Airbnb's mermaid experience will get you a tail, a shell bra and a photoshoot

The introduction of the Airbnb experiences platform in 2016 has seen travellers upskilling in areas they never thought to try before.

Holidaymakers were suddenly able to master the art of a smoky Paella in Valencia, develop coconut tree climbing skills in Puerto Rico and burn sage with an actual Texan witch.

Now there’s the opportunity to try your hand – and tail – at becoming a mermaid.

San Diego-based photographer Shannon Subers transforms travellers into mermaids just in time for sunset. So like The Little Mermaid, but in reverse, and Ursula doesn’t try and mess up your life.

Aspiring mermaids get their makeup done and slip into a seashell bra, seaweed earrings, and, of course, a long swishy tail. They also walk/paddle away with 15-20 photos of the experience.

To add to the magic, the photoshoot takes place as the sun sets on the scenic San Diego beach of La Jolla, making for quite the Southern California souvenir.

The experience starts at £70 per person.

With exciting casting developments for Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid swirling, Shannon’s business is set to make a lot of a childhood dreams a reality.

The photographer has costumes for men, women and children, so the whole family can have a splash. So yes, this means you will have plenty of photographic evidence to embarrass your kids with once they’re grown adults.

Through her work, Shannon has transformed solo travellers, mum/daughter duos, bachelorette parties and some ‘mermen’ into mythical beings.

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And she isn’t alone. She’s got other fishy friends. Airbnb’s ‘mermaid for a day’ experiences are offered all over the world, in locations including Toronto, Florida, Chicago, and Tulum. Heck there’s even a Mexican seashell house you can saunter about it.

Shannon has also been part of the vibrant Californian ‘mermaiding community’ for seven years, and is involved in this weekend’s California Mermaid Convention, the longest running mermaid convention in the world.

While mermaiding isn’t available on Airbnb experiences in the UK, companies such as Mayim Mermaid Academy in Dorset and Freedive UK offer mermaiding opportunities.

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