When the pandemic hit last year and lockdowns and travel bans were issued around the world, many wondered how the travel industry – and the people that depend on it to make a living – would adapt. And much as the rest of the world had done, the travel industry pivoted to the online world and the great potential that video conference calls had in bringing people together virtually. Airbnb was one of the main pioneers of this by taking their in-person Experiences – a place where travelers could book additional experiences during their travels such as a cooking class or tour – and bringing them online through the Zoom platform. Although it was only meant to be temporary, virtual travel experiences have become so popular that Airbnb plans to make it a permanent feature even after the lockdowns end. And if you’re aching to do some international traveling like we are, a virtual travel experience might be just the thing you need to hold you over until borders re-open! Here are some of our favorite kinds of experiences that you should consider.
Many people have either discovered or rekindled their love of cooking during lockdown, and with virtual travel experiences getting so popular, you don’t even need to go very far to learn a whole new style or your new favorite dish. Ever wanted to make your own pasta? Sign up for a pasta-making class from authentic cooks in Italy. Interested in bringing your favorite Indian foods into your regular dinner rotation? An Indian cooking class can help you do just that. Even something as simple as making a perfect cup of coffee or tea can be learned from virtual travel experiences, and these can enrich your daily life even after lockdowns end.
Health & Fitness Experiences
It seems many of us have struggled with keeping fit while working from home. Taking a health and/or fitness class might help you get back on track with staying healthy. If you’ve missed going out dancing, consider a tango lesson with authentic Argentine tango dancers and your partner for a unique date night idea. There are even experiences as unique as learning how to star in your very own K-Pop video taught by professional dance instructors in Seoul!
Of course, if you’re simply looking to recreate the thrill of discovering new places in unfamiliar lands, a virtual tour experience can help sate your appetite until the borders re-open. From traditional city tours to more themed experiences (including a tour of old town Prague by, we kid you not, a fully costumed plague doctor available on Airbnb’s site), there’s something for everyone no matter where in the world you want to explore!
Explore the World with AESU!
Are you ready to plan an adventure of a lifetime? AESU offers unique, thrilling travel programs for college students and young professionals at affordable rates. Each trip is action-packed and informal—designed just for people your own age. We are also able to design custom tours just for your group.
Looking to travel this year? Experience our brand-new domestic tours with beautiful destinations such as the California Wine Country, Nashville Music City, The Wild Wild West, and Outdoor Wonderland – British Columbia!
2021 tour dates are now available! If you have any questions or want help booking your next adventure, please contact AESU by calling 800-638-7640, or fill out the contact form found on our website. Follow AESU on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.