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Airbnb is selecting a dozen people to live 10 months remotely in its short-term leases as part of its new “Live Anywhere on Airbnb” program. Participants will be able to travel between the lists from September to July 2022 with the short-term rental platform that covers the cost of accommodation and provides transportation allowance.
“The only thing people miss is traveling,” Chris Lehane, head of policy and communications at Airbnb, told the United States TODAY. “People really seem to live their lives on a platform like Airbnb, where they are able to spend time in different parts of the world and different communities.”
Those interested can apply online at www.airbnb.com/liveanywhere. Applications are open at the end of the month and participants are selected in July.
Tracking the long-term booking trend
According to a May report from Airbnb, the percentage of Airbnb stays lasting at least 28 nights doubled, from almost 14% of booked nights in 2019 to 24% of booked nights in the first quarter of 2021. One in 10 of the long-term bookers in 2021 reported that they lived a nomadic lifestyle, and 5% said they planned to give up their primary residence for Airbnbs.
“What we see on our platform is living, working, traveling, everything is really starting to get blurred together into one thing,” Lehane said. “Among the most interesting manifestations … that we have seen is this idea of a digital nomadic life.”
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Lehane said he has seen two main types of nomadic travelers during the pandemic: 18-24-year-olds who could travel while attending university, and people over 60, many of whom are retired.
“These are people who are looking to explore the world in a strange way that the pandemic kind of opened up,” he said.
Lehane added that the nomadic lifestyle trend that has existed long before the pandemic started has increased in recent months.
A longtime Airbnb user, Debbie Campbell, sold her house in July 2013 along with her husband, Michael Campbell, to live full-time in short-term leases. Eight years later, the couple has lived in more than 270 Airbnbs in 85 countries. Their blog, The Senior Nomads, documents their travels.
“The experience of staying on Airbnb has been truly transformative for us,” Debbie Campbell said in an email statement. “Whether you’re retired and embarking on your next big adventure, a budding writer is on the lookout. After a scenic nook to write your novel from, an entrepreneur looking for the next big thing, or just having a case of hiking, the live live trend is perfect for you. ”
Airbnb is looking for a diverse set of attendees, from young families to remote workers, to empty nests and more.
Attendees can travel to any Airbnb around the globe through the program as long as they adhere to local COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. Those who participate in the program will be able to provide Airbnb insights to help with future platform features and services.
Each participant must be 18 years or older and can bring up to three companions. The credit allocation from Airbnb was determined by the average cost of extended stays on the platform and will vary depending on group size.
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