Coronavirus may have hit the travel industry hard, but Airbnb has found a clever way to stay relevant and keep many of its members earning money during lockdown. Airbnb Online Experiences is a new initiative much like the popular masterclasses you see advertised online, but hosted by average folk looking to engage with you and share their passions and skills with a global audience.
So far, members on Airbnb Online Experiences are teaching Moroccan family cooking, providing virtual tours of animal sanctuaries, giving tango lessons, tarot readings, podcasting lessons, meditation classes and there’s even a workout with an Olympic athlete.
Although arguably the most interesting of the bunch is a Russian virtual visit to the dogs that are descendants of those abandoned after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The interactive virtual visit allows you to see the power plant, learn the history of the region and spend time in virtual space with the current four-legged inhabitants.
Whether you’re into music, cooking, travel, crafts, comedy or cocktails, there’s a great selection of experiences to choose from. They do cost money, and the price varies from experience-to-experience. But if you’re looking for an escape while trapped in self-isolation, an Airbnb Online Experience looks like the best way to make it happen.