As much as we all love a cozy hotel with nice amenities on vacation, sometimes the most memorable trips come from the places with character. Staying in anything other than a hotel can make your traveling experience much more fun, and depending on where you stay (or what you stay in), it can give you a comfier and homier night in.
To get an idea of the different types of vacation rentals out there that aren’t just hotels, Joybird created an analysis of the most unconventional vacation rentals in different US cities. These vacation rentals took “unique” homes listed on Airbnb, meaning that it’s anything other than a hotel or house. These include things like igloos, boats, trains, and more — and yes these do exist on Airbnb. To see what they found, keep scrolling.
The city with the most unconventional vacation rentals is Chula Vista, where 75.2% of the listings are considered to be unique. Many other California cities are also listed on this as well, like Riverside, Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Long Beach just to name a few. Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia also have a cluster of cities that have a large portion of unique rentals available on Airbnb.
While many of these cities have a lot of unique rentals available, are there any that stand out based on what they offer? The answer is: yes. If you’re staying in Buffalo, consider staying in one of their 16 castle listings. If you want something a little bit more, natural, Atlanta has a few caves that you can rent out. Farm stays are especially popular in Portland, as there is plenty of farm land around the city. You can also live out your childhood dreams by staying in a furnished treehouse in Irvine.
Tiny houses, which are cheap and often decorated well, are becoming more popular as well. If you want the experience of a home rental that is minimalist and cute, consider renting a tiny house in any of these cities. Irvine has 80 tiny home listings, which is more than any other city. Austin follows close behind Irvine with 72 listings, which is then followed by Los Angeles. Just like the rest of the unique vacation rentals, the majority of cities with large amounts of unique rentals are in California.
Renting an unconventional rental on your trip will definitely make things more exciting and noteworthy. Sometimes, these rentals may even be cheaper than your typical hotel rental. You may not have as many amenities, but if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, you should definitely consider Airbnb’s unique rentals.
If you don’t like the idea of this, feel free to stick to a typical hotel — everybody has their preferences. What unconventional vacation spot might be right for your next trip?