Storylines residents create experiences to share with the community
Every city and every region has a story to tell. The problem most travelers face is finding these stories amongst all the travel guides, websites and tour desk brochures. Storylines enlists the help of our residents who form interest groups to source new and exciting things to do in each area. From leaving the ship and going ahead to the next port/destination to researching online or contributing from past experiences - your insight is valuable to share with other residents to create truly unique experiences.
Let me give you an example. Last month I was in New York City for a few days and had a lazy Saturday morning free so I put myself to the challenge to find something unique about the city that not too many locals knew and was definitely not going to be on any tourist maps. I had known there existed at least one survey marker in Central Park. In 1808 the task of surveying the city fell to John Randel Jr., the secretary, surveyor and chief engineer for New York City’s street commissioners. Randel spent years traversing New York City planting metal bolts at nearly 1,000 proposed intersections. Over the decades, history enthusiasts have made finding Randel’s bolts a treasure hunt, but so far only one authentic bolt has been found in Central Park and after about an hour of searching - here it is.
Now granted, this may not excite everybody, but with so many Storylines residents joining in and finding their own version of exploring Central Park in a roundabout way as we travel the world, you can imagine the experiences we can all provide to the rest of the community. There truly is something for everyone.
Some inspiration can be drawn from the Netflix documentary Metropolis and websites like UntappedCities are good places to find inspiration. Everyone knows of a special place in their area that would fit this requirement so we now put this challenge to you, our valued residents!