Submit Your Pick In The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2014 For A Chance To Win $300

February 20, 2014 by Anil Polat  

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The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2014 is a month-long competition where your favorite place in the world can help make your wallet $300 heavier.

To enter, all you have to do is name your favorite city in the comments of this post before next Monday, February 24th Saturday March 1st at 12:00pm US EST.

One City Per Person First Come, First Serve

My newsletter subscribers were given the first 27 picks in this year’s tournament (sign up is free if you don’t want to miss out next time) so the cities listed below are already taken. Scan the comments underneath this post, look for the city you want to nominate, then type it in if someone else hasn’t already claimed it. Please keep in mind that many comments automatically go into moderation where they remain invisible until they’re approved. Selections are still first come, first serve, keep checking back to see if you got the city you wanted or need to pick an alternate.

sibiu christmas market romaniaThese Cities Are Already Taken

A total of 128 cities can be nominated in The Best City to Visit Tournament and a quarter of the slots were taken earlier in the week:

  • Istanbul, Turkey – (Connie)
  • Chicago, IL, USA – (Katie)
  • Mandalay, Myanmar – (Stephanie)
  • Penang, Malaysia – (Are Peace)
  • Kyoto, Japan – (Derek)
  • Paris, FranceΒ  – (Amy)
  • Portland, OR, USA – (Heather)
  • Singapore – (Lash)
  • Shanghai, China – (Lauren)
  • Viareggio, Italy – (Marie)
  • Luang Prabang, Laos – (Gretchen)
  • New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA – (Gwen)
  • San Sebastian, Spain – (Lorraine)
  • Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – (Farial)
  • Banos de Agua Santa, Ecuador – (Manola)
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina – (Walter)
  • Cusco, Peru – (Carolyn)
  • Kampala, Uganda – (Benson)
  • Venice, Italy – (Carmen)
  • Sibiu, Romania – (Beniamin)
  • Freiburg, Germany – (Vatsal)
  • Izmir, Turkey – (Natalie)
  • Cape Town, South Africa – (Nicole)
  • New York City, NY, USA – (Anil)
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – (Jane)
  • Alba Iulia, Romania – (Oana)
  • St. Petersburg, Russia – (Mike)
March 2012 LIVE CHAT! Announcing The Best City To Visit 2012 Tournament Brackets And Favorite (Plus Not-So-Favorite) Cities

One of the biggest annual controversies of The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament revolves around what constitutes a “city” – in case you have any doubt, let me clear up the question – what is a city?

vancouver canucks 2010Important Contest Dates

The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2014 runs right into the beginning of April with several quick voting rounds starting on Tuesday, March 4th. Next week, I’ll be writing about some of the best ways to put your city in a position to win the contest but based on the past 5 years I can tell you staying on top of the early rounds is important. They’re the easiest – and hardest – rounds to make or break. Below are the dates to keep in mind.

  • Tuesday, March 4th: Preliminary Round
  • Thursday March 6th: Round of 64
  • Tuesday March 11: Round of 32
  • Thursday, March 13th: Sweet 16
  • Tuesday, March 18th: Elite 8
  • Tuesday March 24th: Final Four
  • Tuesday, April 1st: Championship

The winner of this year’s tournament will be announced on Tuesday, April 8th and prize money sent to you by July 1, 2014. Those are quite a few dates to keep up with – the best way not to miss anything is to get my posts sent directly to your inbox.

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Where Will You Send Me This Year?

I always visit the winning city before the year is up and have been fortunate to see the beating heart of optimism in Sibiu, photograph Sarajevo’s abandoned 1984 Winter Olympic track, plus set foot in Harry Potter’s Porto birthplace. Who knows where you’ll send me in 6 weeks from now although I’m sure it will be delightfully unexpected since any city large or small can win, in what annually turns out to be an unpredictable competition.

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  1. Hi Anil!

    I vote for Bucharest – Romania. Let’s see how it goes this year πŸ™‚

  2. Kemal Kaya says:


    This year we want to bring you to Turkey.

  3. Hulya says:

    Goreme, Turkey

  4. Betsey says:

    Sorry to miss the e-mail notice, Anil. I don’t see Edinburgh, so unless it’s hiding in comments waiting for moderation, that’s my first choice. If a second is needed .. I’ll nominate the “other Portland,” Portland, Maine.

  5. Sheryl Baey says:

    Vilnius, Lithuania! πŸ™‚

  6. Szabina says:

    Berlin, Germany – suprised, it not on the list yet!

  7. Allen says:

    Caramoan, Camarines Sur πŸ™‚ Such a beauty!<3

  8. Liz says:

    Budapest, Hungary

  9. Oana says:

    Alba Iulia, Romania

  10. Anil Polat says:

    Hi everyone – I wrote this post yesterday which talks about some of the effective strategies previous Best City to Visit winners have used and can help you too:

  11. Romain says:

    Hi Anil πŸ™‚

    I’d like to pick Lyon, France.


  12. Yordan says:

    Plovdiv, Bulgaria

  13. Travis says:

    Anil, I’d love to represent Porto, Portugal. I see that someone else already mentioned it in the comments, but don’t see it on the list, so if it’s available, I’d love to snag it.

    If not, let’s go with Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    • Anil Polat says:

      Hi Travis, I was wondering if you’d be able to get a city in on time πŸ˜‰ Porto is all yours – and as a former champion has had very good backing in the past.

      • Anil Polat says:

        Hi Trav,

        Sorry I just realized this: Porto was already selected, despite what I said above, it somehow got past me. But (and I’m sure) Ljubljana is available – and it’s all yours.

  14. Ryan DeVon says:

    I vote for Toronto, Canada! ;^)

  15. Anil says:

    New York, New York it is!!!

  16. R.J. says:

    Adventure capital of the world: Queenstown, NZ

  17. Shane says:

    I’ve gone for Beirut in the past and with Middle Eastern culture allied wih good cheese and wine see no reason to change my mind this year.

  18. Daryl Morais says:

    I nominate Negril, Jamaica!

  19. Rebecca says:

    Definitely Amman, Jordan! (Unless I already missed it on the list…)

  20. Kunal says:

    This award should be already given to Rio this year…what would be a better place this year then Rio during the copa do mundo..

    • Anil Polat says:

      It’s been entered and think you’re right, it has a lot of international momentum this year. Feel free to select another city to enter for yourself though if you would like to try and win the prize money.

  21. Daryl says:

    I’d like to nominate Negril, Jamaica!

  22. Ciara says:

    I don’t see this like a competition. You talked about voting, but where is it? And I don’t see any city got significant voting. *confused*

  23. Aaron says:

    Is Charleston, South Carolina still available?

  24. Adrian Acomi says:

    Cluj-Napoca Romania, definitely worth visiting Anil πŸ™‚

    • Anil Polat says:

      And might be this year if you win πŸ™‚ Can you please do me a favor though, email me a quick message? I believe the email you entered for this comment had an obvious typo and if so, I won’t be able to contact you in case you do win. Thanks.

  25. I vote for Bangkok, Thailand!

  26. Ryan DeVon says:

    I see Toronto was taken so I vote for my hometown Miami Beach, Florida!

    Thanks Anil.

  27. Vlad says:

    Why not give it a try to Brasov (Romania), you’ll love it!

  28. Sarah O. says:

    Montevideo, Uruguay

  29. Derek says:

    Kyoto, Japan

  30. Alex says:

    Timisoara – Romania

  31. Sofie says:

    Porto, Portugal

  32. Johnny says:

    Auckland NZ

  33. Earl says:

    Kotor, Montenegro

  34. Myra says:

    Toronto, Canada

  35. Bica Razvan says:

    Sighisoara, Romania

  36. Nur says:

    Jerusalem, Israel

  37. Courtney Lynch says:

    Uluwatu, Bali

  38. Kate says:

    St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

  39. Kate says:

    Manila, Philippines

  40. Brigid says:

    Sucre, Bolivia

  41. Daniel Nielsen says:

    Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Hope its not taken

  42. Steve C says:

    Varanasi, India

  43. Dana says:

    My pick is Craiova, Romania! πŸ˜€

  44. Kent Carter says:

    Montreal, Canada

  45. Dave Brett says:

    Groningen – Netherlands

  46. memo says:


  47. Gayla says:

    I vote for New Orleans, Louisiana πŸ™‚

  48. Greg says:

    Rio de Janiero

  49. Natalie says:

    Not seeing Mexico City, so I’m nominating it!

  50. Natalie C says:

    Key West, FL

  51. Christine says:

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia πŸ™‚

  52. Sarah says:

    Sevilla spain

  53. Allen says:

    Caramoan, Naga City

  54. Hi Anil, I vote for the city of Atlanta.