In the six years since Airbnb launched, the company has pretty much managed to redefine budget traveling. Since then, I’ve played the role as both host and guest in several countries and cities, with, more often than not, mixed feelings.
It’s pretty rare that I feel uncomfortable, but I was definitely second-guessing my decision to come to Egypt. Sometimes, disaster tourism can be the answer to rebooting a country’s broken economy. Other times, you probably shouldn’t be there.
The peanuts and water are free on United, but it doesn’t almost matter anymore. With legacy carriers nickeling and diming everyone these days and budget airlines pushing fares up in response to rising fuel prices, the difference isn’t so big these days.