Every month it seems that Airbnb is trying to inspire travelers to look for more than just a place to stay, whether it's turning the Louvre into a hotel room for a night or their newest addition, ethical animal experiences (like kayaking with corgis in Miami.) The brand's pushing to connect travelers to their passions in a new locale.
And there are tons of experiences offered by local hosts on the site nowadays, offering everything from Cava and e-bike trips touring Barcelona's best vineyards to hidden jazz club gigs in south London, and even fire-eating classes in Los Angeles. Everyone's tastes are covered and these experiences hosted by real locals can make you see a city in a whole new way.
If you want to elevate your next trip with something a little different, (or gift an experience to someone for the holidays) here are a few of our favorite experiences to pick around the world.
Bake With a Michelin-Starred Pastry Chef, Brooklyn, United States
Up your pastry game with a baking lesson with Michelin-starred pastry chef Ryan Butler of aptly named Butler, in Dumbo. In a one-hour after-hours class, he'll teach you how to make his signature pastry dishes, such as an herb and chili scone, sticky date muffin with apricot and bergamot jam, or a peach cobbler crumb cake. Come hungry. ($65/person)
Glamp Under the Northern Lights, Swedish Lapland
"Reindeer spotting, ice fishing and snowshoeing in the Arctic" is the name of the game on this six-day Aurelia Borealis chasing trip. The experience takes place north of the Arctic Circle, in the small town of Jokkmokk in Swedish Lapland. Arrive at your day trips by driving or by dog sled, and spend a night glamping in tents. ($2,498/person)
The Mezcal Journey, Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico
For fans of tequila's smokier cousin, Mescal, this is the ultimate tasting tour of Oaxaca's best "mezcalerías" and agave field. Beyond tasting six handmade mezcals, you taste the fruit from the field, plant your own agave and eat a traditional Oaxacan dish. Brush up on your Spanish before you book in on this Spanish-speaking tour. ($70/person)
Slow Food - Galapagos Conscious Travel, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Book a once-in-a-lifetime six-day sustainable adventure island-hopping journey around the Galapagos. While kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and hiking are on the itinerary, you'll also experience harvesting ingredients at a permaculture farm, tasting fresh ceviche, catching fish to eat onboard a private yacht, and tucking into a tasting menu at AnkerAnker. ($3,500/person)
Camp Under the Stars on a Volcano, Bali, Indonesia
Immerse yourself in Bali's natural wonders on a two-day hike up Mount Batur in Kuta. The guided trip takes travelers across hot springs, through volcanic valleys, and offers spectacular sunsets. ($132/person)
Bhutan’s Festivals & Cliffside Temples, Paro, Bhutan
There is an undeniably blissful pace to life in Bhutan, and there's never been a better time to visit than right now. Get in the real midst of Bhutan with this 11-day experience zigzagging across the country, meeting everyone from local nuns to hip hop dancers. ($5,315/person)
3-day Foodie Insider, Tokyo, Japan
Eat, drink, and cook with a certified sushi instructor and sake sommelier. The experience starts with breakfast at the Tsukiji Fish Market, followed by an opportunity to make your own Japanese meal, and finishes on the third day with a traditional Kaiseki. ($282/person)
Floating Wellness Retreat, Australia
Live out your Aussie yogi fantasy life on an eco-friendly solar-powered houseboat. Spend two days flexing your yoga chops with gentle yoga classes, healthy meals, and drinking locally-sourced organic wine. ($1,647/person)