Early this morning Jeremy Fowler found out he was one of the 16 winners in Hostelling International's Big Blog Exchange and had won himself what he describes as the "trip of the lifetime" to Malaysia for 10 days in June. Another winner in the contest, Chee Ching from Malaysia, will be swapping places with Jeremy with her own trip to Canada at the same time.
The 23-year-old Hampton, New Brunswick, native finished a BA in English, Creative Writing and Cultural Studies last year at St. Thomas University in Fredericton and now works as a supervising lifeguard. What does he want to do for a living? "Basically I want to do something that I absolutely adore doing," he says. "I want to be active. I want to live an engaging life rather than a passive one." Sounds like a perfect candidate for the Big Blog Exchange. Hot on the heels of interviews with the CBC and the local paper, Jeremy chatted with us today about his big win. Read more »
After two months of voting and deliberation, 16 winners have been selected in Hostelling International's Big Blog Exchange, and there's a Canadian in the mix! The lucky 16 were selected out of 1,173 entrants and will begin their travels on June 7. Read more »
Hostelling International are pleased to announce that the Big Blog Exchange competition site has now officially launched, which means that interested bloggers are now able to sign up for the opportunity of a lifetime, divulge their inspiration for travelling and encourage their family and friends to vote! Read more »
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Are you a blogger? Have you ever thought about swapping lives, places, cultures and BLOGS with someone across the globe? We’re offering a unique, once in a lifetime chance to do just this.
With over 170 million of them on the web at the moment, there is no doubt about the fact that blogs are fast becoming a popular news source, a place for everyday inspiration and a social hub. But we want to take the power of blogs that one step further. What if we could change the world using the power of blogs? Read more »
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We've all been forced to look at a friend's vacation photos and pretend to find them all fascinating. When you watch Williams Jans’ slideshows from his epic travels from around the world, there will be no need to feign interest. The Vancouver-based storyteller has a knack for telling hilarious travel tales that will make you want to book a flight to all of the far-flung destinations he's visited. Read more »
The first ever LIVE at Squamish music festival is coming this Labour Day Weekend, September 4-5. The town of Squamish - between Whistler and Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway - will play host to a whole slew of musical acts from Matt Good to Devo. You can win one of three weekend packages for two that include two weekend passes to the festival, a night for two at HI-Whistler and two HI memberships.
All you have to do is enter our draw. Winners will be announced on August 20.
We all know them. Those little truths about travel that you come to know after a little bit of time on the road.
"You'll learn to sleep sitting up."
"SNORERS ALWAYS FALL ASLEEP FIRST."
"There's no such thing as a normal toilet."
Now we want to hear yours. Submit your favourite travel truth and you could see your idea in our 2011 calendar while the best entry will score a night for two in a private room at either HI-Banff Alpine Centre or the new HI-Whistler. Read more »