10:35 am - Wed, Sep 17, 2014
Big Blog Exchange 2014 – Meet the winners! 

 

After six weeks of a relentless race for votes the competition has come to an end and the international jury has chosen 16 bloggers amongst hundreds to swap lives, blogs and cultures for 10 days in the second edition of Hostelling International’s Big Blog Exchange.

HI announced today (16 September 2014) on www.bigblogexchange.org the list of countries and bloggers taking part in this life changing experience relieving some fans, followers and finalists from a stressful wait.

Twitter is buzzing with reactions of ecstatic bloggers who can’t wait for the 31 October when their 10 days adventure will start! #bigblogx

‘Just got out of yoga class. I was the most distracted student. Also ended up crying during Shavasana. Thank you @Hostelling! #bigblogx’ says Tessa ‘The Googly Gooeys’ our blogger from Philippines going to Italy.

 

This year’s eight exciting exchanges you can follow on www.bigblogexchange.org are: 

Lucie Aidart - France &Taralynn Mcnitt - USA Ruth Silverton - UK &Ashley Dy - Japan Manuel Garcia del Moral - Spain & Roy Potterill - South Africa

Stephanie Buckley - Ireland &Ainoha Moura Aguirre - Brazil Belen Palacios - Argentina &Vincent Quek - Malaysia Logan Anderson - Canada &Purujeet Parida - India Tessa Go - Philippines &Marcela Fae - Italy Mic Melansek - Slovenia & Jono Cusack - Australia

The followers are in for a treat as we are sending our bloggers on extraordinary itineraries; with challenges every day they are going to delight us with amazing photos and stories of their memorable experience.

 

Brianda Lopez, Sustainability Manager and project leader says “We are just as excited as our bloggers to announce the winners of the project. The Big Blog Exchange is all about giving the opportunity to bloggers to experience different cultures and meet new people; which has been Hostelling International’s mission for over 100 years. It’s fascinating to see how this project turns virtual interactions into real life experiences.”

 

Find out more about the Big Blog Exchange on www.bigblogexchange.org or contact Brianda Lopez – blopez@hihostels.com or Jade Hammond – jhammond@hihostels.com

Big Blog Exchange 2014 – Meet the winners!

 

After six weeks of a relentless race for votes the competition has come to an end and the international jury has chosen 16 bloggers amongst hundreds to swap lives, blogs and cultures for 10 days in the second edition of Hostelling International’s Big Blog Exchange.

HI announced today (16 September 2014) on www.bigblogexchange.org the list of countries and bloggers taking part in this life changing experience relieving some fans, followers and finalists from a stressful wait.

Twitter is buzzing with reactions of ecstatic bloggers who can’t wait for the 31 October when their 10 days adventure will start! #bigblogx

‘Just got out of yoga class. I was the most distracted student. Also ended up crying during Shavasana. Thank you @Hostelling! #bigblogx’ says Tessa ‘The Googly Gooeys’ our blogger from Philippines going to Italy.

 

This year’s eight exciting exchanges you can follow on www.bigblogexchange.org are:

Lucie Aidart - France &Taralynn Mcnitt - USA
Ruth Silverton - UK &Ashley Dy - Japan
Manuel Garcia del Moral - Spain & Roy Potterill - South Africa

Stephanie Buckley - Ireland &Ainoha Moura Aguirre - Brazil
Belen Palacios - Argentina &Vincent Quek - Malaysia
Logan Anderson - Canada &Purujeet Parida - India
Tessa Go - Philippines &Marcela Fae - Italy
Mic Melansek - Slovenia & Jono Cusack - Australia

The followers are in for a treat as we are sending our bloggers on extraordinary itineraries; with challenges every day they are going to delight us with amazing photos and stories of their memorable experience.

 

Brianda Lopez, Sustainability Manager and project leader says “We are just as excited as our bloggers to announce the winners of the project. The Big Blog Exchange is all about giving the opportunity to bloggers to experience different cultures and meet new people; which has been Hostelling International’s mission for over 100 years. It’s fascinating to see how this project turns virtual interactions into real life experiences.”

 

Find out more about the Big Blog Exchange on www.bigblogexchange.org or contact Brianda Lopez – blopez@hihostels.com or Jade Hammond – jhammond@hihostels.com

6:05 pm - Tue, Jul 22, 2014

The Big Blog Exchange Is Back

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4:50 pm - Tue, Jun 10, 2014

Top 5 Instagram Pictures By Hostelling International South Africa

A few months ago we had a brain storm and came up with the idea of opening up our Instagram account to all of our 40 hostels in Southern Africa.

Each hostel would take ownership of our account for one week with a simple brief of posting pictures of life and the fun times they have at the their hostel.

Below are just some of the pictures.

Taken by Lungile Backpackers, Port Elizabeth

Taken by Tsitsikamma Backpackers, Storms River

Taken by The Backpack, Cape Town

Taken by Afrovibe Lodge , Sedgfield

Taken by Buccaneer Backpackers, Chinsta

If you like our pictures and want to see more make sure to take a look at our instagram account or follow us @hisouthafrica on twitter.

Book all our hostels www.hisouthafrica.com

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)

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