Airbnb Adventures are small group trips with activities, meals, and places to stay included. Hosts introduce guests to locations and communities they wouldn’t easily be able to access on their own.
They’ve taken guests to surf in Malibu, glamp under the Northern Lights in Sweden, live with Bedouin nomads in Morocco, and road-trip through the American Southwest in search of UFOs.
Expert local hosts handle the details, so all guests have to do is show up. All Adventures must meet certain quality and eligibility criteria to be listed on the platform. They also offer:
- Multi-day itinerary: They’re overnight trips, spanning 2 or more days
- Unique access: They take place outside of major cities, highlighting locations and communities that guests can’t easily explore on their own
- Fully hosted: Hosts provide places to stay, meals, guided activities, and local transportation for guests throughout their trip
Get inspired by the example of a two-day camping retreat in Bali, co-hosted by a village chief. Guests explore the jungle and lakes, where they encounter hidden waterfalls, ancient temples, and local villages. They learn about tropical wildlife, eat home-cooked Balinese food, and visit the village chief’s traditional home.
To start creating your own adventure, first consider what you’re passionate about, and also have expertise in. Think about unique access you’re able to provide, and how you might shift your guests’ perspectives.
Once you have a rough idea, you’ll want to spend some time building a basic outline of your adventure. Here are some ideas to consider:
Length: How many days do you want your adventure to be? We’ve noticed that guests often book shorter adventures–70 percent of bookings are for overnight trips. So two days is a great length to start.
Daily agenda: What will guests do each day? Consider planning out how you’ll welcome them, any activities you’ll lead, and how they’ll participate. You can map out unscheduled time you’ll have and think about the options you’ll offer.
Highlight: What’s the highlight of your adventure? Just like a great movie, a great adventure has a peak moment. What moment do you want guests to remember the most from your trip?
Host expertise: Detailing your expertise can help increase trust. What might you want to know as a guest, before booking your adventure? And if you have co-hosts, make sure their names are mentioned on your experience listing so guests know who they’ll be with. Co-hosts also need to have a verified Airbnb profile. As part of your pre-trip messaging, let your guests know who will be joining you on the trip. Please refer to the Terms of Service and Additional Terms for Experience Hosts for more.
Additional costs: What additional costs will guests need to pay for on their own? You’ll want to plan this out and make sure they know in advance.
Another good example is a two-day trip to a Malaysian village. Guests stay in huts built by locals. They learn to weave accessories used for the Semai’s spiritual dances, fish in a nearby river, and practice shooting the traditional Semai hunting blowpipe. They also hike into the rainforest to hunt for the rafflesia flower, and swim near a secluded waterfall.
Feeling inspired? Here’s more to consider when planning your adventure:
Places to stay: Homes, inns, campgrounds, glamping sites, or any other unique locations are good options. Will guests be sharing rooms, or will they have their own private space? These are all important details to know in advance.
Eating and drinking: You’ll want to have a plan for how guests will eat and drink throughout your trip. If a meal isn’t included, clearly indicate that beforehand. You’ll need to ensure that there’s access to clean drinking water throughout the adventure.
Transportation: If you’re visiting multiple locations, think about how you’ll get guests from one point to another.
Activity level: Is there a specific skill or fitness level guests will need in order to safely enjoy your adventure? You’ll want to have this in mind ahead of time so you can keep guests informed.
Special equipment: Will you need to provide equipment, or request guests bring their own?
Children: What are the age requirements of your adventure? Think about the minimum age that would be safe—and enjoyable—for your guests.
A final example is a two-day farm stay in the Thai countryside. Guests learn about farming and rural Thai culture. They visit ancient Buddhist temples, bike to rice fields and fish farms, and watch ceramics crafted in a famous Porcelain Village.
Now that you know the criteria for an Airbnb Adventure and have some direction on where to start, browse current adventure listings for more inspiration. Familiarize yourself with the safety resources available in the Experience Resource Center. Here are a few to start with:
- Safety resources from the American Red Cross and IFRC
- Host preparedness for physical activities
- Multi-day trips: Tips for hosts
Remember to make sure that your trip listing accurately describes the offline experience you’ll provide to guests. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.