Run through Bulgarian vineyards and make sangria with drag queens in Portugal via Airbnb’s new Online Experiences platform
While we’ve all been gifted with a little taste of freedom (who would have thought having a 150-km travel radius would be so thrilling), we’re all still coming to terms with the fact that overseas travel is off the cards until, well, who knows? Though, what if we told you that you could still sip sake with a Japanese sommelier, shake your bon bon at a Puerto Rican salsa class, or tour a Bulgarian vineyard, all without leaving your home?
You can, and it’s thanks to the travel gurus at Airbnb, who have recently launched a new Online Experiences platform to bring the entire world together during the pandemic. Essentially, it’s a whole collection of virtual travel experiences and unique activities, led by hosts across the world. The hosts create the experiences, share their skills and open up a window into their worlds for individuals or small groups to participate and learn from every corner of the globe – all you need is an internet connection.
You can learn home cooking with a Moroccan family, book in for a coffee masterclass with barista in Mexico, explore a family-run vineyard in the depths of Bulgaria, hang out on a sheep farm in Rotorua, cook gado gado with Ngurah and Ayu in their backyard in Bali, or spend the night with Italian hosts Luca and Lorenzo as they step you through making their family pasta recipe. Looking to spice up your weekend? Gather some pals and book in for Sangria and Secrets with Drag Queens – a cabaret-infused digital cocktail class, which will take you to Portugal to learn to make traditional sangria with a side of dancing, costumes, stage lighting and fireworks! While we can’t jump on a plane and explore the world right now, we can still come together and experience a piece of the magic. So, kick back with a cuppa and spend some time searching for your favourite Airbnb experience here.
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