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HI’s Big Blog Exchange up for World Tourism Award

Monday, December 23, 2013


Do you believe that local knowledge can generate global understanding?
In 2013 Hostelling International’s Big Blog Exchange believed and proved that you can make change in the world using the power of blogs.

The Idea:
The Big Blog Exchange was a global blogging contest whose goal was to use the power of travel and social media to break down cultural barriers.  Hostelling International sifted through over 1,000 entrants from all over the globe to pick 16 lucky finalists who would swap blogs and lives for 10 days.

The Result:
The finalists learned some amazing lessons on their trips that you can read through here, but we’ve gathered a few common lessons from their journeys below.

Eight common threads:
Traveling alone is possible and fun!
We are all alike
Traveling will smash your preconceptions
Travel gets you out of your comfort zone
Traveling lets you reinvent yourself or get to know yourself
Travel will shake up your routine
Jet lag will always get you know matter what you do!
Get to know the locals, they are the best way to get to know a place.

We at HI are proud to announce that the Big Blog Exchange is nominated as a finalist in the 2013 World Tourism Organization Awards for the Ulysses Award for Innovation in the Non-Governmental Organizations category.

The winners will be unveiled on January 22nd during the UNWTO Awards Ceremony in Spain.

Mikael Hansson, chief executive of Hostelling International said, “We are thrilled to have been nominated by UNWTO for one of the most prestigious international award in tourism. The Big Blog Exchange is not just about innovation but also finding new ways to promote greater understanding of cultures through travel. We truly believe that the power of education can help change the world.”

Good luck HI! Keep blogging everyone!


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