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Airbnb launches virtual experiences you can enjoy from home

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 2020-04-09 Laura Hampson
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Airbnb, the world’s biggest home-sharing platform, has announced the launch of its Online Experiences.

A virtual version of its regular in-person experiences, Airbnb dubs the initiative as ‘a new way for people to connect, travel virtually and earn income during the COVID-19 crisis’.

The new wave of paid-for experiences includes cooking with a Moroccan family, meditating with Buddhist monks and a virtual visit with the dogs of Chernobyl. There’s also the option to learn how to draw with a Portuguese artist, learn how to Irish dance, practice cello meditation and bake with a Swedish cook.

Hosts from over 30 countries will partake in the new platform, including Olympic medallists Alistair Brownlee and Lauren Gibbs - who can take you on a virtual bike tour or through their nutrition routine.

Airbnb has also partnered with local elderly organisations around the world to help create specific experiences to help them learn a new skill and combat loneliness. The organisations they have partnered with are currently in the US, Spain and Italy and these experiences will be offered free of charge.

Bookings open today, just in time for the Easter Weekend, and all experiences will be hosted on Zoom.

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