Going to a new city is a fun, exciting, and hopefully a unique experience. However, with the power of TripAdvisor and the power of Google, many people traveling just see the same ol’, same ol’.
If only there was a way that you could find local festivals, clubs and parties, or the active demonstrations whenever you’re there, wherever you are in the world that listed the amount of people attending? Hint: You’re already a member of this website, I guarantee you.
The answer? M.facebook.com/events
Yep, good ol’ Facebook. BUT—the difference with that little m? Well, only on the mobile online version is there a separate tab that shows nearby events, amount of people attending, etc. Go ahead, check it out (works on normal desktop computers as well)!
It’s the exact same page that has a bunch of those annoying study abroad parties that still somehow end up in our notifications 3 years after we left (you know you still love them though). Here in Santiago, I’ve seen everything from random Oktoberfests in July, Ceviche festivals, and even protests that are a great way to speak to locals on current issues going on.
Protip: Open a bunch of the events in new tabs, and take out the “m” in the url to view them standard and scope it out. If an event is iffy, check out some of the people attending. Ladies, let’s be real, you know you want to check for some creepers, and gentlemen, you know what you’re looking for.
And what if you want to find more specific events? Are you a yogi? Basketball fanatic like me?
Option A: Twitter Advanced Search, (works even if you don’t even have a Twitter account)
With Twitter, for those that don’t know, you can search a term—whether it’s yoga, baloncesto, festival, asians, whatever your heart desires, and find people in real-time mentioning those keywords in their tweets. But what makes advanced search great is that you can filter by location, distance from that location, and the time frame.
Protip: If you don’t have twitter, you can check out the below link and replace the words to your liking or just modify it in the search bar.
Option B: Meetup.com and couchsurfing.com
As a tech enthusiast and entrepreneur, Meetup.com has been awesome. There’s been some event everywhere I’ve gone to meet like-minded people, but it’s not just tech. In Santiago, there’s everything from a Healthcare group to a Salsa group, and a Language Exchange to a Live Music group.
Couchsurfing.com! While the user-base may have slowed down with the rise of Hostelworld and AirBnb, it’s still is the only of the three that boasts an established community area. This week, looks like there’s a weekly standard meetup, language exchange, lunch, and a basketball meetup (come and join if you’re here)!
And that’s it!
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