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4 Best Airbnb Experiences for the 2021 Holiday Season

December 07, 2021

Airbnb Experiences are an entertainment-focused extension of the company’s traditional renting business involving activities uniquely designed and offered by local hosts or online. These experiences not only elevate your vacation rental property listing — they can also increase your booking rate and revenue. Learn about 4 popular Airbnb Experiences and get inspiration for your own short-term rental.

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What Are Airbnb Experiences?

Airbnb Experiences are in-person or online activities offered by Airbnb hosts who have the desire to share their interests, skills, and hobbies in a creative way through interactive tours and classes.

Experiences include craft workshops, cooking classes, yoga sessions, virtual tours, scavenger hunts, and many other engaging and meaningful activities. Many guests use Airbnb Experiences as a way to meet new people, while others use it as a way to discover local attractions.

A host’s Airbnb Experience is not mandatory for guests wanting to stay at their vacation rental. It’s simply an optional add-on for travelers looking to elevate their vacation or trip. On the other hand, visitors don’t need to stay in an Airbnb property to partake in an Airbnb Experience.

Why Airbnb Experiences Are Beneficial to Your Vacation Rental Business

Hosting an Airbnb Experience at your vacation rental property during the holiday season is beneficial in several ways. First, it will allow you to curate a unique activity using your own knowledge, hobbies, skills, and culture.

You’ll also be able to:

  • Make extra money
  • Share your expertise with the community
  • Help guests learn about cultures and communities
  • Connect with travelers and locals
  • Create lasting connections and treasured memories

According to Booking.com, 62% of people want to experience new cultures, 51% want to try local delicacies, and 33% wish to meet new people while traveling.

“Travel activities, the aggregate of in-destination spend on tours, activities, attractions and events, is the third-largest travel segment and accounts for 10% of global travel revenue.”

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By tapping into the needs and wants of travelers, you’re creating meaningful and unforgettable connections all over the world, while earning supplemental income. These connections will also help you obtain loyal customers who book their future stays with you.

4 Best Airbnb Experiences to Inspire Your Holiday Bookings

As the holiday season comes into view, incorporating unique activities into your Airbnb vacation rental property will help guests share a worthwhile holiday experience — all while increasing your ROI.

Check out the 4 exciting Airbnb Online Experiences below, let your creativity flow, and get ready to add “Airbnb Experience host” to your resume. Wow your holiday travelers with a meaningful experience they’ll be talking about for years to come.

1. Living Room Legends Scavenger Hunt Game

If you want to offer a fun and exciting team-building activity in the comfort of your Airbnb property, let Alley Kat Adventures from Austin, Texas provide some inspiration. This event company offers a top-rated interactive virtual home scavenger hunt game.

The hosts creatively set up the Living Room Legends Scavenger Hunt game with “tasks” that encourage team-building and bonding between families and friends. The tasks require players to scramble to find items and perform other fun challenges before time runs out.

A scavenger hunt or other interactive game is a great option to bring holiday cheer to your vacation rental. Be as creative as you can when compiling your list of tasks and challenges — guests love a good laugh when it comes to team-building exercises!

2. World’s Top Coffee Masterclass

If you’re a coffee connoisseur, get inspired by World’s Top Coffee Masterclass led by Ricardo. He shares his own knowledge about coffee to his guests through coffee tasting, informative presentations, and a showcase on how to make the best homemade coffee.

Hosting a coffee-themed Airbnb Experience is a great opportunity to demonstrate your barista techniques and knowledge. You can be creative in expressing your own brewing techniques, flavors, latte art, and more.

According to the National Coffee Association, 64% of Americans drink coffee, and 79% of these people drink coffee at home. Inviting your guests to make the best homemade coffee at your Airbnb will enhance their holiday mornings during their stay. What’s more, your guests might just remember their stay at your Airbnb each time they drink their morning coffee.

3. Pasta With the Grandmas

For many families, pasta is an indispensable part of the holiday dinner. No matter what type of pasta you love and how you choose to prepare it, you can share your culinary secrets in a creative way for your guests to enjoy during their holiday dinner.

You don’t have to be a professional chef to pass on traditional pasta skills and knowledge. During the Airbnb Experience, Pasta With the Grandmas, Nonna Nerina and other grandmas demonstrate their handmade pasta techniques and share traditions passed down through generations with participants.

If pasta isn’t your forte, you can share with guests your own unique recipes for other holiday foods you grew up with, such as casseroles, desserts, and more. Make sure your kitchen is properly equipped with the supplies your guests will need to be involved in the event.

4. Ginspiration History and Cocktails at Home

Spread holiday cheer to your guests with festive holiday drinks!

Get inspired with Ginspiration History and Cocktails at Home led by the Team Beyond the Bar. During their Airbnb Experience, they share the history of gin and cocktails and the principles for making a superior mixed drink.

A cocktail making experience like this is perfect for couples or groups staying in your Airbnb who want to add some sophistication and fun to their holiday stay. Make sure your kitchen is stocked with the right tools, including cocktail shakers and glasses.

How Do I Become an Airbnb Experience Host?

To provide an Airbnb Experience to your guests, you’ll need to apply to join the program and get approved. The waiting time to get a call back from Airbnb for approval information is typically around two weeks or less.

Airbnb Experience hosts must provide high-quality service, so make sure you go over the standards and requirements to ensure you meet the Airbnb criteria. Ultimately, be prepared, willing, and enthusiastic to offer unique and unforgettable experiences that can’t be found anywhere else.

Be the Host With the Most this Holiday Season

By adding value to your guests’ stays for the holiday season, you are improving your visibility, attracting more bookings, and building your reputation with positive reviews.

Now that you have learned about some of the best Airbnb Experiences, use them as inspiration to elevate your own vacation rental property this holiday season.

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By Mia Pimentel