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Airbnb launches Airbnb Adventures – the latest in travel experiences

June 17, 2019 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Today, Airbnb launches Airbnb Adventures – a new collection of bucket list worthy multi-day experiences hosted by local experts. Adventures take intimate groups to epic, off-the-beaten-track locations and immerses them in unique cultures and communities. Thanks to Adventures, you can enjoy a six day Galapagos Slow Food Safari, experience the wonders of Oman or camp on a cliff in Colorado. Designed not just for the adrenaline junkie, Airbnb Adventures has a range of experiences to suit everyone that are now available to book from the platform.

Since Airbnb launched over 11 years ago, the company has provided an alternative to uniform and mass produced travel, meeting a demand for more uniquely local travel experiences. Airbnb started with people opening their homes and in 2016 expanded to allow people to share their passions and talents with Airbnb Experiences, which is now available in over 1,000 cities worldwide. Today the company goes one-step further, with hosts providing unique and magical travel experiences with Airbnb Adventures, which include for the first time accommodation, meals, and activities.

“Getting access to epic and transformational travel has never been easier than through Airbnb Adventures,” said Joe Zadeh, Vice President of Experiences, Airbnb. “Like Airbnb Experiences, people can escape their day-to-day, but instead of just for a few hours, they now have the option to be fully switch-off, push themselves out of their comfort zones and have experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”

Introducing guests to natural wonders, cultures and communities that are hard to reach on their own, Airbnb Adventures are led by local experts and meet certain quality and safety standards. Airbnb was advised on safety and best practices for its Adventures by the Adventure Travel Trade Association.

They are also affordable; hosts offer a range of prices from $79USD ($114AUD) for an overnight trip up to $5000USD ($7230AUD) for a 10-day trek. Today, there are over 200 Adventures to choose from that are either entirely exclusive to Airbnb, or provided by small, local operators that are not typically found on any other major booking platform.

According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association, the international adventure travel market in 2017 could be valued at over $683USD billion, up 21% from 2012. With more travellers seeking adventure than ever before, Airbnb is looking to democratise the industry, offering more attainable experiences that are designed to unlock the power of nature, are led by locals and cater to a breadth of interests and abilities.

To mark the launch of the category, a limited number of lucky individuals will have the truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join an 80-day trip around the world. Inspired by the epic 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 breadth of Airbnb Adventures reaches far beyond the challenge to match every passion and skill level. Across each corner of the world, these 200+ Adventures range from cliff camping to kayaking to cultural immersions. They are hosted by experienced locals that have fascinating stories to share, and because they always take place in intimate groups, guests can look to learn, make personal connections, seek challenges and grow.

Announcement Highlights:

200+ available globally at launch, with many more to be added before the end of the year
All Adventures are in small groups with a maximum capacity of 12 guests or less
Median price of an Adventure is $588USD ($850AUD) for a three-day trip
Hosts offer Adventures under a range of budgets from $79USD ($114AUD) for an overnight trip up to $5000USD ($7230AUD) for once-in-a-lifetime 10-day treks*
Adventures covers a wide breadth of activity ranging from active to foodie, farming to camping, music to animals – always with a strong element of local community
As part of the launch of Airbnb Adventures, Airbnb has partnered with GoPro. Travellers booking an Adventure will get $200USD ($289AUD) off a GoPro HERO7 Black Adventure Kit. Offer ends 31.12.19.
The Around the World in 80 Days Adventure will be available to book from June 20th, from London to London departing September 1, 2019

*Hosts are the providers of Adventures: 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 not included with the exception of inter-country travel within the Around the World in 80 Days itinerary.

Airbnb Adventures at a Glance:

Track Lions On Foot With Warriors
Trek Deep Into The Amazon Jungle
Cowboy Life in the American Wild West
Dana to Petra Trek
Paranormal Tour of the US Southwest
Camp on the Side of a Cliff in Colorado
Swedish Islands Culinary Kayaking Trip
Musical Camping in the California Desert
7 Days Accessible Experience Rapa Nui
Hiking the world’s most silent place
Farm stay in Indiana Amish country
Searching for Sasquatch in Washington
Mystical Oman Trek

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