Home-sharing giant Airbnb has unveiled Adventures – an extension of Experiences – which is a new collection of multi-day experiences for small groups hosted by local experts.
At launch, there are currently over 200 Airbnb Adventures available for booking, with more to be added before the end of the year. Some of the Adventures are entirely exclusive to Airbnb, while some are provided by small local operators not found on a major booking platform.
All Adventures are in small groups with a maximum capacity of 12 guests or less, and prices range from US$79 for an overnight trip to a US$5,000 10-day trek. The adventures cover numerous genres ranging from foodie to camping, and music to animals, but all will have a strong element that ties it to the local community, said Airbnb.
Several already-listed Adventures are Track Lions On Foot With Warriors; Cowboy Life in the American Wild West; Swedish Islands Culinary Kayaking Trip; and Farm stay in Indiana Amish country.
Hosts will be the providers of Adventures, where they arrange their own Adventure, control when and where they host, the itinerary, where they stay, what services they offer, and what they charge. Flights are generally not included.
To mark the launch of the new offering, a limited number of individuals will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join an 80-day trip around the world. Inspired by the Jules Verne classic penned almost 150 years ago, this Adventure takes guests across six continents, 18 countries, two oceans, five seas and eight modes of transportation including, of course, a hot air balloon.
The Around the World in 80 Days Adventure will be available to book from June 20, from London to London departing September 1, 2019.
Airbnb was advised on safety and best practices for its Adventures segment by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). According to the ATTA, the international adventure travel market in 2017 could be valued at over US$683 billion, up 21 per cent from 2012.