Barter Week Offers Free Accommodations for Goods and Services

Nov 11, 2018

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Travelers will have a unique opportunity to stay at properties across the globe for free in the coming weeks. Beginning on November 19th and running through November 25th, those willing to be creative and adventurous have the option to exchange goods or services for accommodations across the globe in a program called Barter Week. Accommodations vary as do the goods and services requested by hosts. This is the first year the worldwide program.

According to The Guardian, the global Barter Week initiative was launched by an Italian bed-and-breakfast/vacation rental aggregate site. The website is no stranger to bartering in return for free lodging. The company launched a similar program, Settimana del Baratto, in Italy in 2009. Now, for the first time in the initiative’s history, travelers around the world have the opportunity to barter in exchange for a free place to stay.

According to the official Barter Week website, there are more than 500 properties participating. Destinations include US cities such as New Orleans as well as Asian cities such as Manado, Indonesia. Properties include more traditional hotels, hostels, standard bed-and-breakfasts and even an elementary school. Below are just a few properties that caught our eye.

The 4 Fish in Manado, Indonesia

The 4 Fish in Manado, Indonesia is requesting that guests paint the house
The 4 Fish in Manado, Indonesia is requesting that guests paint window frames (Image via Barter Week)

A School in Mesang District, Cambodia

Stay at a "School" in Cambodia (Image via Barter Week)
Stay at a “School” in Cambodia (Image via Barter Week)

Hostal Aptofive in Havana, Cuba

Offering your SEO skills means a free stay in Havana, Cuba (Image via Barter Week)
Offering your SEO skills means a free stay in Havana, Cuba (Image via Barter Week)

Nine O’ Five Royale Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana

Stay at a historical hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana
Stay at a historical hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana

Requests vary in terms of what travelers can expect hosts to ask for in return for a free place to stay. For example, the Hostal Aptofive in Havana is requesting SEO (search engine optimization) or video marketing services. Barter Week’s official website states that requests for goods include everything from a comic book collection to English lessons. Many of the properties allow potential guests to offer a good or a service before selecting the property.

While the official Barter Week only lasts for seven days, many of the properties participating in the program will continue to accept reservations using bartering as a means of payment past the 25th. Reservation requests can be made on Barter Week’s official website.

H/T: Travel + Leisure

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