Sometimes it’s nice to uncurl yourself from that blanket nest on your couch, brush off the nacho crumbs and actually leave the house and do stuff. If you ever get gripped by the desire to breathe some fresh air in the company of some other people you can tolerate, here are some websites to get some ideas from.
Best For: City and suburb guides, events
The good ol’ classic. The London edition has been around since 1968 so it has chops. It’s worth subscribing to the newsletter so you get a tasty digest delivered at the end of each week telling you what to do on the weekend.
Best For: Keeping up with all the local hipsters
There’s this thing I like to call “the Concrete Playground effect”, where a new bar with a kooky niche is mentioned on Concrete Playground, and you’ll have to make a note for a date in 3 months’ time in your diary to visit it because that’s how long it takes for the hoards of bearded twenty-somethings to subside.
Best For: If the above two aren’t enough for you
The Urban List is kind of like the love child of Time Out and Concrete Playground, but slightly less popular and with more clickbaity headlines and sponsored content. But they post a lot about food, and I like food, so that’s okay by me.
Best For: Getting down and dirty with nature
What the fuck are “microadventures”? It’s either an adventure or it’s not, or simply a “day out”. Despite their attempts to reinvent the English language, this is a great source of ideas if you like the outdoors and fancy yourself a bit of a Bear Grylls.
Best For: International travel inspiration
AWOL is a bit all over the place in two senses of the word – 1) It’s not just confined to your specific locality like most of these other sites are, so you can read about amazing international destinations that will inspire serious wanderlust 2) It’s trying to be a ‘cool new cutting edge things to do’ website so it tends to focus on one tiny thing in a random country, leaving you with a weird disjointed sense of wanting to spend $2000 on flights to try an awesome new bar in Stadtoldendorf, Germany and no idea what the fuck else you’re going to do once you get there.