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314,000 People Applied for Airbnb’s Live Anywhere Contest — And They Won. Meet the Family Traveling the World and Living Full-Time on Airbnb.

Meet Stephanie Hays and Peter Woolcock — winners of Airbnb’s Live Anywhere contest.


Last summer, Airbnb announced that they were looking for 12 individuals who’d be willing to live full-time via stays booked on their platform for a year — and over 314,000 applicants from all around the world applied for this once in a lifetime opportunity.


One of the 12 selected was Stephanie Hays.  Stephanie and her husband Peter are no strangers to travel — in fact the couple  first met each other in a bar in Shanghai! 


Since then, they’ve traveled to more than 70 countries and lived abroad on a number of occasions. 


Most recently, Steph and Pete were living in Chattanooga, Tennessee along with their toddler son, Hays.  When she heard about the contest something told Stephanie that she just had to throw her hat into the ring.


And, well, that something was right. 


Tune in to hear the incredible story behind what this young family has learned after 9 months of living around the globe on Airbnb. 

You can follow their travels on Instagram here

You can watch their travel vlogs on YouTube here


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