If you’ve never heard of Amazon Explore, you’re not alone—it’s a relatively new service that connects you to interactive,
one-on-one virtual experiences around the world, whether that’s
or a “
. Launched during the pandemic, Explore is Amazon’s bid to,
“complement, rather than replace, traditional travel,” per a message from
the company’s PR team
quoted by the New York Times.
If you aren’t quite yet
the prospect of p
in front of your computer some more
going outside to actually
Amazon is offering eligible Prime members their first session
for free (for “
experiences” under $50)
. Here’s how it works.
Amazon Explore offers a variety of virtual experiences where you can interact with a host or guide. It’s a live experience between you and the host, with one-way video (you can see the host, but the host can’t see you) and two-way audio, so you’ll need a working microphone when you log into the session.
is pretty slick, and includes
graphic overlays, maps, and onscreen labels. There is a o
screenshots and a “megaphone” feature that allows
you talk directly with people near your guide. And b
ecause this is Amazon, you’ll often also have
the ability to make purchases (look for sessions with the “In-Session Shopping” tag).
Examples of the types of experiences you can try for free
- A tour of Cold War sites in Berlin
- Cooking lessons on how to make manchamanteles mole with a Mexican chef
- A tour of the historic city center in Florence, Italy
- An iPhone photography class with a professional photographer
- Shop like a chef: browse and buy cookware in Tokyo’s Kitchen Town
Prime members can get their first session under $50 for free. The Amazon Explore page allows you to all experiences under $50; pick one, toggle the blue “Book your session” button to choose a date and time, and apply the code FREEFUN at checkout, which should reduce your total to $0.
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Some restrictions apply: You have to be a Prime member, it has to be your first session (even if you haven’t used the discount code yet), and the service is only available in the U.S. And if giving virtual tours and classes sounds like fun, you can apply here to work with Amazon as a host—though naturally, the company takes a commission from your earnings.