Apr 27, 2020
WE LOVE AIRBNB EXPERIENCES. The offerings are usually pretty niche— horse whispering with an equine therapist, making your own “poison” in Cape Town, farming in the Thai countryside—, run by locals, and the small group size guarantees you’ll make a friend or two. Culture and human interaction are something we could use plenty more of these days, so we were excited to see the brand launch Online Experiences, a way for us to travel virtually, connect and support hosts during the times of COVID-19.
From storytime with a drag queen to tango lessons with professional Argentinian dancers to meditation sessions with a Japanese Buddhist monk, these are activities you’ll actually want to join. The online experiences are live, interactive video sessions hosted on Zoom and can be joined on desktop computers, tablets, and mobile devices. Group sizes are kept small—from four to 10 participants— so that people can more easily connect with each other.
While combating loneliness, you can be honing a new skill, like sabering a champagne bottle or working out with an Olympian. If you’re cooped up with your whole crew, family bonding can come in the form of a K-Pop dance class or a virtual visit to an animal sanctuary.
As excited as we are to meditate with sleepy sheep and meet a real-life shark scientist, these online experiences are also a way to support hosts who have likely been impacted financially by the pandemic. Plus, the company is taking an extra step by partnering with local organizations around the world—like SAGE in the United States, Associazione Nazionale Alpini – Sezione di Milan in Italy, and Amigos de los Mayores in Spain— to provide the sessions to their communities for free so they are able to find human connection, and maybe learn a new skill.
As of right now, the site has more than 50 Online Experiences available. Check out what’s on offer and you may be heading out of quarantine with a few new skills in your arsenal.