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: Lindsay’s Burlington

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One visit to Burlington was enough to convince freelance journalist Lindsay Westley to trade Philadelphia’s skyscrapers and traffic for the mountains and lakes that typify Vermont’s largest city. Here are a few of Lindsay’s favorite things about the place she’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Sevcan’s Istanbul

Sevcan Celik fulfilled a lifelong dream when she moved to Istanbul. Raised on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey, Sevcan relocated to the famously transcontinental city in 2009 and couldn’t be happier about the decision. “When I feel depressed, crossing the bridge is enough. When I want to celebrate, I can find an event that suits my mood easily,” she says. “Why would I leave?” Here are a few of Sevcan’s favorite things about the rich cultural crossroads she’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Daisann’s Hong Kong

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Award-winning journalist and frequent ‘Traveler’ contributor Daisann McLane began her love affair with Hong Kong back in 2001. She returned to the city again and again over the ensuing years, eventually settling there full-time in 2010. Soon thereafter, McLane launched the Little Adventures in Hong Kong tour company “to help other people do what it had taken me years of experience as a travel writer to learn: Figure out the city. Understand its culture. Discover real Hong Kong food.” Here she shares a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call her second home.

I Heart My City: He Said/She Said Denver

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Kristin and Allen may have grown up in different states (she hails from the Chicago suburbs and he’s a native of Cincinnati, Ohio), but they adopted the same city as young adults: Denver. That’s where they met and had their first date (at iconic Denver diner Steuben’s). Now newlyweds who have been married for just over a year, the couple shares their unique he-said, she-said take on what to see and do in the Colorado capital they call home.

I Heart My City: Kelli’s Whitefish

Social entrepreneur and photographer Kelli Trontel isn’t afraid to pack her bags and follow her dreams. After spending time in Arizona and Tennessee, the born-and-bred Californian and her husband, Reed, decided to relocate to the resort town of Whitefish, Montana, and open up the Red Caboose, a downtown shop selling coffee and frozen yogurt. Once resistant to the idea of moving to Montana, Kelli is now happily entrenched in Big Sky country. Here are a few of her favorite things about the place she calls home.

I Heart My City: Lars’s Stockholm

Lars Linderoth, who moved to Stockholm in 2000, credits his natural curiosity with helping him to uncover the Swedish capital’s local secrets. “[I] never stop exploring—not on the road, not when I’m in my hometown,” he says. “There is always something to see.” Now a full-blown local, but no less thrilled with his home base, Lars shares his love for Stockholm by blogging about his favorite finds on Spotted by Locals. Here are some of the highlights.

I Heart My City: Peggy’s Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach native Peggy Sijswerda can remember when her hometown was a sleepy little city covered in cornfields. Today, acting as editor and publisher of two regional magazines keeps Peggy more than busy, but she still makes time to enjoy all this coastal gem has to offer—”amazing history, beaches, boating, swimming, and seriously tasty seafood” chief among them. Here are a few of her favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Erin’s Madrid

Madrid “feels like the Spanish best friend you never had—one that welcomes you with open arms, tasty tapas and drinks, and good times,” says local Erin Ridley. “Really, it’s hard not to feel like you belong here.” Here are a few of Erin’s favorite things about the city she’s proudly called home for seven years.

I Heart My City (in the Summer)

The first official day of summer is fast approaching (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d kick the season off right with a special edition of I Heart My City. Here are 20 summer must-dos recommended by “I Heart” contributors in 20 cities around the world.

I Heart My City: Christina’s Beirut

More than two years ago, Christina Tkacik spent her days viewing footage from the far-flung exploits of National Geographic explorers as a film librarian for the Society. “At some point, I knew it was time to have some adventures of my own,” she says. “So I did what anyone would do—I moved to Beirut!” Here are a few of Christina’s favorite things about the city she’s proud to call home.

I Heart My City: Angela’s Rome

Originally from the island of Sardinia, freelance travel writer Angela Corrias has traveled the globe, living as an expat and racking up nomad cred. Two years ago, she decided to stop roving and put down roots in Rome. The Eternal City continues to earn its moniker with its “never-fading allure,” she says. “Few places make whirling back in time so easy.” Here are a few of her favorite things about Rome.

I Heart My City: Martina’s Thessaloniki

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“Even if it’s not really your cup of tea, Thessaloniki won’t bore you—not for a single second—because it never ever sleeps,” says local Martina Papaiaioannou. Here’s a look at Greece’s second largest city through her unique lens.