Lonely Planet Writer

Your favourite city... in 140 characters

AlexCastellaTravel loving twitterers out there, we've got a challenge for you. Let's call it, twourism.

At Lonely Planet we tend to use a lot of words and images to capture the heart of destination, but a few humble words can often do the job. Those who use Twitter understand the power of 140 characters to tell a story. It's harder than it looks.

We want to test your skills by having you tweet a description of your favourite city that will inspire others to discover it.

Can you get to the heart of a place in a few words?

Tag your tweets with #twities and we'll pick them up and review them. Each week our Twitter team will choose the best and award a free guidebook. We'll pick the city each week. If you love it and think you're up to the challenge, tweet the name of a city you love and your 140 guide to that place.

First up, Vancouver (while the rest of the world is looking on for the Olympics). For the next seven days, we'll be looking out for Vancouver in 140 characters from you.

Here's an example: Vancouver: green mountains rise through rain, while clouds kiss highrises #lp

You might want to check out 140 Characters (a new book about making the most of the short form) for inspiration.

Follow us on Twitter @lonelyplanet, watch each week for the city theme and show us your best twities!


[Photo: Alex Castella/Flickr]