3:10 pm - Wed, Mar 19, 2014

Want to travel Green in Namibia?

This week Chameleon Backpackers Lodge, Windhoek won a great award.

imageWhile there eco practices have been in place for a long time, They are really proud that we have now been officially recognized for the efforts they have made to reduce, re-use and recycle as well as the efforts they have made to be socially responsible, promote a successful staff welfare & education program and support Namibian industries.

We hope that this award will encourage all our guests and staff to continue with their efforts to help us reduce the impact that tourism has on our environment while still enjoying Namibia.

Things that scored them the most points:

-          Recycling, including organic waste in our worm farm & water recycling system

-          All solar hot water geysers

-          Social responsibility program and contribution to several different non-profit organisations

-          Vegetable garden

-          Staff welfare and training programs that allow the staff to gain national accreditation’s.

12:06 am - Sun, Mar 16, 2014

HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL’S BIG BLOG EXCHANGE (#bigblogX) IS BACK!

The wait is over. The Big Blog Exchange (BBE), the world’s biggest blog exchange competition, is back! It’s a new year and a new chance to be one of 16 bloggers swapping places, blogs and lives simultaneously IRL. 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.

 

Mikael Hansson, the 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.”

 

In 2013, the Big Blog Exchange, run by Hostelling International, involved 1,173 great bloggers from 173 countries worldwide and received fantastic recognition from the Travel industry with three prestigious awards – Innovation in Tourism by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Best Marketing Innovation campaign by the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation and the British Youth Travel Awards for Best Marketing.

 

We asked Liesbet Maroye from Belgium, one of the 16 winners of the BBE 2013, why bloggers should join this second edition, as 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.”

 

So, 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.

Find out when the competition starts and watch the trailer on www.bigblogexchange.org

Join the conversation #bigblogX

11:48 pm - Sat, Mar 15, 2014
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11:09 am - Fri, Mar 14, 2014
HI South Africa launched last week its very first Southern Africa instagram campaign.
Each hostel in our network will run our instagram account for a week and show off all the great things about there hostel.
If you would like to see the pics please check out #hisouthafrica on instagram or follow us @hisouthafrica
Feel free to comment on our pictures and tell us which parts of Southern Africa you want to see.

HI South Africa launched last week its very first Southern Africa instagram campaign.

Each hostel in our network will run our instagram account for a week and show off all the great things about there hostel.

If you would like to see the pics please check out #hisouthafrica on instagram or follow us @hisouthafrica

Feel free to comment on our pictures and tell us which parts of Southern Africa you want to see.

3:11 pm - Sat, Feb 22, 2014

Another amazing #capetown day @hostelling @meetsouthafrica @travelcomments #lovecapetown #welovecapetown #meetsouthafrica #hisouthafrica (at Tamboers Winkel)

6:42 pm - Fri, Feb 21, 2014
#welovecapetown #lovecapetown #capetown #tablemountain @hostelling @meetsouthafrica @travelcomments #kitesurfing  (at Blouberg Beach)

#welovecapetown #lovecapetown #capetown #tablemountain @hostelling @meetsouthafrica @travelcomments #kitesurfing (at Blouberg Beach)

9:06 pm - Thu, Feb 20, 2014
#tequilla @thebackpackcpt #lovecapetown #welovecapetown #meetsouthafrica #hisouthafrica #capetown #southafrica  (at The Backpack)

#tequilla @thebackpackcpt #lovecapetown #welovecapetown #meetsouthafrica #hisouthafrica #capetown #southafrica (at The Backpack)

4:17 pm

The @backpackcpt loving @lonelyplanet @budgettraveller @traveldudes @travelcomments @meetsouthafrica #meetsouthafrica #welovecapetown #lovecapetown #lpchat #travel #capetown #lovecapetown (at The Backpack)

3:55 pm
Big Party @thebackpackcpt @hostelling tonight to celebrate there big @lonelyplanet win as the Best Value Budget Hotel In The World!! #meetsouthafrica #hisouthafrica #welovecapetown #lovecapetown #travel  (at The Backpack)

Big Party @thebackpackcpt @hostelling tonight to celebrate there big @lonelyplanet win as the Best Value Budget Hotel In The World!! #meetsouthafrica #hisouthafrica #welovecapetown #lovecapetown #travel (at The Backpack)

4:57 pm - Sun, Feb 16, 2014

Life a #beach at Buccaneers #backpackers #chinsta @hostelling @travelcomments #easterncape #discovereasterncape #hisouthafrica #meetsouthafrica

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