Airbnb looking for 12 people to live for free anywhere for one year

They'll even be able to rent out their normal home at the same time.
They'll even be able to rent out their normal home at the same time. Photo credit: Airbnb

Airbnb has launched a promotion offering 12 people the chance to live in properties listed on its website for up to a year free of charge.

It comes as people increasingly embrace their ability to work from anywhere, which has become exponentially more popular amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The participants will be asked to share their experiences with Airbnb to help inform the company on future product upgrades and innovations "to better accommodate nomadic living".

According to an Airbnb report on travel and living, the number of bookings that were 28 days or longer in length increased by 10 percent in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in 2019.

The 'Live Anywhere on Airbnb' promotion will see the company cover all accommodation costs as well as give participants an allowance for transportation for the duration of the programme. 

Those who take part will also be able to rent out their own home as accommodation on the platform at the same time, helping the company improve its hosting services.

Susan Wheeldon, Airbnb's manager for New Zealand and Australia, called the offer a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"This is a unique opportunity for Kiwis to be selected for a once in a lifetime year-long trip," she said.

"Whether you're an Auckland family who's always dreamed about taking the kids on a farmstay adventure down south, or a sunseeking beach lover who wants to make the most of the trans-Tasman bubble or live in the Bay of Islands, this programme aims to give 12 lucky people and their companions ultimate flexibility when it comes to blurring the lines between living, working and travelling."

People can register to take part via Airbnb's website.