Cooking Classes, City Tours, and Other Unique Airbnb Experiences You Can Do From Home
If you've ever wanted to make pasta in Italy with locals, trek through a national park with an experienced guide, or take a photography tour of Paris, Airbnb has you covered with its Experiences platform. According to the site, Airbnb Experiences are "one-of-a-kind activities hosted by inspiring local experts." These bookable experiences include cooking classes featuring local cuisine, guided tours of unique neighborhoods, animal interactions like horseback riding or goat yoga, and more. Plus, each one offers new insight into the place you're visiting, thanks to the expertise of a local host.
They can be a perfect addition to your next vacation, but you don't have to travel to participate in these unique activities. Hundreds of Airbnb Experiences are available as virtual events and classes streamed live from across the globe, so you can travel the world and experience new things without ever leaving home. Airbnb rounded up 13 standout virtual experiences from hosts around the world, so you can meet people and learn something new from the comfort of your couch.
1. Sangria and Secrets With Drag Queens
Drag queens will teach you how to make authentic Portuguese sangria before performing live on stage from Lisbon during this fun and interactive 90-minute virtual experience hosted in English and Portuguese. At the end, you can chat and hear more about Lisbon and drag culture — there are several times available nearly every day, so people in practically any time zone can participate.
2. World’s Top Coffee Masterclass
Learn more about your daily cup of Joe during this hour-long coffee masterclass offered in English and Spanish. During the class, the hosts discuss the neuroscience of flavor and teach viewers how to make the best cup of coffee.
3. Guided Meditation With Sleepy Sheep
Instead of counting sheep, hang out with these adorable animals for some much-needed rest and relaxation. This 60-minute calming experience transports you to the U.K. for cute sheep and guided meditation at host Beccy's farm.
4. Follow a Plague Doctor Through Prague
Tour Prague through the eyes of a plague doctor during this 60-minute Airbnb Experience hosted in English and Spanish. Follow your guide through the empty streets as you learn about the Black Death and 17th- and 18th-century plagues that affected the historic and beautiful city. (The video used during the experience was actually filmed during the recent quarantine.) During the tour, you'll see famous sites like the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and Jewish Quarter (the host also offers a plague-free night watchman tour for an alternate perspective).
5. Uncover Pompeii With an Archaeologist
Take a virtual trip to Pompeii during this 60-minute experience hosted by Roberto in English, Italian, and Chinese (Simplified). You'll learn all about the history of the city and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, so it's perfect for history buffs or people dreaming of their next trip to Italy.
6. Make Mexican Street Tacos With a Pro Chef
Learn how to cook authentic Mexican street tacos from scratch during this 90-minute class hosted in English or Spanish. You'll make a traditional red salsa, taco filling, and flour tortillas while learning more about Mexican food culture. It's an experience that will take your taco Tuesday to the next level.
7. Ginspiration History and Cocktails at Home
Virtually join host Samuel in Bath for this 90-minute interactive gin cocktail class. Sip along as you mix up three cocktails and learn about the history of gin — all while joining others from around the world for this fun experience.
8. Secrets of Magic
During this 90-minute magic show and class, host Martin will share stories from his career as a magician and demonstrate tricks before revealing some of his secrets. You'll just need a few everyday objects, including a deck of cards, roll of toilet paper, a coin, and pen or pencil to participate.
9. Pasta With the Grandmas
Make pasta with a real Italian nonna during this 90-minute virtual cooking class hosted in English and Japanese. They make a different pasta dish each day of the week, so check the schedule to find your favorite before signing up. The host will send you a list of everything you need ahead of time, so you can be ready to make delicious, authentic pasta during your class.
10. A Fabulous Day in Paris With a Parisian
If you can't visit Paris this year, this virtual experience is the next best thing. A local guide will use props, photos, and more to take you through a day in Paris during this 60-minute experience hosted in English, Spanish, and French. You'll learn all about the city while listening to their stories and fun facts, and you might even pick up a few tips for your next trip to France.
11. Tango Concert With Latin Grammy Nominee
Hosted by Kevin in Buenos Aires, this 60-minute experience is like a virtual trip to Argentina. Learn all about the history of tango music and enjoy a live performance from your living room along with other participants from around the world.
12. Living Room Legends Scavenger Hunt Game
Join hosts from Austin, Texas-based event company Alley Kat Adventures for an hour of fun during this virtual home scavenger hunt. You can compete against friends and family or strangers from around the U.S. as you complete creative missions for points.
13. Make Japanese Souffle Pancakes at Home
During this 90-minute cooking class, host Kenji will teach you how to make fluffy Japanese souffle pancakes from scratch. Sunday brunches will never be the same once you learn how to make these Instagram-worthy treats.