It happens to the best of us: that unscratchable itch telling us it’s time to cast off the shackles of the 9-5 routine and get away for a while. Whether you’ve been working too hard or you’re simply tired of staring at the same four walls all the time, there’s nothing like a change of scenery to get you feeling refreshed and revitalized. But why settle for a boring chain hotel when you could travel outside the box with a unique home-away-from-home? The concept of the vacation rental may not be new to you, but you may not have considered these weird and wonderful alternative spaces:
1. Get Lost
Remember Lost, the TV show where a bunch of strangers are stranded on a mysterious island after their airplane crashes for no apparent reason? Relive the experience of hunkering down in the husk of a marooned aircraft when you stay at the exotic 727 Airplane Jungle Home in Costa Rica. Offering all the adventure with none of the terror of actually crash landing in the wilderness, this vacation rental features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a polished teak deck overlooking the treetops, and a fully equipped kitchen. There’s also an on-site masseuse and private chef, for that authentic Robinson Crusoe experience.
2. Wish Shoe Were Here
If you’re looking for a fairytale getaway, this property is ready to sweep you off your feet. Nestled in the heart of New Zealand’s Tasman region, The Boot is exactly what it sounds like: an actual boot. Complete with Wi-Fi, central heating, and an idyllic garden courtyard, this bed and breakfast is the perfect romantic vacation rental for two. While not ideal for straight-laced vacationers, this cozy cottage will knock the socks off more whimsical, fun-loving travelers.
3. Berlin Budget
In the good old days, folks Euro-tripping on a small budget would have to pile into dingy hostels or, if they were lucky, crash out on the couches of accommodating friends (or strangers). No longer! Two enterprising gentlemen are now offering you the chance to stay in a one-square-meter shack for the princely sum of $11 a night. Resembling the kind of playhouse one might expect to find gracing a toddler’s bedroom, the bright red wooden box can be turned upright if you feel like standing, and laid out flat if you want to pump up the air bed and get a (good?) night’s sleep. Best of all, they allow pets! Let’s hope you’re more of a Chihuahua than Great Dane person.
4. Time to Reflect
Are you the type of traveler who takes a lot of selfies? If so, you’ll adore the Mirror House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Not only is the entire outside of the property covered in mirrored glass, the inside of the home continues the theme with a stark black and white color scheme, wall-mounted mosaic tiles, and modern, light-refracting chandeliers. Probably not suitable for the superstitious or vampires, the Mirror House is nonetheless a gorgeous, well-located haven that claims accommodation for up to ten people (despite only having one bed, but you know what they say about smoke and mirrors).
If a regular vacation rental is more your speed, there are certainly plenty to choose from but, when you tire of the daily grind, it’s always fun to imagine escaping to some of these outlandish locations.