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: Nicole’s Anchorage

Nicole Smoot was born in Anchorage and has called Eagle River, on the northern outskirts of the city, home ever since. The Alaskan native spends a good chunk of her time in little known and off-the-beaten path destinations all over the world. But no matter how far she roams, she’s always happy to see the sign welcoming her back to Anchorage upon each return. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Brock and Tangerine’s Doha

Husband-and-wife travel team Brock and Tangerine lived in Doha for nearly five years. It’s where the peripatetic couple (they’re on a mission to visit 100 countries and are more than halfway there) met, fell in love, and eventually married. Aside from their personal connection to the Qatari capital, they think the world should heart Doha, what they…

I Heart My City: Camilla’s Versailles

British national Camilla Gash (on Instagram @summerisntover) was infected with the global travel bug at an early age, having spent time in America, England, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, and Ghana during her adolescent years. Now a student of French at the University of Bristol, Camilla recently spent a year in Versailles—a city she describes “a magical and majestic place that combines history, beauty, and…

I Heart My City: Matilda’s Tirana, Albania

Though born in the coastal town of Vlorë, Albania, Matilda Karçanaj has lived in Tirana on and off since 2010. Having returned to the Albanian capital after completing advanced studies abroad, she now works for English-language newspaper Tirana Times and shares her insider intel about the city with the world as a blogger for Spotted by Locals. A passionate traveler, Matilda lives for exploring new countries,…

I Heart My City: Kaley’s Sapporo

When the company Kaley Portier worked for asked her to move to Sapporo, on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, she jumped at the chance. “The native Floridian in me was scared at the prospect of living in one of the snowiest places on Earth,” she says. “But this city showed me that the best things in life are those that you don’t expect.” Here are a few of Kaley’s favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Doug’s Reno, Nevada

Avid traveler Doug Erwin loves the outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, hip cultural scene, and economic vitality that have come to define his hometown, Reno, Nevada. Here are a few of his favorite things about the “Biggest Little City in the World.”

I Heart My City: Tshipidi’s Gaborone, Botswana

Tshipidi Ramaribana has lived in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital, all her life. Though she feels blessed for having been raised in such a lovely place, she also counts herself lucky to have been raised by parents who value travel. But no matter how many countries she visits, nothing excites her more than returning home. Here are a few of Tshipidi favorite things about her city.

I Heart My City: Annemarie’s Jena, Germany

With restless feet and an insatiable appetite, Annemarie Strehl has made it her goal to travel the world. Despite her roving, she always finds her way back to Jena, a major university city in the German state of Thuringia. Here are a few of Annemarie’s favorite things about the place she’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Shawn Ruth’s Amsterdam

Shawn Ruth van Heuckelum moved to Amsterdam in 2009. Since then she’s lived in nearly every part of the Dutch capital—a city, she says, that has far more to offer than tulips and clogs. “Amsterdam always surprises me…in the moments when I least expect it,” she says. “Even after years of living here, sometimes I still get lost, not only in the small streets but also in the beauty this city has to offer.” Here are a few of her favorite things about the place she’s proud to call home.

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…