@Cathy953 There seems to be a general apprehension on the part of consumers to commit to the cost of a vacation much too early probably besides the reasons you listed and the nervousness of layoffs doesn't help matters either. The residual effects/consequences of Covid 19 on many fronts are still with us and the present low consumer confidence isn't doing any one of us any favors. I expect the present atmosphere to go on until the end of 2024.
@Fred13 Belize, the Carribean? I guess I could Google. I've been thinking of visiting San Antonio del Mar, but people are more paranoid about Baja, than my moving from Northern Cal to Southern. Does one need a passport to visit south of the border? Just trying to get away from $2600+ hoi, 10.25% sales tax, $1988 hoa, and a lack of sanity in modern times.
@Cathy953 The 15% booking.com fee is identical to the Airbnb host only fee so shouldn't be an issue.
Sadly we have reduced prices this year due to your 2nd/3rd points (glut on the market &inflation) rather than increased prices due to the tripling of our energy costs and inflation (your points 1 and 2).
Ah well - Many hosts will fail soon and the market will improve eventually.