How to travel through online experiences
During the rough times that our world is going through, people have been traveling less and have been restricted from entering many countries. Airbnb is one of the biggest travel communities in the world, and they released a platform for online experiences, to help isolated individuals travel virtually, from the comfort of their home.
What is an online experience?
These events happen through video calling and have a classroom-like feel. The tool of choice for Airbnb is Zoom, and they focus on getting just a few people at once. The point of online experiences is connecting people all around the world with hosts from various tourist destinations.
The event will allow any guest to interact with the host, as these are not pre-recorded sessions. The price of an online experience varies between $2 and $100 per person and can last up to two hours, depending on the type of event.
Various organizations now try to give free experiences to the senior population around the world. They are the ones that are most affected by the pandemics.
Here are some organizations that you might be able to use for free Airbnb online experiences in the USA.
National Council on Aging – for people 60 and older
SAGE – for senior LGBT members
How to start an online class?
Airbnb offers different types of online activities hosted by people from all over the world. They range between traditional cooking demonstrations, animal sanctuary tours, Broadway shows, dance and fitness classes, history and culture tours, even magic shows. Because the experiences are so versatile, they’re great for families with children that want to expand their cultural knowledge from trained guides and locals.
Among the popular online experiences are:
Anyone can sign up as a host and submit the type of activity they want to offer the world, which Airbnb will review and decide if it’s fit for their platform.
Are online lessons online worth it?
One of the main reasons you should give them a try is to connect with other cultures, the same way you connect with family and friends when they’re not around. The pandemics have made it difficult for most of us to experience the feeling of community and to socialize, so Airbnb’s resources strive to bring people closer together, even if they’re separated by thousands of miles.
Children that might have lost their interest in education due to the online classes that restrict their social needs, might find this entertaining and exciting. Let them choose what they would like to explore. There any many entertainment-oriented experiences, farms to explore, animal sanctuaries, magic shows. Older children might enjoy history and culture tours, made fun by experienced guides.
The senior population that has the hardest time out of everyone, will find this time of online traveling to be filled with new connections. They will get to socialize, even if it’s virtual, and connect with people from all around the world who might be in similar circumstances.
Even if our world wasn’t threatened by the pandemics, the online experiences can be just a simple way to relax in a positive and engaging way. Instead of signing up for local cooking classes, you can join one of the many online cooking classes, one of the most popular ones being the one where you can cook with an authentic Moroccan family.
Your partner might be more open to joining an online dance class in your living room, rather than showing up to a dance studio. Maybe learn how to tango with a professional couple from Argentina.
How to find your perfect online experience
Most Airbnb virtual experiences are hosted by people who held classes and demonstrations in person, or who still do it and want to give more people the opportunity to try new things. There are not a lot of experiences that take place outside, but if that’s what you’re looking for, one of the most prized ones is The dogs of Chernobyl, where you’ll get to join Lucas and witness him feeding the descendants of the pets that were abandoned in Chernobyl.
Depending on what type of experience you’re looking for, the website has categories and filters. You can sort them by price, date, time, language, and group size. The website has a calendar you can use to see the available experiences on specific dates. You can join more in the same day if you wish.
Several people have told their stories online about binging Airbnb experiences, which honestly seems like a very productive way to spend your free time. And let’s be honest, many of us had too much free time in the past few months. If you’d had a dream such as acting, the Airbnb online experiences have lessons led by professional actors. Browse through the categories and discover things you might have not even known that you’re interested in and give them a try.
What does the future hold?
Airbnb travel experiences have been made available to the public in 2016, but have become very popular in 2020, we all know why. The travel agency has been hit hard by the outbreak and even if last year it was valued at $31 billion, by the Spring of this year its value dropped to $18 billion.
Its future is uncertain, but one thing is for sure. Tourism is not going anywhere. Because the hosts working for them were severely impacted as well, the online experiences gave them a chance to keep their business going. By traveling through online experiences you automatically support the revival of tourism in many parts of the world.