BARTER A BED: Travellers trade a talent for a trip

BARTER: A bed for music lessons CREDIT: Shutterstock

HOTELS in Spain are among 450 in 61 countries taking part in a novel initiative which offers travellers the chance to exchange accommodation for a service or goods.
Barter Week (November 19 to 25) was launched in Italy nine years ago through the Bed-and-Breakfast-It accommodation portal, whereby guests were invited to stay in one of its establishments in exchange for painting a wall, teaching a language or sharing a recipe from their country of origin.
The idea took off to the extent that this year, it has been expanded globally for the first time.
The seven Spanish establishments participating are based in Denia, San Sebastian, Barcelona and Madrid, with management looking for help improving their website, giving yoga classes and looking for help in the garden.
The principle of the initiative is that the website organisers have a list of bed and breakfasts/hostels willing to open their doors to future guests with a ‘wish list’ of what they would like in return.
On finding potential lodgers, the portal organisers then negotiate with hostel owners to reach an agreement.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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