COZUMEL, Mexico (AP) — Long before Airbnb was a thing, my family rented houses for our holidays rather than stay in hotels. Houses were easier with small children who needed room to run. We liked going to markets in foreign countries and cooking with fresh, local ingredients. And we liked vacationing with friends.
Before internet rental sites, we selected places from catalogues based on tiny photographs. Our children had no opinions and no vote, so the decision was less complicated.
Now with Airbnb, HomeAway and other sites, we have a plethora of houses to pick from, with photos from every angle and customer reviews. Our children are adults with their own opinions. Satisfying everyone’s wish list is a challenge.