Sometimes you need to inject a little bit of spice into your relationships to keep the love burning hot. No, we’re not talking about your significant other, but your hometown. We can all fall into a rut of heading for the same cafes, the same bars, and the same venues. Give our recommendations a try to start seeing your city through a new set of eyes.
1) Stay in a concept hotel Book yourself in a hip hotel in a part of town you’re not familiar with. Plenty of hotels have wacky rooms, fun art, and cool concepts, all of which are normally invisible to locals. For bonus points, don’t tell the concierge where you live… see where their recommendations take you!
2) Go incognito Slip some dark sunglasses on. Wrap a scarf around your head. No one will know that Baroness Flauvia Twaddlebottom hails from the center of town. Give your altar ego a secret mission and be whisked away into a whirlwind of intrigue.
3) Make a themed “hop” Not all “hopping” needs to be bar hopping! There are galleries, specialty coffee shops, playgrounds and street art masterpieces. Map an itinerary of familiar spots and new places you’ve always been meaning to visit, and hop away.
4) Stay in a hostel The funkier version of checking into a hotel, hostels give you a ready-made group of young, enthusiastic travelers all looking for fun. Relive your student days – just don’t forget to bring a pair of earplugs and some pain-killers.
5) See a live performance We’re willing to bet most people spend more time clicking through Netflix than they do watching actual live humans make art, drama and music. Why not head to a punk show, or catch an experimental play? Don’t get too hung up on whether it’s going to be “good” or not – after all, the weirdest performances make for the best stories.
6) Take a form of transportation you’ve never done before Never taken the ferry? Ridden a bike? Climbed aboard the funicular? Now’s your time to try a new way of getting around. You never know where you’ll wind up!
7) Sign up for Couchsurfing One of the best ways to experience your city like a newcomer is to have an actual newcomer handy. Couchsurfing is a great way to meet new folks and show them around. You don’t even actually have to offer a couch if you’re wary of inviting strangers into your place. Lots of travelers are just looking for someone to have drinks and a chat with.