I actually saved a bundle living in Airbnbs
It turned out to be a lot cheaper for me to be a laptop-hauling nomad, bouncing from Airbnb to Airbnb around different countries and cities, than setting up camp in one set location. For me, that would've been Los Angeles, where the average one-bedroom apartment, without utilities, costs between $1,700 and $2,300 (depending on which part of the city, of course). And don't even get me started on the pricey car insurance (or traffic).
So let's say that I had stayed in Los Angeles, lucked out, and found a rad place for $1,700. I'd have signed a one-year lease and, over that term, paid $20,400 for rent alone. By contrast, my stay at each Airbnb lasted a couple of days at times, but it was mostly weeks and up to a month. I've lived in a countryside surfer dude's townhouse in sleepy North Shore, Oahu for $52/night; a 180sqft Parisian studio -- where the bathroom, I'm convinced, was actually made for Stuart Little -- for $47/night; and a lavish flat in Hong Kong that cost $48/night, but overlooked the famed harbor and was so high that I thought, This must be what Godzilla sees when he terrorizes cities.