Experiences go beyond a typical tourist activities and guests are invited to actively participate in a host’s community or culture. Great experiences unlock places or activities that the average traveler wouldn’t likely discover on their own.
Consider offering access to something unique or otherwise inaccessible to the average visitor to increase your experience’s chances of being published on Airbnb. When submitting your experience, make sure to highlight what’s special about the locations you’ll visit with your guests.
I always start my tour by asking, ‘Why did you book this experience?’ People say that they were looking for an uncommon activity. What I offer them is something unique, something they couldn’t experience on their own. I tried to create a more interesting tour than what I saw out there already, and this has worked for me. – Gabriela, host of Get to know Little Africa
Here are some ways your experience may offer insider access:
○ Share a special place, like a local’s only watering hole or a hidden neighborhood garden
○ Introduce guests to people, communities, or activities they wouldn’t otherwise have access to
○ Offer a unique twist or angle on a typical or common tourist activity
Remember, these should be things guests wouldn’t usually be able to experience on their own.
Marvin, the host of Backyard Beekeeping, provides unique access to his own backyard, and local community gardens where guests can tour beehives in Los Angeles.
Make sure to highlight your own connection to these places or communities in your submission. Ask yourself, why are they special to you, and why would your guests also find them interesting? Consider sharing a lasting memory that relates to these places.
Experiences in the Airbnb marketplace must meet Airbnb’s bar for quality; these standards set experiences apart from typical tours. To be published, an experience submission must demonstrate expertise, insider access, and connection. These standards help ensure that the market has high-quality experiences led by knowledgeable, hospitable hosts. You can read more about Airbnb’s quality standards here.