How to get free hotel accommodation in exchange for your skills
Hotels and guesthouses around the world are offering their guests free stays in exchange for goods or services for the Second International Barter Week.
Hotels, B & Bs and travelers are ready to swap for Barter week, an initiative that sees web hosts open their doors to customers for free in exchange for goods or services. Hosts list their needs which range from DIY and creative skills to educational or marketing services and invite potential guests to make an offer.
“We love good food and would love to discover new culinary secrets. So we offer hospitality in our country house to anyone who will teach us how to make the best pizza in the world,” the owners said in their wish. listing.
Some hosts post for specific needs, instead they invite customers to identify a need and then make an offer to meet it. Others simply ask guests to bring a gift from home, whether it’s a local craft product or something rare like a vintage comic.
During the first edition, around 600 guesthouses in more than 60 countries participated in the initiative, which is the international spin-off of the Italian Barter Week, the annual event organized by Bed and Breakfast-IT. This year’s barter week will be November 18-24, although many announcements on the website accept services in return for free hospitality year-round.
To participate, go to the dedicated site to see which hotels and guesthouses are asking for help. The home page lists the categories of goods and services searched, so it’s easy to check the requests. After selecting the property that catches your eye, contact them through the appropriate form to start negotiations. Registration is free.