Airbnb unveiled on Thursday the most significant development in its eight year history as it moves beyond accommodation with the launch of Trips. Bringing together where you stay, what you do and the people you meet all in one place, Trips is a people-powered platform designed to make travel both easy and magical. Trips launches with three key areas – Experiences, Places and Homes, with Flights and Services to be added in the future.
Trips will make travel magical again by immersing travelers in communities around the world. Travelers will get unprecedented access to local passions and interests, like violin making in Paris or marathon running in Kenya; discover the hidden gems that only locals know about via personal recommendations; and socialize with other travelers and locals at exciting events.
“Book experiences designed and led by some of the most interesting people out there,” Airbnb’s website writes.
Trips launches with around 500 Experiences in 12 cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Detroit, Havana, London, Paris, Florence, Nairobi, Cape Town, Tokyo and Seoul. Handpicked hosts, who have been identified to be super passionate about what they do in those cities worldwide, will be immersing travelers in their communities.
A number of Experiences will also be available where guests can give something back to communities through non-profit organizations.
Nairobi boasts 13 immersion experiences that happen over multiple days and seven one-session experiences.
13 Immersion Experiences
Learn Maasai crafts with a women’s nonprofit
Capture images of Nairobi with a photo pro
Eat and explore with a local food journalist
Immerse yourself in Nairobi’s vibrant art scene
Experience urban and rural Kenya from a motorcycle
Meet Kenyan innovators with a Nairobi tech insider
Photograph Nairobi’s Natural wonders with a local
Get creative with an art scene insider
Get fit and give back with a Nairobi local
Celebrate the best of local art and artisans
Journey through the lives of champion runners
Photograph Nairobi with a star blogger
Make textiles with the women of Amani
Comedy and improv session with Kenya’s top pros
Get inside access to a city that knows how to play with Nairobi’s Party master
Journey to the trees for memorable Kenyan cookout
Feel the energy at the epicenter of Lamu yoga
See a tea plantation from the perfect vantage point on horseback
Experience Kenyan public transportation with a professional singer and actress
Work out in the city’s beautiful green forest