Fair enough, but as @KKC said, it’s not a decision you need to make right away. We feel the exact same in respect of interaction with guests, we really miss the glasses of wine and a chat on the patio, or with others taking them to our favourite tabancos for some vino de Jerez and tapas.
Sadly, we get very few Airbnb guests now, the vast majority of what few bookings we’re getting here, down in the bottom left hand corner of Spain, is via BDC and Vrbo. We haven’t seen any of our regular direct booking guests for almost a year now.
While (with us anyway!) Airbnb guests have always generally been more sociable then BDC guests, we’ve had a good few BDC where we’d happily have chatted or had a glass of wine with, but couldn’t. For us, it marks a distinctly different type of BDC guest then before.
Maybe worth thinking that a change is as good as a rest and giving a different platform a whirl?
From a financial perspective, I feel for you. We have suffered massive losses since March 2020 as well, as have the majority of small time hosts in our neck of the woods.
That all said, I am confident that many facets of pre covid hosting will return. As more and more folks get vaccinated, the tension and stress of dealing with guests at arms length will disappear and allow for a more personal style of hosting to reappear.
Different strokes for different folks. There’s alternatives out there, but you need to go find them. I sincerely hope you do, viel glück!
More than welcome, I mean you’re the bloke who introduced the Dead South to this forum