AirBnB changed how we travel. Instead of looking for hotels, it’s now possible to rent someone’s home for less money, and get a more personal, relaxed experience. You could go for a traditional apartment or house, but why not try something completely unique and even strange? Here are some of the most unusual rentals that are available (or used to be) on AirBnB:
In Finland, if you stay at Lucky Ranch, you get to sleep in an igloo for around $100 a night! You get a double bed with two sleeping bags. If it’s too cold for you, the hosts provide indoor accommodations complete with fireplace and shared sauna. In 2016, a man advertised a “Boutique Winter Igloo for 2” on AirBnB, which he built during the big snowstorm. AirBnB took the ad down, though it did compliment the creator’s construction.
A “bubble” room
These “bubble rooms” in Wadi Rum, Jordan, are part of the Full of Stars Hotel. Each bubble tent boasts a bathroom with a shower and king-sized bed. The translucent ceiling and walls give visitors a once-in-a-lifetime view of the stars. The hotel offers three other accommodations – the king luxury tent, twin luxury tent, and triple luxury. Activities include camel rides, jeep adventures, and a “nomad visit.”
If money isn’t an issue for you, sleep like a king in one of Ireland’s castles. Wilton Castle in the Bree neighborhood has seven bedrooms and was built in the 19th-century. You get access to a kitchen, too, as well as an indoor fireplace. It will set you back you over $1,000 per night, so bring 13 of your friends and split the cost. For a smaller castle, check out the much more affordable Irish dwelling known as “Peter’s Castle.” Built in the 14th-century, it was renovated by the host and boasts a perfect 5-star rating with over 800 review. For less than $200 a night, you’ll get access to the master bedroom, private-half bath, living room, and kitchen. Guests are especially fond of Peter and Eva, the hosts, who know everything about the castle’s history.
A tree house
If you’re in Kentucky in the Red River Gorge area, why stay at a normal hotel when you can stay in a tree house? Known as the “Flying-Squirrel-Tree-House,” you get the chance to be really alone in the forest, without being too far from civilization. It’s only a 10-minute walk up the trail to the house that has a pull-out soft that sleeps two. For those wanting a less rustic experience, you can stay at a tree house at the base of Mount Hood in Oregon, which is suspended between three trees and has a gas heater, microwave, mini-fridge, two twins, a queen-size bed, and more! The hosts own the 20 acres of land, which also has activities like swimming, hiking, and a zipline. It is $150 a night compared to the Flying Squirrel’s $77.
Keeping with the forest theme, a Park Hills AirBnB calls itself the first “hammpground.” You rent a covered hammock for $39 a night, and get free wood, breakfast, and marshmallows from your hosts. If you’re in Rio San Juan, a two-person hammock on the beach is just $12. The listing on AirBnB was posted by “Roy,” who seems to act as sort of a liaison between guests and the actual host.
For about $500 a night, you can rent a private island. Yes, it’s true. Located in Belize and with room for four, your $500 pays for a night on the island as well as transport to and from. Known as “Bird Island,” it’s one of the most recognizable AirBnB listings. Activities include swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. There’s nothing wrong with just relaxing, either, and gazing at the gorgeous water.
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