You know Airbnb. Maybe you’ve even booked a stay in one during your travels.
But there’s more to Airbnb than your typical apartment or flat. Did you know there are tons of quirky options waiting for you to stay in? Igloos, boats, castles, and caves – you name it.
All it takes is an open mind. And Airbnb’s “Unique Homes” filter.
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How to Find Unique Airbnb Homes
To see all the unique homes Airbnb has to offer, simply visit the Airbnb website and select “Homes”. If you have a specific trip in mind, input your number of guests, location, and desired price range. From there, select “More Filters”.
Once you’ve selected “More Filters”, scroll down until you see “Unique Homes.” Here, you can select one of these types of unique homes – or several of them. Note that several of these unique home types are available only in one country, so I suggest casting a wide net and selecting many options. Once you’ve selected the unique homes you’d like to browse, hit search and enjoy browsing through all of your unique options!
The list of unique Airbnb homes is seemingly endless, but I’ll highlight some of the best out there. I’ve skipped options that are only available in one area for now. Read on for a glimpse at some of the most magical unique homes of Airbnb.
You probably never thought you’d be drooling over a barn, right? Think again. This Rice Barn in Chiang Mai is so cool and only $60 a night.
This adorable boat in Charleston sleeps four! There are plenty of great options for houseboats in Amsterdam, Paris, and London.
Airbnb is seriously spicing up camper life. Camper Airbnbs are plentiful in the Southwest. This vintage Airstream camper in Austin is my ideal weekend getaway accommodation.
If this isn’t unique, I don’t know what is. Sleep in a literal tube at this round-stay campsite in Portugal! How fun is that little deck? Campsites are popular in New Zealand and several regions of the U.S. on Airbnb.
Cross sleeping in a castle off your bucket list! Split between the six people this Ellington castle can accommodate, each person pays just $30 a night. Turns out, pretending to be royalty is pretty cheap. Most of the castles on Airbnb are located in the U.K., Ireland, and small towns in Western Europe.
Okay, this one is a bit of a splurge, but look at that view! There are many caves available along the Mediterranean for your next stay in Greece, Turkey, Italy, Croatia, or the south of France. This looks like the perfect place to stay in Santorini.
How cool is the interior of this dome house? Most popular along the Mediterranean in Italy, Greece, Egypt, and Lebanon, these dome houses are a quirky alternative to the traditional Airbnb home. Plus, they stay nice and cool in the summer!
Turns out you don’t have to fly to New Zealand to make your hobbit vacation dreams come true! This is the ultimate underground earth house, located in Washington state. There are several other amazing earth houses in the U.S. I’m dying to check out.
Yeah, a farm stay looks like the ideal way to experience Iceland. Also popular in the U.K., Scotland, India and Nepal, farm stays are a great way to meet locals and have a place to stay for cheap.
This is THE way to stay in Asia. Stay in one of these luxury huts in Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, or Laos. There are also some really cute glamping huts available in the U.S. and throughout Europe. Oh, and did I mention this hut is $65 a night? Talk about luxury for less.
This is definitely a bucket list item for me! Stay in an igloo (basically clear bubble tents) to experience nature in 360 degrees.
Ever dreamt of waking up on your own private island? It’s not necessarily cheap, but it’s possible with Airbnb. Some of the private room options are under $100, but for $350, this island is all yours.
Want to make your beachside stay even more memorable? Book a lighthouse. This one below in Wellington, New Zealand, has crazy gorgeous views.
I’m not entirely sure what classifies an Airbnb as a “nature lodge”, but I’m not asking questions. There are funky eco treehouses in Sri Lanka, full-blown resorts, and secluded lodges. However, one of my favorites on the first page of Nature Lodge options is this one: a Jungle House in Nicaragua with a volcano view. At a whopping $60 per night, this nature lodge sleeps 4.
This one’s for the avgeeks out there.
How cool would it be to stay in a plane on your next weekend getaway? This kind of Airbnb may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I bet plenty of kids would freak out if they found out they were staying here on vacation rather than a hotel. Oh, and there’s a UFO listed on Airbnb, too…
Now, this is glamping! I love a good tent, and these top picks on Airbnb are unreal. This particular tent has all the amenities you could ever want but would never expect in a tent. It even has an outdoor pool with jets. There are tons of other awesome glamping tents on Airbnb throughout the U.S. if you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway.
My jaw dropped when I saw these tiny houses. They’re so cute! And if you’re nervous about using Airbnb for the first time, there are plenty of verified Airbnb Plus homes available in this category. Many of the Airbnb Plus tiny houses are in our favorite U.S. getaway destinations: Charleston, Phoenix, Denver, Nashville, and Sedona. This gorgeous Tiny House in Charleston sleeps four and comes with two cruiser bikes, beach chairs, an outdoor patio with a hammock, books, and games.
Looking for seclusion and bliss? Check out the amazing tipis on Airbnb. Several of the most gorgeous tipis are on Madeira, a tiny island off the coast of Portugal that is part of the Azores. These aren’t bare-bones accommodations, either: These tipis have indoor fireplaces, a communal kitchen and pool, hammocks, and yes – even WiFi.
I am geeking out about this one! Perfect for a family trip that will wow the kiddos or a fun friend group getaway, stay in one of these retrofitted trains. Check out this adorable one below: for $159 a night, you can sleep six and make a trip to Australia one you won’t soon forget.
There are tons of magical treehouses available on Airbnb all over the world: Miami, Thailand, San Diego, New Zealand, and everywhere in between. However, I don’t think the treehouses listed in Bali can be beaten. All of THIS can be yours for a whopping $86 per night.
Most popular in the U.K. and Greece, these windmills make for a cool place to stay and an epic view of the surrounding water. I love this one on the island Tinos, right next to Mykonos.
Yurts are more than just a silly name: They’re the ultimate trendy way to glamp. There are hundreds of amazing yurts to pick from on Airbnb in lush forests, near lakeside retreats, on dairy farms, and beside grand mountains. This yurt in Boise, Idaho really drew me in.
Some of these Airbnbs might seem quirky or unusual, but that’s part of the joy of travel. While hotels can often provide amenities and easy accommodations when traveling, there are so many other unique and memorable options out there on Airbnb. These fun Airbnb options can thrill your kids on a family vacation, spice up a friend reunion, or book a magical honeymoon spot without a huge price tag. Which of these would you stay in?
Lead photo courtesy of John Hallett via Flickr