A range of Airbnb experiences are now available to enjoy from anywhere as hosts across the world go online.
Airbnb hosts around the world enhance a travellers experience by providing a local insight to their chosen destination. The recently launched online experiences are a way for the hosts to showcase their local community and activities to viewers at home. Those viewers choosing to participate are helping to support the individuals.
Learn to Irish dance in Ireland, meditate in Japan or Scotland, bake Swedish pastries from Stockholm or learn about remote rescue goats in New York. For a sportier approach one can go on a virtual bike tour in Yorkshire with a gold medal triathlete or discover a day in the life of an Olympic Bobsledder in California. Other activities include cookery, concerts and classes.
The online experiences are intended as a way for people to connect and travel virtually.
The experiences are also open to group participation meaning that families, friends and colleagues can enjoy an experience together. Bookings can be made in advance and specific dates requested so that people can even still celebrate birthdays and other events together.
Catherine Powell, Head of Airbnb Experiences said: “Human connection is at the core of what we do. With so many people needing to stay indoors to protect their health, we want to provide an opportunity for our hosts to connect with our global community of guests in the only way possible right now, online.”
There are more than 50 virtual experiences over 30 different countries, with more expected to join.
Airbnb Experiences was launched in 2016 allowing individuals to create and host experiences. The current online option is available through Zoom, to which Airbnb is allowing free access for hosts alongside the opportunity to earn money from home.
Experiences can be found by date, time or price. The average cost is £17 per person, according to Airbnb.