Your Pick In This Year’s Best City To Visit Travel Tournament Could Win You And Your City $1000

February 23, 2016 by Anil Polat  

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The Best City to Visit Travel Tournament is here for 2016 and this year you can win not only for yourself, but your city as well. The prize to the person who chooses the winning city is $500 US dollars – in addition, I’ll donate that same amount to a charitable organization in the winning city.

To enter, write your favorite city in the comments of this post before Sunday, February 28th 8:00pm US EST.

Votes Going Social In 2016

Like last year, entries will be grouped by region so that cities from the same country will compete against each other in the early rounds. Also, I’ve made voting a lot easier than it’s been in past years, through your Facebook accounts so there’s no need for logins or email addresses.

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The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament is a round robin style competition, with voting every week during the month of March. I’ll take the first 64 cities you nominate, which will be halved every round by your votes.

Cities Already Taken

Those of you who caught this post in time got the first picks in this year’s tournament. It’s one city per person so 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.

The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2013: First Round

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  • London, England – (Brian)
  • Targu Mures, Romania – (Razvan)
  • Washington D.C., U.S.A. – (Yilmaz)

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.

typing feverishlyImportant Contest Dates

The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2016 runs right through the beginning of April with week-long voting rounds starting on Tuesday, March 1st. Remember, voting early is one proven way to get ahead in the tournament, here are a few other strategies you can learn from previous winners.

  • Tuesday, March 1st: Round of 64
  • Tuesday, March 8th: Round of 32
  • Tuesday, March 15th: Sweet 16
  • Tuesday, March 22nd: Elite 8
  • Tuesday March 29th: Final Four
  • Tuesday, April 5th: Championship

The winner of this year’s tournament will be announced on Tuesday, April 12th and prize money sent (or delivered in person by me) to you by July 1, 2016. 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.

Where You Pick, I Go

As always, I’ll visit the winning city, with a few surprises in mind this year when I arrive. I’m looking forward to seeing your selections and getting ideas for some travel plans in 2016. Good luck everyone and don’t forget to nominate your favorite city in the comments below!

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  1. Magdelena Ilieva says:

    Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria (my hometown :))

  2. Bucur says:

    Boston, USA

  3. Bucur says:

    Washington D.C., U.S.A. 🙂

  4. Dave brett says:

    reykjavik, iceland.

  5. Linda says:

    Berlin is already taken, but since I am traveling to Edinburgh later this year and know from an earlier visit that it is a nice city, I will go for Edinburgh then!

  6. Marion says:

    Marseille, France

  7. Honor Spitz says:

    San Francisco

  8. Kate says:

    Ljubljana, Slovenia

  9. TiffanyO says:


  10. Giulia says:

    Totally Vancouver BC (Canada) <3

  11. Stephen says:

    Hi Anil, My first choice would be Stockholm, Sweden. If that’s taken, I’ll go with Seoul, South Korea.

  12. Molly says:

    San Antonio, Texas

  13. Jeremy says:

    Venice, Italy

  14. Tricia says:

    Amsterdam, Netherlands 🙂

  15. Karianne says:

    Seattle, WA

  16. Dana says:

    Going for Kotor, Montenegro, this year! 😀

  17. Teodora says:

    Madrid 🙂

  18. Micky says:


  19. FlowerPower says:

    Brasov, Romania

  20. Stephen says:

    Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan!

  21. Rudi says:

    Cape Town, South Africa

  22. Elisabeth Mihou says:

    Yangon, Myanmar

  23. Georgi Tomov says:

    Varna, Bulgaria.

  24. Gaby says:

    Naples, Italy

  25. Sergiu says:

    Brasov, Romania

  26. Anil K says:

    My all time favourite is Manhattan, NY City, NY State, USA!

    Just love the vibe of the city…it manages chaos n diversity like none else!

  27. Jane says:

    Manama, Bahrain

  28. Rachel says:

    Budapest is already taken, but Prague is also beautiful! I vote Prague.

  29. Doris says:

    Modena, Italy

  30. Tarik says:

    Fethiye, Turkey

  31. Lorraine Scorah says:

    Istanbul. Beautiful city!

  32. Mira says:

    Lisbon, Portugal

  33. Beeches says:

    Canterbury is our nearest city – famous for its Cathedral and nice and close to the beautiful sandy beaches of the Isle of Thanet – South East of England

  34. Julia says:

    Tokyo. I would go there rain or shine. Sakura or no sakura….This is one place I don’t think I will ever get tired of. It is amazing when cold and dark and when sunny and humid. Did I say I looove it?

  35. Edinburgh, Scotland
    A place I really an unexpectedly fell in love with and visit so many times in just one year!

  36. Nicole says:

    Madrid, Spain!

  37. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru says:

    My pick might have been Budapest, because it’s my favorite city in Europe, but that’s taken. I’ll go with Bangkok.

  38. Paul Graham France says:

    Though also a nomad traveller… BERLIN is my home-base… and choice!
    Cheers Anil!

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  41. Jennifer says:

    New Orleans, LA, USA

  42. Katrina says: