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    top 25 americas

  1. Anselmo Florentino (http://www.seltripsntips.com)

    We have been traveling, enjoying and working around the world for decades, and we believe that our blog bring to our readers and friends not only tips for a nice trip, but also best places for photos, where to eat, where to stay, transport options, best buys and history tips as well. We want to share our passion and enjoyment! We share with our readers local maps, the music we hear on our trips and photos! Our posts are written in English and Portuguese, but as we have readers, friends and travelers in India, Russia, Sweden, Africa, Brazil, USA, UAE, China, Argentina, Italy, England and many other countries, we offer them the opportunity to write and read in their own language too. We welcome anyone that would like to write about his or her experiences in our blog and some times can’t find the ideal place to record it. We offer to whomever is excited to share their experiences the opportunity to be the next “Trips n’ Tips” contributor. We are excited to potentially be one of the 16 final blogs chosen! We are delighted to know and write about a new location, somebody’s daily way of life, favorite foods, places of interest, historical monuments, and the way to navigate around new places. We would be thankful and delighted if you decide to give us your vote! :-) The Blog Exchange 2014 is our opportunity to meet new fellow bloggers and diffuse, broadcast, disseminate our tips to the world. Travel is our passion; talking and writing about our trips is our pleasure!

    #1

  2. Randi Poole (http://www.aladybugonthego.com)

    While some bloggers hide behind a computer for various reasons, I choose to shine behind my computer and socially explore the world in real life. I love meeting new people, having friends across the globe, and stories to share from each of my travels! I am a very outgoing personality which strongly believes in all things positive for the environment. My family is a very eco-friendly family trying to be more "green" each day. I garden throughout the year, make a lot of my own products, and try to be energy efficient to live as GREEN as possible. I truly believe we need to start teaching our children how to survive without all the luxuries they have become accustom to as you just never know what could happen in the future. I can enjoy the quiet peacefulness of an activity alone or take center stage in a huge group of people! My entire family is a big group of party animals as well as I used to be a Training GM of restaurants around the country. My husband and I love to entertain for large groups weekly. We use any excuse we can find to spend time outdoors which also includes a lot of outdoor entertaining, gardening, sports, camping, and tailgating. I love to challenge myself and others, especially when it involves breaking down barriers of all kinds. I have quite the unique family structure including both my immediate and extended family as well as my in-laws. I am a mother to 3 children (16, 6, & 4) which are all unique in their own ways. My 16 year old daughter (technically step daughter) has her own blog as well where she tries to help write about different situations in life such as giving advice and against bullying. Besides A Ladybug on the Go, I also one other blog (A Lucky Ladybug) and my own blogger media company (Make Our Own Network). I believe not only can I bring a unique personality and set of experiences to this type of adventure but I would appreciate and utilize it to the fullest!

    #2

  3. Taralynn McNitt (http://simplytaralynn.com)

    My blog is about figuring out who I am. It's about finding what makes me happy, where I am supposed to be in life, and trying new things. Winning this competition would be the cherry on top of my blogged about cake. It would give me the chance to travel somewhere unthinkable while sharing my experiences with you. Traveling somewhere out of the U.S. is a dream of mine and with this competition I have the chance to do it. Who knows what this opportunity could do to my life, but we know one thing, I'll surely blog about it.

    #3

  4. Ainoha Moura Aguirre (http://www.vanguardiasustentable.com)

    Hola! My name is Ainoha and I was born in Barcelona, Spain. I am Brazilian, my accent is Argentinean and I chose to live in Mexico City. Inspired by ecological projects fostering a more intelligent, human and sustainable Mexico, I created “Vanguardia Sustentable”, a space to communicate creative ideas and foster local and worldwide initiatives, which are committed to the development of a more fair and sustainable society. Engaging with people from different cultures, breaking with the routine, making new friends and recording everything related to sustainability are sufficient reasons to feel the need for packing up and immersing myself into the art of travel. Participating in “The Big Blog Exchange 2014” and your vote can help me achieve this goal. Thank you!

    #4

  5. Paige Grosse (http://spicywanderer.blogspot.com/)

    I should win because I am young and I am very determined to see the world and try local foods. I have graduated high school early with a year and a half of college credits so I could work and fund my travels. I have loved to cook and bake all my life and will be starting some culinary classes in Austin, Texas when I return to the states. I especially love small-town travel and getting to know the local dishes, and culture. As I write this I am sitting in the Faroe Islands (a place I had never heard of a year ago) airport waiting on my flight to Copenhagen. My goal is to blog/vlog about what I do while traveling and the food I eat, then when I return home, to blog about recreating these dishes. I am not a very great writer, but I do love writing my posts and vlogging. Because of my small town travel, I believe I get more unique, cultural, experiences and hope to gain another by winning this competition. Please vote for me and my blog I will treasure this experience forever!

    #5

  6. Carol Moreno (http://www.mochilaotrips.com)

    Hey, I'm a crazy and outgoing backpacker and blogger who loves adventure, to tell histories and to meet new people. I'm on a world trip since last November, traveling by myself, and have been to 25 countries so far. I have the blog since 2009 - the goal is to share experiences and give tips of budget trips to other travelers. I've been by myself to India, did a 8 days trekking in Nepal during the monsoons, rode elephants, visited a rat temple where you go in bare foot, did a camel safari at the desert when it was 50 degrees... And that's just part of the crazy stuff I'm into doing while traveling! I'm willing to experience much more if I win the Big Blog Exchange!

    #6

  7. Leidinara Batista (http://www.feriasnow.com.br)

    Sempre tem aquele momento que você quer parar tudo e ir para algum lugar. Ou simplesmente desfrutar de um momento. Este é o lema do blog. Ele existe há 4 anos e desde então compartilho com os leitores dicas de lugares que conheci, histórias que aconteceram comigo e guloseimas que você precisa experimentar. O Férias NOW! quer possibilitar que o leitor tire férias agora, neste momento, nem que seja em pensamento. Seja relembrando uma viagem inesquecível ou planejando a próxima!

    #7

  8. Andre Motta (http://www.viagemcriativa.com.br)

    People are so boring when traveling, because they are always going to the same places. I want to encourage people to do something different and experience new possibilities when traveling!

    #8

  9. Hector Cortez (http://whatdoitravelfor.wordpress.com)

    I strongly believe that the best thing about travelling is people. You can't get to know more about a place you visit if you're not in touch with its people. Visiting a new destination is not only about seeing new landscapes or monuments, or trying new food, but getting to know a new culture, a new language, different ways of living. And that's what you get when you meet people while travelling. It made me a better human being and I want to keep on travelling as much as I can, and inspire people to go out there and see this beautiful world with all these beautiful people we have out there. I lived in Ireland for a year, a beautiful country that welcomed me to learn its language, that made me love its people and its landscapes. And it also made me meet people from all over the world which gave me a little taste of what their countries would be. It made me eager to go to those places. I then travelled around Europe, went back to my country (Brazil) and travelled around there as well. I'm now living in France where I'm going to learn another language, where I'm learning to love their beautiful culture, their delicious food and explore this amazing country. What's next? I don't know, I'm open to whatever cross my way, I'm open to live in other countries, to explore, to learn. And maybe if you choose me, I'll be able to visit a new place for a couple of days, and share it with the world the experiences I had and hopefully inspire them to to the same. Thank you very much! H.

    #9

  10. Evelin Armella (http://pinlemap.tumblr.com/)

    I discovered that everytime I visit a new place i get more mature, open mind and it helps me to see the world and people with other eyes. Im not the classic tourist who goes to the classic places. I love trying new food, talking with the local people, if its posible to stay at the home of one of them i really enjoy it, i love going to the supermarket in other countries to see what its different of my place, i love using the public transport in other places. People always ask me about travelling tips, but its still plenty of places i havent visited yet, so i would love to expand my personal travel map to bring more solutions and share my adventures with others, also many people felt more confident to travel abroad aftr my advice.

    #10

  11. Belén Palacios (http://viajarenpelotas.com.ar)

    It all started as an excuse to share our stories, suddenly our social media wasn't enough and we wanted a space to write, post pictures, share tips about things we did.. we are no experts, off course, but we sure aren’t the average tourists, we love doing things at our own rhythm, taking long walks, talking to strangers, getting tips from the locals, getting lost! Those who also blog know that there is nothing better than getting on a plane/bus/train and experiencing new cultures and sharing.. The best that can happen is inspiring others to do the same, after all, all you need is the desire and conviction that you can do it (because you can!). One of our favorite subjects its food, whose isn’t?. We are firm believers that sometimes when you cannot actually travel you still can bring some of that flavors home.. that’s why we started a new section Travel·By·Taste, sharing recipes of the best we had and things we want to try. This is a passport free section. We are hoping to gather new recipes from all around the world and travel through our senses. Viajar en Pelotas comes from the feeling of arriving to a new place, without a marked map or an itinerary, without a schedule to follow, suddenly realizing you made it to that place you've dreamed of.. it's travelling with the eager to enjoy, learn and making every minute worth it.

    #11

  12. Logan Anderson (http://www.backpackersguidetoearth.tumblr.com)

    I began blogging a few years ago as a way to compartmentalize and identify the main issues I was facing in my personal life at the time: depression and social anxiety. I had no intention of having anyone else read what I was writing and it started as a very aimless endeavour, with rambling thoughts and extremely raw emotions. However, after a short while, I was extremely surprised and overwhelmed at the reaction I got from other people on Tumblr who were reading what I was writing, could sympathize with or understand what I was going through, and were very openly supporting me to embrace it and master it. I then began talking about my passions and other things that were important to me, and my blog seemed to open me up and allow me to discuss things I had, until that point, kept to myself. Then, in early 2012, I went on a short backpacking trip to England and decided to document my travels during the trip. I had gone on backpacking trips before then and found it to be extremely therapeutic and rewarding, but this was the first time I published my journey. It turned out that there were others like me, many others, who dream of travelling but are held back by their own struggles and challenges, like mental illness. Since then, I have been documenting my travels around the world and openly discussing the wonderful rewards and very real challenges associated with travelling while living with mental illness. I have found an extremely supportive community that encourages me and pushes me to constantly improve, and I can honestly say after all this time, my blog and the community around it, have helped develop me into the person I am today. I am very thankful for it, and them.

    #12

  13. Kivia Mendonça Costa (http://kiviagem.net)

    Hi there! I love to travel, meet people, experience different cultures, bla, bla, bla ... who doesn't, right? Well, if your thing is not really the airport-hotel-clicks-airport trip, but the adventurous thing ... how about crossing Latin America by land, being stung by a sting ray in the middle of nowhere, running out of air during a dive, visiting a refugee camp, visiting Palestinians on the other side of Jerusalem wall, living among monks, getting a surgery abroad, a 24-hour train in China, a 40-hour bus in Mexico, a 5.000-km-away ride in Argentina, walking 60 km from Peru to Bolivia (roads closed right on the day I had my flight, damn it!), hitchhiking in the desert (Atacama, Sahara...), in Australia, in Guatemala (with an AK-47 nestled between my feet), spending the night at a gas station in Patagonia, sleeping at a police station in Jordan, in a cave in Turkey. I've experienced so many things on my travels, specially on my round-the-world trip (May13 to Jun14), that the least I could do is to write this blog to share those stories and images with you. Care to check it out?

    #13

  14. Leonardo Lima (http://tolongedecasa.com/)

    My first trip was 4 years ago, since then I have found that there is a world beyond the limits of my town, a world that needs to be known and shared. Since then I started traveling and I never stopped. The financial situation sometimes do not help much and my level of English is very basic, but I try to get over it to make my travels, and because of this overrun, today I know almost all of South America and will soon travel for Europe. My motivation with my blog is to instigate people to leave the comfort zone and discover places, people and cultures, things that no school teaches only those who want to learn!

    #14

  15. Kailea Frederick (http://www.harnessyourbreath.com/)

    I strongly believe in the power of new stories. I am from a small town, on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Recently I returned home from a year abroad at, The International Youth Initiative Program (YIP), a life changing experience that has forever changed the way that I look out at the world. This past year I spent documenting my time at YIP, bringing out the story of a new form of education. I have had my blog now for two years, and feel that recently I have come into a new relationship with what I am wanting to offer the world through my words and images. Currently I am in the process of collecting stories from individuals from all walks of life. These individuals have either an inspired idea, or are already engaging with the work that they are here to do. What I want to offer is a spotlight on my blog to share the work they are doing.Through our time spent together I also want to offer conversation that looks at the deeper purpose behind what they do, as well as create concrete next steps to keep moving forward with their idea/project. I feel the most alive watching others come alive. My deeper purpose with my blog is to create meaningful and insightful content that moves the reader towards working with and actualizing their dreams.

    #15

  16. Jonathan Padua (http://www.euvoudemochila.com.br)

    I've been backpacking and blogging for 4 years, which means I have some experiences regarding traveling. However, changing places with someone from somewhere in the world would be totally different and I'm pretty sure it would be an experience for life. I believe I could be a good big blog exchanger because I love to try new experiences and I'm ready to go anywhere in the world (outside the world as well, but I believe it's not the case). "Happiness is only real when shared", so I'm totally ready to share mine with you guys.

    #16

  17. Guadalupe Piñeiro (http://desdelejosnoseve.bligoo.com/)

    Especially for dreamers: In this blog you can find my experience of trips around the world, stories and some tips for those who love travelling. Also, you may read some reflexions that you can share. Welcome!! // Desde Lejos No Se Ve es un sitio donde pueden encontrar historias y anécdotas de viajes, consejos para recorrer ciudades y reflexiones sobre la vida. El blog está escrito con mi corazón y cada palabra que contiene es fruto de la pasión que surge de dos de mis actividades favoritas: la escritura y los viajes. Soy simplemente una apasionada periodista que, al término de cada viaje, ya sueña con el próximo. Los invito a acompañarme en este paseo. BIENVENIDOS!// WELCOME TO THE TRIP// BEM-VINDOS!!! :D

    #17

  18. Daniele Oliveira (http://www.viagemcriativa.com.br)

    Viagem Criativa wants to show another form of tourism for the Brazilian people, with more and more alternative destinations in the most curious places on the planet. More than a guide, you have a source of information about the most interesting and creative places to know.

    #18

  19. Shelly Najjar (http://thegoallist.wordpress.com)

    Dream big, move forward, inspire others, pass it on. My bucket list experiences have allowed me to talk with people about their dreams for their lives. The Big Blog Exchange will help me learn more about people, cultures, and what we value. I want to have open conversations and meet other people fulfilling their dreams and inspiring others to do the same. My blog focuses on sharing stories and resources to help readers accomplish things on their bucket lists and make big dreams possible.

    #19

  20. Rafael Kosoniscs (http://www.seumochilao.com.br)

    To be given an opportunity to travel the world for free would be a life changing experience. I need have the biggest experience in my life. I'm confused about what my future might hold for me, and I sincerly believe that to travel the world would allow me to explore and find myself. Please consider me for this, I would love to experience the world and finally come to grips with what I would like to achieve. Thank you very much!!!

    #20

  21. Danilo Hadek (http://muitaviagem.com.br)

    Every trip that I do, I realize that the World is too big and wonderful to be sticking in just one place. The Big Blog Exchange 2014 will be a great opportunity to meet people who share the same idea I have. Then I hope to win it for exploring further the infinite wonders of the World. I am eager to enjoy the simpler things in life that only a traveler can perceive in every destination reached.

    #21

  22. Amanda Mormito (http://www.buenosairesparachicas.com/)

    Buenos Aires para Chicas is a great success for Brazilians girls travelling to Argentina. I share great information about local culture, hotels, coffee shops, restaurants. Also I really love telling personal histories about my life in the city, it's really fun. It's the most famous blog about Buenos Aires and I would love to have new experiences in other cities.

    #22

  23. Millie Christie-Dervaux (http://mchristiedervaux.tumblr.com)

    Adventure is more than just going places, it's about meeting people. My ongoing exploration right now is discovering my hometown: the urban jungle that is New York. Camera in hand, I lose myself in the city, seeing a new world on every block, in every movement--in every face. I try to tell those stories through photography, and the lens has helped me understand what makes New York: its people. But New Yorkers are never really New Yorkers-- we all come from somewhere else. I want to discover the roots of Polish Greenpoint, Dominican Washington Heights, Chinatown, Little Manila and all the other homes away from home. I want to discover where my people come from. And above of all, I want to share what I see with you.

    #23

  24. Túlio Pires Bragança (http://www.airesbuenosblog.com)

    I am a expert about Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have the pleasure to live in this city and share on the web everything I know about it to tourists. I also love to travel, experience local culture and meeting new and interesting people from around the world. Now it's time to be a expert about other city, other continent!

    #24

  25. Amanda Noventa (http://www.behappynow.com.br)

    My intention is to show people that they can always travel! They do not need to follow patterns such as backpackers or tourists. Or even quit their job to do that. Even a person with what is called a "normal life" can travel. My blog´s speech is that every person has a traveler profile and should find what type of trip is better to themselves. In other words, the blog talks about travelling without stereotypes or label. That´s why is such a different travel blog! Besides that, my bigger intention is to inspire people. That´s why I love writing and inspire people through my personal experiences and telling my stories. Cliché tips are not the case on this blog.

    #25

    top 25 europe

  1. Marcela Fae (http://fotostrasse.1982.us)

    I'm a Brazilian/Italian photographer that used to live in NYC and now is based in Berlin. I love to travel and to take photos. Fotostrasse was born from an idea of organising mini photo meet-ups to get to know Berlin a little better. After 1 year, it evolved to a travel blog and it's growing more and more each and everyday. Fotostrasse can help you fall in love with Berlin and from time to time, have an affair with some other amazing city! And I think that's my main goal here on this competition: to help people get to know another place by the eyes of a local and fall in love with the place. Maybe just for a while, maybe forever. Who knows?!

    #1

  2. Anikó Muhi (http://sportoljmertjo.blogspot.hu/)

    A sport az utóbbi pár évben szerves részét képezi az életemnek. Nagyon sokat segített és segít mind a mai napig, hogy az önértékelésem, az egészségem megfelelő legyen. A táncnak, a futásnak és a túrázásnak köszönhetően folyamatosan új barátokra teszek szert. A sportban mindenki egyenlő. A mozgás összehozza az embereket. A futás erősíti többek között a jellemet, a kitartást. A tánc kihozza a bennünk szunnyadó szenvedélyt. A túrázás által csodálatos helyeket láthatunk és megtanulhatunk harmóniában lenni a természettel. Eddigi életem során varázslatos helyeken jártam ( pedig nem mentem nagyon messzire ). Magyarországnak millió olyan szeglete van, ami varázslatos. Mind másért. Vagy az emberek, vagy a környezet, vagy a hangulat , vagy a természet miatt. A blogjaim által szeretném azt az érzést átadni, amit nekem jelent egy-egy ilyen hely látogatása. Amikor futok, vagy táncolok egyszerűen megszűnik minden probléma. Akkor és ott a cél lebeg a szemem előtt. Teljesíteni a távot, vagy letáncolni az éppen akkor tanult figurát. Amikor teljesítem a kitűzött célt, az erősít és boldoggá tesz. Ezen bejegyzéseimmel szeretném érzékeltetni mások számára is , hogy mennyire jó a célhoz vezető út, még ha nehéz is :-)

    #2

  3. Manuel García del Moral (http://www.secretosdemadrid.es)

    Llegué a vivir a Madrid en el año 2008 y afronté mi vida en mi nueva ciudad como un viaje sin fecha de retorno. Eso me permitió sumergirme en la historia de lleno en la ciudad, un pasado que me fascinó a través de muchos paseos en los que me cuestionaba todo cuanto veía. El nombre de las calles, el porqué de sus plazas, la existencia de jardines secretos... Todo con un objetivo, que tantas personas como sea posible puedan descubrir los mejores rincones y anécdotas que esconde Madrid.

    #3

  4. Juha Miettinen (http://www.finlandtouristguide.com)

    Hi there! I'm Juha Miettinen and I'm taking part in the Bog Blog Exchange Competition 2014 with my Finland Tourist Guide Blog www.finlandtouristguide.com! I should win this competition because I simply love to travel all around the world and see other cultures and ways of living! My dream job is to write travel guide books in English. Until now, I have mostly travelled in Europe. My dream destinations are Australia, New Zealand, USA, Iceland and Africa. Just to mention few of them. If I'd win, Id be truelly happy! I'm exited that this competition has finally started! Please vote for my Travel Blog FinlandTouristGuide.com¨and tell about it to You friends and share it all around the social meda! Thank You!!!

    #4

  5. Anne-Laure Chorro (http://une-fille-qui-realise-ses-reves.com)

    The aim of my life is to live and realize all of my dreams. I created a bucket list and a blog where I share my experiences. I want to tell the world than everything is possible in the life and everyone can realize his dream. Let's start spread the word...!

    #5

  6. Ruth Silverton (http://rooth121.blogspot.co.uk)

    Through the scans, the operations and the chemotherapy, life happens and somehow, somewhere, it changes. For me, this blog is about an honest and open account of my journey, finding the positivity and motivation that being faced with adversity can bring. I wanted to enter the competition because sometimes it's not about the distance travelled, the fastest pace or the perfect picture, it's about the little things. I'd love to experience the life of some of these amazing bloggers, but I'd also be proud for them to see how much beauty, kindness and joy there is in a situation that seems so negative and hopeless from the outside. Thank you x

    #6

  7. Mic Melansek (http://www.ineedtoiletpaper.com)

    Devotion. Passion. Love. The things that drive us on our journey around the world. Share. Give. Appreciate. The things we need to experience. So we went. Together. To see the unknown. Time is not our limit. We’re leaving many beautiful things and some wrong decisions behind. We want to see the world and feel the people. Be thankful for what we experience. Little things and sincere smiles. We started in Sri Lanka, continued through India for 4 months, hiked Nepal for a month, ate Thai for a month and now we’re currently in Indonesia. Our final destination is somewhere in Polinesia, we hope. Taking it slow and with an open mind.

    #7

  8. Camille Gras (http://stendhal-syndrome.fr)

    Stendhal is a french writer who was once overwhelmed by the beauty of Italy. What happened to him is now the name given to a phenomenon of cultural overload experienced by travelers… And the title of my blog! I would love to live new experiences to give my readers a taste of another culture. Plus, if I am selected, I hope the blogger who will be lucky enough to come and see Paris will enjoy this beautiful place full of art and history! Thank you.

    #8

  9. Jonny Blair (http://dontstopliving.net)

    I'm a passionate, hard working and Northern Irish long term backpacker. I run a one man walking travel blog to the world, aiming to help others follow in my footsteps as I approach the 100 country mark. 11 years after leaving my hometown and having backpacked through every continent and over 80 countries I am always open to new offers and opportunities. With no set home for the last 5 years or so, I am free to go wherever I choose. The opportunity of a blog swap for another city in the world is highly inspiring and I sure as hell hope I can win and do more than justice to the swap. I update my travel blog and Facebook page every day, having over 1,500 articles on there all from my real travels around the world. I have no time for fakes and wannabes and I'm in it to win it. If you want some passion and real life enthusiasm for travelling the world, check out my site Don't Stop Living (http://dontstopliving.net) and live out your own dreams just as I live mine. "I'll see you around", "Don't Stop Living". Best wishes, Jonny Blair

    #9

  10. Dimitrina Mladenova (http://happyontheroad.com/about-me/)

    Hi there! I have a passion for travel and meeting all kind of peoples and cultures! That simple is it! I believe that life’s happiest, funniest and most interesting moments happen when you are on the road! I believe that traveling can open your eyes and mind to all kind of different and exciting things! I believe that even though my Happy on the Road blog is young, I will make it even more interesting for everyone! I believe the Big Blog Exchange will be something I would definitely enjoy; having in mind that I love new experiences and adventures! To all above stated reasons I should win the competition. Once again, that simple is it!

    #10

  11. Nina Kogej (http://www.nina-travels.com)

    I once read that if you don't travel, you only read one page of the book... and because I love reading, one page was surely not enough, so I have decided to travel. I have been traveling ever since I remember... Started with my parents at the age of three. Almost 30 years later I'm still doing it and what is most important, I am loving it still! I have decided to start writing a travel blog about 2 years ago, as I wanted to share my passion and experiances with other people. I want to show people that traveling is easy and that everyone can do it! My travel blog Nina Travels is all about travel tips and information, which will be useful to everyone - from the first time travellers to the experts. All my posts are upgraded with my own photos, as I like photography a lot. My right hand man is my hubby, which helps me with travel videos and with whom we share the same passion for traveling and life. Last but not least, we added overland traveling to our standard backpacking travels and bought ourselves a 4-wheel drive, which makes our travels even more adventurous and free! Welcome to join us in exploration of the world!

    #11

  12. Fernanda Souza (http://www.precisoviajar.com)

    I'm Italian and Brazilian but consider myself a citizen of the world. The world taught me a lot and I'm very thankful for all the good opportunities I had so far. After my round the world, I can truly say that we're all looking for happiness, wherever we are. Happiness is only real when shared and I'm looking forward to share it with you if I become a Big Blog Exchanger. My definition of traveling = life, happiness, love. Please give me this opportunity. I'll do my best to share a lot of good stories.

    #12

  13. Natasha Tourabi (http://echosverts.com)

    When, as a teenager, I realised the power of the media I decided that I wanted to become a photo-journalist… I wanted to travel the world to get to know different areas, ways of living and more specifically peoples whose beliefs and traditions allowed them to live in harmony with and preserve their environment. Moreover, I wanted to use the power of the media to write about and show the beauty of the world, of its people and its nature and through this, raise awareness on the need and the sustainable ways to protect our environment. In the end, I took a completely different career path… Nonetheless, traveling, writing, photography and my passion for different cultures and the environment remained a big part of my life and eventually, I realised that in spite of choosing a different profession, I could still fulfill my dream through blogging. So one year ago, after many months of focusing on the meaning of sustainability and questioning my own lifestyle, I decided to launch Echos verts, a blog where I talk about green initiatives around the world and ways in which we can each “green up” our day-to-day lives. Starting this blog has been ever so enriching and inspiring, mostly because it has brought together readers from around the world who share the same passion and goals and this has given me the energy and the motivation to continue blogging to share my tips, reflections and aspirations. Regardless of where and how we live today, preserving our environment should be an essential part of our life… And while there is only one Earth, there are many ways of looking after it and its countless wonders and I hope that the Big Blog Exchange will give me an opportunity to discover new ones so that I can share more inspiring findings and stories with my readers.

    #13

  14. Diego Rodriguez Vera (http://www.diego1999.com)

    I am a blogger who love make my mark of identity, my jump in every places that I travelling. Your support is my victory.

    #14

  15. Marie-Charlotte Lienard (http://www.dicietdailleursphotography.com/)

    My blog tells the story of who I am : I live in Paris but I'm from northern France, from southern France, from Berlin, from Canada...every city i lived in and every person I meet are a part of me. Since I was a little girl I have been dreaming meeting people from around the world to see what we have in common, what makes us humans. I am always moved when 2 persons from different cultures meet and laugh about universal things. My blog is a windows on our world, and how I see the world. It would be amazing to be part of the big blog exchange to pursue my dream. Thank you.

    #15

  16. Pedro Richardson (http://www.travelwithpedro.com)

    My passion for all things travel determined my professional choice: hotels! From a language teacher, I became a hospitality person, hoping to travel the world professionally, living here and there. Little did I know destiny had other plans for me, making me call London home, and travelling differently. Seventy eight countries later, I now share my experiences around the world on my blog Travel with Pedro and the social media world. I enjoy transiting between different environments, from a street market in Iraq to a historical hotel in the French Alps, not forgetting people I meet along the way. I want to make the world my back garden.

    #16

  17. Samantha Hussey (http://www.thewanderingwanderluster.com)

    My blog The Wandering Wanderluster is focused on inspiring and educating people to travel to off the beaten path destinations and experience the unknown through my words and photography. My mission is to persuade gap year travellers and backpackers to leave their guide books behind and go beyond the top 10 highlights of a destination and really explore, even if it means getting completely lost. I have been travelling since I was 14 and it is my life’s biggest passion. I began a career in marketing and sales in the travel industry when I was 16 where my desire to travel flourished. I began my blog because I read so many helpful blogs during my many hours planning my own trips and I found them so much more inspiring then guide books. So in February 2014 I decided to combine my love for writing and travelling into a full time job, sharing my experiences and photos to inspire others to discover and visit places off the beaten track. In February 2013 I quit my job in the UK and pursued my dream to live in a different country so I also share a lot about my experiences and life in my new home the Czech Republic, inspiring people to explore this beautiful country and to go outside the confines of its capital city, Prague. The Big Blog Exchange would be a fantastic opportunity to explore the mysteries of another culture in another country. Swapping platforms and swapping lives. This would be an amazing chance to meet new people, dive into a new culture and to discover its real hidden gems. "Life Is Short And The World Is Wide" – my favorite travel quote.

    #17

  18. Déborah bourdin (http://lesavisdagrippine.com)

    i am 32 years old and i still want to discover every things. I need this to make my life have a sense, to feel alive and to enjoy my "every day life". Try everything i could. Have new experiences. See other places, other culture, other ways of life. Most of all, I love meeting people. Every people. Such of meetings that happens when you didn't think it would. Win this challenge would be an incredible experience to me. It would be a chance and I'd lov to share it with others bloggers, with readers and so many people I could.

    #18

  19. Sara Thomas (http://www.thisgirlloves.co.uk)

    Stepping into my first lecture in the autumn of 2010, I knew something was horribly wrong; where were all the girls?! Having decided to study geology, I soon realised I'd swapped the dream of having a large group of female friends on my course for the opportunity to spend three years looking at rocks under a microscope and freezing to death on winter field-trips to the Scottish Highlands. Little did I know that just a few months later, after a lengthy period of ‘I don’t want to revise’ procrastination on Youtube, my blog would be born. In order to let out my feminine, creative sides, I set up the precursor to 'This Girl Loves', a beauty site focussing on my favourite products that fit in with my student budget, thrifty fashion for under 25’s and my favourite places to visit that I'd discovered in my new city. I also started taking an interest in travelling, writing about mini-breaks I’d taken outside of term-time and to make the most of a trip away without having to break the bank. Fast forward to 2014, and my blog has now landed me a job, an award, a gig writing and travelling the world with one of the UK's biggest travel operators...and of course, friends! Having handed in my resignation, my blog now focuses on my upcoming gap year, where I’ll be seeking out the best beauty and fashion trends from around the globe and putting them to the test for my readers, as well as providing a travel diary for me to look back on when I'm old, grey and inevitably back at a desk. 'The Big Blog Exchange' would be a fantastic opportunity to kick-start what will hopefully be the best year of my life, by submersing myself in another culture, in a new country, and making some more new friends...hopefully!

    #19

  20. Maya Lombarts (http://lombartsmaya.wordpress.com/)

    My fascination for other cultures has started a long time ago. First I tried to learn their language, whether it was Czech, Spanish, Danish, Arabic, ... As I grew older, I began to think further: how do they see the world? And how is their world view different to mine? I chose to study Intercultural Relations Management, became a volunteer for YFU, and hooked up with the erasmus students in my town (these are exchange students within Europe). I taught them some Dutch, learned about their cultures, and gave them a taste of Belgian beer (although I don't drink beer myself, except for cherry beer which is very typical for the ladies because of its sweetness). This is how I travel without leaving my town. I want to win this competition because I have never been in another continent before because I don't have an income yet as a student, and I would like to go and meet other cultures in their own habitat, instead of them coming to me. The blog I participate with is about my experiences with meeting other cultures. I wish I had started it a long time ago, but I came to the idea of making a blog out of it only today. My target group is everyone with an open mind who's interested in cultures

    #20

  21. Víctor Pascual (http://imaginable.es)

    Reality or preset plans? No, thanks! (: I'm Vic, and my passion in life is to keep growing, feeling, discovering; best way for that? Travelling, for sure! I love making plans to anywhere around the world; to land in a new city and try to feel like a local from the first second; so that i can learn new lifestyles, meet new people...well... just feel the world :) I write my own lifestyle website where i put special attention to travels, making little city-guides from my vision, to share what i love with the others. Big Blog Exchange is just a materialization of my dreams. I think it's essential to be excited for what you love... so here i am!

    #21

  22. Philippa Vernals (http://www.cocoskies.com/)

    Today I graduated and it feels so good knowing that I have the freedom to choose which avenue to take next. I have always been a creative person at heart, constantly conceptualising what to illustrate next as well as trying to improve my travel photography. As a creative, completing a science degree has been challenging but the hard work has definitely paid off. I feel that now would be the perfect time to do some of that well-anticipated exploring of new lands and new cultures! I would love to illustrate and share my journey along the way, painting and sketching everything from buildings to the local cuisine! As someone of dual heritage (half filipino and half british) travelling to the Philippines from a young age has enabled me to see a more tropical slice of the world and has left me longing for more adventures and new experiences. Despite the vast differences between England and the Philippines, I recognise home comforts in both places and I would love to discover those in new lands.

    #22

  23. Lucie Aidart (http://voyagesetvagabondages.com)

    My mom had a dream. She wanted to travel the world when she would retire. My mom passed away six months ago while I was off fullfilling my own dream, travelling the world solo in my youth. It was the hardest time of my life, but I went back on the road, because it was my dream, because it was her dream, because I was alive. Life is short and you have to take on all opportunities that come around. You have to live, to dream, to travel, to jump, to do whatever it is you want to do before it's too late. Now! I am soon celebrating my one year anniversary on the road, making my way around the world, one new discovery at a time. I thrive when I am meet new people, when I am in a new environment and when I can write and share about this amazing world we live in. I am happy in a train, watching the landscape fly by; on top of a volcano watching the sunrise; admist an Asian city lost for words with all wonders around me; amongst people that do not speak my language or my culture, just listening in; at a concert trying to take it all in; lying in the grass, feeling the warmth of the sun on my face; in a street side stall tasting chicken feet and stinky tofu,... I travel because I'm curious and I write because I love sharing the world amazingness. Travelling and writing are two big elements in my life. I say yes to all opportunities that come around, because it might be a-once-in-a-life-time chance, because it might change you, because it might surprise you. Eyes closed, I jump on and seize any new challenges and any new exciting adventures, whether it means jumping from a bridge with an elastic rope tied to my foot, from an airplane or in ice-cold water in Antartica (and yes, I did all of the aboves...). The Big Blog Exchange is a new adventure, another challenge, an eye-openning window to the world and its cultures, a new experience that could change me and have an impact on myself and others around. I cannot wait to take it on and share it with readers. Please don't wait, close your eyes and jump! Now!

    #23

  24. Spela Groselj (http://istanbulkonstantinopel.blogspot.com.tr/)

    My blog is based on my life experience living and studying abroad. It's a kind of ''huge blog exchange'', which will not last only 10 days, but will last about 4 years, or even more. I think that the winner blogs must differ from others and I believe that my blog is different and stands out because it's written in 2 languages, one of them is Slovenian (sorry for those who don't speak this ''exotic'' language) and other reason is, that it's about living abroad. I don't write what I do every day (this might be so boring and since Facebook exists even unnecessary), but about events in Turkey and Istanbul, about life and problems of foreigner. My blog serves as a help to many future foreign student which come to Turkey every year.

    #24

  25. Stephanie Buckley (http://eatsleepchic.co/)

    Hello world, and the jury! My blog is a platform for my personal take on all things beauty, fashion, food, fun and travel. It's like taking a peep through the keyhole, into my lifestyle and weekly adventures. I'd like to think, I create a positive and creative vibe for my readers and I love interacting with new people. I'm outgoing and adventurous! I think it's safe to say I'll try anything once and twice if I like it, lol. I've eaten cockroaches in Thailand, jumped from a plane in Ireland, swam with stingray in Florida, climbed a waterfall in Jamaica and zip lined 500 feet above the beaches of Labadee, Haiti. I look at these things, as ticks off my list of life experiences. This imaginary list is endless and I'm making my way through it, slowly but surely, enjoying every second along the way. My favourite thing to do is go where I've never been, or do what I've never done before. If I am a successful candidate in "The Big Blog Exchange" I'll get some great mileage for my ticks! Over the next few weeks I'll be posting a number of exciting adventure on my blog, they'll get your senses going and encourage you to vote for me. The 31st of October, Halloween, my favourite time of year and the week after my birthday. What better way to celebrate turning 29 than a 10 day trip to a yet unknown destination. Providing priceless material for my blog and an opportunity of a lifetime to cherish forever. The chance to represent Ireland, not as a tourist but as a traveller and emerge myself into a new culture taking in everything the chosen destination has to offer and sharing it with the world. "Travel is one of the very things you can buy that makes you richer", but in this case if would be a gift the best birthday gift from all the voters. Please vote for me and make it my best birthday ever! Thank you, Stephanie Buckley XX

    #25

    top 25 africa & middle east

  1. Jessica Hewson (http://www.seekingstory.wordpress.com)

    Like the music making troubadours of olde this digital damsel is on a journey. I am chronicling stories of all sorts of every kind of people. Travelling is about seeking and searching. Winning this competition would allow me to tell the tales of people in a faraway land. That would be thrilling for a story seeker! Contact me if you’re seeking a storyteller.

    #1

  2. Brigid Prinsloo (http://becomingthebboss.com/)

    A little blog made with love about the three things I love the most: Cape Town - the most beautiful city in the world, Tech - the websites and apps I cannot live without and Travel - the amazing cities/ people I have been lucky enough to see/ meet. I love blogging because I love sharing: I share my flat with interesting guests from around the world, I share my skills whenever I have a chance and I share my love for this beautiful country and the world. I would love to share my blog through the BlogExchange - obviously #LIKEABOSS!

    #2

  3. Fawn Rogers (http://www.deerdelights.com/)

    Since my double lung transplant last year I have been rediscovering what life is all about. I am absolutely loving my second chance at life and know more than most, how important it is to stop and appreciate the small things. I have never been able to travel and whilst the thought of now having an opportunity to do so excites me, it is also something that makes me nervous. Forcing myself out of my comfort zone is something I have been doing a lot of lately and I've realised that the biggest rewards come from challenges that scare you the most!

    #3

  4. Cale Pissarra (http://www.justkickingitblog.com/)

    I like to think that life is one big experiment. An experiment on how we should all try and live our lives. I try to look at each day as an adventure, as a gift. If you aren't having fun, then what is the point anyway. Traveling is not a right, but a gift. I would very much like to have that gift. Just Kicking it one day at a time.

    #4

  5. Victoria Bourhill (http://www.itsthewanderlust.com)

    When you travel and you write, and you write and you travel, and you photograph and you document- you grow. You learn to ignore the naive questions about whether your blog is your diary- a mere list of where you went and what you did. Because you know its so much more than that, and a lot of people agree. Just not enough people. Over the years your readership extends past your friends and family and you're proud. And then it plateaus and you find yourself telling people in less than 2500 characters that you are deserving of more. 'Its The Wanderlust' brings depth and humour to travel related stories and human encounters. This blog highlights the nuances of interactions I've had with people from the road and all other aspects of life. Our connections sometimes solid and other times fleeting- but always engaging. I trust you'll enjoy.

    #5

  6. Karien Potgieter (http://www.runningtherace.co.za)

    I yearn to explore the world - and to do it on the run. To date running has allowed me to experience foreign locations in a way that no other means of travel would ever have been able to: It has allowed me to meet amazing people; to experience just a small part of their worlds; and to make memories that will last me a lifetime. The Big Blog Exchange will help me live my dream: To explore the world one run at a time!

    #6

  7. Dawn Jorgensen (http://theincidentaltourist.com)

    My blog is a visual journey into a world of travel and conscious living, through words and photography. Bringing to life my accumulated experiences and the places that I visit. With a strong emphasis on Africa and her seductive ways, I seek out beauty and highlight conservation issues and the wonderful work being done by others around the world. The Big Blog Exchange would allow me to share this with others. Swapping platforms and lives. Offering up the mysteries of Africa in exchange for lessons to be learned in another part of the world. Beauty to be found. Stories to be shared. People to be collected. I can think of no better way to do that, this here.

    #7

  8. Lauren Wallett (http://lovelaurenblog.com)

    Every experience I share, you are able to access for yourself. I write for you. Raw, true and real moments captured for your entertainment. From deeply personal tinder dating stories to life changing moments - like standing underneath a 4 ton elephant with my hand in its mouth... there is never a dull moment. Be inspired to plan your next holiday, laugh with me at the bizarre and unexpected and above all, be entertained by my real, alternate, global life.

    #8

  9. Mohamed Hafez (http://cryloock.blogspot.com/)

    What motivates me in travelling is that I engage into unique places as well as with people with different cultures, traditions and beliefs. It enables me to be open minded to people that I am encountering with. Though we have all different perspectives in terms of culture, tradition and belief I am seeing oneness in people. Through BBE it will enable me to see more of what the world such as people and places can bring to me. I will be able to learn more from countries and people about more of their unique and mysterious histories.

    #9

  10. Namritha Sivsanker (http://www.namritha25.wordpress.com)

    A keen student of live forever learning new things, travelling to places that fascinate me every time I put foot in another country. Learning more about people and what gives us joy and strength. After travelling with my family for many years, I decided to travel again to see the world with different eyes, to be able to share travel tips, sights and destination markers. My blog covers a range of categories to keep my readers well informed of new, exciting and inspirational posts. I want my readers to benefit from my posts and to share & enjoy the many aspects of life. My posts are n English and I have readers and travelers from Canada. USA, India, Africa, Brazil, USA, UAE, China, England and other countries. I am always excited to travel more now and write about the man in the street. I am grateful for the opportunity to meet new bloggers who can share their ideas and teach me along the way. I would love you to vote for me to give me the platform to do more, be more and write more. South Africa needs more global recognition and you can make that a possibility. Thank you and God Bless.

    #10

  11. Phindiwe Nkosi (http://www.weddinganthem.co.za/)

    We celebrate true love. Part of what we do is to interview local and international celebrities to find out their views on true love. We also offer free wedding vows, devotions, love quotes, prayer section and more. What is greater than true love? Absolutely nothing.

    #11

  12. Francesca Travelry (http://travelry.tumblr.com)

    Travelry is an adventure blog based on tumblr, exploring unusual and less commonly visited places from around the world. Visited places include cat cafes, owl cafes, instant noodle factories, abandoned theme parks, and islands.

    #12

  13. Tash Suchecki (http://tandserendipity.com)

    Hi, I'm Tash! I'm addicted to exploring Joburg and South Africa and finding all the hidden gems they have to offer. My blog is essentially an outpouring of love for this country and city, and the wonderful lifestyle that accompanies it. It's everything from restaurants and beautiful shops to tours of Soweto and inner city walks, with a dash of fashion and beauty and a bucket of humour. I can think of nothing more phenomenal than having the opportunity to swop countries with another blogger - both so that I could explore and share my experiences in their hometown, and so that they could experience the magic of Joburg, South Africa!

    #13

  14. Sara Essop (http://inafricaandbeyond.com/)

    I am passionate about travel and I want the rest of the world to discover the magic of travel too.

    #14

  15. Nozizwe Dube (http://motherofnations.blogspot.be/)

    I am a female writer who believes in empowerment of young girls. I grew up in Zimbabwe and experienced a life whereby young girls were deprived of education and were not allowed to speak. I want to work this mentality away and show other girls that they can change their world just by doing exactly that which they were not allowed to.

    #15

  16. Roy Potterill (http://www.roywrench.com/)

    To see the world and share it with people from my perspective

    #16

  17. Artwell Nwaila (http://www.sacreativenetwork.co.za)

    I dig blogging and it digs me back. Ive been blogging for three tears and have won three awards in the process. I currently hold the title for blogger of the year at the SA Blogger awards and plan to keep the title for a second time round. Love what I do and you can tell by the way I treat my blog.

    #17

  18. Anton Magnin (http://urbanwalkerct.wordpress.com/)

    I have no idea of why I should win. I see this as a chance to improve my blogging and share my walking adventures with the world.

    #18

  19. Edison Mutematemi (http://nascententrepreneurs.wordpress.com)

    Edison Mutematemi, originally from Masvingo, Zimbabwe and is an activist interested in many areas bordering human life, but notably Entrepreneurship & Business. I hope to use all my talents, knowledge, strength, potentials, wisdom, opportunities, wealth, health, connections, and everything that I possess for the benefit of mankind at large, especially the poor and the underprivileged in our societies. With my passion for reading, writing and Entrepreneurship, I co-founded the Nascent Entrepreneurs blog to share, discuss Entrepreneurship & Business matters and other aspects of wealth creation or poverty alleviation. Nascent Entrepreneurs‘ aim is to bring and understanding to ordinary people what entrepreneurship is about, as well give a platform for a general discussion pertain this Topic.

    #19

  20. Ruan Smit (http://pixelsmithstudios.com/)

    Pixelsmithstudios is 4 years old and since the first day my mission has been about promoting others, giving interviews and building a relationship with like minded people to help promote and share in any way I can. The interviews and features we've given have helped (the feedback we've heard of) people with new jobs and interviews on local newspapers. We want to help people in anyway we can and especially help our local artists build connections and get new jobs. In the next few months we're going to start a job board section in hopes of providing more work and sharing our pride in our talented artists.

    #20

  21. Lucky Sibanda (http://supremeeducators.wordpress.com/)

    My blog serves as an motivational corner to any student who is about to give up. Articles written are written in a way to inspire and encourage learners that they can be the best through hardworking with the foundation being quality education. Learners are being challenge to be on their toes through my experiences. As i grew up, i went through various challenges which i believe sharing them with the world is the best tool to re-align many towards seizing the given opportunity. Different context are considered as the world is a complex set of interrelated systems.

    #21

    top 25 asia & oceania

  1. Allan Lee (http://ourshutterjourney.com)

    From a photography blog which no one takes a second look till half a million views today in 5 years. With 12,000 followers to 80,000 readers monthly, this is a feat for someone new back in 2009. Reporting photography news & resources, our articles had been shared regularly on Dpreview and other famous photography sites & forums that had put Singapore on the world photography map. We will continue to produce quality articles regardless if we win or not.

    #1

  2. nik rielo (http://www.pinoyontheroad.com)

    traveling is sharing, learning and caring

    #2

  3. Quez V. (http://anatomyoftheawesome.com)

    I am fascinated by the idea of swapping blogs. It is definitely a passport to let everybody know that the world is not a dangerous place and humans are good in nature. Traveling on the other hand is a way to clear one’s mind so we can start learning the magnitude of things in another perspective, culture in another point of view and people in another country. Big Blog Exchange will help me become an ambassador of positive change whose main goal is to empower people thru self-discovery while traveling. I want to aid in transforming people by sharing my experiences to everybody so they can find a substantial impact in life. I also want to become an instrument so people can find importance in everything including the beauty of the world and the language of the universe.

    #3

  4. Jui Seng Quek (http://www.vincequek.com)

    Far too many underestimate the power of blogging. Blogs - from that of world leaders with a hundred thousand followers to that of a soccer mom with only ten - have the power to touch another person's life. I blog of my passions which range from travel to hostelling to coffee to football to nerdy, techie stuff. I may only have 200 followers, but I remind myself that that's 200 people in the world whose heart and mind I'd like to think I've touched - because I SHARE. I joined the BBE last year motivated by my insatiable appetite to learn and share about other cultures. That hasn't changed. As I've learnt last year, being in a group as tough as Asia-Pacific isn't going to be easy, but I'll sure as hell give it my best shot. What I CAN promise is that, if I win, I'll take everyone along with me on the journey by sharing with all - especially the less-travelled - what the world has to offer. It is my hope that what I share will touch their lives - in whatever minute way - and encourage them to come out from their shells, be bold and take that step into the world... which, by the way, needn't necessarily break the bank. Browse "Hostelling" on my blog and you'll see what I mean. Remember, the world is our oyster. Vote for me.

    #4

  5. Miguel Aquino (http://projectmagellan.net/)

    I don’t really like talking much about myself. It spoils the first date.

    #5

  6. Keith Andrew Pablico (http://andrewpablico.com/)

    Traveling has always been the desire of my heart. Going out of my comfort zone to try and experience new things, meet new people of different races and cultures, and be able to see more of this beautiful and amazing world we live in. I want to be able to take something from different places and pocket these experiences and then share everything I have gathered in hopes of opening a gate of experience for everyone over the amazing world of social media. I am ready for a new journey.

    #6

  7. RV Panambo (http://chasingadventure.net)

    I have butterflies in my stomach. I have been chasing adventures around the Philippines with my semi-broken camera for quite a while now. I have enough travel experience but I still want to learn more, hopefully in a foreign land. I have always been dreaming to travel far and wide. I want to leave an impact on someone's life by sharing my experiences and inspire them with my photographs. I am in love with the world, and it will always be home.

    #7

  8. Tessa Michelle Go (http://instagram.com/googlygooeys)

    There's just so much to love about travelling: First, there's the opportunity to absorb everything that can inspire. When I travel, I love being able to capture the huge landmarks in a new perspective down to noticing the tiny details such as a pattern of a door or how the petals are arranged on a flower. I also like witnessing how this affects my creative process. Second, just like a fresh new track, I enjoy how travelling eases me out of my comfort zone and requires me to see the soul of the world in a new light. Finally, I relish being able to share these thoughts and images on the worldwide web, be it through a blog or the various social networking sites available, learn from my audience's reactions and hopefully affect them with my thirst in looking for new sources of inspiration.

    #8

  9. Rupesh Nandy (http://aarenadventure.blogspot.com/)

    Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. The love of nature and the pursuit of the unknown have eternally drawn man to leave the comfort and security of his home and venture beyond the blue range on the horizon and to discover new valleys, forests, rivers and high mountains. Trekking is undoubtedly of value to physical fitness but its aim is not to produce athletes. It is an activity which should develop real love for the mountain regions and appreciation of their grandeur. Trekking leads to a closer interest in plants, trees, birds and animals, indeed in all forms of nature study. It inculcates the virtue of sacrifice, the value of physical exertion, some-times to the limit of endurance, and above all, the spirit of comradeship. A sense of adventure adds excitement towards attaining your goal. Trekking is an art that can be learnt at any age. It does not demand great strength or immense wealth but merely a desire and willingness to take the rough with the smooth. Once initiated, you soon learn to minimize your needs, but you must never compromise with safety. A good trekker knows his minimum requirement and carries his home on his back; bed, kitchen and other essentials, but to achieve a sense of freedom he must give up certain comforts. Trekking instills qualities of self-reliance, personal fitness and a willingness to help. I want to win this competition to spread my this message to the every part of our this beautiful world.

    #9

  10. Maritzi Tullao (http://instagram.com/happytummytravels)

    This blog is about my second chance at life. Discovering hidden gems, travelling on a budget, and embracing the world by tasting their food and travelling with a happy tummy. Life isn’t a short walk in the park, but I do hope everyone would grab the chance and taste life as I see it. The story: Late last year, Nov 2013, I experienced a near-death tragedy and I'm still recovering from this. I was gun- whipped in the head by strangers who tried to get my belongings while I was off to work. I was able to survive and walk home drenched in my own blood coming from my head injury. I was rushed to the hospital to undergo a critical operation called Craniotomy in order to remove fluids in my head and fix the broken skull. Now, I’m still on my way to recovery and I’m trying to embrace my second life. My instragram @happytummytravels is a platform to inspire others, marvel on food, and travel on a budget. I’d love to make the most out of my second chance at life as I wander this world full of wonder.

    #10

  11. Hazel Ureta (http://staybookish.net)

    For me, all readers are travellers. As a reader myself, I've somehow traveled through time, traveled through different worlds, countries and places. I've learned to see the beauty of culture, of meeting people from various walks of life. My blog, Stay Bookish, is about my many excursions through reading and how they've changed my life. I've journeyed, wandered, and lived a lot through books but I'm very much ready to experience for myself what fiction has taught and showed me. Given the chance, The Big Blog Exchange will be the key to my dream of trotting the globe and finally searching for my own story to tell.

    #11

  12. Katherine Anne Cutar (http://thesenestedthoughts.blogspot.com)

    Blogging served as my sweet escape ever since I discovered my love of it. Nested Thoughts is simply a quirky and upbeat manifestation of what I am all about and what I decide to fling to the world. In here, you may find yourself coming across varying posts which might pertain to my vigorous passion in regards to all sorts of things which might include fashion, music, aesthetics/general design, cats, food, literature, more food, and just about any life experience/happenings that I deem worthy enough to be posted. I must win and deserve an escape, or at least for me to somehow break away into new grounds and set foot into territories where I'll be able to flourish even more as a person of creative and convivial nature. Things have just been kind of exasperating at my end, so a sort of break from it all would be a total life saver. ...And also so I can make endless blog posts about the whole journey until everyone stops caring! Haha! :)

    #12

  13. Aia Solis (http://helloaia.tumblr.com)

    "We are meant to fully participate in life on Earth and that we are meant to share our creativity as much as we can." This line from an article about Druidism really catches my attention. I am at the point of my life where I want to experience what it means to actually live so I can have my own definition of what life is really all about. I want to not only take a bite of the whole world, but devour it as much as I can - while I still can. I am deeply fascinated with the beauty and diversity of life and culture, with the hopes of one day, I'd get to understand everything about it. It would be an honor to be touched by other peoples lives and be immersed into their being. To share it through my lens and rolls of films would be the greatest contribution of my existence.

    #13

  14. Elita Almeida (http://nomadicthunker.blogspot.in/)

    Stung by the travel bug I've been solo travelling in India since the past two years now making it a point to at least get out of my comfort zone now at least once every three months. And I've never returned disappointed. That's what I'd want for anyone else to experience too - be touched by humanity in spite of what the newspapers scream each morning.

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  15. Oindrila De (http://oindrilade.wordpress.com/)

    I am a vegetarian travel enthusiast who often goes it alone. Through my travel-blog, I endeavour to show the world various places through my eyes. I discovered my love for travel when I left my home-country of 20 years to stay alone in a continent I had never seen before. I write about my travel-and-food-experiences and share tips and travel-stories to help sightseers who wish to explore new trails. Essentially, I 'eat' (all cuisines), 'shoot' (pictures of all things lovely) and 'leave' (for new places that need exploring)! ;-) Your precious vote will help me swap blogs and countries with 1 of 15 other amazing bloggers. The best part is - BOTH YOU AND I WILL WIN as I shall write all about my experiences in the new land for all of you to explore through my lenses! :-)

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  16. Lucky Haryadi (http://ksanaksini.blogspot.com)

    I want to promote my blog to promote travelling in Indonesia. I want to be an tour guide and have hostel in my country. Too bad that Indonesian beauty not fully discovered. I want to present the best of Indonesia to all of you. From the beauty of nature, sophisticated culture and variation of food. Indonesia never ending journey for you!

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  17. Anna Esguerra (http://so-stellar.org)

    Everyone's a wanderlust one way or another: All of us would love to go to new places, try new things, leave a mark of our presence and personality, and eventually blog and tell the world about it when you get back home for the purpose of inspiring them to do the same -- and to spread good influence along the way. These are some of the things I aim to accomplish during my venture into BBE 2014. I would consider it as something risky, yes, because it is out of my comfort zone. This year I intend to make a BIG dent in the risk-taking department! A dent; not a bump, or a scratch.. meaning this will be the cherry on top of my 2014! To be given the chance to explore a new unfamiliar country, on your own, is a privilege and never an opportunity one should take for granted.

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  18. siow lee ng (http://iamyuki.com)

    开始写Blog原先只是想舒解与释怀内心压抑着因婚变所带来的伤痛, Dec 2012在FB公开部分Blog内容后引起了多个国家读者们的高度关注以不同角度和观念来议论这起事件。我分享的伤痛经历吸引了一大群同病相怜的心灵创伤者与我交流,其中一名忧郁症患者追踪我的Blog时透露了她想自杀的倾向。我马上用互联网联系的方式关心和鼓励她并集合网友们正面的精神支持成功感动了她放弃自杀的念头选择勇敢的活下去。 这股具影响的力量让我有了使命感想继续写Blog, 开设了www.iamyuki.com来联系网友读者的交流并成立了[LOVE.CARE.LIFE] FB PAGE公益活动集合各国各地自愿的网络义工们利用网络资讯和计划筹办团体活动,共同努力献出互相关爱互助共存的精神来帮助受重创伤后无法走出困境阴影而引发的后遗症包括患上噪郁忧郁症, 自虐自残, 自暴自弃糟蹋人生甚至是放弃宝贵生命的人, 我希望能为社会人群做一点贡献。 我的目标是以真诚来唤醒人们心中最初那真善美的灵魂, 利用多媒体科技拉近人与人之间的距离, 一起散发出超强正能量在世界每个角落, 让世界每个人的心灵都被温暖着充满了希望, 凭信念坚强的站起来勇敢面对人生中的每一个挑战和挫折。 改变观念和角度, 世界也会随着你而改变! 我参加这国际博客交流计划就是为了鼓励读者们, 人能因梦想而伟大,不要放弃自己, 勇敢让美梦成真! 人生就是不断的奋斗,让我们一起加油吧!♥ Yuki Ng About me: Facebook/ Twitter / Instagram / Weibo ID: Iamyuking Email: yukinstar@gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/LoveCareLife

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  19. Fatima Elliz Balles (http://ima-diary.tumblr.com)

    "She turns her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans." Joining this blog exchange is like shooting for the stars, but my confidence in my dreams and what I can do gave me enough courage to pursue it. I blog to have something to look back, moreover, I blog to share my thoughts and my passion. Mostly, my blog posts are about my work in programming, my baking projects, my passion in photography, my life & love adventures, and my entrepreneurial side~ and all these ingredients constitutes to the perfect recipe of my wonderful blog :) I haven't really been away from my family on a trip, in and out of the country, but given the chance to win this blog exchange would definitely be a HUGE life changing experience for me, not just because I would be on a different country, but for me as an "independent" individual and as a blogger. Exploring a whole new world (just to exaggerate - a different culture) would open up a new door to my blog and blogging experience. Having seen the past year's blog exchange, thrills me & made me realize a thing that goes, "There's a big big world out there to discover, and you have to get out of your comfort zone to be able to explore the wonders of the world!"

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  20. Surya Bhattacharya (http://perpetuallyperipatetic.wordpress.com)

    Growing up, I was ‘normal’. I had no passion except for hating routine with a vengeance. While everyone else I knew nonchalantly settled into jobs after college, I spent the entire week longing for the weekend, and then started sulking on Friday, dreading Monday. Work. Home. Work. Sulk. Repeat. Despite an Architecture degree in my pocket and a coveted job in hand, I quit in 10 months, spent a few months doing nothing and realised I could end up whiling my life away. So, looking for inspiration, I moved to Milan to study Design. After escaping the shackles of my liberal yet sheltered upbringing, I started traveling. And with every spectacular sunrise that I woke up to, with every rainbow I chased looking for pots of gold, from Italy to Poland to Croatia… Was when I found myself. Once the unremarkable girl with no apparent ambition, I now have the coolest stories. I’m the one who doesn’t just live, but thrives, for I have jumped off cliffs, hitchhiked solo in countries I didn’t speak the language, trusted strangers and had out of the world experiences. Each trip makes me come alive. My family says I became this person, I say I always was. I don't focus on 'offbeat' or 'off the beaten track' places, but I like to enjoy 'extraordinary experiences in ordinary places'. I want to see the world, decipher unintelligible street signs and drink coffee in cozy little cafes with new friends while absorbing their cultures. Live with them and laugh with them. Grow with them. I’ve been through the regular route, studied hard and got a job. I took the path well worn and went abroad to study further. And I am glad I did, for completely unexpected reasons, because it changed so much in me, that now I want to live life very differently than I thought I ever would. My past took me from chaotic, passionate India to bella Italia, through awe-inspiring moments in countries I never thought I would get a chance to see, countries I had never even heard of. Sometimes I wonder where my future will take me… Maybe a designer travel café is on the cards? Vote for me so I can show you that the world is not the scary place everyone makes it out to be, that you can travel by yourself and have mental experiences without having to protect yourself with a can of pepper spray hidden in your purse. Vote for me so that the next time you’re tempted to take a leap of faith and trust a stranger, you’ll remember my tales of faith and friendship and come away with great memories and a great story.

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  21. Lyle Mark Bulado (http://lyleqing.com)

    I've been a micro-blogger for a year or 2 now, it has been a frustration to me to continuously improve my blog posts for the best content as possible solely for my readers and to the people who might find my blog inspiring and helpful in their day-to-day endeavours. Knowing about this 'Big Blog Exchange' from a fellow blogger shivers me out of excitement (lol Haha), it could not only be a great experience, but a great privilege as well - for me to represent my country The Philippines out of hundreds and thousands of bloggers in all forms and in all aspects dreaming to be chosen as the one... Being able to exchange culture, diversity, civilization, taste, tradition, and even lives for real with a peer from out-of-the-country for a cause to promote peace and appreciation to each nation; witnessing it yourself, blogging them and beyond (being able to share it with your fellow countrymen and in the future) - would be so interesting. Winning this Big Blog Exchange 2014 would be so amazing I could die of happiness! XD — LyleQing 😉

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  22. Zachariah Joe (http://joezachs.blogspot.in/)

    Oh, winning is secondary, taking part is all the fun. There is nothing like meeting like minded people from all over the world. In the process we all gain a little bit of knowledge. A good chance to smile and raise your eyebrows at times.

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  23. Swati Pujari (http://lifeasanurbanite.blogspot.nl/)

    This is a new blog I've started about living in Netherlands, going back home, living in a city, travelling to different cities. Just about anything that inspires me in an urban life. It is something people can relate to, life in a city, and that is what I intend to capture in this blog.

    #23

  24. Jasmine Rajah (http://thisblogsparkles.wordpress.com)

    As an indigenous person, land is everything to me and my people; it is our source of wealth, our connection to our ancestors and our main source to identify ourselves as the true protectors of our land. Unfortunately, the pressure of development have stripped us away of our lands and its beauty to which we can only reminisce today. It is my hope that through this wonderful exchange opportunity, the blogger that will be a guest in my home can experience all that Malaysia can offer to them; from our beautiful nature to our vibrant and rich culture, from the warm friendly faces of our people to the savory and exquisite taste of our local traditional food. It's great to know that amidst unfortunate tragedies that surrounds Malaysia, there is still that bit of warmth and beauty that the country can offer to its visitors. Here's a pre-welcome to Malaysia!

    #24

  25. Purujeet Parida (http://sfscient.wordpress.com)

    My world of fiction runs on a feedback loop of experiences. Whether it is the undulating verses of imagination or the upheaval of politics or the swerving plot of a sci-fi story, I concoct my stories with a generous helping of perspectives and emotion. I try to paint vivid pictures through my words and still leave delicious room for the imagination to fill in. In this endeavour, I value the different perceptions and perspectives the most because that brings a kaleidoscope of colours to my stories. While writing about topics close to my heart, I try to make my readers ask questions about assumptions and practices because that is the start of any positive discussion and possible resolution. This opportunity to soak in brand new experiences while writing about them is a heavenly proposition I could write ballads on (and compose music to). I would grab this chance (if I could) to narrate real stories through colourful fictional prisms and transport everyone who reads them on soaring flights of imagination. Read my blog, if I can convince you to think about what I write, after you have read, then it has been worth it. Vote for me and you shall have novel food for thought, at the very least. ~The Sky is the “lower” limit

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