I Heart My City

We want to hear why you heart your city!

It's easy to share the love: Simply fill in the blanks below (copy and paste the questions into an email or text document first) and send your completed questionnaire to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org, using “I Heart My City” as your subject line.

Please note: We are looking for guest authors who currently live in the city they wish to write about and have lived there for two or more years.

We feature an introductory paragraph about our I Heart My City guest authors at the top of each post, so please send us a short biography—making sure to include details about where you grew up, what led you to move to your current city, and how long you've lived there—along with links to your personal website or blog, if applicable, as well as links to any social profiles (Twitter, Instagram, etc.) that you'd like us to share with the world.

To help us ensure accuracy, please include Web addresses (full URLs) that correspond with the places, attractions, and people you highlight in your responses.

Finally, please share with us a paragraph or two (in narrative, full-sentence form) that explains why you love where you live. Try filling in the blank in response to the prompt: "In two sentences or less, the world should heart my city because: ________________________________________________________________."

Disclaimer: By submitting a completed "I Heart My City" questionnaire, you grant National Geographic permission to publish it online and/or in Traveler magazine. Minor edits may be made to your responses to enhance clarity.

Check the @NatGeoTravel Twitter feed using #IHeartMyCity hashtag on Wednesdays to see if your submission has been selected as our weekly feature.


______________ Is My City

When someone comes to visit me, the first place I take them is ______________.

______________ is the best time to visit my city because ______________.

You can see my city best from ______________.

Locals know to skip ______________ and check out ______________ instead.

______________ is the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs.

In the past, notable people like ______________, ______________, and ______________ have called my city home.

My city’s best museum is ______________ because ______________.

If there’s one thing you should know about getting around my city, it’s ______________.

The best place to spend time outdoors in my city is ______________.

My city really knows how to celebrate ______________ because ______________.

You can tell if someone is from my city if ______________.

For a fancy night out, I ______________.

Just outside my city, you can visit ______________.

My city is known for being ______________, but it’s really ______________.

The best outdoor market in my city is ______________.

______________ is my favorite place to grab breakfast, and ______________ is the spot for late-night eats.

To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read ______________.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I ______________.

To escape the crowds, I ______________.

The dish that represents my city best is ______________, and ______________ is my city’s signature drink. Sample them at ______________ and ______________ respectively.

______________ is the best place to see live music, but if you’re in the mood to dance, check out ______________.

______________ could only happen in my city.

In the spring you should ______________.

In the summer you should ______________.

In the fall you should ______________.

In the winter you should ______________.

If you have kids (or are a kid at heart), you won’t want to miss ______________.

The best book about my city is ______________ because ______________.

I Heart My City: Sabina’s Baku, Azerbaijan

“The world should heart my city because Baku embraces Jewish communities, Orthodox and [Roman] Catholic churches, [and] international visitors,” local Sabina Yadullayeva says, “while being a modern Muslim city where the East meets the West.” Here are a few of her favorite things about the Azerbaijani capital she’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Ingrid’s Cancún

German national Ingrid Ernst has been living in Cancún for the past decade. She has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, documenting her adventures on her Facebook page and a bilingual (German and English) blog she started. “The world should heart my city because [Cancún] combines breathtaking beaches, natural wonders, culture, and history,” she says. Here are a few of Ingrid’s favorite things about…

I Heart My City: Anne’s Chambéry, France

Few outside of France have heard of Chambéry, and those who have probably know it as a pit stop en route to their favorite Alpine ski stations. Washington, D.C. native Anne Donnelly (on Instagram @amdonn8) has the pleasure of living in this little medieval city in the mountains while she works as an English language teaching assistant in the…

I Heart My City: Claudia’s Dublin

Claudia Rodríguez lives to explore Dublin—and to share her insider intel on Spotted By Locals. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s been proud to call home for the past seven years (and counting!).

I Heart My City: Hajar’s Singapore

Hajar Ali is the founder of Urbane Nomads, a company specializing in luxury travel to off-the-beaten-path places. Though she’s based in Singapore, the entrepreneur spends much of her time exploring the world. But no matter how far she roams, Hajar’s always happy to be back in Singapore. Here are a few of her favorite things about the place she’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Takafumi’s Kyoto

Kyoto native Takafumi Kawakami appreciates how his city’s ancient history and cutting-edge dynamism meet in the middle to create a fascinating, world-class destination. “In Kyoto, I can easily reconnect with the past,” he says. “But at the same time, I can meet so many creative minds.” Here are a few of Takafumi’s favorite things about the city he’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Jelena’s Perth

Jelena Stipanicev has lived in Perth just about all her life, and no matter where her wanderlust takes her, she will always be a “Southie” at heart. “It’s not Melbourne and it’s not Sydney, but my city is unique and resourceful because of its isolation,” she says. “There is no place that’s sunnier, friendlier and more laid-back than Perth.” Here are a few of Jelena’s favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Anson’s Edinburgh

For local Anson Clark, Scotland’s capital city is a place of fortuitous contrast. “Choose the New Town or the Old Town, parks or parties,” he says. “[Edinburgh] is all things to all people.” Here are a few of his favorite things about the city Anson’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Sandra’s Lisbon

Sandra Henriques Gajjar, founder of the Tripper cultural travel blog and author of the Lisbon Travel Guide for Urban Explorers, may have been born and raised in the Azores (one of Portugal’s two autonomous regions), but she has spent most of her life in Lisbon. Here’s her insider guide to the Portuguese capital.

I Heart My City (in the Fall)

Autumn is kicking into full swing (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d celebrate the season with a special edition of I Heart My City. Here are 20 fall must-dos from I Heart contributors in 20 cities around the world.

I Heart My City: Laura’s Barcelona

For local tour guide Laura Coch, Barcelona has it all: “This city has a bit of everything,” she says. “Great weather, history, culture, food, architecture, and shopping; the sea and the mountains; and, of course, very nice people.” Here are a few of her favorite things about the place she’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Heidi’s Myrtle Beach

Heidi Vukov moved from Pennsylvania to Myrtle Beach in 1992 to indulge her love for the ocean. The rest was history for the shore-happy restaurateur, who raised her children in this South Carolina beach town while running local favorite Croissants Bistro & Bakery. Here are a few of her favorite things about the Southern hospitality city she’s proud to call home.