Be An Explorer, Not a Tourist
Venture off the beaten path with Airbnb experiences.
Vacation rentals & Experiences
Looking for insider food tours, history walks with a twist, or lessons in local styles of craftsmanship? Check out Airbnb experiences, a service that helps you connect with in-the-know locals who will give you an in-depth look at their culture.
You’ll find hosts with a range of backgrounds; all have an expertise and passion for their subject. A food tour, for example, might be led by a local chef, a great home cook, or an avid foodie. “This doesn’t mean they have to be a professional food writer,” says Farzad Sharif of Airbnb. “But if they’re a blogger who’s reviewed every single ramen restaurant in San Francisco, they probably do have the inside tips on the best places.”
Airbnb experiences are a food-lover’s dream. Host Eladi in Barcelona, for example, invites you to the bohemian neighbourhood of Gràcia to cook traditional Spanish paella with him. The all-women group behind Miami Culinary Tours immerses you in Cuban culture through a food tour of Little Havana.
Airbnb experiences offers categories such as arts, nature, sports, history, music, and nightlife. “We have experiences that are really esoteric, like ‘Walk with Wolves’ in L.A. and ‘Laugh Your Way Through the Louvre’ in Paris,” says Sharif.
Other off-the-beaten-path options: a session of silent disco beach yoga in San Francisco, the chance to create a custom perfume in Seoul, and crafting a Lucha Libre mask in Mexico City.
Airbnb currently offers more than 4,000 experiences in 50-plus cities around the world—with many more to come.
No matter how quickly the offerings expand, quality is the primary concern, says Sharif. “Right now, 90 percent of experiences have over 4.5 out of 5 stars. Retaining quality is our number-one goal.”