Airbnb Is Now Selling Tour Guides As Well As Accommodation
Airbnb has forever changed how millennials travel. Why stay in a stale room at the Hilton when you can book an artist’s loft for the same price? Whether you decide to make your temporary abode a houseboat along the canals of Amsterdam or an igloo in Norway, the 21st-century take on hospitality has built a business based on the idea of selling an experience as opposed to a plain old room. And now, with the recent launch of their new City Host program, Airbnb is taking that concept to an even more immersive level.
The idea of the new program is very much in line with Airbnb’s core mission: to connect you with a local so you live like one, no matter what city you’re in. With City Host, you’ll be connected with an expert who has a curated experience (or experiences) prepared for you. Basically, a tour guide for cool kids.
In San Francisco, you can connect with home-brewer Justin. His itinerary includes three experiences: tasting flights at his favorite breweries, a hands-on brewing workshop and a five-course secret beer dinner. Hop over to London and you can join Alys, an antiques maven. She’ll meet you (with breakfast in hand) and take you to an antique market where you’ll learn how to navigate a flea market like a pro. Also included in her experience is a day trip to the quaint seaside town of Brighton and a guided tour of a home decor museum.
Some are bookable for just you or you and your travel partner, while others are more of a social event. With Alys’ trip, you have the opportunity to meet up to five other travelers. If you’re traveling solo, this is a stellar way to meet people who you already know you share interests with.
Currently, Airbnb-approved City Hosts are available in 11 cities, one of which is actually Havana. In the much-buzzed-about city, there are eight different experiences you can purchase to get a more in-depth feel for the previously banned destination.
Prices vary depending on host and activity, but most hang around the $200 mark. It’s going to cost more than the free walking tour your hostel hooks you up with, but you know that quote you’re always hearing that reads, “Buy experiences not things?” This is that. Sometimes a life experience is worth the splurge.
The City Host program is currently in private beta testing. So if you have a trip planned for next week, you might not be able to book an experience just yet. But if you to want gain access ASAP, add your name to the waitlist on the City Host landing page. Happy travels, folks.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)