Airbnb’s New Experiences Service Is Like Uber for Personal Tour Guides
Everyone loves a good vacation. There’s something so refreshing about getting away from it all — if you can avoid questions about the election and get good deals on your travels. There are some travel splurges that are worth it though; mainly, experiences! That’s why we’re really excited about our favorite travel home-sharing site’s newest feature.
If you’re taking a trip to Southern California, you’ll definitely want to check out The Food Anthropologist Experience. The host, Paola, is a trained chef and is known for producing LA’s most popular tasting events. She founded the Mexico Feeds Me dinner series and contributes recipes to Cooking Light, Saveur and Vice MUNCHIES. The Experience lasts three days and focuses on the progressive street food corridor in LA, secret pop-up restaurants and even an experience where the underdogs of the kitchen (dishwashers, bakers, pastry chefs, etc. who don’t normally get to show off their skills) prepare you a meal. It will set you back $250 per person, but the meals are included in that cost and you’ll be with a small group of only five other people. So worth it!
Next on the list is Nairobi, Kenya. In this two-day experience, Agent of Change, you will learn Maasai crafts in a social impact immersion. Your host, Emilyn, is a Kenya native who earned a graduate degree in International Development in the United States. When she finished school she returned to Kenya, where she helps empower women and cultivate community. 100 percent of the proceeds from this experience ($150 per person) go to Zawadisha, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide rural women access to renewable energy and water. You will have an insider’s dinner in Nairobi, learn Maasai beading and cook on a clean cookstove, which means less coal and therefore less toxic fumes. Why not make a positive impact on your next vacation?
Next comes Dog Rescue in Detroit. Danielle has volunteered at Detroit’s only no-kill shelter for the past three years and loves working with animals. In this two-day experience you will get a tour of the shelter, along with puppy playtime and time with the Forever Foster dogs (dogs who don’t get adopted because of physical and/or mental disabilities). It will only cost you $150, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to Detroit Dog Rescue. This is a great experience for all you animal lovers out there. We promise the puppies will melt your heart.
These are just a few of the amazing experiences you can now enjoy through Airbnb. If you’d like, you can even sign up to host a guided activity yourself!
What experience would you most like to participate in? Tell us @BritandCo!
(h/t Mashable; Photos viagilaxia, borchee + Hero Images /Getty)
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
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