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Day 1 – BBE Daily Summary!

After months of preparing, it’s finally day one of the Big Blog Exchange phase and many of the bloggers are currently flying across the world (perhaps passing one another in the sky), ready to begin their adventure. Some, have already arrived at their destination – with a packed itinerary – and we can’t wait to follow what they are getting up to.

We will be posting a daily summary of all of the bloggers activities on this blog. However, you can follow what they write on the Big Blog Exchange wall!

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

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Andy has his bag packed and ready for his adventure to Spain. Which is great seeing as he has already had a bit of a crazy start…


Yes, an alligator ate his BBE t-shirt!

Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

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Sara is at Madrid airport, waiting for her flight to the USA! She has a whole days travel before reaching Boston!

Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

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All packed and ready to go, Audur posted a really great Vine video documenting what she is taking!

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On route to Israel and Audur is greeted by a very empty airport!

Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

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Before heading off to Iceland for her 10 day adventure, Ali contemplates what the Big Blog Exchange means to her! We’re so glad that all 16 bloggers are going to have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new culture and potentially change their perspective on things!

Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

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Kisty is also travelling to the UK today, with a quick stopover in Kuala Lumpur and is excited at the prospect of exploring London, the UK’s countryside and the Harry Potter studio tour! We can’t wait to meet her!

Sophie Roberts from the UK (blogging from Singapore)


Sophie got married just last week, and now – she’s jetting off to Singapore for a 10 day adventure! We can’t wait to follow her journey, can you?

Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

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Rosario has her passport ready, excited to set off on her trip! We love her creative nail art!

Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand (blogging from Argentina)

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Kapcha has said goodbye to her exchange partner, Rosario who will be heading off on her journey to New Zealand today. We think it is fantastic how they were able to meet up with one another in real life!

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Having been in Argentina a week already, she has posted about her initial experiences in the country itself. Rosario and Katherine will both be posting on each other’s blogs and their own during the exchange.

Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

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Natalia has written a guide about Brazil for Claire, on Claire’s blog, as well as an introduction. Are you excited to follow their exchange?

Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)


Whilst Claire is welcomed onto the 360 Meridianos team!

Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

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Photo by camiejuan • Instagram

Camie traveled to Germany today, flying over the vast plains of sand in Abu Dhabi!

Camie Juan's post on Vine

Before finally arriving at her destination! Germany!

Arriving Germany - Pick up by Ulrike and Thomas

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camie juan bus ride in Germany

Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

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Waiting for flight to board

Tina has a day of travel before reaching the Philippines. We wonder what fantastic food she is going to be able to try out once she arrives!

Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)


Empty airport! I'll have the whole plane for me alone!!!!!

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Whilst waiting for her flight to South Africa, Liesbet has already set up for blogging! It looks like she’s going to have the plane to herself with such an empty airport!

Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)


With her new camera packed and ready, Didi is ready to explore Belgium!

Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

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After a farewell party by HI Canada, Jeremy has a long flight ahead of him (nearly 20 hours), but soon he will be arriving in Malaysia! What do you think he is most excited to see once he is there?

Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)


Chee is travelling alone for the first time, which might be a daunting experience for some – but she is taking it in her stride!

Flying to Canada

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She has a quick stopover in China before her connecting flight!

Follow all 16 of our winning bloggers over at the bigblogexchange.org , where all of their posts, pictures and experiences will be published daily.

Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 10 days? Do so through our bloggers eyes!

And, remember – voting is now open. Vote for the trip you’re most excited to follow or the blogger you find the most inspiring!

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