Airbnb Experiences, now also available in Amsterdam!

Most travelers I know, have slept in or rented out an apartment via Airbnb once or twice. Airbnb has basically become part of our travel experience and they’ve recently added another feature to make your travel experience that extra bit special. Airbnb Experiences. Amsterdam follows cities like San Francisco, Paris, Rome, New York and launched Airbnb Experiences and is now one of the 12 cities that offers this latest feature.

Airbnb Experiences, how does it work?
Do you want to experience or host? That choice makes a big difference. On the Airbnb website you can select both. And while joining an experience is really easy, (just select and book) hosting one is another piece of the pie. You need to have an experience on offer that meets the Airbnb guidelines. So think about what you have to offer because not everyone is making the cut. For example; do you work at an aquarium? Maybe you can talk about the marine life and what people can do to save it. Do you have a talent like drawing or do you know everthing about cheese? Sign up! You might host an Airbnb Experience in your hometown. Besides the normal experiences, you can also offer an experience that help local non-profit organisations. This is called the Social Impact Experience. You can help fish plastic out of the canals in Amsterdam or offer cooking lessons for refugees, the options are endless.

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Together with a small group of journalists, I was able to test some of these cool experiences at a special Airbnb event in Amsterdam last week. We could choose between 3 different experiences that are currently offered on Airbnb. I decided to join the perfume workshop where I could create my own personal fragrance from scratch. The workshop was given by Frank Bloem from The Snifferoo who teaches you everything you need to know about making a perfume. I’m not sure if I created the best smelling fragrance in the world, but it was certainly fun doing it!

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The Snifferoo giving a perfume experience

One of the the most booked Experience in Amsterdam at the moment, is the Motorcycle Tour with a sidecar which takes you along unseen country roads outside the city in the side-car of a vintage motorcycle. Airbnb Experiences gives people a chance to really get to know a city in a unique and local way, meet new people and give something back.

Have you booked your first Airbnb Experience yet?

Love,

Elke

Top 5 » Best Free Travel Apps of 2017

No one can live without their smartphone nowadays , including us. We love to explore and wander, but I travel best when I can look something up quickly. So even when I’m traveling I use my phone for good reason. There are more travel apps out there than ever and these are by far the best free travel apps of 2017! These apps could make your next journey a little faster, cheaper and smarter!

1.Google Trips
Coming in at number 1, is this new travel app from Google. It basically makes it a lot easier for you to plan your trip. Beforehand or when you are on the spot. Besides finding the usual “things to do”, you can also find travel details like reservations and confirmation numbers in one easy app. Google Trips simply gathers your travel information from Gmail and Inbox, then organizes it automatically. Plus, the entire app is available offline. Bye bye wifi hassle. Get the free app here

2. Hostelworld
Not everybody can effort a room at the Poseidon Undersea Resort in Fiji or The Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong, therefore this app is perfect for you. Search and book more than 30,000 properties in over 180 countries, from anywhere. Read millions of hostel reviews from fellow travelers & book your next adventure via this app. Get to budget travel in an instance here

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Be a backpacker and check out the Hostel World app!

3. AirBNB
We all know Airbnb of course but when they announced the the app in November last year, they have upgraded the experience. ” Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, said “We realized we needed to create a whole, holistic journey.” Always wanted to sleep in a beautiful loft at the canals in Amsterdam, in a Treehouse at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaï or in a mini van right at Cala Cordo in Ibiza? The app is free and available on IOS and Android. 

4. Favoroute
Find all the travel guides in one place, written by travel experts, locals and travel bloggers. Choose a guide by your favorite Travel Designer that enjoys your way of traveling and knows the destination with the eyes closed. We’ve actually written a London Guide for Favoroute when the app was just starting their journey. The app is free but you need to pay for the guides. Updates are free. Get it here.

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5. Polarsteps
Explore – Dream – Discover
This app helps you to log and share your journeys in an easy and beautiful way, turning your travel moments into a lifetime memories. It automatically tracks your route and places you’ve visited while traveling. It even logs your route when you have no internet connection and it has a minimal battery impact. The route is plotted on a colorful world map. Not only super handy when you own a travel blog but also when you want tip your friends by sharing this map with them. A new feature is that you can order your travel photo’s online and make it into a photo album. Download it here and check the story below.

Bonus: Want to see how much you have seen from the world? Check out the travel app BEEN. Crazy enough we have only seen around 18% of the world. Wow, we need to get a move on!

So check out these free travel apps of 2017 and enjoy your next travels!

Love,

Wander-Lust

These are the best treehouses around the world

I was watching this show called Treehouse Masters on Discovery channel and it inspired me to write this post.
I grew up building treehouses and huts and the TV show completely takes me back to my childhood. But Tree houses are not just for children anymore.
Check out these amazing treehouses and find your inner nomad!

Tranquil Resort, India
Wow, what a treehouse! This is not something you can build overnight. No, this is a luxury threehouse in the middle of a coffee plantation in India.
www.tranquilresort.com

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(Source: tranquil resort)

Tree House Point, USA
Three house point offers several treehouses on the property. Our favorite treehouse is the “Temple of the Blue Moon”.

With a hanging bridge leading to the beautiful treehouse, it truly feels magical. 
Check their Instagram and be inspired.
www.treehousepoint.com

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(Source: Treehousepoint)

Free Spirit Sphere Treehouses
Previously featured in my blogpost about the top 5 wanderlust hotels in the world, this is a fairy-tale treehouse you want to sleep in.
Lucky for you, it’s possible! Just head down to Canada :-)
www.freespiritspheres.com

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(Source: Free Spririt Sphere)

Yellow Treehouse Restaurant, New Zealand
Not a Treehouse for sleeping or playing but a Treehouse for eating! This restaurant looks like a hot air balloon where you can dream of flying off into a new world. This New Zealand based restaurant has had a lot of media attention so if you want to eat here, make sure you book well in advance!
They host private dinners and weddings too.
www.redwoodstreehouse.co.nz

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(Source: Yellow Treehouse Restaurant)

Beach Rock Treehouse, Japan
Part of the Beach Rock Village (amazing) in Okinawa, this is a treehouse that was build for a purpose; communicating with the space outside. Feel one with nature. Build and designed by Kobayashi Takashi, It’s also referred to as the ‘plexiglass portal on the world’.

One of the best treehouses ever
(Source: http://www.hometreehome.it/489/)

La Casa Del Arbol, Ecuador
This cute treehouse is not the best looking treehouse in the world but the location is somewhat amazing. You can literally swing over the edge of the world (2660 feet above sealevel!) Thrill seekers from all over the world try to get the rush and sail over the city of Banos. Bucketlist?
More info here.

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(Source www.hostalerupcion.com)
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Overlooking an erupting Mt. Tungurahua at the “edge of the world”  (Photo by Sean Hacker Teper)

The “Treehouse Masters” Spirit Treehouse, USA
This is one of the best treehouses build by pete who heads the hit series Treehouse Masters on Discovery Channel.
It’s solar powered and build in the backyard retreat of a New York based writer. I bet she will get inspired to write some amazing stories in this treehouse!
Check here to see part of the episode.

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“Sleeping in treehouses makes you feel at peace and one with nature”

Three Story Treehouse, British Columbia inCanada
It’s a shame that it’s a children attraction, but it doesn’t stop adults climbing inside this enchanted treehouse up in British Columbia.

Why only 1 treehouse, if you can build three into one right?
More info on www.enchantedforestbc.com

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Part of the enchanted forrest 

Mirror Cube, Sweden
It’s a very modern treehouse but because of the mirrors, this structure almost disappears into the trees almost as if it’s a tree itself.
Inside it looks incredible cosy and includes a 1 persons bed. Designed by Tham & Videgard architects, this Swedish hotel is definitely worth visiting!
They also have other treehouses such as the Cabin and the UFO treehouse. Be aware that it will cost you about 400 euro’s to stay the night.
www.treehotel.se

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(Source: Treehotel.se)

Monbazillac, France
This treehouse is listed on Airbnb and looks like a castle. It sleeps 2 people and has a lovely bath & bedroom.
Book it here!

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Aromantica Treehouse, Italy
Now this is a treehouse we can afford. For about 140 euro’s per night you can sleep in this peaceful treehouse.
Surrounded by nature, this is the perfect romantic gateway in Italy. It includes a private shower, balcony (with stunning views!) and a beautiful bed.
Not convinced yet? Check here and book!

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(Source: Airbnb)

Love,

Elke

Want more? Check here for the top 5 Wanderlust Hotels in the world.

How to see Rome in 2 days

This city has been on my European bucketlist forever. Somehow I never got the chance to visit Rome but when I planned my Greek Island hopping tour a few months back, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to fly via Rome. With only 2 days to discover this Italian capital, I needed to plan a little ahead to make the most of it. After all, 2 days may seem too short for a city with so many things to see but it can be done! How?

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