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I like renting out my apartment. I love getting in contact with my guests.
Sometimes it’s fun to cook for the guests. Sometimes the guests cook for us. Sometimes I take them out for dinner or events or even some drinks.
But if I would sell this as a service I would feel like a prostitute. Can somebody buy friendship?
Hands down it was incredible and I would do it again in a heart beat. Experiences aren’t about cooking a meal with a guest or spending time with them.
It’s about imparting very specific knowledge you have and helping them to get an insiders view. In order to successfully host an experience I’d say you’d need expertise and passion.
My experience in LA was with a food blogger who works with the food network, 10k followers on instagram. In the 2 day immersive experience I spent a lot of time with her learning tips and tricks on how to improve my own photography as well as my social
media presence. And at the end of it we are not friends - it was about knowledge exchange.
Clearly what she’s offering is not the same as cooking a meal with a host or going out for a drink.
I am revving up to provide an experience. (Photography with an acknowledged expert). But I’ve found that I don’t have enough information as yet. One thing I’ve not sussed out as yet is this - do you have to be a host to offer an experience? Or are they independent of hosting?
Ja, I understand that it can be well. Maybe I’m just not made for it.
My brother in law is a quite famous singer in Germany and we took guests from Singapore with us to a concert yesterday. Hanging around backstage, free drinks and food, meet and greet with the band. It was fun. But I could never plan something like this. It only happended because I liked the guests. I could never sell this as a service.
If you have a passion and want to consistently share that with people, experiences are for you. If you don’t, then you don’t need to feel you have to create an experience. :). The experience does need to be something you can repeat… be it weekly, fortnightly etc.
I’m thinking about putting a market tour together along with a cooking class. It wouldnt be me sharing my everyday, it would be me leading a session that had specific aims and objectives. I suspect the most successful experiences will be similar… there needs to be an element of learning otherwise it’s just sitting around chatting and I would never pay for that.
Just wondered what people would think if I added spotted dick or gooseberry fool. I would totally take a class learning how to make spotted dick just for the lols. (Sorry if anyone got offended I have a puerile sense of humour.)
I made my Danish hosts a shepherds pie. First they looked high and low for lamb mince and couldn’t find it so I agreed to make a cottage pie. Then they couldn’t find gravy granules. Long and short of it was I learned how to make gravy without gravy granules too as you can’t have cottage/shepherds pie without gravy!
I’ve never seen anyone clean their plates so fast.