Airbnb takes Hospitality Tech to another level

Congratulations are in order! Airbnb, last Thursday, quietly launched a new feature called Travel Stories that allows guests to create and upload video sequences in order to show off highlights from their trip, as spotted by TechCrunch.

On a FAQ page, Airbnb gives several tips on how to make effective 10-seconds long video stories.

Captured videos can be put together with the Travel Stories tool within the Airbnb app. Tap on “Add video” to access your camera roll, and select which videos you would like to include.

You can then tag locations, and add captions and descriptions, and also give location tips to future travelers. A descriptive title that ideally includes the name of where you went and the type of trip it was (solo, family, work, etc.) will be all your story needs to be posted.

Here’s one about a trip to Cuba

Stories are published within the Airbnb app, which makes it a bit harder to share them outside of the network for potential travelers and trip planners, when compared to forums like Lonely Planet or TripAdvisor.

The new feature fits within Airbnb’s recent scope of expanding to become a more socially driven travel agency of sorts, instead of just a place to book a home to sleep in for a night. It announced Airbnb Trips in 2016, an initiative to accompany people’s travels with experiences. It now lets you book restaurant reservations, and it has indicated that it will be adding flights in the future.

The new tool can be accessed directly from airbnb’s site or on the app, in the profile view under “Travel Stories,” and it is currently available for iPhone with the latest version of the Airbnb app.

Snapchat and Instagram story users will have a field day with the new kid on the block. So the next time you take that short “vacay” or “baecation” courtesy Airbnb Ghana, be sure to try the Airbnb Travel Stories.

 

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