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Whenever we travel abroad (do you still remember what that feels like?), Or even around the country, we often face a dilemma: Are you staying in a more private hotel or Airbnb?
The better option would be the latter, as they are generally more cost effective and come with additional amenities and comforts.
With remote working taking on a whole new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic, I bet you wish you could just get up and go somewhere else; a new and exciting place. Because why is being in a “correct” office important in the new normal, right?
Airbnb just announced that they are looking for 12 people to travel and live in one of the listings on their site for 10 months.
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Dubbed the âLive Anywhere on Airbnbâ program, it all might sound too good to be true. What’s the catch, exactly?
The travel accommodation giant wants to conduct market research tailored to a growing type of clientele: digital nomads. So naturally, they will need âguinea pigsâ to provide practical comments on this research.
It doesn’t matter what you do for the job. Whether you’re a content creator for a multimedia website, a rainmaker for a startup, or even just a regular home worker with a family to support, Airbnb is looking for a diverse group of people to live and work remotely. on any of its ads for free.
Yes, for free. This is how it works.
Each program participant will receive up to $ 48,000 in Airbnb credits, which they must use to pay for accommodation costs. An additional amount of USD 12,000 will be provided to cover transportation costs. Oh, and you can bring up to three companions with you. Sounds good so far.
You’ll also need to be able to stay in an Airbnb listing in a country with manageable COVID-19 conditions. Your daily schedule (outside of your own work and personal routines) is to create audio or written journals, describing your life and work experience on the list.
Additionally, you will need to participate in a video call with Airbnb’s research, product, and design team who will provide you with any feedback you may have. This will happen once a week.
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Airbnb hopes to use the feedback received to make future product upgrades more suitable for digital nomads, which in turn will attract more customers as the COVID-19 pandemic forces everyone to work remotely. Smort.
Even with the pandemic over (hopefully not too long from now), Airbnb is hoping people will continue to realize the importance of remote working, forgoing the need for a typical office environment.
And the numbers speak. Long-term stays in Airbnb listings increased 10% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2019. In the company’s Travel and Life report, released in May 2021, long-term stays are defined as single bookings of at least 28 days. .
The 10 percent increase is a significant jump, especially when you factor in the COVID-19 pandemic.
This writer already dreams of becoming a digital nomad in Bali, Indonesia. Or Chiang Mai, Thailand. Yes, either will work for me.
Anyone who wants to make their dreams of a digital nomad come true has until the end of June 2021 to apply for the “Live Anywhere on Airbnb” program.
IMAGE: Hubud Bali / Travel + Leisure
Interested applicants must reside in one of the following countries:
Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada outside the province of Quebec, Chile, Mainland China, Denmark, Dubai, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States.
Click here to learn more about the “Live Anywhere on Airbnb” program.
Click here to apply. Good luck!
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