Cape Town - Airbnb has revolutionised the global accommodation offering by bringing travellers together in the most intimate of spaces in destinations - people's homes.
And now, the online housing platform has revolutionised immersive experiences once again with their new edition, Airbnb Trips.
Revolution is a strong word. But a fitting description in this case as travellers, now more than ever, are able to customise how they experience a destination.
If you're a foodie, you can orchestrate a visit to meet other foodies in-destination, and learn first hand where the best street food stalls and/or high-end restaurants are.
Interested in Zen gardening, or ocean conservation on the tip of Africa, surfing or Samurai sword fighting for that matter - Airbnb Trips can place you exactly where you want to be.
Airbnb Trips focuses three key areas – Experiences, Places and Homes - offering restaurant bookings, bespoke experiences offered by locals as well insider guides across 12 launch cities, including Cape Town - with plans to bring on flights and additional services as it becomes more of an online travel agent than just an accommodation listing site.
If you're thinking of making your passion or hobby a great source of income, here's what you need to know about Airbnb Trips and how to become a host.
What are hosts?
Hosts are chefs, hikers, surfers and Samurai sword fighters, or just knowledgeable locals who want to show others little-known pockets of their community.
They can host an experience or multiple ones over the course of a few days.
What can you host?
This is a quick glimpse into your world, like a workshop or a walk through your favorite neighbourhood. An experience lasts two hours or more.
If you don’t want to rush, try hosting experiences over multiple days. Immersions are the best way to get to know your group and give them an in-depth look into your world.
Can I host on behalf of a cause I'm passionate about?
If you’re a volunteer, employee, or board member of a registered nonprofit, you can create an experience that brings people closer to your work and encourages them to become advocates for your cause.
Do some market research... and get inspired
Review the Airbnb quality standards to get familiar with what others do and what our community expects.
Design and submit
Build and submit your experience. If it meets the quality standards, the Airbnb team will reach out with next steps.
Host on your terms
Once the experience is published, you’re free to host when you want. You can also set your group size and price.
Manage your experience
Keep track of your bookings, message your guests, and update your schedule from the app.
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