Who says you cannot explore and meet new people while staying safe at home?
Airbnb’s Online Experiences, launched last year to enable the platform’s hosts to earn income amid the pandemic, offers various activities guests can enjoy through their computer screens.
According to a survey Airbnb conducted last year, 63 percent of guests booked Online Experiences to be entertained and 56 percent booked to learn about other cultures and lifestyles. Food and Drink has been the most popular category globally and across the Asia Pacific region, accounting for nearly 40 percent of seats booked.
The Online Experiences available vary from exploring the street and famous attractions in cities around the world to learning new skills.
Explore from home
Anto, Peter, Herbert, and Tais host “A Fabulous Day in Paris with Parisians” that brings guests to famous sites in the City of Lights, including the Louvre and the Royal Palace. Meanwhile, Yuki the Otaku can take anyone from anywhere in the world on a tour around Akihabara, the Otaku capital of Japan to learn more about “Tokyo Anime and its Subcultures”.
On “Rio’s Carnival Backstage Live Experience”, host Cinthia talks about the rich history of the Afro-Brazilian culture and how to play Brazilian drums using items guests can find at home.
Level up gardening skills
Those who want to learn more about indoor gardening can take part in “Plant Care Basics with Hilton Carter”, or know more “Easy Gardening Tips” from garden designer Kevin. Taking the love of plants to the next level, host Wynnie, on “Traditional Healing and Houseplants”, shares with guests the natural healing properties of plants.
Cook with experts
Culinary experiences on Airbnb likewise vary. For instance, guests can learn how to make authentic and delicious Portuguese sangria on “Sangria and Secrets with Drag Taste” experience, while being entertained with live performances by fabulous drag queens.
The “Make Mexican Street Tacos with a Pro Chef” experience, hosted by Graciela, teaches guests how to prepare street tacos from scratch, while the “Healthy Asian Fusion Recipes” allows participants to learn how to prepare tasty Asian dishes with the help of Parisian cook Chris.
Sit back and relax
Rejuvenating Online Experiences include the 60-minute “Meditate with Japanese Buddhist Monk” hosted by Kuniatsu, who has resided for over 20 years at Shitennoji Temple. This experience walks guests through different types of meditation practices.
Host and holistic coach Ana demonstrates how chocolate can help bring about inner peace, gratitude, and lots of happiness on “Happiness Meditation with Chocolate”.
The “Cello Meditation Concert” hosted by Janice, meanwhile, encourages guests to experience healing and deep relaxation through music.
Go to www.airbnb.com/experiences to check out these and more Online Experiences.
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