The flagship piece of Trips is something called “experiences,” which matches travelers with locals who offer guided activities in their area that can last a few hours or a few days.
Meant to be more than the usual tourist attractions and sightseeing tours, the promise is that travelers can visit places and have experiences that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
This is also a radical change for the company in that it opens up a new opportunity for people who don’t host guests in their homes to participate and make money off the platform. As with Airbnb’s rentals, the hosts set their own prices and those who book get to review the experience when they’re finished.
One of the most intriguing aspects of experiences though is that you can now use Airbnb to connect with travelers — and make extra cash from them — even if you don’t share your home with them. The process for signing up to host experiences, though, is a bit different than simply listing your apartment on the site.