, the culture and the sea. The word island means, in my opinion; adventure, exploring nature, natural habitat, contact with locals and easy social interaction. Through my blogs, I want to connect the micro way of living to the macro world. I am interested in a sustainable way of life and I am familiar with the HI hostels and their global network. My motivation to participate the Big Blog Exchange is to explore other islands, meet the people and tell the world about it. My followers and readers are fans of the island. I am sure they are, as I am, curious exploring other beautiful islands on our planet.

Peggy Verelst, from Pellagie van Antwerpen Stad Blog (Belgium) says: 

Antwerp is the city of diamants, fashion and chocolates. It is a city for shopping and partying. It is a city with plenty of bars and restaurants. It is a city with events to attend, shows to see and expositions to explore. It is a city that is active (European Capital of Sports 2013), but also offers beautiful sleeping spots. It is a city with historic monuments, but also spectacular new places. But above all, Antwerp is evolving. And this needs inspiration, exchange, ideas … from all other exciting places and inspirational people in the world.

Are you getting excited to hear who the final 16 will be?

Motivations We Love #33

Entries are still coming in at a rapid pace, so we are excited to see who the final 16 will be! Until then, here are our favourite motivations of the day!

Eva Kisgyorgy, from Travellina Blog (Hungary) says: 

My passion is traveling – I mean, not to write bucket lists, but get on the road. I visited 97 countries so far, but more than half of the world still needs to be discovered. This would be such an excellent opportunity to meet new people, so I keep my fingers crossed!

Ma Première Fois En Australie Blog (France) says: 

Hello ! We are a French crew : Marine, Axelle, Jérémy and Selim. We are in Australie in order to show what is the australian dream and how we can live in this huge country. Our concept ? The first experience. That’s why every week we put a video about an experience in Australia. Humoristic video, fresh view, dynamic crew, that’s how we are ! We make this videos in order to help the others backpackers and to promote the country where we go. We would like to do this again in others countries and show the world with a young, fresh view ! VOTE FOR US and let us show you the world with humoristic video ! Thank you ! Blog your life 😉

Tanya Koob, from Family Adventures In The Canadian Rockies Blog (Canada) says: 

I’ve been travelling since I graduated high school with a year in France followed by a year in South Korea after university. I’ve continued to travel over the years from Peru to Nepal and am currently working to become a freelance travel writer here in the Canadian Rockies. My passion right now is empowering families to get outside and play, seek adventure, and travel together. I have a four year old son and we are outside every weekend hiking, camping, skiing, paddling, and exploring. I love life, I’m passionate about seeing and discovering new things, and I want to travel the whole world. Participating in the Big Blog Exchange will help me in that mission. I’d love to go visit another country and explore family dynamics within their culture, locate places I want to visit with my own family, and tell the world why they should visit with their children too. It’s all about the next generation and I believe children who travel will grow up to embrace multiculturalism, peace, and harmony between neighbors.

Fernanda Castelo Branco, from Vontade de Viajar Blog (Brazil) says: 

My blog is all about the cultural experiences we live while traveling. I believe the more we try to understand the places we visit, the better we comprehend the world around us. An exchange program would be an awesome opportunity to have this kind of experience to the utmost.

Kshitiz Sharma, from A Sublime Drama Blog (India) says: 

Hello, I am Kshitiz a struggling illustrator living in India. My blog is my alternate life, a reckless journey of abandon and discovery, attempting to capture the essence of streets. As every other person in this world, I want to travel more, experience more, absorb more, and give much more. Blogging for me is giving a voice to innumerable things running in my introvert heart and saying it aloud, to share, to not keep those experiences in an ever brimming closet. Let all bloggers UNITE

Motivations We Love #29

You’ve got 17 days left to get all your votes in. Who is excited for the final 16 to be announced? We know we are!

Here are today’s favourites:

Rodney Maller, from Loving Life Blog (Australia) says: 

I’m a first time blogger, a good friend has a blog here and i got the inspiration to just try, give it a go and see where it goes….. I love travel and believe that until you have traveled and experienced other cultures, foods, lifestyles, people and places you haven’t really opened your eyes to the reality of the world we live in. If you only know the space in where you were born, lived and died you have never known what you are capable of and your concept of society, tradition/customs, perspective is at a tremendous disadvantage. you can’t develop an appreciation or understanding of the true value through your t.v. or internet browser. GET OUT THERE AND EXPERIENCE IT YOURSELF :-). I love food, my palate is broad and through food you can open the door of conversation and understanding. Food can bring down barriers and walls in the way of effective dialogue. Food is not just about the taste of what you eat, it about the experience, the people you share it with, the places you are, it’s all of these combined to make a truly beautiful journey. Try something new today :-), I am also a man of faith, I believe that traveling through diverse nations and peoples and experiencing all they have to offer through food and culture and friendship you can really come to love and appreciate what a wonderful God we serve. though we are many and we are diverse we all possess common bonds and needs and desires. Written on the hearts of all men and women is the need to be loved, to be accepted, for friendship and peace. I pray we can have strength in diversity, rather than division.. I also really enjoy sport, and I’m happy to play any sport at least once, my favorite sport is definitely got to be Test Cricket, which may bore many of you to tears, but it really is the beautiful game 🙂

Zahrul Fuadi, from jajandimana blog (Indonesia) says: 

My motivation is I want to be a better food blogger. I really hope that BigBlogExchange can give me a BIG chance to taste more “color” on food and be a better BLOGger after meeting people that knowledgeable in this field of expertise. And finally I can exchange my experience to my community. I believe that if i win this competition, i will learn a lot and have fun thru the process.

Sonja, from Fashion, Friends and Football Blog (Finland) says: 

I want to see the whole world !!! This would also help me so much with my plans to be a journalist. I love travelling and I am so excited about languages ! I live for my friends, family, football, food, journalism, fashion and of course blogging.

Michael Johnstone, from The Asian Persuasion (Canada) says: 

In July 2010 I sold most of what I owned, jammed a few things in boxes, and packed the rest into two suitcases. Like a thousands of other Canadians, I left my home country for a new life in South Korea. I had no idea what I would find there. Two years later and I’m still in love with what I found. An alien culture, a mysterious city, and a whole region of the world to explore. I am addicted to Asia. The Asian Persuasion was started a few weeks before I stepped onto that plane and has been a way to share a tiny sliver of what I’ve found with the world. I chose the name because, even before leaving, I felt as though this far off corner of the world was drawing me in and trying to tell me something. I’m still trying to figure out what that is. The concept of this competition is at the heart of what it means to be a blogger. To be an exchanger of ideas, a tiny window into another life, culture, or set of perspectives. The chance to interact directly with bloggers from around the globe would bring the blogging experience to the three dimensional world, and would be indescribably eye-opening. Thanks for the chance to be a part of this amazing project!

Kurt Duvel, from The Eagle’s Nest Blog (South Africa) says: 

I believe that we as bloggers should be connecting in person, and not just through our websites. But it’s not always financially feasible to pack a bag and travel halfway across the world to meet someone you’ve only been communicating with online. I see this exchange as an opportunity for me to connect with other bloggers on a personal level, and to learn how their local environment affects what they write about. In my case, music is a very subjective topic, and different cultures and countries respond in different ways to others, even if we’re talking about the same big-name American artist (for example). Travelling can give one a new perspective on one’s beliefs and opinions, and I hope to be refreshed and inspired by an exchange such as this. After going on a 3-month academic exchange to an all-boys private school in Nashville, Tennessee back in my Grade 10 year of high school, I know firsthand how true that statement can be.

Motivations We Love #28

Do you think we can extend the community even further and have 1,000 bloggers signed up to the Big Blog Exchange? Let’s make this the largest blogging community in the world and spread the word! We would really appreciate your help!

Until we reach 1,000 – here are our favourite motivations of today:

Huicyeo, from Moac-me (Malaysia) says: 

Have you ever felt so out of place in the country of your birth? So foreign is the land and culture that you’re supposed to be naturally in love with? I have. I didn’t ask to be to this way. It just happened. I fell in love with a language that wasn’t mine to begin with; a language that up until ten summers of my life, was a language that I wasn’t even fluent with. However since adopting this new language, my life has changed tremendously and still is, as contrite as this may sound. English has brought such huge changes in my life that I can never feel like I would ever fit in this country of mine anymore. I’m not saying that Malaysia is a horrible nation. As a matter of fact, this humble place that I come from is so rich in culture and diversity of its people that it’s one of the most unique country in this world. All I’m saying is that I wasn’t made for it. English has opened up my eyes to this amazing world; this wonderful magnificent world that is made up of so many places that housed such different and special kind of people that my heart has wandered. My heart has strayed from where I am to all those places that I could have been if only I have the chance so all I’m asking for is this: give this boring ‘ol two decades old of lass a chance to experience life in another country. It’s not too much to ask, is it?

Luciana, from Me Ecanta Blog (Argentina) says: 

Since I can remember, I’ve always been proun to explore new cultures and try new things. One of my hobbies is to learn different language so if I go somewhere I can really get in touch with the locals. Unfortunately I don’t have so much time and resources to travel as much as I would like, but I love meeting people from everywhere in my city. Actually, I’m studying a master’s degree in International Affairs, and I’m going to live abroad, a thing that I definitely want to try. Sometimes I start writing about one thing, and I finish with another. My blog is kind of a “nonsense” blog, but It´d be great to change it for a few days and live new experiences. We need to try everything, that’s the only way to learn.

Michael Henry Cabili, from Bubonicboon Blog (Philippines) says: 

Like anyone else, I always feel the rush when I am in a different place. When I get to see new people, it makes me realize how little I have explored my world, how many a thing are still out there, waiting to be learned. When I ride on buses, board on planes, walk the streets of a unique place, it makes me think how big the world is, how different and how unique everything is. These moments make me think that life out there is something worth discovering. It’s the unknown that fuels up my need to see all the beautiful things out there. To hear them, to speak with them. To feel them. To experience them. But above all, it’s not only geography, politics, history and culture that makes me want to travel. It’s the feeling of being lost, being alone, being able to reflect and see things in a new perspective that makes me say to myself “I am in a different place. But I just found myself. And I will forever be home”. I know everyone deserves to be in that special place. I’d like to think that I do too. So for what it’s worth, I will strive to be in that special place. I may not have traveled far and wide. Least I can say, in heart and in mind, I am a traveler. And I deserve to travel. And sooner or later, I will.

Megan Doepker, from Universal Citizen (Canada) says: 

Universal Citizen serves up a daily dose of inspiration for ethical & eco fashion, conscious living and global travels, curated by a globetrotting ecofashionista, social entrepreneur and idealist (AKA Me!). Having the opportunity to swap lives with another blogger fits exactly within the theme of my blog. It’s been though travels that I’ve realized just how interconnected our world is, and that’s why I share my experiences, to inspire conscious living and responsible consumerism. It’s also been travels that motivated me to start UNA Fashion, a fair trade label following social business principles. The opportunity to blog about the culture of a fellow blogger, the geography of the land, and what makes their home unique would be the ultimate experience!

Jasmin Saarijärvi, from Skylines Blog (Finland) says: 

I love different cultures and especially travelling. I would like to have the chance to see the world and write about my experiences to other people. This kind of exchange could be an eye-opening to me and I could open other people’s eyes to the world. I’m spontaneous and love to meet new people and get new stories to tell.

Bruna Passos Amaral, from Partiu intercâmbio (Brazil) says: 

Experience is nothing if you don’t share it. That is why I write about studying abroad and travel. Many people want to do it but have no idea where to start, so in this blog we exchange ideas and thoughts to help each other see that is never too late to start make your dreams come true. And I want to spread these words as far as they can go, so that everyone believes that nothing is impossible if you are bold enough to learn and change.

Motivations We Love #27

We love checking the website every morning and reading all your wonderful motivations. We wish that we could feature them all every day, but here are todays favourites:

Antònia Pozo, from contagiodeviaje Blog (Spain) says: 

I’ve really enjoyed writing, taking photos, travelling since I was a young girl. I have recently finished my degree on Journalism. I know it’s such a bad moment for journalists but it’s what I really like to do, what I really wanna do when I grow up. I think it’s the way things can be changed. Doing what you love. Moreover, I love risky adventures.

Amanda and Mae, from Fetch & Femme Blog (Canada) says: 

We’re a lesbian couple from Canada looking for some globe-trotting adventures. Our blog aims to entertain and educate! We spend our days madly in love while pursuing our dreams of fitness, writing, and overall well-being. We believe that we can spread rainbow cheer and good vibes all over this great planet. It’s time that two powerful, diverse women served as Canadian ambassadors!

Jessica Lee, from The Room Blog (Malaysia) says: 

Blogging isn’t about which post got the highest view or which post got the most comments, it’s about sharing yourself with the world, jot down what you experience before it fade away from your mind.

Norma Gesita, from Nana’s Haven (Indonesia) says: 

Hello, I am Norma Gesita, but everyone called me Nana. I just want all of you to know that I’m in love with languages around the world. Someone said that If you speak a language that he understands, that goes to his head, but if you speak his mother tongue, it goes to his heart. Language is made up of culture, by knowing the language of a country, we will also know the culture of the country. The more we know cultures, the more we understand the world. With my passion on Journalism, I wanted to capture the world through writing. If I win this, I hope to gain knowledge about the language I had never learned, and learn about the culture that I had never experienced before. Then I will write all of it so the other people will know what I feel. If they understand the world, they will try to be more tolerant and there will be no war in the world. It will be nice if all of the world could be like Indonesian motto, “Unity in Diversity”.

Jean Nicole Uy Alaba, from The Eager Traveler (Philippines) says: 

I know everyone loves to travel and experience cultures around the world. But I guess what sets me apart is that I have not only the passion to travel but also the passion to share and inspire. One of the influential reasons why I decided to purchase my own laptop is that I could showcase my travel escapades thru the form of a blog, in the hopes of inspiring my fellow eager travellers. I have been trying to make it a point that every time I indulge into a new experience, I see to it that i take note of all the essential elements such as itinerary, culture, food, tourist spots and local vibe. If you can just read my blog, you’ll see that it’s a combination of attention to detail, great photography and personal touch. Blogging is such an vital way of expressing myself and making me relive the experiences that I never want to forget. It makes me live more vicariously and appreciate everything one nation at a time. I hope you’ll endow me this once in a lifetime opportunity so I can further extend and fuel my passion to travel, passion to inspire, passion to write and passion to live. Cheers!

Fernanda C. de Souza, from Preciso Viajar (Brazil) says: 

I am loyal and constant in my love for travel, as I have not always been loyal and constant in my other loves”. I truly believe the boundaries exist only in our minds and traveling is all about that – to realize that everybody is looking for the same thing all around the world – happiness.

Travel Photo Blogging Blog (Slovenia) says: 

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” (Augustine of Hippo). This is one of my favorite quotes and I always tried to help people get beyond that first page of the book. Travel really can be a life changing experience! I really love to travel and this contest is a perfect opportunity to visit new places I was always dreaming about. A trip to a random destination somewhere out there will also present a great opportunity to indulge in my second favorite activity – photography. What I love the most about this contest, is the opportunity to share my thoughts and photos with the faithful readers of my blog. Since Travel Photo Blogging is all about sharing first person tips on traveling and taking our readers to places they have always wanted to visit, I guess everyone would love to read about such an interesting travel adventure. Travel Photo Blogging can also become the place for discovering your next vacation destination. You are always welcome to visit us and become one of our many followers! Please give Travel Photo Blogging your vote and help me do what I love the most – travel, indulge in photography and blog about it all.

Motivations We Love #26

Here are today’s favourites:

Katie from I’m Just A Misfit Named Katie Blog (United States) says: 

I think it would be a neat experience to be able to see someone else’s life from their point of view. I think too many people nowadays judge someone just by their appearance, or their culture, without really knowing anything about it, and that should change. This would be a great opportunity to stand out and see what other people go through.

Alison Hodgins, from Alison’s Adventures (Canada) says: 

Most 20 year olds have rather mild worries. The major problems that plague young adults are along the lines of getting into the perfect university, dating the cute boy in chem class, or figuring out how to pay rent for the first time. In July 2012, I flew to Europe for the forth time. With 2-year UK work visa, I didn’t plan on returning until April 2013. However, as any traveler knows, life rarely goes the way you planned it. I secured the most amazing job as a seasonaire on a ski resort in the French Alps. I spent my afternoons snowboarding, my evenings practising French as a waitress, and my nights out at one of the lively nightclubs. On January 9, two weeks in to my four month job, I took a jump on the mountain and fell. I suffered a compression fracture on my L1. With a broken back and dampened spirits, I returned home to heal. Three weeks later, my father was caught in a work-related accident and passed away suddenly. He was only 55. He wasn’t just my father-he was my best friend. Three weeks later, my 16 year old cat stopped eating. In a difficult act of euthanasia, my mother and I had to put her down. At 20 years old, I have been through more than most people have had to endure in their entire lives. Lying on my hospital bed recovering has given me the opportunity to input all of the knowledge I have gathered on my various travels in a reader-friendly blog, aimed as a vicarious adventure for those too timid to leave their homes and as a collection of relatable, helpful posts for avid adventurers. I’ll be healed by June. I could stay here, bitter and depressed, blaming the world for the tragedies it’s destroyed me with. But instead, I’m going to pick myself up, return to the world, and remind myself why I love it so much. I know that my father would want me to live my life to the fullest. That’s exactly what I intend to do. This blog exchange would give me the opportunity to share all that I’ve learned of this world – from volunteering at an orphanage in Bali to working on farms in Australia, from my small-town roots to my big-city adventures, from my darkest moments to my everlasting hope – and, in turn, to learn about life from another’s perspective. I’m only 20. I have my entire life before me. With your help, I won’t just travel the world. I’ll change it.

Jeremy Feijten, from Inklingstime (Belgium) says: 

I’ve been blogging ever since the word ‘blog’ was invented. In the past I’ve written thousands of words on being gay, on Belgian and international actuality, on culture and sport news, on writing, … Some of these blogs lasted for a long time, others not. Yet, everyone of them made me happy, because I could write about the things I loved and talk to the people with equal interests. Since a couple of months I seem to have found the ‘right’ blog for me. Inklingstime has become a sort of mashup of all of the above. Mainly, I write about books, but I also keep an eye out for music, food, movies, travelling, … Everything great about life, to be honest. Anyway, I would love to swap countries with another blogger in order to get to know different cultures and views on life. I want to experience local literature, music, movies and food. Also, I believe this could be an adventure that could actually change someone’s opinions on a certain matter. And broaden your mind, that’s what life is all about. If you feel the same way, please help me and my blog. Kind Regards, Jeremy

Satu Cahaya Langit, from The Same Blue Sky on All Sides (Indonesia) says: 

I am curious, and usually want to know something to it’s grass-root. For me, that is one important factor who help a person to get unique ideas or information. I love traveling. Exploring something, like a city, or a snorkeling spot, or a small forest, is a pretty good idea to waste my time. I usually end up writing all that experience on my blogs. And I’m not really sure, but I think the way I explore is quite different than most of my friends. I take things slow, and usually analyzing movement on my surrounding. Indonesia is home of so many culture. That makes me a proud citizen of Indonesia, and a huge fans of the variety of culture. Languages, Traditions, Ethnics, I’m really sure that there are many culture you can’t even Google. Not only in Indonesia, but Globally. By being here, by getting a chance to see more of the world’s culture, I deeply thank you. Thank you, Big Blog Exchange

Calista Leah Liew, from Travelling On A Dream (Malaysia) says: 

Having not been able to really travel until 4 years ago, travelling, even to another part of the same country was a luxury for me. Since then I have had the opportunity to travel to a few of the beautiful countries around South East Asia, and gain experiences that I believe have changed who I am and how I perceive the world. To win this unique opportunity to travel, exchange blogs, lives, places and cultures with another passionate blogger in a totally different part of the world for 10 days is an ultimate dream! My motivation for joining this competition is that I’ve always wanted to travel the world and learn how people in other countries live. I believe experience is the best eduction, and you can learn nothing faster than if you were to experience it on a personal level. I am currently in a limbo with my life at the moment, not quite knowing where I want it to go or which of the many passions in my life I’d like to fully pursue, and I believe that winning this blog exchange would help me put a lot, if not all, of it into perspective. =)

Motivations We Love #25

Are you participating in our Twitter takeover today? (see our previous post).

Here are our favourite motivations today:

Lynda Trujillo, from Hit The Road Jane (United States) says: 

I’m not afraid to step out of my comfort zone (traveled alone to Italy at 18), get lost (more time to look around right?),wander, go up and talk to people in their language (je suis une très cool blogger, n’est pas? I kid, I kid) , eat things I’ve never tried before (can you say frog legs and beef tartare?), dance (took ballet and jazz classes in Italy), and explore with every ounce of my insatiable curiosity. Traveling is like breathing to me. It feels so very natural and I cannot live without it! I have so much respect for different cultures and know that everyone on earth has something they can teach us. Choose me and you will be connected to my experience as a fearless Latina abroad through my blog posts, twitter, instagram, and vine. It would be an honor to share funny moments, breath taking sights, sounds, and food through social media for the first time. When I first traveled to another Country, we didn’t have all this social media available. I would love to be a part of this incredible project and show through the power of social media, how alike we all are no matter where we grew up. P.S. If chosen, I promise to participate in a race if there is a run available during those dates.

Jeremy Fowler, from Jeremy Fowler Blog (Canada) says: 

I don’t want to die. I didn’t know this until I was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. At the time, I just finished up my freshman year in university, got a promotion at my summer job and was finally getting comfortable with growing up. Then it happened. Within five weeks I lost my best friend in a car accident and was diagnosed with testicular cancer. It was a scary six months after that; two surgeries, four rounds of chemo and multiple trips to the emergency room, but the scariest part was the thought of drying. Death wasn’t what I feared the most though; I feared not living. It has been five years since I was diagnosed and now the term “Cured” has started to be used by my doctors. I’m cured! I’m cancer-free! The weight of the disease has been lifted. Now it is time to start living. Being selected in the Big Blog Exchange is the first step in my life of living.

Mylena de Souza Ferreira, from Lugares que ver Blog (Brazil) says: 

Travel is my life, is this need like breath. My biggest fear is die without knowing the world, thinking about all the amazing things out there… and my plan for life is visit all the cities I can. Everybody need a plan, a porpouse in life. Well… mine is travel. Since I’ve left my hometown I found out that when you meet different cultures, you open your mind. Sometimes is necessary to feel something in your skin, pass through this experience to start thinking different… and living different. Travelling makes you see life on a different way. Is the moment I can runaway of my life, disconnect of all the everyday-problems and be in peace.

Rosa-Maria Korhonen, from Advantages of Being An Outsider Blog (Finland) says: 

Fall of last year. I was full of hopes and excitement. I had applied for being an exchange student, and they accepted me. Then my parents suddenly told me that we don’t have enough money for that. I was disappointed and very unhappy, of course. But there was nothing left to do. So many of my close friends is going and sometimes I feel like I’ll just stay here collecting dust while they explore the world. I love travelling and getting to know different cultures. I see this as a change to learn to understand people from other countries, a chance to get to know something about a new place. I think I should be chosen to this exchange because I’m open-minded and I want to explore various lifestyles as much as possible.

Huicyeo, from Moac-me Blog (Malaysia) says: 

Have you ever felt so out of place in the country of your birth? So foreign is the land and culture that you’re supposed to be naturally in love with? I have. I didn’t ask to be to this way. It just happened. I fell in love with a language that wasn’t mine to begin with; a language that up until ten summers of my life, was a language that I wasn’t even fluent with. However since adopting this new language, my life has changed tremendously and still is, as contrite as this may sound. English has brought such huge changes in my life that I can never feel like I would ever fit in this country of mine anymore. I’m not saying that Malaysia is a horrible nation. As a matter of fact, this humble place that I come from is so rich in culture and diversity of its people that it’s one of the most unique country in this world. All I’m saying is that I wasn’t made for it. English has opened up my eyes to this amazing world; this wonderful magnificent world that is made up of so many places that housed such different and special kind of people that my heart has wandered. My heart has strayed from where I am to all those places that I could have been if only I have the chance so all I’m asking for is this: give this boring ‘ol two decades old of lass a chance to experience life in another country. It’s not too much to ask, is it?

Motivations We Love #24

You know the drill – here are our favourite motivations today!

Marselina Tando, from Live It! Blog (Indonesia) says: 

My motivation? Mmmm.. why shouldn’t I? Who would miss the opportunity to live a bigger and influencial life to others? I’m Indonesian and I love being an Indonesian. The beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery, or well-known culture always make me want to talk about it.. but I know it’s very important to get different perspective. That’s why I love to do blogwalking. So interesting to see things the way others do and I wonder how nice it is to let them know about my adventure here as Indonesian.. through my blog of course. I love travelling and writing. I used to pack up my things, go somewhere, visit some nice places or maybe ended up lost! I just love the feel how travelling and writing bring back lots of emotion in me. Sometimes, I write about my trip. I also write about my life.. my routine life. Although it is somehow look like boring for some people, but i believe that life, Sunday to Saturday, is truly an adventure =D St. Augustine once said, “the world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.” I’d like to to join this event because I will only live once.. and I want to read all pages in my life-book then share everything I read to others through my writing. Thanks!

Lucie, from Mondalu Blog (France) says: 

The web shows us that there is not so much borders. This is, here, a huge opportunity to push back mine, “yours”, to adventure new places and share this great experience, through words and pictures, to create emotions, “your emotions”. I want to show people how small and diverse our world is. Telling my story about this amazing week would be the chance to highlight the benefits of travels, cultural exchanges and to lead everyone to look a little more around, for a more open-minded world.

Jamie Thomas, from JT’s Journey Blog (New Zealand) says: 

Because I am not a fussy traveller – I savour the opportunity to try new food etc, instead of turning my nose up in disgust. Similarly I also take things on with child-like curiousity – and report back on them likewise, whether it is an amazingly cheap feed in America, or the huge cicadas they have in Japan. At the same time I have travel experience, I know how to keep safe, and enjoy the opportunities given.

Herdiana Herdiana, from DELUXSHIONIST (Indonesia) says: 

Starting blogging almost 3 years ago, all that I have got is beyond my expectations and imagination. For someone who studied Civil Engineering and used to be an Field Engineer for one of the best Oil Services company, fashion was like a place with a hundred light years long to travel, but blog makes everything possible. From just posted “This is my favorite shoes?” to “This jacket is good for you.”, I am growing in this industry not only fashion as my intention but how to socializing every choices for the goodness. I want my blog not only a place to share information or showing one side of fashion only, but I want my readers feels inspired, supported and willing to do something good for their own life. Begin with yourself that sometimes fashion is a way to make some fun or looking good for yourself will not hurt anyone, right? That’s one example how you love yourself and other in fashion way. I have never been travel around, but thanks to blog, although I just see them from my laptop screen, if I can do something for a good change, it’s also changed me. Having opportunity outside fashion is my opportunity to see other world and delivers all the message through my writing, Bloggers is a way to see other ideology and again the goodness behind all stories. My last traveling story blog is when I having an opportunity to see Wesak Night at Borobudur, 3 days travel with all the greatness; culture, heritage, unity, peace and respect – all the essential thing which is still being humanity issue on my country. Maybe I am not a winner of this or that, but I want to be part of Big Blog Exchange, make some trip and see moments not only from my laptop screen, not only what is happening in front of my eyes, but disclose the other meaning for a better world. Wish Us Luck

Alex Faubel, from Alex in Wanderland (United States) says: 

I spent the last year of my life traipsing throughout Southeast Asia; I taught English to classes of 30 Thai kindergarteners, tried strange and delicious new cuisines, bushwhacked through dense jungles, floated in the earth’s crystal seas, climbed jagged walls of limestone, shared incredible stories with fellow travelers and learned something new about our world with each new day. I left home without a plan, searching for something unknown, and what I found were lessons unmistakably grounded in each new adventure, strange encounter, awkward exchange and blissfully contented moment. I wandered through these experiences, documenting each moment the only way I knew how: my writing. My blog has become an extension of my travels and I’m so thankful for the portals it has unlocked inside me and the doors it has opened around me. Now I’m searching for my next adventure to document and I’d love nothing more than to be able to exchange my life with someone sharing my wanderlust. To place myself in another’s shoes both culturally, physically and mentally would be a new experience and one that I’d welcome with open arms and blank pages ready for new narratives. My own shoes have worn thin and the lines etched into my face form a road map of the places I’ve been and the ones patiently waiting for me to arrive.

ConstanceSQ, from Eat Pray Sleep Blog (Malaysia) says: 

I’m a unique mix of everything. I’m a corporate executive by day, but secretly I want to take over the blogosphere! Oops.. Not so secret anymore. Anyway, I snap, I draw, I write and on top of that I do random silly stuff. I’m not ashamed to share my story and I have a passion in creating history.

Have you been featured on our Daily Motivations pick yet? Let us know what you think of these posts, do you enjoy reading the motivations every day? 

Motivations We Love #23

Wow, we’ve reached 800 bloggers! Can you believe it!

Here are our favourite motivations today! Has yours been featured?


Joanna Hynes, from Joanna Blog (United States) says: 

I am absolutely fascinated by people – why they do things, how they do them, and how others react. I’ve been so “within my bubble” my whole life, and it’s enthralling to break out of it now. After moving from Long Island to Florida and meeting people from all over, I’m on overload trying to learn as much as I can about different types of people, and I would love to travel the world and be able to do that! I’m a writing major with a fancy camera, so you won’t be disappointed following my blog!

Jaryd Krause, from Aus Globetrotter (Australia) says: 

I am a young traveler and have been on the road since 2009. I provide thrilling and inspiring photography, stories, travel tips and advice to all. The more places I visit the more questions I can answer about traveling. My favorite quote is “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” by Mark Twain. So bring on the travels everyone!

Samantha Steeves, from Philosamphic (Canada) says: 

I have no idea what I’m doing. This blog was opened only yesterday (on March 19th), however it was not for this exchange, merely a place to put all of my scattered and disoriented thoughts. I saw this exchange on facebook and other social media websites and I honestly did not think it was for me. I am not a “blogger”, I only just started. Calling yourself something, labeling yourself something, I think can create ignorance of other parts of your person. Blogging is a new addition to my life, though I am no blogger. Philosophy is a huge part of my life, but I am no philosopher. I am however an Honours student in Great Books (interdisciplinary studies), also doing a major in Political Science, and a minor in Philosophy at St. Thomas University in the small town of Fredericton, NB. My blog, being about everything and nothing at the same time, questions what existence is, how politics should be, what a good life is, and what is the character of the human soul. These questions are fundamentally philosophical, and because of that, experiences all over the world can shed some insight onto them– there is no one on this planet who has not thought about their purpose or existence from one time to another. If given the exchange, I would explore someone else’s world, their reality, and hopefully gain a bigger picture of what it means to be happy, and to live a good life. I have no idea what I’m doing– but does anyone? Opening up a portal to learn, I think not knowing anything might be precisely the point. “The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates

Doctor Thousand Hearts Blog (Indonesia) says: 

Hi…I’m doctor and I love to share my story in my blog! I’ve been travelled around the world and shared my happiness. I’ve been also lived in remote area for two years . Could you ever imagine live without clean water, electricity, roads? Ever think about how you can be healthy if you live in area where there are a lack of facilities, skilled health practicioner, access to health care?I’ve dedicated myself for people who still live in those condition. I should win this chance so then I can share my patient’s stories to the world. Anyway, I love to read many amazing blog site also by joining this event. I believe, the simplest thing we can do to change the world is started by writing , popping out what we’ve experienced, thought, and believe.

Courtney Spencer, from courtney johanna is mama ali blog (Canada) says: 

Through my life between Kenya and Canada I am learning what it means to love others unconditionally, how to uncomplicated my love. How to stop for the person in front of me and love them. I want to stop with these other bloggers and learn from them, love them and potentially leave this experience changed forever. I teach organic sustainable farming, care for children and mamas in Kenya. I love learning from others I believe this experience will help me to reach out to more people through blogging.

Anna Cassandra Terrenal, from Another Shot At Life Blog (Philippines) says: 

I can’t really remember the first time I traveled out of my own country, all I remember is that I was 6 six years old, and didn’t have much of the capacity to appreciate culture. I created my blog “Another shot at life” because I want my fellow citizens to see the country, and hopefully the world in a different view. It’s about learning to appreciate, and immersing one’s self through the beauty in things, people, places, and culture. I believe I should win this opportunity because I want to fulfill my own dreams of travelling, exchanging cultures, and learning new things. That’s the greatest motivation one can have, is to fulfill their dreams, and serve as an inspiration to others to fulfill their own. And with that, I want another shot at life. Another shot to appreciate the beauty, and culture outside my country, and give a shot to somebody else to experience my own culture, and what it’s like to be Filipino (well, at least for 10 days!)

Motivations We Love #22

Entries are still coming in at a speedy pace, so we have been kept on our toes reading through all the fantastic motivations. Here are some of our favourites today:

Leo Kevin Mendiola, from Gebet und Arbeit Blog (Philippines) says: 

I deserve to WIN this UNIQUE opportunity to travel, exchange blogs, lives, places and cultures for 10 days because I have that strong passion for DISCOVERY. I am hungry for KNOWLEDGE that I can gain through EXPERIENCES. I want to touch people’s lives one step at a time, in my own little ways. I want to inspire them through my blog entries and to let them know my point of views anything under the sun. Sharing my thoughts with my readers give me a sense of freedom to have that opportunity to be part of their lives. Having their feedback let me feel that we have connected and therefore exchanging of ideas will come to life. I want to represent also those people who are still a newbie in blogging and want them to know that it’s possible to be part of almost an ‘impossible dream’. If I’ll be given a chance to be part of this once in a lifetime experience, I will forever share whatever experiences I’ll gain from it to my family, friends, relatives, acquaintances etc. I’m proud to be a Filipino, a blogger, a social media evangelist and advocate.

Skye Johnson, from Little Doll Lost Blog (Australia) says: 

I want so much to see fashion from all over the world, to see what people in the streets are wearing in every country and to show Australia off as being a fashionable and stylish country with so much to offer to the world. I want to taste the food, experience the culture, enjoy the people and continue to build not only my personal style based around these experiences, but my understanding of people and the world!

Brittany G, from Oh Brit Snaps Blog (United States) says: 

I love people, places, and things. Yep, I’m just another city girl with a 9-5 like most other people. I haven’t done any traveling outside of the US, but when I make the effort to hang out in another state, I make sure to make it a unique experience every time (even if I’ve visited that state previously). Being a part of the blog exchange would give me a chance to get out my comfort zone TOTALLY to experience fun times with righteous people. Fun = love… always.

Maria Mii Bergman, My Luxury Blog (Sweden) says: 

Hi there, My blog is for you that cares to make every day to your own Luxury! Everything that makes Lifes good, takes place in this blog; food, family, dogs, fashion, beauty, moments in life and so on. I´m a big fan of different cultures, maybe because of my own background..? I´m adopted from South Korea, but have lived in Sweden all my life w. my swedish parents and adopted sister. I want to share all the beauty in life and love to give you some tips and trix that will make you days even more beautiful 🙂 Life is Good & remember: Always Live Your Life with a piece of Luxury! /Maria Mii Bergman

Travel Photo Blogging (Slovenia) says: 

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” (Augustine of Hippo). This is one of my favorite quotes and I always tried to help people get beyond that first page of the book. Travel really can be a life changing experience! I really love to travel and this contest is a perfect opportunity to visit new places I was always dreaming about. A trip to a random destination somewhere out there will also present a great opportunity to indulge in my second favorite activity – photography. What I love the most about this contest, is the opportunity to share my thoughts and photos with the faithful readers of my blog. Since Travel Photo Blogging is all about sharing first person tips on traveling and taking our readers to places they have always wanted to visit, I guess everyone would love to read about such an interesting travel adventure. Travel Photo Blogging can also become the place for discovering your next vacation destination. You are always welcome to visit us and become one of our many followers! Please give Travel Photo Blogging your vote and help me do what I love the most – travel, indulge in photography and blog about it all.

Motivations We Love #21

Here are today’s favourite motivations! Has yours been featured?

Dene Botha, from Dene Botha Blog (South Africa) says: 

My father ALWAYS told me “Travel is the best education” I believe him!

Andreas Andjene, from True Fashionister Blog (Namibia) says: 

I want to tell the world my story as an African fashionister and how make my walk through the land mines to inspire people around the world. I want to spread the word, that fashion has changed the world. Anyone can be beautiful in their own skin!!!

Mohamed Hafez Zakaria, from Destroy Barriers Blog (Egypt) says: 

My name is Mohamed. I`m A Student in Faculty of Engineering Also am a volunteer in many organisations Such as ERC (Egyptian Red Crescent) Participated In many Charity Works ,my hobbies is Reading,Running ,Learn new Languages ,travelling And go in adventures. am always looking for adventures and new things also get experience about everything and looking to Destroy barriers and break my fears and reach a high position in my life and improve myself and improve any place that i work in or be in it, and this is not an easy thing to reach. it needs many experience and hard working and many Skills . -Travelling is on of the ways to make me reach that. and as the Wisdom say In travel is many benefits Like (New experiences increase my resourcefulness,i will learn so much about myself,Invaluable experience to put on my resume And Traveling will increases my knowledge and widens my perspective). -One of my dreams when i was kid and still it’s is travel around the world and mix with cultures and see their history and everything about them and make new friends and new .i didn’t go abroad before ,and this will be my first time to go out of my country if i`ll win .and this is a good chance to achieve my dream

Crafts of the World Blog (United Kingdom) says: 

It would be a fantastic opportunity to link with local people, see their country/area through the eyes of a local and discover places of interest with the local know-how and perhaps connect with local fair-trade projects too. Most of all it would be wonderful to share all the experiences with my readers and make life long links with people from different countries.

Gladys Datugan, from gladiexchung blog (Philippines) says: 

I get to fly and see the world outside of my comfort zone when I booked a flight to Palawan in the Philippines two years ago. For the first time in my life, I am the one in charge. After that year, I flew International without my parents to pamper me and it was frustrating and refreshing at the same time. It was really amazing getting to know a lot of travellers and exchanging stories of misadventures and cultural knowledge. I’ve tried sleeping at stranger’s couch and we turned out really close friends. I have known since then that I will travel the world. I am just taking my time. AND BABY, THIS IS IT!

Veronica Monica, from Veronica Monica Blog (United States) says: 

I see all things with a sense of compassion. Experiences, people, culture, society, travel… all of it, I take it in with the heart and express it back to others in a sense that they can feel that they were also a part of it all along.