Posted on: February 7, 2019 at 10:10 pm
Last updated: May 27, 2019 at 10:46 am

“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain


No one would want to spend their golden years with only memories of office work and stressful days. Sure, the moments you share with your family and friends matter a lot, but nothing soothes the soul like memories of adventure, tourism and seeing the world.

It gets even better when you do it with your loved ones. Traveling is food for the heart and soul. Not only do you get to meet new people, learn and experience new things, but you also get to see life from other perspectives.


Since its establishment in 2009, Airbnb has been a saving grace for many tourists, travelers, and homeowners looking to make some extra cash. It serves as an online platform that allows people to put their spaces and property up for rent by traveling guests.

Not everyone who goes on vacation or a business trip wants to stay in a hotel. Asides from the fact that they can be outrageously expensive, you don’t always connect with the place, culture, and people. Hotels just don’t feel like home. Airbnb connects homeowners and guests in over 90 countries across the world.


A paid trip to a tiny town full of heritage

Airbnb has incredible travel plans this year. Who wouldn’t love to visit fantastic locations and not spend a lot on hotel bills? There a wide range of home prices to choose from. If you want a palace, Airbnb can hook you up.

If you’ll feel more at home in a single room by a river, they’ve got you covered. If you want to stay in a tiny Italian village that’s rich with unique culture, Airbnb is willing to pay you to enjoy a three-month summer vacation this year. I kid you not, this is real.

They’re looking to hire and pay four people who will go on a full holiday in Grottole, Matera, Italy. Airbnb is partnering with an NGO called Wonder Grottole in a mutually beneficial relationship. The four guests will get to learn the culture and traditions of the Grottole people, while their trip will hopefully rejuvenate the town.

Grottole has a very small population of 300 people, and there are over 600 houses sitting unoccupied in the small town. At the end of the first vacation month, Grottole will become an Airbnb destination, an ingenious plan to give life to the little town.

What’s in it for Airbnb?

Airbnb is sending the four guests over there to learn everything there is to know about the people of Grottole. They’ll be fully involved in the activities of the locals throughout their stay, enjoying Italian cappuccino and touring the beautiful countryside.

The temporary citizens will learn how to speak Italian, prepare wonderful Italian dishes, vegetable-farming the Grottole way. They’ll also learn how apiculture and production of olive oil. And lastly, how can someone spend three months in Italy and not learn how to make pasta?

These four guests will then serve as Airbnb travel instructors to people visiting Grottole. They’ll commence teaching the guests right after the first month. A lot of people are excited to visit this tiny, rustic town tucked away in Southern Italy.

There are several uninhabited homes, and, unfortunately, if nothing is done to increase the population, it may not be around long. This paid trip will be a win-win situation for everyone involved. Grottole gets re-vitalized, Airbnb adds another destination to its list, and four lucky people get to have the time of their lives.

If you want to make a grab for this golden opportunity, fill out this application form. It’s going to be a random pick, but with a touch of moonlight and a ray of sunshine, you just might get lucky!


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  2. Admin. No date available. Airbnb will pay four people to live amongst locals in a remote Italians village for three months. Retrieved from
  3. Wonder Grottole. Official website.
  4. The Italian Sabbatical. No date available. Your new country life in Grottole. Retrieved from


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