Airbnb Is Seeking 12 People to Live Anywhere for Free for One Year

Airbnb Is Seeking 12 People to Live Anywhere for Free for One Year

Airbnb is on the hunt for 12 intrepid travelers to spend an entire year living the nomadic lifestyle in home rentals around the world.

On Wednesday, the home rental company announced the “Live Anywhere on Airbnb” opportunity. The aim, the company explained, is to have 12 lucky people share “their unique experiences with Airbnb,” which “could help inform future product upgrades and innovations on the platform, helping to lay the groundwork for the future of nomadic living.”

Their input, Airbnb notes, could shape product changes and resources that would improve the long-term living experience, help define ideal accommodations for solo travelers or groups like families, and even help to better understand the financial benefits of Hosting while traveling.

In exchange for all this knowledge, Airbnb will cover the cost of accommodations and provide an allowance for transportation for the duration of the pilot program. Participants can even choose to host their primary residence on Airbnb during their travels and earn extra money while they travel.

The reason for the program appears to be because of the growing popularity of long term stays in private home rentals. According to Airbnb’s Report on Travel & Living, the share of stays 28 days or longer increased by 10% in nights booked from 2019 to 2011.

“The experience of living on Airbnb has been truly transformational for us,” Debbie Campell, a long-term Airbnb guest, shared in a statement. “Live Anywhere on Airbnb will give even more people the opportunity to see the world through a whole new lens just as we have. We’re excited to see more people living and working from wherever they choose.”

Starting today, those interested can submit their applications at www.airbnb.com/liveanywhere. And truly, everyone’s invited to apply, including remote workers, empty nesters, young families, and more. Participants just need to be 18 years old or older and must be able to travel for 12 consecutive months from July 2021 to July 2022. Airbnb will assist with listing suggestions, local Experiences, and more. Each participant will be allowed to bring up to three companions to be part of the program.

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Airbnb Is Blocking Some July 4 Reservations to Prevent Potential House Parties

Airbnb Is Blocking Some July 4 Reservations to Prevent Potential House Parties

The rule is a part of the company’s “Summer of Responsible Travel” plan.

Airbnb will block guests without a history of good reviews from booking an entire home for single night stays in the United States for the July 4 holiday, the company shared with Travel + Leisure.

“As the July 4 weekend approaches, we are deploying more stringent restrictions on one and two-night reservations that may pose heightened risk for parties,” Airbnb wrote in a statement detailing their 8-point “Summer of Responsible Travel” plan.

The decision, part of the home share company’s larger effort to crack down on house parties, was made after Airbnb “learned that July 4 is being pegged as the ‘reopening’ date in the US.” Guests who do have a “history of positive reviews on Airbnb” as well as those who already booked one-night reservations will not be affected.

Airbnb — which is expecting a summer travel boom — is also adding Spanish to its Neighborhood Support hotline, which people can call to “flag issues to our trained agents in real-time,” as well as offering discounts on noise detection devices to Superhosts. Those who use these devices must disclose them in their listing, Airbnb said.

Additionally, the company will aim to make house rules (think quiet hours and occupancy limits) more prominent by moving them higher up on listing pages.

“This helps communicate those important rules loud and clear while aligning expectations between Hosts and guests to try to ensure respectful treatment of properties and neighbors during stays,” Airbnb wrote.

In 2019, Airbnb vowed to implement stricter rules on house parties following a fatal shooting at a rental property in California and has since blocked people without a history of good reviews from making one-night reservations on more than one occasion, including New Year’s Eve and Halloween.

In July, Airbnb said it would also stop renting entire homes to guests in the U.S. under 25 years old with less than three positive reviews or a negative review.

Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she’s not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

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