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Airbnb – With a Twist

Stuck for that perfect Christmas Gift? – Look no further, Airbnb now sell unique experiences all over the world.

Struggling to buy something for the girl who’s got everything/the guy who needs nothing? Never fear, we have the answer…Do something extra special for the ‘one you love’ this year; go a step further and book a romantic getaway (if you haven’t already), complete with a uniquely immersive experience. You can even stock up on some local knowledge on places to go and hidden gems via locals’ recommendations. All of this is now at your fingertips via the Airbnb revamp.

Here are some examples of the one-of-a-kind experiences waiting for you!

The Truffle Hunter

Florence, Italy

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Hosted by a certified truffle hunter following in his grandfather’s footsteps, this experience allows you to fully submerge yourself into the beautiful Tuscan countryside whilst sampling some gastronomic delights along the way – what more could you want? Experience includes a snack and a spot of wine tasting to start; a truffle-hunt through the forest led by the nose of a pro-truffle-hunting pooch and rounded up by a truffle-tasting and lesson in all things truffle. Definitely one for the foodies.


Samurai Sword Artist

Tokyo, Japan

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The host is a professional samurai artist and choreographer, having worked in films such as Kill Bill! Take the steps through real samurai training, preparing the mind, body and soul in this all-encompassing experience. Expect cultural insights, including visits to shrines and temples, and the local cuisine of course. The experience culminates with a ‘swordplay workshop’, in a traditional Japanese ‘dojo’ (training room), with routines reminiscent of the best of the silver screen.


Maison de Couture

Paris, France

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Fashion fanatic? Eh voila, the experience for you – join a fashion house founder on a journey through the history of fashion. Kick things off with drinks, aperitifs and some fashion-focused chit chat; the next day, tour around a traditional milliner workshop and make your very own hat – after feasting on typical French pastries of course. On the final day, indulge in some of Paris’ finest fragrances and create your own custom scent! Ooh la la.


Adventure Man

Los Angeles, USA

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Join a local, self-confessed avid adventurer for an experience truly in touch with nature and a side of SoCal surf. Start your 3-day Cali lifestyle off with chilled drinks on the beach, followed the next day by some personalised tuition to hone your surf-skills. Explore the Malibu Creek State Park, set up camp and fall asleep around the bonfire, under the stars. On your final day, watch the sunrise, pack up and surf the waves one last time.



Have a browse through all of the choices on Airbnb and surprise your partner, (or treat yourself!) to one of these fully immersive experiences, for a truly unforgettable and insightful trip.

NOTE: If you are sweeping said person off their feet by whisking them away, don’t forget travel insurance; nothing destroys a romantic gesture more than leaving your s.o. with all the admin.


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