If you didn't know already, Airbnb offers immersive experiences worldwide as a complement to their home-sharing platform. In the advent of COVID-19 restrictions, many of their experience hosts have converted their in-person events for online participation.
Take that trip to paradise you've been planning, sans the airfare, or learn how to make paella from a century-old family recipe.
Some of the events are free, but most have a modest fee to help support the proprietors. We hope Airbnb continues with this option.
There's an app that makes dinner fun and easy. 40+ live classes per week. Invite notable chefs into your kitchen. You get to join them on the Food Network and cook along real-time or try it again with the recorded segment - no judgment.
The first month is free! $6.99/month after the first 30 days. Discounts for annual subscriptions.
Did we mention, in most cities, you can order the ingredients for delivery beforehand?
Here's another clever reinvention to feed your wanderlust (aka cabin fever) in the time of COVID-19.
Travel virtually and intellectually with the experts at Context Travel. Architects, art historians, ecologists, chefs, and more, many PhD and MA level scholars. with a penchant for storytelling, will transport you with their new "Context Conversations."
Join them for seminars with topics from Picasso to the Pantheon, and priorities like pairing bubbly with brunch.
Seminars range from 60 - 90 minutes and are available for purchase through Eventbrite. Average fee: $35.00. You won't need travel insurance. What a bargain!
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Whiskey Stories is bringing its renowned multi-sensory tasting and pairing experiences online! Rachna Hukmani, whiskey expert and founder of NYC-based Whiskey Stories, will be your host. She's also a comedy actor, stand-up comic, and writer with a background in sensory science and food.
Take your cocktail game to the next level. Choose from clever themes like high-tea with musical guests and Game of Thrones infused with whiskey and comedy. They've even launched events with in-home multi-sensory kits that can be mailed to you in advance. Cheers!
Earth Day is turning 50! America's Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is presenting a series live video webcasts (recorded versions available, too) on topics from gems to neanderthals with archaeologists, museums technician and other experts. It's not just for the kids!
You can also join their annual earth summit, now the Earth Optimism Digital Summit, starting Thursday, April 23, Join for international stories about small and large impact initiablebs that are making a difference. Jose Andres, celebrated chef and founder of One World Kitchen, is one of the esteemed speakers!
Feeling like you would like to emerge from quarantine with a new or improved skill? Clean out those craft boxes and bins and create.
Have you heard about Bluprint?
Bluprint offers online classes in art, food, and living. There are classes on sewing, cake decorating, crafting, and more! Maybe you've been contemplating gardening or growing your own vegetables during this time. Bluprint has it all.
Some classes are FREE! If you love it, there are a number of affordable options to elevate your DIY skills.
Knit Soy and Metal will help you freshen up your shelter and brighten your outlook with a virtual candle making class. Every Saturday and Sunday, indefinitely, online.
Just $33 a class, they will mail your kits to you when you place your order. Perfect weekend activity solo or with your quarantine qrew.
Family-owned Baltimore Chef Shop is Zooming back to business with their online cooking classes offering everything from cherry pie to gumbo to sushi - AND skills classes.
Classes are $39 for each screen, so include your roomies if you'd like. The ingredient lists are provided so you can shop ahead. Locals can order the ingredients for an additional $23.99 and pick them up for class.
They're also offering virtual summer camps for the kids!