NO PLACE LIKE A STRANGER’S BED?

“The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are,” Samuel Johnson once wrote.

If that’s the reason we travel, then surely it’s a no-brainer to favour a stay in a local home over a hotel room, which more often than not look the same inside no matter where you are in the world. It comes down to authenticity of experience versus the anonymity of a hotel room.

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Trouble is, before recently, you had to know someone to see how the locals lived. No longer. With the rise of …

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