How cool is this? Airbnb has unveiled a new Trips service, where you can customize visits to wherever you’re headed by hanging out with locals in the know. Keeping reading for five things to know about their amazing new experiences.
1. Trips lets you hang out with locals.
“These aren’t tours: you immerse, you join the local communities,” Brian Chesky, the chief executive and co-founder of Airbnb said in a Nov. 17 press conference to unveil the service. It will allow users to book time working and hanging out with locals to have unique personalized experience in the cities they’re staying in.
2. Trips offers over 500 experiences that can last a few hours to several days.
You can spend 3 days learning to surf and camp under the stars with an avid Los Angeles outdoorsman. There’s also a trip in Paris where you hang out with local violin makers, who teach you how they make the instruments as well as showing you classic cafes. There’s even a woman in Tokyo who will spend two days teaching you how seasons affect foods there, especially the confection wagashi. There’s plenty of cool experiences that you could never find with just an ordinary travel service.
3. You can’t use Airbnb Trips everywhere just yet.
The company is rolling out the new feature initially in 12 cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Detroit, Havana, London, Paris, Florence, Nairobi, Cape Town, Tokyo and Seoul. They hope to add 50 more destinations to Trips soon and eventually have the service everywhere that Airbnb serves.
4. Trips lets people make some extra scratch in a way less invasive than renting out your place.
Hosts set the price of their trip, which includes the experience, lessons, meals and other expenditures. Airbnb only takes 20 percent of the cut. So if you’re not into the idea of someone staying in your pad, you can show them the time of their lives with a unique experience in your city.
5. Trips are reasonably priced.
Most of the experiences run between $100-$200 for one and two-day trips, with up to $300 for three days of more involved fun.
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