Category: The Travelling Economist


Airbnb: Why Hotels Will Be Fine

For my brief stay in Beirut weekend before last, I used Airbnb. For the first time. In case you’ve never used it before, some advice: DO NOT START BY MAKING A BOOKING ON AIRBNB. Because, as you make a booking, Airbnb will reserve money on your card. Instantly. As in: *Clic–receivesnotificationmessagefrombank–k* Except that making a booking on […]

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Lebanese Driving: How Free Markets Might Kill You

One of my school-friends has spent the last few years working for Jesuit Refugee Service, dealing with the mass exodus of Syrians fleeing the Civil War. Her most recent posting was Beirut, and she’s been saying for ages that I should come and see Lebanon for myself – while she’s still there to steer me clear of Hezbollah. And a month ago, she told […]

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