Remember the days when one of the best money-saving travel tips was booking an Airbnb versus a hotel?
Not only were nightly rates almost always far cheaper, but the Airbnbs and hosts themselves often shaped up to be the most memorable aspects of a trip.
These days, staying at an Airbnb rarely involves big savings or friendships with the hosts. For better or for worse, features like self-check-in make it so hosts and guests never even meet. Meanwhile, many listings are not managed by owners, but by corporate property management behemoths – without the convenience of on-site, full-time staff.
And the cost? A June 2022 analysis by US personal finance company
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