The annual Best City To Visit Travel Tournaments aren’t strangers to controversy despite an open voting format that hasn’t changed much over the past 6 years. Middle East politics, what actually constitutes a city, and of course, recent Romanian dominance have all been debated in various comments sections on this site.
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Format changes to city restrictions these are some of the suggestions you made recently on the foXnoMad Facebook page but I want to ask you directly what you like, dislike, would keep or change – in the comments below. As always, I appreciate the feedback that will help the BCTV Tournament be even better in 2015!
Despite an inspired campaign by Sibiu’s supporters to achieve a Best City To Visit Championship first, Craiova’s solid victory marks another: Romania is the first country to ever win back to back tournament finals. Craiova was the second while Sibiu was the number one seed in the tournament and early on in the voting it seemed the 2013 champ was destined to bring me back for a return visit. Congratulations to Craiova and Dana, who originally nominated the city in Romania’s southwest back in February.
The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2015 Has Already Begun
I’ll be taking your contest opinions in an upcoming post later this week but it seems the controversies from this year’s tournament have already motivated a few cities from different parts of the globe to begin their campaigns for 2015. I have received emails from a few large organizations who are looking forward to challenging cities from Romania and beyond in about 10 months from now.
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I’ll See You In Craiova
In the past due to my personal deficiency yet valuable travel asset of planning most trips last minute, I’ve visited winners of best city tournaments toward the end of the calendar year. This time however I’m aiming to break the pattern and visit Craiova during its warmer months. You can find my current travel plans on my upcoming stops page and I hope if you’re in Craiova that we can meet up while I’m there. I’ll organize something on my Facebook page and look forward to seeing Craiova and having drinks with its local supporters!
Thank you everyone who participated followed, and voted in The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2014. Your participation gives the contest its life and whatever path it takes is always a fun ride to watch. Congratulations again to all of the cities for being nominated and Craiova for being 2014’s Best City to Visit!
Ask Someone Who Traveled Around The World Without Using Money: How You Can Save Significantly On Your Next Trip
When most of us think about creating a digital travel budget to reduce costs so we can see more places for less, we typically don’t consider bartering as a means to go anywhere. But that’s exactly what my live chat guest did in 2010, trading his way from an apple to a home in Hawaii in 42 steps, taking the scenic route around the world.
Author of How To Barter To Paradise, filmmaker and journalist Michael Wigge (pronounced wig-ee) first started as comedic travel reporter on MTV in Germany, and that’s the last time he ever stayed in one place.
Since then, the world has been his newsroom: from living with the native Yanomami Indian tribe in the Amazon rainforest to fighting Sumo wrestlers in Japan. For the past decade, Wigge has been spinning around the globe reporting and producing in his trademark style: a hybrid of journalism and comedy. Culture is what drives him to travel and meet others and he is fascinated by the similarities and differences that make the world hum.
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Michael will be joining us on Friday (a slight change in the schedule) from 2pm-5pm US EST, which gives you some extra time to ask him about his money-less journey and how the lessons he learned can help you cut costs on your next vacation. All of the action takes place in the comments below so don’t be shy and ask away!
The aftermath of a controversial all-Romanian Final Four leaves us with the potential of another first: a repeat champion city. Sibiu faces its southern rival Craiova, which got nearly 200 more total votes in the previous round. We’ll see if Craiova’s supporters can stop Sibiu in what I suspect will be a close and competitive vote. I look forward to watching the results that determine where in Romania I’ll be visiting later this year.
Voting in the Championship will be open until 18:00pm US EST this Sunday, April 6th. Those of you reading through email and RSS will have to click-through to this page to vote. FINAL RESULTS won’t be announced until Tuesday, April 8th and current results will begin displaying later in the week.
Good luck to both of the finalist cities!