If you’re looking to spice up an upcoming trip, look no further than Airbnb Experiences. Airbnb has made it easier than ever to find tours, day trips, and unique activities and experiences led by local guides in most major cities. Even if you aren’t leaving town, you can find an awesome experience in your hometown.
We’re certain that Airbnb Experiences can become a key part of your travel planning. And the best part is that you don’t need to be staying in an Airbnb to book one of these experiences.
What are Airbnb Experiences?
Airbnb Experiences is a relatively new service offered by the popular homestay company. You can use the normal Airbnb platform to search for top-rated tours, activities, day trips, and other experiences guided by a local.
In most cases, these aren’t your typical walking tours or day trips. These unique experiences range from guided hikes to photo shoots and everything in between.
Booking an Airbnb Experience is a great way to get a taste of local flavor (literally – many cities have some great cooking classes and foodie tours!) in a new city. You don’t need to be traveling to use Airbnb Experiences: They have some cool activities to do even in your hometown for a fun weekend or date night.
And you don’t need to be staying in an Airbnb during your trip to book one! Book an experience like you would any other tour or activity, and you’ll be set.
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Browse Airbnb Experiences
To check out Airbnb Experiences, go to Airbnb.com and click the “Experiences” button on the homepage.
Before entering your destination city for an upcoming trip, take a minute to browse all the options. Checking out the “New and Noteworthy” section will give you an idea of the variety of experiences you can book.
Airbnb Experiences offer unique opportunities you’d likely not find on tour websites or tourism boards. Beyond the typical walking tour, you can book anything from a personal photography session in Tokyo to a private concert in Milan. Fair warning: You’ll likely get sucked into the Experiences rabbit hole while browsing all these awesome options.
Searching for an Airbnb Experience
Once you’ve pulled yourself out of the browsing rabbit hole, select your destination city and take a look at the numerous options that await you.
Let’s say you’re looking for things to do in Tokyo. Airbnb Experiences will categorize your excursion options thematically,
by highest rated,
and by what’s available tomorrow or this weekend in that city.
Or, tailor your search by date, number of guests, price, time of day, and what language(s) are covered.
Much like the Airbnb homes interface, the ability to filter and tailor your search will make planning your next trip even easier.
How to Book the Best Airbnb Experience Possible
As you start to narrow down options for your next trip, keep these tips in mind:
- Take note of the details provided on the Airbnb Experience page. Make sure you know where the Experience takes place, how long it will last, and what’s included for the price. You can also read about your host and what you will do during this Experience.
- Then, just as you would before booking an Airbnb home, take a read through the recent reviews. Airbnb Experiences also feature guest photos, so you can get a look at what the Experience will entail.
- Make sure there is enough availability for your whole party before booking.
- Before booking, make sure you’ve read the cancellation policy.
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If you’re looking for an awesome tour or unique activity, Airbnb Experiences has got it covered. These Experiences are especially useful for solo travelers as it’s a great way to meet new people. Airbnb is making it easier than ever to find exciting excursions and activities hosted by local guides with rave reviews from fellow travelers. Start browsing the experiences available for your next trip!