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Exploring Airbnb’s Seoul experiences

Julius Ceasar (or so Internet tells me) once said: “Experience is the teacher of all things.”

I bet he couldn’t fathom the likes of people traveling as frequently as they do in the year 2017; with a click of a button, staying with the locals of another country or crashing on someone’s couch for free. Unlike the times of the Roman Empire, I’m thankful to not have to ride in a horse carriage for days just to get to my destination, unless of course that’s a unique experience I came across on Airbnb’s Experiences page. 

Even though most people may be familiar with Airbnb‘s house hosting program, one of the new search functions of their website offers you a chance to not just crash for the night, but to also enjoy yourself through locally hosted experiences. While, there still aren’t that many worldwide cities available for search, I believe that it’s just a matter of time.

Luckily, for this enthusiastic traveler, Seoul (a city, only 50 minutes away by a fast train) has a number of neat things to try your hand at. You’d think I’ve done it all in my 8 gazillion years here, but keep reading and you’ll see an activity I’ve never done. Some of the experiences will help you sight-see local attractions, like hiking and biking around the city, while others allow you to do something atypical for a tourist visiting South Korea – like calligraphy, pottery, sailing or perfume making. You can be sure that most of these experiences will be hosted by a local, so your opportunity to meet and get to know an aspect of Korean life makes Airbnb’s experiences a gem in my book.

So without further ado, let’s see what Seoul’s Airbnb Experiences have to offer (as of writing of this post):

Personally, I’m not sure if I’d spend over $200 on a personal shopping or a street dance experience, but I’m not most people. You can read glowing reviews of the hosts you’re selecting and who am I to judge them while I’m also hoping to monetize Airbnb to my advantage. By the way, thrifty traveler, if you’ll find your self coming to the Big Sky Country (the State of Montana) this summer, don’t forget to checkout this sweet cabin. Who needs a monotonous hotel experience, when you can “forget about it all, while enjoying your personal off-grid mini cabin in the wilderness of Gold Creek.” To view what I’m referring to, click here!

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  1. I have yet to try one of these Seoul experiences. I’m so tempted. Maybe I’ll do it when I stay in an Airbnb for vacation. Some of them look really fun and at a reasonable price!

  2. I completely agree with you. Some airbnb may consider some of the more costly experiences reasonable, depending on individual budgets. The luxury of living here means expats can usually seek out similar, cheaper options. However, many things on this list are things I haven’t actually done yet. Although I’ve tried pottery, I’ve never sat threw a full class, and that’s something i’d love to do. Perhaps i’ll look up all these bnb extras when i’m on holiday abroad. Thanks for drawing attention to these offerings!

  3. I saw these new “experiences” when I booked my last AirBnB in Kyoto, and I was a bit curious, but as someone who really puts herself in the independent travel camp, I think I’d have a hard time paying for these things…though of course if it was something I was gonna do anyway, I might do it depending on the price. Good luck with you AirBnB!! 🙂

  4. I’d definitely follow the herd here and go with the perfume making! I actually always wanted to do this back in Chicago, where there was a place offering this neat experience. Are you going to give any of these a go? If so, which?!

    • Oh yea, next time I’m in Seoul, I’ll definitely make time for a perfume making experience. I think there’s a lot that I don’t know about how they are made and which smells are suitable for which season/occasion. Having a class in English will be very useful as well.

  5. I’ve heard about these experiences and haven’t yet had the opportunity to try them. Not sure I’d try them in Seoul just because after ten years here, I feel like I’ve done most of what’s offered. Would like to try some offered in some other cities though for sure.

  6. So AirBnB is no longer just accommodation, it offers various activities too. That’s interesting as I haven’t even tried an AirBnB yet. I’ve done most of the activities. I haven’t done sailing though and that sounds promising.:-)

  7. We use Airbnb a lot but I’d never heard of this feature – what a great idea to help you find out what to do in the city you’re visiting! The street dancing experience sounds steep to me too, but hey whatever floats your boat!

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