● From travelling around the world in 80 Days, searching for Sasquatch or living with a nomadic tribe – all you have to do is show up
Hong Kong – June 14, 2019 – Today we’re unveiling Airbnb Adventures – an expansion of Airbnb Experiences that includes the incredible opportunity for daring guests to channel their inner Phileas Fogg and travel Around the World in 80 Days. This epic voyage across six continents joins other Adventures now available to book through hosts on Airbnb ranging from tracking lions on foot with Sabache Warriors in Kenya to hunting for UFOs with Nate in Arizona.
Since we launched over 11 years ago, Airbnb has provided an alternative to uniform and mass produced travel, meeting a demand for more uniquely local travel experiences. We 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 we go one step further, with hosts providing unique and magical travel experiences as Airbnb Adventures which include for the first time lodging, meals, and activities.
Airbnb Adventures is a new collection of bucket list worthy multi-day experiences hosted by local experts that take intimate groups to epic, off-the-beaten-path locations and immerses them in unique cultures and communities. You can now enjoy a six day Galapagos Slow Food Safari, experience the wonders of Oman or camp on a cliff in Colorado – all you have to do is show up.
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 Adventure by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). They are also affordable; hosts offer a range of prices from $79 for an overnight trip up to $5000 for a 10-day trek. At launch, 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.
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, 16 countries, two oceans, five seas and eight modes of transportation including, of course, a hot air balloon. Start your desert days with breakfast by the Nile, while listening to true life tales of locals in Arabia. Spend 4 days on safari next to the Masai Mara National Reserve, to observe big cats, elephants, and other rare species when they’re most active. Head down under to Australia where you’ll get to sleep under the open night sky in a “star bed.” Escape civilization as you go glacier walking in and boating in Chile. Basically, live a story you will tell for the rest of your life!
“Getting access to epic and transformational travel has never been easier than through Airbnb
Adventures,” said Joe “Joebot” Zadeh, VP Experiences, Airbnb. “Like Airbnb Experiences, people
can escape their day-to-day and put their screens and devices away but now instead of just a few
hours, they have the option to be fully immersed off-the-beaten-path, to push themselves out of
their comfort zones and have experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
The breadth of Airbnb Adventures reaches far beyond the challenging 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.
According to the ATTA, the international adventure travel market in 2017 could be valued at over
$683 billion, up 21% from 2012. With more travelers 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.
● 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 $588 for a three-day trip
● Hosts offer Adventures under a range of budgets from $79 for an overnight trip up to $5000
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
● 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.
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Founded in 2008, Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where people can belong through healthy
travel that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable. Airbnb uniquely leverages
technology to economically empower millions of people around the world to unlock and monetize
their spaces, passions and talents to become hospitality entrepreneurs. Airbnb’s accommodation
marketplace provides access to 6+ million unique places to stay in nearly 100,000 cities and 191
countries. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and
interests through 30,000 unique, handcrafted activities run by hosts across 1,000+ cities around
the world. Airbnb’s people-to-people platform benefits all its stakeholders, including hosts, guests,
employees and the communities in which it operates.
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