Over the last few years, a company called Airbnb has gained lots of popularity. Airbnb is really nothing more than a hotel-type booking site for travelers around the world. Except those who book through this site aren't booking a hotel - they're booking somebody's personal or vacation home to stay at.
Home owners who want to register their space on Airbnb can do so for free on the site, and that's where terms and conditions can be listed when it comes to what's expected of temporary tenants. Also found on Airbnb residence profiles are pictures of the space, background information, and what's available to do in the area. Airbnb, according to its How It Works page, was created in 2008 when two designers had a space to share and three travelers needed a space to stay - since then, the business has grown.
What makes Airbnb unique are the types of homes and spaces listed. Every person is different, with unique tastes in where they stay, and Airbnb has a place for everybody's interest. All around the world, Airbnb connects travelers to treehouses, mattresses in a random home (if that's your thing), and even private islands available for booking. Whether it's a trip to Italy or a trip to California, there are tons of places that this service has to offer. Next time you take a trip, consider using Airbnb instead of staying at the Marriot Suites for the tenth time in a row.
15 Container Home, Spain
14 itHouse, California
13 Houseboat, France
12 Windmill, United Kingdom
11 Jack Sparrow House, United Kingdom
10 Historic English Castle, United Kingdom
9 The Seashell House, Mexico
8 Unique Summer House, Iceland
7 Treehouse: Blue Mountains, Australia
6 St. Pancras Clock Tower, United Kingdom
5 Private Palm Springs Retreat, California
4 Torre di Palanzo, Italy
3 Herce Property, Majorca
2 Le Casa del Mar, Costa Rica
1 Bird Island, Belize
For anybody that really, really wants to get away - the answer is Bird Island. There are actually tons of people who list their entire islands on Airbnb, but this one offers access to the whole island whether it be for a vacation or a wedding. Bird Island is inside of a small coral reef, and is a very small island, but the entire thing is yours. It's surrounded by crystal blue waters where guests can go snorkeling, swimming, and even kayaking (supplied by the island's owners). The island features a large main house at one end of the island and a cabana at the other end, making Bird Island perfect for a small getaway. Staying at Bird Island means staying a minimum of three nights, and paying $350 a night.
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