Travel demand is up after two years of staying at home, and people are staying away longer and longer. Many people who left the office to work at home during the pandemic never stopped, and a blended work and travel lifestyle is becoming more common. Airbnb analyzed locations in the U.S. and Canada that had booked at least 1,000 long-term stays during the year’s first quarter. Using the data, they found the five most affordable cities in the U.S. and Canada based on average nightly stay prices.
Most Affordable U.S Cities
1) Tulalip, Washington
- Average Price: $16.9 USD per night
- About The Area: Tulalip is about 1 hour north of Seattle by car and is home to the Tulalip Tribe. It lies in a bay of the state’s Puget Sound, which connects to the Pacific Ocean.
2) Catlett, Virginia
- Average Price: $21.8 USD per night
- About The Area: Catlett lies a little over an hour west of Washington D.C. and is a very small community of only 331 people, according to the 2020 census.
3) Garretson, South Dakota
- Average Price: $24.3 USD per night
- About The Area: Garretson lies on the border of South Dakota and Minnesota and is about a 3.5-hour drive from Minneapolis. It is about 30 minutes from Sioux Falls, a popular destination for rock climbers and skiers.
4) Lamberton, Minnesota
- Average Price: $24.4 USD per night
- About The Area: Lamberton is about a 2.5-hour drive east from Minneapolis and 2 hours from Sioux Falls.
5) Angleton, Texas
- Average Price: $24.5 USD per night
- About The Area: Angleton is about an hour south of Houston’s city center and 10 minutes from Mammoth Lake Waterpark, the largest Scuba diving lake in the country.
Most Affordable Canadian Cities
1) Trois-Rivières, Québec
- Average Price: $35.6 USD per night
- About The Area: Trois-Rivières lies between Quebec City and Montreal along the St. Lawrence River and is a little under a two-hour drive from each depending on traffic. Interesting historic sites such as La Vieille Prison de Trois-Rivières or Forges du Saint-Maurice are popular attractions in the area.
2) Medicine Hat, Alberta
- Average Price: $41.3 USD per night
- About The Area: Medicine Hat is about 3 hours southeast of Calgary by car and is one of Canada’s sunniest cities. It averages 330 days of sunshine a year. It is also home to the world’s tallest tepee, The Saamis Tepee.
3) Gatineau, Québec
- Average Price: $44.5 USD per night
- About The Area: Gatineau is located on the Ottowa River right across from Ottowa, Ontario. It is home to the Canadian Museum of History, the Mackenzie King Estate, and Jacques Cartier Park.
4) Thorold, Ontario
- Average Price: $46.9 USD per night
- About The Area: Thorold is about 15 minutes west of Niagara Falls by car. It’s an ideal location to set up a base camp for those interested in the falls and the surrounding area.
5) Québec City, Québec
- Average Price: $48 USD per night
- About The Area: Québec City is home to about half a million French-speaking Canadians and to the beautiful Château Frontenac, the city’s most famous landmark.
As the pandemic slowly fades into history, travelers are more eager than ever to return to exploring, and for longer. This is part of what has led to so many long-term stays on Airbnb, but there is also a growing movement to blend work and travel. Being a digital nomad is a lifestyle enjoyed by many who can do their job from any location, and affordable places to stay are a necessity when you don’t call any particular area home for good.
While some of the affordable Airbnb cities in the list above aren’t filled with amenities and attractions to explore, for some, that’s the point. Getting away from it all while keeping costs low is a goal many travelers share this year. The data from Airbnb shows that people are looking for ways to stay longer for less, and the cities above serve as excellent examples of where it can be done.
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