Around the World in 80 Airbnbs

 

To publicize its new 'adventure' packages, Airbnb is selling an 80-day around the  world trip that will use eight transport modes—yes, including a hot-air balloon—and visit 16 countries.

While it won't exactly match the itinerary of the fictional Phineas Fogg in Jules Verne's novel, it will include a variety of stops and cultures, including the Galapagos Islands and trekking in Australia.

The package goes for $5,000, and went on sale last week; Airbnb hasn't said how many it will sell. The trip departs September 1st from London.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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It has made different numbers available on different days, but has not said what the total available might be. That seems a bit odd, the more so in view of the problems people have had in booking it, I learn. The piece below, from Fast Company, indicates that it is a bit like trying to book tickets for a hot concert, and that a number of people were charged but not accepted, or were charged multiple times. https://www.fastcompany.com/90...some-customers-angry

Phineas Fogg appears to have had it easy!

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

On the Airbnb link I cited, alongside the price ($5000) is a button, "coming soon" which seems to indicate that they aren't yet officially selling the trip, or maybe they sold the 6 places for the 3 dates listed and more will be "coming soon"?  Who knows.  Having already gone around the world twice, once for 6 months & again the opposite direction for 4, I'm not interested in a package tour, especially one that offers an if-this-is-Tuesday-it-must-be-Bhutan sort of experience as it describes in the itinerary.  The price seems very low & I can't help but wonder what the effect of "you get what you pay for" will be.

I also thought the price was low, but assumed it was set there to seem accessible, and also assumed that they probably have a web of supplier special deals wrapped up in it...

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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