During the COVID-19 crisis, many are bored or need an escape from their houses. Airbnb is providing an online service that allows people to travel the world and try new things and meet new people through what they are calling online experiences, all without ever leaving home. All that is needed is a laptop, internet and no more than $30.
Here are some offbeat selections to take a look at.
In need of a hardcore workout? How about working out with an Olympic bobsledder? Elfje Willemsen will lead you in a one hour online workout all the way from Kasterlee, Belgium. If you are new to working out, she will talk you through it and modify exercises that are tailored to your level. After the workout, there will be a 30 minute Q&A session where you can ask Willemsen anything about her Olympic journey. The session is $17 a person with a maximum group size of 10 people. The session is hosted in English, Dutch, French and German.
If you want to create a podcast but you don’t know how, Jerry ThompSon III is hosting an experience where you can learn many things like podcast basics and discovering your podcast topics. The maximum group size is three people, which gives the session a more one on one learning experience. ThompSon will inform you on the important software needed as well as the equipment needed to make your podcast sound flawless. ThompSon is the host and producer of Point Nour podcast that is listened to in over 80 countries. The session is $20 a person for one hour.
During quarantine, staying active and learning new things can be a great way to cure boredom. Perhaps learning a new style of dance is the way to do it. In Barcelona, Ana and her partner Jorge will take you through the art of Tango Argentino. The two professional dancers from Argentina will introduce you to the basic steps and fundamentals of Tango. Through the online class, they will provide you with suggestions and helpful criticism to perfect your form. This one hour long session costs $12 per person for a maximum group size of 10 people.
If you’re 21 or older and want to learn to make gin cocktails, then this is a perfect online experience for you. Samuel is from the United Kingdom and has been trained in cocktail making for years. This session is great for couples, singles or groups. During the class you will learn to turn simple ingredients into a tasty drink that you can enjoy in the sun. The maximum group size is 10 people and will cost $21 per person for 90 minute experience.
With the rise of K-pop in America, Korean-style makeup also follows. In this online experience, Cyoung, a professional broadcaster and makeup artist, will teach how to do simple and natural Gangnam style looks using your own makeup. Cyoung will also go into detail about Korean skincare tips for your own skin type. You can learn how to properly mix colors and products to make flawless-looking skin. This $15 per person for one hour session is hosted in English and Korean. With a maximum group size of four people, Cyoung can focus on your needs and help you perfect your makeup.
This experience is exactly what it sounds like. Lucie and David are a couple living in the capitol of the Czech Republic. They are history fanatics and tour guides. Through this online experience you will be taken back in time during the Bubonic Plague and follow a plague doctor through the vacant streets of Prague. You will visit famous destinations like the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square and the old St. Francis hospital. This 90 minute experience costs $11 per person. The tour is offered in English and German at different times of the day.
If you want to learn how to bounce and twerk, this one hour session from MoeJoe in New Orleans will help you exercise in a fun and entertaining way. MoeJoe is a professional dance artist and has created a short dance routine using Bounce, two-step and twerk styles. After dancing, you will practice centering your mind using a Louisiana Creole practice of meditation. It costs $20 per person for a one hour session with a maximum group size of 10 people.
All the sounds you hear in movies are actually made in a studio. You can learn how they do it in a sound effects experience. This experience is a little more expensive than the others as it costs $40 per person. However, in this one hour session you will explore how Hollywood creates organic sound effects for major movie studios like Disney, Netflix, Sony and Warner Bros. Adam DeCoster, the host, is a four time Emmy-nominated Foley artist in Los Angeles. He has worked on many film and television shows like “Cheers,” “Mr. Robot” and “Orange is the New Black.” In this experience he’ll also take you through a virtual tour of his home studio where he records a lot of his work. DeCoster will also explain the equipment, gear and props that are used in many of his recordings.
All the way from Lisboa, Portugal, you can learn to make authentic, fresh, and delicious sangria from Drag Queens. In this experience, they will give you a step by step tutorial on how to make sangria from scratch as well as unique live performances. There will be fireworks, smoke effects, lights and “AMAZING” costumes that they have created. At the end, once the Sangrias are finished, there will be a short Q&A. This experience costs $23 per person for a 90 minute session. The class is taught in English, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish for a maximum group size of 30 people.