Airbnb wants you to live anywhere in the world for a year for free

Airbnb is offering 12 individuals the chance to live anywhere in the world for one year.

The winners of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will live exclusively in listings on Airbnb from July 2021 to July 2022.

Plus you can bring up to three companions with you.

You could live in this villa in Lagoa, Algarve © @casa_vida_mar @airbnb Instagram

Airbnb will cover the cost of accommodation and a transportation allowance for the program.

They’ll help you with listing suggestions and local experiences for you and your buddies.

Airbnb are seeking a diverse bunch.

They say they’re looking for “remote workers, creatives, empty nesters, young families, staycationers and digital nomads.”

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Airbnb are looking for empty nesters, nomads and young families to ‘Live Anywhere’ © Canva

If that sounds like you, get moving. Applications close 30 June. Apply here.

The Live Anywhere progam aims to inform Airbnb about the future of flexible living.

According to the Airbnb Report on Travel & Living more people want to live like nomads.

The share of stays 28 days or longer on Airbnb increased 10 per cent in nights booked comparing 2019 to Q1 2021.

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More people are living like nomads as the lines between work and travel blur © Canva

More than 10 per cent of long-term stay bookers in 2021 report living a nomadic lifestyle.

Just under 75 per cent of consumers surveyed across five countries expressed interest in living someplace other than where their employer is based.

Airbnb thinks that the trends blurring the lines between travelling, living and working are here to stay.

What’s the catch?

The Live Anywhere program will tell Airbnb how to improve its products and resources to cater for long-term living experiences.

If you’re lucky enough to be selected as one of the 12 individuals or their companions, Airbnb wants you to document and share your experience.

You will be required to document and share your Live Anywhere experience © Canva

They want to know what the ideal type of accommodation is for different kinds of travellers.

Plus they want to understand the financial benefits of hosting while travelling.

Debbie and Michael Campbell from Seattle, Washington have been dubbed ‘The Senior Nomads’.

Imani Bashir and Michael and Debbie Campbell have lived everywhere and anywhere © @sheisimanib @theseniornomads

“For the past eight years we have called 270 Airbnbs in 85 countries home,” says Debbie and Michael.

International journalist Imani Bashir says the Live Anywhere program affords her the opportunity to really feel like she belongs as opposed to staying in a destination for a short time.

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