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Airbnb is offering people the chance to live anywhere for a year for free

Tempted? (Picture: Airbnb)

Airbnb is looking for 12 people to live in their listed properties – based anywhere in the world – for a year.

Inspired by the growing demand for flexibility to work from wherever you want, Airbnb has announced the launch of the ‘Live Anywhere on Airbnb’ program.

The idea is that 12 individuals, and up to three companions each, will be able to live exclusively in listings on Airbnb for approximately one year.

Airbnb is looking for a diverse group to take part from July 2021 to July 2022, with the program being open to anyone from young families to solo travellers.

As if that’s not tempting enough, they’re offering to cover the cost of the accommodation(s) and provide a transport allowance for the length of the program.

They just ask that participants share their experiences with them, to ‘help inform future product upgrades and innovations’ on Airbnb, so they can better accommodate those who live nomadically.

They’ll pay for your accommodation (Picture: Ryan Kim/Airbnb.com)

They’re looking for participants to tell them information like how they could improve a long-term living experience and what types of accommodation solo and group travellers prefer.

Meanwhile, those who decide to list their primary residence on Airbnb during the program will be testing what it’s like to host and potentially earn extra income while living nomadically.

According to the Airbnb Report on Travel and Living, 74% of consumers they surveyed across five countries expressed an interest in living somewhere other than where their employer is based after the pandemic is over, and 11% of their long-term stay bookers in 2021 reported living a nomadic lifestyle.

‘Live Anywhere on Airbnb will give even more people the opportunity to see the world through a whole new lens, just as we have,’ said Debbie (Picture: Airbnb)

Full-time travellers and long-term Airbnb guests Debbie and Michael Campbell, also known as The Senior Nomads, retired in 2013, sold their home and decided to travel the world ‘one Airbnb at a time’.

They’ve lived in over 270 listings on Airbnb in 85 countries so far, and plan to live in ten countries in 2021.

‘The experience of living on Airbnb has been truly transformational for us,’ said Debbie.

‘Live Anywhere on Airbnb will give even more people the opportunity to see the world through a whole new lens, just as we have.’

If you’re interested, applications for the Live Anywhere on Airbnb program will be open until June 30, 2021 – just head to the Airbnb website.

The 12 participants will be chosen by a panel of interviewers in July, and will begin travelling in September.

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