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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Airbnb Makes The World Magically Smaller // The Global Video Campaign [Sponsored Post]

I know I've not mentioned this on my blog, but my friends and family know this - I am a huge, huge fan of Airbnb! I loved the concept before I actually used it, and now that I have (for my recent trip to Seoul) I am all for the Airbnb experience. *both hands up high!* Seoul was my first Airbnb experience, and it certainly will not be my last.

If you've not heard of Airbnb (why haven't you??), their recently launched global video campaign will give you a pretty amazing overview of what they are all about. 


This video took my breath away for a few reasons. 

  1. It was shot in one, continuous take.
  2. It brings you through the different types of "apartments" and "homes" from start to finish real nicely.
  3. Everything you see in this film, is MADE BY HAND. No CGI, nothing! Their team of craftsmen made everything you see in this video.
So impressive, and so magical to watch. 

And if you loved the video as much as I do, you have to watch the behind the scenes.


Their love and attention to detail, the effort and just seeing how they put everything together to give us all the ad we just watched, just pure brilliance. 

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And to leave you further in awe, here are some fun facts:
  • Welcome to Airbnb” was shot in a 40 x 40 metre warehouse in Auckland, New Zealand 
  • 9 “Cirkus artists” mechanically moved all the transitions, by hand, as the train moved along the full length of the track 
  • The castle was 3D printed and then hand painted brick by brick 
  • Miniature modellers and model painters created more than 100 unique trees, more than 60 hand-cut houses and 240 tailor-made miniature flowers, grasses and shrubs 
  • 96 figurines were made - including 6 miniatures of real Airbnb guests and 2 dogs 
  • The film features seven different lighting environments, all happening 'live' at the same time 
  • On the day of the shoot, 85 attempts were made to shoot the whole film, which is just one 
  • take - there were plenty more rehearsals 
  • 18 tables were used to raise the full length train track

I mentioned earlier in this post that I love Airbnb's concept. Why? For one, I have a SERIOUS wanderlust issue. I always relish the chance to travel and explore the world. Simply because, I feel that travelling, exploring a new country and learning about a new culture (from the language, the food and the people), is a deeply rewarding learning experience. You can take away so much. So in a way, travelling is about the experience. And one's accommodation definitely makes up part of the experience. 

Which brings me to point two, and the reason why I love Airbnb. Your choice of accommodation should be as important as your itinerary. Because aside from ensuring you get a good night's rest, the place you stay at is an experience by itself. You can find really interesting and quirky accommodation choices on Airbnb. For example, a caravan or a treehouse, which we never get the chance to try living in or experiencing in Singapore.

And, why would you choose to stay at hotels when your accommodation experience with Airbnb can be so much more rewarding?? Hotels are pretty much the same everywhere anyway. Also, I like how Airbnb gives me the chance to experience how the locals would live, just like the apartment I stayed at in Seoul. Locals live in that building too, and the apartment was lovely, just perfect for me and the boy. 

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I didn't take much photos of the place because I actually did a vlog about the apartment and my Airbnb experience, which I will share with you guys soon, together with my other Seoul vlogs. The boy has been encouraging me to start producing video content, so I thought our Seoul trip would be a good start.

Oh and did I mention that the view was stunning??
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This was the sight we woke up to, every morning.

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So yes, I definitely am looking forward to more Airbnb experiences. I've already bookmarked some apartments in countries that we intend to visit hehe. Go on and check out the apartments Airbnb has to offer if you haven't, don't miss out on these amazing experiences. Here's the link to Airbnb's website.

And like them on Facebook, and/or subscribe to your Youtube channel if you'd like too as well ;) They also have an Instagram account (@airbnb), but here's a heads up, their pictures will seriously trigger your wanderlust desires.

//This post was sponsored by Airbnb but all thoughts are my own.//

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