August is here, which means it’s officially #vacaytime! Okay, so I don’t actually have any upcoming holidays booked, but that hasn’t stopped me from vicariously living my holiday dreams through the power of the interweb. More specifically, I’ve turned to Airbnb for my daily dose of wanderlust. In doing so, I’ve stumbled across some pretty cool, offbeat and downright magical rentals for hire. Keep reading to check out my favorites.
Calling all nature lovers, for the ultimate eco-tourism experience how about setting up base in a two-story bio-architectural dome located in the middle of an operating rice field in Ubud?
With a design inspired by the surrounding jungle, the dome itself is made from natural materials to ensure a home away from home that is truly at one with nature. Social media addicts will be relieved to know that alongside the eco-friendly composting toilet and local water capture system, this listing utilizes the very latest in technology (that means yes, you can post that all important #travelgram).
Airbnb has come a long way from its initial offerings of spare bedrooms for rent. Case in point: this stunning modernist architectural beauty located in Iceland.
With breathtaking views of the remote Akureyri countryside, it’s the perfect hideaway for a romantic weekend away. I recommend coming in winter to catch a glimpse of the otherworldly Northern Lights.
This classic riad in Morocco is the perfect setting for a girls getaway a la Sex and the City, no?
I love the intricate details throughout this listing – especially the arabesque prints, arched doorways and romantic Juliet balconies. The listing even comes with a private courtyard complete with pool – swoon!
One of the best things about Airbnb is its ability to offer a cultural experience as well as a roof over our heads. Although this traditional Mongolian yurt has been displaced from its Central Asian origins, its new home in the middle of the Andalusian countryside give guests a modest taste of the nomadic lifestyle.
I appreciate the addition of a separate bathroom with working shower and toilet – I’m all for cultural exploration but when on vacation some creature comforts can be permitted surely?
This restored 19th century trullo looks like it came straight from a Lord of the Rings set.
Characterized by thick walls, high ceilings and those distinctive upturned ice cream cone turrets, these traditional homes are unique to the Puglia area. Inside, flagstone tiles and a cozy fireplace enable you to experience authentic country living: farmhouse style.
Fancy playing lighthouse keeper for the night?
With this Point Arena Airbnb listing, now you can. Although the interior could do with an update, the unparalleled views of the rugged coastline and crashing waves more than make up for the basic design of the Assistant Lightkeeper’s home. As a bonus, guests have full access to the grounds and Lighthouse Tower itself. I imagine young kids and adults alike would love this one!
It’s no surprise that this fairytale treehouse was recently named Airbnb’s most wished for listing worldwide.
This magical rental fulfills all my Peter Pan dreams, complete with wireless internet of course. For a rustic night of good old fashioned fun, make sure to pack the board games and order pizza takeout before dozing off beneath the Atlanta stars.
Which one of these listings would be your pick for a dream vacation?