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The Big Blog Exchange 2014 kicks off!

The wait is over… The Big Blog Exchange (BBE), the world’s biggest blogging competition, run by Hostelling International, is back! It’s a new year and a new chance to be one of 16 bloggers swapping places, blogs and lives simultaneously. From experiencing street art in Montreal to tango dancing in Buenos Aires, last year’s bloggers trekked, tasted and triumphed their way around the world. This year we’re doing it all over again.

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Whether you’ve just set up your blog or it’s been around for ten years. Whether you have one million readers or just the one. Whether you blog about politics, global warming, travel, fashion, beauty or even cupcakes! Wherever you live, whatever language you blog in… We are looking for 16 passionate and adventurous bloggers to make the Big Blog Exchange 2014 an amazing experience all over again.

Mikael Hansson, chief executive of Hostelling International, said, “The journey for the Big Blog Exchange is really only beginning now, we are looking for bloggers from all over the world to join us in this unique adventure.”

Last year’s Big Blog Exchange saw over a thousand great bloggers from 173 countries worldwide competing for the chance to take part in this amazing and unique competition. Since the competition’s close, the Big Blog Exchange campaign has received awards by the likes of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation, and the British Youth Travel Awards.

We asked Liesbet Maroye from Belgium, one of  last year’s 16 lucky winners, why bloggers should put themselves forward for the BBE 2014. She said, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Whatever you blog about, this is your chance to meet like-minded people and to share your thoughts. The Big Blog Exchange is a perfect way to discover the whole network of Hostelling International and the wonderful people powering it: the crew of each hostel and the dedication they put to this worldwide project. ‘Changing the world using the power of blogs’ may sound ambitious, but we can. We can change the world one step at a time: by ourselves, our blogs and by inspiring our readers.”

Watch the trailer for The Big Blog Exchange 2014.

Visit the Big Blog Exchange 2014 website.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter: #BigBlogX


Are you excited for this year’s Big Blog Exchange? Thinking of entering? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below!

To find out more about the Big Blog Exchange experience, read our interview with Liesbet Maroye, one of last year’s winners.

HI interviews Liesbet Maroye

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