20 Wild Airbnb Listings That Offer An Experience People Definitely Can’t Get In A Regular Hotel

Regular hotels are old hat. Yeah, okay, they give you a place to store your luggage during the day and rest your head at night, but not much else. That’s why travel apps like Airbnb have soared into the public conscious: anyone can find and rent homes with a personal touch.

Some Airbnbs take that personal touch to the extreme, and they’re so extraordinary, they might be the main item on your next vacation’s itinerary. So forget the Louvre or the Coliseum (okay, maybe not); it’s these rentable rooms that will have you grabbing your passport and clearing your calendar…

1. Igloo in Lapland, Finland: Get your ultimate snow day on in this remote igloo hideaway! The listing promises a taste of the wilderness and spectacular views of the northern lights. Just make sure to pack your hat and gloves…

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Surprise, an igloo is made entirely of snow and ice, so guests here better bundle up. Equipped with a bed and two sleeping bags, the igloo offers brave souls a chance to spend the night in minus degrees. If your teeth are chattering something fierce, there is an onsite apartment available to warm up in.

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2. Romany Caravan – Bush Meadows, United Kingdom: When the clock strikes midnight, this carriage won’t turn into a pumpkin, but it still offers a real fairytale experience. Located in a picturesque garden, guests sleep in an ornately decorated converted carriage.

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3. Teenage Girl Room – Chengdu, China: This listing is strictly girls only. Well, not really, but it’s decked out in a burst of cutesy pink memorabilia. Anyone can enjoy this Polly Pocket house come to life and take a spin on the pink tire swing!

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4. Zebra Safari Tent – Plettenberg Bay, South Africa: If you wanna safari, you won’t be sorry. This tent-style rental was built in the center of a valley surrounded by indigenous bushes. Guests often see giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and other small game graze right outside their windows.

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5. Wilton Castle – Bree, County Wexford, Ireland: Maybe you’re in search of a grander Irish vacay? Well grab 13 of your friends and rent an entire castle. Reviewers recommend “bringing your drone” to capture the entirety of the grounds, but, hey, if you’re booking a castle, a drone is probably not unobtainable.

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6. Cottage – Carinthia, Austria: This breathtaking cottage is advertised as a romantic getaway, but anyone looking to live out their Sound Of Music dreams must stay here. The view makes up for its tiny size, only 430 square feet. Plus, it’s less than $100 a night! 

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7. Dali-esque Apartment – Skopje, Macedonia: Step into a surrealist painting come to life when you stay at this Salvador Dali- and Gaudi-inspired apartment. Packed with animal print, stained glass windows, and gold on gold on gold, this place certainly keeps the eyes busy.

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8. Geo Dome – Woodridge, New York: This may look like a butterfly garden, but it’s really a one-of-a-kind “glamping” hideaway. One bed sits in the center of a wooden floor surrounded by a fabric dome at this rental. The lister also boasts goats, rabbits, and chickens wander the property! 

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9. Stargazing Cabin – Joshua Tree, California: This minimalist cabin redefines the term “raise the roof.” An astronomer’s paradise, there’s an additional bedroom open to the night sky. Nothing could be more relaxing than spotting a shooting start as you drift off to sleep.

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10. Air Hangar – Geneva, Florida: If you book this neat spot you won’t have to walk far from the plane because it’s actually inside an airplane hangar! But the quirky owner of this property didn’t rely on just the location to set this place apart…

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They packed it full of eclectic stuff! With an outdoor tiki bar, a tree house, a suspended fireplace, it has all the components to fulfill your man cave dreams. There’s so much going on you won’t even notice the planes swooping low over your head.

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11. Seashell House – Isla Mujeres, Mexico: In this house, you can always hear the ocean — because the rental sits directly on the shore! This seashell structure draws lots of curious looks, so if you book here, you’ll be the envy of the island and your Instagram feed.

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12. Fit For a King-dominium – Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany:  This pad is peak luxury. According to the lister, a number of movies and TV shows have filmed here. The animal skin rugs and thrones certainly give off a theatrical vibe.

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13. Houseboat – Paris, France: Ahoy matey! Houseboats are aplenty on Airbnb, but this skinny vessel actually sets sail. This ship is perfect for any evil villain or regular landlubber chasing a unique adventure. For those not confident in their sea legs, the docking location isn’t too shabby either…

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The boat sits right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower! Peak romance would be sharing a meal with your honey on the upper deck with one of the world’s most iconic landmarks as your backdrop. This ship is pretty enormous, though, so a group couples getaway might be in order.

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14. Silo – Helenville, Wisconsin: Those in search of a quieter destination might consider a trip to America’s Dairyland. There you can unwind in a refurbished turn-of-the-century silo for less than $90 a night! The winding stairs reveal five different floors, but the cherry on top is a hammock room with a 360-degree view of the surrounding farmland.

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15. Land Yacht – Joshua Tree, California: Nature buffs flock to Joshua Tree, so for an Airbnb property to stand out, there better be perks. The “Land Yacht” has them in spades. Guests use the stock tank pool to cool off after long hikes in the California sun.

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16. Mud Hut – Portland, Oregon: A rental fit for a Hobbit! This quaint backyard property is built entirely of, you guessed it — mud. Lit only by candles and heated by a fireplace, this spot would be hard to forget. The kind couple who rents it out also brews their own beer for guests to try!

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17. Lighthouse – County Wicklow, Ireland: Climb the 109 steps to the top of a peaceful tower getaway. Straight out of a storybook, this secluded lighthouse would be the perfect place to wear a turtleneck and have your very own movie moment. 

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18. Cave Bed – Xi’an, China: Three beds, three caves, all over 300 years old. Well, the beds aren’t, but you can pretend they are. This listing in the remote countryside of China offers lodging in hand-dug caves that all the reviewers call cozy. Also, food is included in the price of your stay! Talk about a value.

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19. Family Teepee – Northern Mongolia: This property calls itself “the most remote Airbnb on the planet” and they deserve the title. Located in a northern forest in Mongolia, it belongs to a family from the Dukha tribe. The inside is as authentic as it gets, with two beds, an open wood fire stove, and not much else. 

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20. Blue Mountain Heaven – Blue Mountains, Canada: This massive house is swank city! A night here will set you back a cool 5 grand, but there’s a ton of perks. Put on your own concert on the massive indoor stage. Just make sure you’ve got a guy to run the lights.

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