Nominate Your Favorite To Win $300 In March: The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2012

February 23, 2012 by  

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This is probably the easiest travel contest and $300 dollars you’ll enter to win all year. The 4th year of The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament begins next week.

All you have to do to enter is name your favorite city in the comments of this post before next Monday, February 27th at 12:00pm US EST.

Clerigos Tower portoCities Already Taken

Since my newsletter subscribers got word of the contest yesterday (they’re always the first to find out but don’t feel left out) these cities are already taken. Each person can choose one city except these and any others listed in the comments section already.

That’s 16 spots taken and 112 remaining. Feel free to choose a second favorite if your city is already taken! Notice also that last year’s champion Porto hasn’t been selected so it’s up for grabs to whomever nominates it first.

Livraria Lello bookstore portoDates, Deadlines, And How The Tournament Works

By next Monday, February 27th 12:00pm US EST we’ll have 128 cities. The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament is a single-elimination tournament. Voting will begin Next Tuesday, February 28th to seed the cities (determining match-ups) and that Friday readers will begin voting that 128 group down to 64. Each week, through voting, the cities will be halved until there is only 1 remaining.

The person who originally picked that winning city will receive $300 from yours truly. And, as I did last year, I’ll visit the winning city before 2013 rolls around.

Voting will happen on these dates, so get your mouses ready!

  • Round of 128: Friday, March 2nd; Round of 64: Tuesday Mar. 6th; Round of 32: Friday, Mar. 9th
  • Sweet 16: Tuesday, March 13th
  • Elite 8: Friday, March 16th
  • Final Four: Tuesday, March 20th
  • Championship: Tuesday, March 27th

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 2nd and prize money sent out before the beginning of May.

Winners Come In All Sizes

In 2009 it was Sydney, Australia, in 2010 Zermatt, Switzerland, and last year Portugal’s Porto took the top prize. Those are cities with an average population of 1.9 million and none are in the top 15 of most visited cities in the world. That doesn’t mean that you all didn’t vote them the best and that your favorite doesn’t have a chance, no matter how big or small.

Remember, click here to the comments to nominate your favorite city before next Monday, February 27th at 12:00pm US EST. Good luck to you all!

Bonus: Sign up now for my RSS feed or daily email updates during the entire tournament month of March and win, I’ll add $50 to your prize.

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  1. Anil P. says:

    Hi everyone, a quick note that I’m recording all of your city nominations. Unless I say otherwise, I’ve got your cities entered into the tournament!

  2. Pauline says:

    I just came back from a whirlwind trip to SE Asia and I really enjoyed Penang, Malaysia. Very friendly locals, amazing food, and awesome places visit! It’s a small city with lots of delightful surprises!

  3. Meleena says:

    Havana, Cuba

  4. flipnomad says:

    Phuket, Thailand I love the convenience of a small city and proximity to the nice Thai Islands :-)

  5. Anjuli says:

    oh man- there were so many of my favs already taken :( grrrrr…..I didn’t see Ladakh, Kashmir, India- if it is already taken then I’ll do Izmir, Turkey

  6. Barbara says:

    Florence, Italy

  7. Carrie says:

    Antigua, Guatemala

  8. Michelle says:

    Paramaribo, Suriname!!! :)

  9. Charles says:

    I suggest Da Lat in Vietnam. Just love that city. It’s small, but still a city.

  10. Sarah O. says:

    Tokyo! It’s open for business economically, and psychologically needs tourists to return. After 13 years, I am returning to Japan and making my first visit to Tokyo; join me!

  11. Fez, Morocco – there’s simply no other like it on the Planet.

  12. Stephen says:

    New Orleans, US

    Its got food, music, art, parties, warm weather, and a culture unique even within its own state. Whats not to like?

  13. I just got back from Porto, which I visited in part because of it winning your contest last year!

    I’d like to nominate Edinburgh, Scotland. Absolutely beautiful city, some of the friendliest people in Europe, Scottish culture abounding, haggis, and plenty of ghosts.

    • Anil P. says:

      Hi Kate, that makes me very happy and one of the reasons I love this contest each year. It does introduce many cities we may not have known as much about and encourage travel there. I hope you enjoyed Porto, I’ll look forward to your posts on it :)

      I’ve got you down for Edinburgh, good luck!

  14. Joaquin says:

    My city, Barcelona!!

  15. I suggest Montreal for the “Best city to visit Travel Tournament 2012″. Thanks,

    Stéphane Pageau

  16. Valentina says:


  17. Fabio says:

    Valparaiso, Chile!

    The harbor, the hills, the elevators, the wall art. Its markets, its bars, its dogs. Its color and its people. Its empanadas and its completos. To me, there’s no other possible pick!

  18. Aaron says:

    Charleston, SC

  19. Vinny says:

    Rio de Janeiro! or how about less known Curitiba?

  20. Simon says:

    Manchester, England.

    Manchester Music Scene, known around the world.

    A city that truly does have everything.

  21. Yilmaz says:

    New York City

  22. Jane says:

    Tel Aviv, Israel

  23. Lane says:

    Los Angeles

  24. Lisa says:

    Valetta, Malta

    The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – incredible architecture, archeological sites, museums & monuments and also known for excellent restaurants, cafes and markets.

  25. Keka says:

    I nominate Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
    the beaches are a piece of paradise… white and thin sand; clear water and beautiful people.
    The Christ statue is gorgeous!
    The Sugar loaf has a view that makes you want to live up there!
    the whole city is beautiful!

  26. Jeremy says:

    Fine, I’ll say it.. Las Vegas, Nevada.

  27. Suze says:

    I’ll go dark horse American city with San Fransisco. Its beautiful (just remember hills stink but when you need a break, stop turn around, and enjoy the view of the bay!) and full of some amazing museums and cultural gems. And incredibly easy to navigate.

    • Anil P. says:

      Everyone loves an underdog, especially in this contest :) Btw, love your optimistic take on the hills!

      • Suze says:

        It also counter balances all the sourdough, dungeness crabs, fresh cheese, and Humphrey Slocombe ice cream! Stuffed my face and still lost 5lbs, I think that alone is worth making it through a few rounds of this ;)

  28. Julia says:

    I nominate Chiang Mai, Thailand — friendly, gorgeous, and very livable!

  29. Jessica Fitzgerald says:

    Vernazza, Italy

  30. Cat says:

    After moving to Seville, Spain, I’m still completely mesmorized with the city – and I’ll risk having another winner on the Iberian Penninsula. Ham, flamenco, orange wine, Holy Week processions and a colorful April Fair. Tons to love, especially since you’re a fan of neighbouring Granada!

  31. Anil P. says:

    Thank you everyone, keep them coming! 61 slots filled and 67 to go…

  32. Melissa Reynolds says:

    Chicago, Illinois

  33. Inga says:

    Liepaja in Latvia, which is not only famous for being a very musical place, but also has a prison in which for 10-15 EUR you will be treated like the soviet spy ( one of the most extraordinary experiences I have had in my life.

  34. Shawna says:

    Cairo, Egypt. I fell in love with it years ago.

  35. Sydney, Australia – we need tourism!

  36. Paul says:

    I nominate Baltimore Maryland.

  37. I’m going to go with Yangon, Myanmar. The Tourism Board is really trying to promote it as a destination now that the veil is starting to lift…

  38. Amanda says:

    Wellington, New Zealand!!

    Even though Lonely Planet has called it “the coolest little capital in the world,” most people skip Welly when visiting New Zealand, concentrating instead on Auckland to the north or Queenstown to the south. But Wellington is great – lots of culture, cafes, a beautiful waterfront, and one of the best museums I’ve ever been to!

  39. Of course

    Granada, Andalusia, Spain


  40. T-roy says:

    Medellin, Colombia (because there is a lack of South American cities on the list, and I personally think it’s one of the best cities i have ever traveled to… oh the women and parties here)! lol :)

  41. Nico says:

    Dubrovnik, Croatia. Couldn’t be a more photogenic or enjoyable city anywhere.

  42. Jason says:

    Berlin, Germany – Excellent museums, history, and an immensely diverse selection of restaurants.

  43. Shane says:

    Beirut. A Middle Eastern city where you can buy decent cheddar cheese.

  44. Laurence says:

    London. Always amazing :)

  45. Noa Nadeem says:

    Tehran, Iran