Most people plan their trips around a location, but Airbnb has always inspired travelers to consider the experience, first. After all, not only is Airbnb an accommodation booking site, it's an experience curator, too — and the site allows travelers to search experiences instead of locations, allowing them to let their interests help plan trips. Though tons of different experiences are offered in locales all over, there are some that are more unique than others — you just have to know where to look. Luckily, it got a lot easier this month when Airbnb released its list of the 10 most unusual experiences offered by hosts around the world, all of which are bookable through the site. The more unique the experience, the more likely you are to plan your trip around it.
The benefit of booking experiences through the site is vast. Instead of arbitrarily picking a location to stay in, you can pick a few experiences that call to you, and ensure that your trip is not only geographically satisfying, but thoroughly entertaining as well. From cuddle sessions with strangers to fire eating workshops, these experiences are not like anything you've ever heard about from a tourism office. Instead of zip-ling though the jungle with a giant tour group, you can take an intimate jungle survival course where you learn how to collect coconuts and live off the land. Instead of taking a surf lesson, you can take a mermaid course and swim in the ocean with a faux fish tail. What's more, participating in a host-lead experience allows you to connect with the experience in a really special way. Your host is sharing this experience with you because they love it — it's not just a job for them, it's their life. This kind of passion leads to a much more rewarding experience.