This is how you can stay at a £200-a-night B&B for free

If you’re planning a last minute pre-Christmas winter getaway next month, then listen up because this latest news is going to save you a lot of money.

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Over 450 bed & breakfasts in 60 countries have signed up to a new scheme that allows holidaymakers to have a free stay. And yes, by free we mean not a single penny needed for accomodation. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it isn’t.

Barter Week, a new platform set up by Italian hotel site Bed and Breakfast, launches next month running from 19th to 25th November. During this period, travellers can stay in some of the world’s most beautiful B&Bs for free – all you have to do is be willing to help with the cleaning or any other house chores, and bring a small gift for the host.

The idea behind the scheme is based on Italy’s successful ‘Settimana del Baratto’ initiative, where small hotel owners offer up free rooms in exchange for manual, teaching or creative tasks from guests. Barter Week has taken this to a global scale by creating a dedicated website for hosts and holidaymakers from around the world to negotiate.

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‘During the third week in November travellers can stay in B&Bs without putting their hands in their pockets if they are skilled in manual, teaching or creative tasks, or arrive with something from home for their bed-and-breakfast hosts,’ the Barter Week organisers explain.

All hosts must upload pictures of their B&B along with a ‘wish list’ of what they’d expect from guests. This way, tourists can get in touch and haggle their way to a solid agreement. The Barter Week website states: ‘If there is no wish list, the traveller is free offer a barter of their own, for instance tango lessons or a collectors item of some sort: just use your imagination, be flexible and, above all, be willing to share.’

So, what are you waiting for? Let the haggling commence.