Airbnb is a hugely popular way to rent rooms, apartments, and houses all around the world, but nowadays it has strayed from its roots. What used to be a unique, local experience has given way to profit-seeking ventures that feel more like hotels than a real person’s home.
To recapture that local flare, Airbnb launched Airbnb Experiences in 2017. These range from craft workshops to local cooking classes to horseback yoga sessions, with the goal of giving you something to do while traveling.
What are Airbnb Experiences?
Airbnb Experiences are an activity-centered extension of the Airbnb’s traditional renting business. Guests pay a private individual through the platform to take part in certain experiences with local hosts.
Anyone who has used Airbnb knows that your host can make or break the trip, so the company is leaning even harder on these loyal individuals to provide even more meaningful experiences — in exchange for more money from patrons.
Not anything can qualify as an Airbnb Experience. The activity must be hands-on or immersive, be led by a knowledgeable host with a unique perspective, and give access to a special place or community. That said, not all Airbnb Experiences are equal, so make sure to browse reviews before booking.
What are some examples of Airbnb Experiences?
Airbnb Experiences are loosely divided into four groups: arts and entertainment, classes and workshops, food and drink, and health and wellness. The specific activities themselves depend not only on the local culture, but also on the specific host.
Airbnb Experiences are only limited by the creativity of its hosts.
You could be surfing on a hidden beach in Hawaii, learning how to make traditional pottery in Mexico, or cooking authentic Italian food in Sicily. If you’re just looking to hang out with locals, you can join a bar crawl or night out to the city’s coolest spots.
There are even photographers for hire to snap portraits in a city’s most stunning places away from tourists. Show off to your friends on social media or grab a killer headshot for your resume.
Airbnb Experiences are only limited by the creativity of its hosts. Hop onto Airbnb and see what’s available on your next trip or in the city you live in!
Can I host an Airbnb Experience?
Of course! You do not need to have a room available on the platform to host an experience. You will, however, need to submit your idea as well as photos and other details. It will then be reviewed to make sure it meets quality standards. Once approved, you can set your schedule and prices.
Airbnb will take 20 percent of each booking, which covers payment processing, customer service, and liability insurance. Make sure you take this into account when setting up your experience. You will also need to check local laws to find out whether or not you need a business license or insurance.
Running an Airbnb Experience can be a rewarding and lucrative side hustle. Have a great idea for a fun activity? Click the link below to find out more about starting your own.
That’s all for this guide to Airbnb Experiences. What do you think of Airbnb’s latest travel venture? Let us know in the comments below!