Taking time off can give you a perspective on life that is easily lost when you get caught up in the daily grind. Freed from your usual concerns and constraints, you can reconnect with what it means to be yourself. Or you can play what it would be like to take a completely different path.
This is especially the case if you are staying at an Airbnb that is out of the ordinary. The home rental site offers some truly unusual finds that can allow you to live a lifestyle completely different from yours. The fastest way to find them is to go to his OMG section(Opens in a new window)a place where you can find rentals that are truly out of this world, like more than one spaceship you can stay in. It’s sure to be galaxy-spanning when it comes to creativity, as Airbnb sorts entries for donate $100,000 to future hosts(Opens in a new window) to build extraordinary structures.
But there are plenty of stunning spaces to stay elsewhere on the Airbnb site. Luckily, we’ve done a bit of a virtual vacation for you, running through the places we’d like to stay and putting them here for you to book.
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Maybe you want to run a bookstore for a week, be part of an underwater world (on dry land), live in a Hobbit house, sleep under the stars up in a tree, or put your funds in common with friends to pretend that you are pashas. We have them all and more. Choose one and don’t forget to send us a postcard!
This hippie dream of a house(Opens in a new window) was conceived as a sort of marine unicorn, though his home is in the woods above Austin. The whole house, inside and out, evokes nature, not a square building. And it is in harmony with the environment. Even so, there are all the modern conveniences you could want on the premises.
You can have a whole UFO(Opens in a new window) for yourself, no little green men to fear, in South West Wales. The interior has a very retro-futuristic vibe. For sanitary facilities you will need to venture outside to another building on the property. Just beware of flashing lights in the sky if you go in the dark of night.
Feel part of the fellowship of the ring in Little corner(Opens in a new window) which is nestled in the woods of Tennessee. It’s as cozy as it gets with a living roof, edible plants, and an outdoor fire pit. While you are outside you might see the horses, goats, Highland cows and dog roaming the property. Bring activities that Frodo would enjoy as there is no internet and barely any phone service.
If you love trains, you couldn’t think of a better place to stay than at Caboose #3(Opens in a new window) at the Apple Ridge Farm Caboose Bed & Breakfast. It is comfortably equipped with a queen-size bed, a futon and a table for two. It sits on property with two other wagons and near four miles of hiking trails.
It’s pirate life for you on board this cabin(Opens in a new window) which sleeps six friends. It is adorned with marine details inside and out. Just like life on the high seas, however, there is a certain amount of roughness. You will need to bring your own bed linen and there is no Wi-Fi. But there is telephone service so you can post all your Pirates of the Caribbean-thematic selfies before disembarking.
For those who want to relive the Cold War, there is news, but also this missile silo(Opens in a new window) that you can stay. Oh, and did we mention it’s in Roswell? It has a launch control center and a utility tunnel. You can go 186 feet underground. There is one floor with Americana-themed decor, including a kitchen and bathroom.
This mushroom house(Opens in a new window) in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is made of earth. It may make you feel like a little blue Belgian creature, especially because it’s along a path of other similar structures. But its original purpose was to be a minimal space for meditation. Outside there is an organic herb and vegetable garden for guests to use as they please and a grill to prepare any harvest.
Spice up Your Life! This is the Spice Bus(Opens in a new window) of spice world. It is no longer on the road but is parked on the Isle of Wight. The exterior of the bus is just as you remember it, but the interior has been redone to maximize comfort while retaining the fandom touches. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are next to but not on the bus. There is however a makeover station on the bus.
Ignore the connotations that the name birdhouse(Opens in a new window) could have. This is not a place to hide from the apocalypse but to let it go. You’ll get back to nature but won’t have to sleep too close to it in this modern cube that offers a glamping experience in Norway.
Running a bookstore sounds lovely unless you have to deal with all the real-world concerns. But if you’re only doing it for a week or two, that’s a vacation. The open book(Opens in a new window) is the perfect way to disguise a small town shopkeeper in Scotland. You will stay in the apartment above the store and manage the store with the help of volunteers.
Look at this treasure, untold treasures. How many wonders can a cave hold? many if they are The shell house(Opens in a new window), a spellbinding home in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The shell-shaped, shell-filled house has a gorgeous pool, so bring a mermaid tail.
The expenses and work it would take to renovate a house that might appear in Architectural Summary It’s way too much. But you can just stay inside The Filomene(Opens in a new window), which has already appeared on its pages. It has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen and fireplaces. It is located in the Berkshires and a two minute walk from a charming town.
Is there a more magical or romantic abode than this treehouse nestled in atlanta(Opens in a new window)? It’s only nine minutes from downtown, but you’ll probably never leave. It has three spaces: the mind (a living room adorned with antiques), the body (a beautiful bedroom), and the spirit (a hammock deck that surrounds a 165-year-old southern shortleaf pine).
You are the king of your castle, even if it is a studio. But you could be the king of one real castle in scotland(Opens in a new window) if you book this stay. It has three royal bedrooms, a cinema room, a tower and a roof terrace.
Mamma mia, here we go again. This Greek house(Opens in a new window) is perched on a cliff. It’s mostly modern inside and has an outside balcony you’ll want to spend the sunset on. Breakfast is served at a nearby cafe. There is no promise that you will meet Meryl Streep.
Kanazawa is known for its arts and crafts and these are displayed in an art installation at this Japanese townhouse(Opens in a new window). It features a Western-style bedroom, a traditional Japanese-style dining area and a Hinoki bathtub.
Sure, living in Brooklyn is nice, but what if it was on a yacht? Even better. It’s not a lifestyle that many can afford, but you can spend a night or two living it. The Crown Goose(Opens in a new window). This beautifully appointed yacht sits near Brooklyn Bridge Park, so you can stroll to restaurants and shops, then return to your luxury home to take in the Manhattan skyline.
Forget the tilt at the windmills, stay in one instead. This beautiful mill(Opens in a new window) is located on a picturesque property in Portugal. A bedroom with a king-size bed offers stunning sea views and when you are at sea level you can walk among the fruit trees and flowers.
You can save the album you always wanted in this Villa(Opens in a new window) in Woodstock, NY. It has a recording studio, a Steinway grand piano, Pearl drums, an Access Virus synthesizer, a Casio electric piano, guitar and bass amps, a simple mixer Yamaha and powered PA monitors. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in the main house and one bedroom and bathroom in the guest house where the music studio is located, so everyone in your party can stay.
Just a half-hour drive from where Georgia O’Keefe calls home is this Ojo Caliente House(Opens in a new window) which adapts perfectly to its environment. The landscape is spectacular, but so is the interior of the house, filled with natural materials. There’s a mineral springs spa nearby if relaxing in a desert oasis gets too taxing.
This the conical housing is a trullo(Opens in a new window). Trulli are common in the Puglia region of Italy, where it is located, not far from the beaches or walks in the forest. If you weren’t already truly in love, there is a swimming pool and pond on the property.
You can buy an Airstream, painstakingly refurbish it, then save up to find a place on a hilltop above Los Angeles to park it permanently. Or you could just stay here(Opens in a new window). This Echo Park-based Airstream is immaculate, has a full kitchen and bathroom, and gives you fabulous views of Los Angeles.