Visitors to Italy can stay for free by sharing skills and goods

Thousands of B&Bs in Italy are offering stays in exchange for services and skills ranging from social media to live music, DIY to olive picking

10 of the best foodie retreats in rural France

These charming B&Bs, guesthouses and gîtes offer comfortable pitstops on a French adventure, but with their mouth-watering regional food and wine they may prove hard to leave

Top 10 B&Bs in France to break your motorway journey

Break up the long drive to your French holiday destination with a stop at one of these chic but affordable guesthouses – chosen by Alastair Sawday