Travelers can stay at accommodations around the world without paying a penny for the first time thanks to the new global Barter Week program.
Expanding from the original Barter Week in Italy, “Settimana del Baratto,” the new incentive is opening the program, which allows travelers to stay at locations for free in exchange for goods and services, to countries around the world.
While bed and breakfasts are one type of accommodation found through the program, travelers can also find stays in hotels, vacation homes, hostels, nature lodges, and even 17th-century farmhouses.
Each location listed on the Barter Week website includes photos, a description of the space, reviews and maps of each location. Some accommodations also have a set of “barter wishes,” listing what types of goods and services they are interested in.
For locations that don’t have specific desires listed, travelers are invited to place their own barters with the accommodation hosts.
Desired offers include playful exchanges like providing a comic book collection or tango lesson to taking photos, teaching English or helping out feeding farm animals.
Some locations will also offer local experiences and meals as part of the exchange, including evenings of traditional Bulgarian music or archeology tours, and breakfasts made from produce harvested directly from the farm a traveler is staying in.
While the official Barter Week will run from Nov. 19 through Nov. 25, some properties are also offering barters all year round.
Once an offer has been placed, the host will either accept or reject the offer and negotiate with travelers to finalize the deal.
Who knows, the bartering life might just be the one you didn’t know you needed.