Airbnb is definitely the increasingly popular accommodation choice for travellers old and young alike. Not only is it convenient for quickly booking somewhere to stay and great value for money, it also allows you to see the world from a completely different perspective than if you were staying in a hotel. You can stay with real residents who will teach you about their culture, the best places to eat and the tourist hotspots you might as well avoid. What’s more, you can stay in some of the coolest accommodation around – without blowing the budget. A treehouse in the middle of a rainforest for a few nights? A hut on stilts on a remote island? A penthouse in the middle of New York City? Why the hell not.
The Seashell House – Isla Mujeres
Ever wanted to live inside a seashell? Well now is your chance with the exquisitely designed seashell house located in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The location and the house itself are nothing but total paradise. The house used to be secretive, meaning it was pretty difficult to visit and book a stay, but the owners have now shared the accommodation via Airbnb, meaning it is now a world famous spot. For a two night minimum stay you will get a private pool, to king beds, a kitchen as well as a BBQ at your disposal. Aside from the boiling hot weather, amazing views and absolute tranquillity, the Seashell House is a truly unique experience and, as one reviewer put it, somewhere you have to stay ‘at least once’.
Nakagin Capsule Tower – Shambasi, Tokyo
If you want an authentic Japanese experience during your visit to Tokyo, then this is definitely the best way to go about it. The capsule tower offers an insight into the nitty gritty of Japanese life, designed by architect Kisho Kurokawa in 1992. Staying at the Capsule Tower is definitely a great opportunity. Inside, as you can imagine is pretty basic as the rooms are small and built purely for convenience but being the first capsule tower built in Japan for actual use, it’s a pretty cool experience.
The Gypsy Wagon – Joshua Tree, California
This traditional Gypsy Wagon is definitely located off the grid. Be at one with the great, peaceful outdoors as you stay in an authentically designed gypsy wagon, which has all the amenities of a tiny home (2 beds and one bathroom). It is completely solar powered and the location is stunning. Joshua Tree is all about being at one with yourself and nature, enjoying how therapeutic it can be to watch the incredible stars. The land is also great for natural medicine and is close to the National Park Noah’s Purifoy. If you want to feel a great sense of community, you can head to Downton Joshua. Described by reviewers as a ‘magical experience’. If you fancy something off the beaten track, this is definitely worth a go.
Geodesic Glamping Domes – Killin, Loch Tay
From as little as £75 per night, be at one with nature the glamorous way, with a Glamping dome. The domes are part of the Loch Tay Highland lodges, which has recently built a dome village. The scenery is nothing short of sensational, as is known in the Scottish Highlands and the domes are modern, heated and can be set up as a double bed or two singles on request. Outside of the domes are picnic benches and fire pits where you can sit and enjoy your breakfast looking out over the stunning Ben Laweres Mountain Range. No electricity is available inside the domes but a beautiful, converted shared stable block contains all the amenities you would need such as showers, electricity and a kitchen.
Carlowrie Castle – Edinburgh
Yes, this is an actual castle. This listing sleeps sixteen people and is located near Edinburgh airport. A perfect stag/hen party hangout, a wedding day, or simply if you want to indulge your inner extravagance. A whopping £1000 per night to hire, you will probably need to find 16 willing friends before you consider this bad boy. Alternatively, you can stay in the private suite which is located inside the castle. This is the height of contemporary modern luxury with all the authenticity of a traditional setting. The estate itself is 32 acres and is located in the notoriously beautiful Scottish countryside. You will also be fully catered during your stay. Where do I sign?