Dreaming of a European getaway? Good news, budget travelers: You could be on your way to a week-long stay in Italy without paying a dime (we’re not kidding).
Thousands of Italian bed & breakfasts will participate in “Barter Week” from November 14th to 20th. According to Barter Week’s website, the initiative began as a response to the dip in the tourism industry after the 2008 financial crisis. The week helps to spread the word about Italy’s many inns and bed & breakfasts, which offer visitors a more affordable way to travel.
The organization writes on their website:
“Such items as homemade marmalade or a DVD collection can be suitable examples of barterable goods. Alternatively, the provision of gardening or plumbing services, or even of music lessons, can be just as much welcomed by a B&B owner.”
You may want to hurry: There’s competition for living la dolce vida cost-free. Last year’s event received over 10,000 barter requests and proposals. the Guardian reports. Good luck!