Since it was founded in 2008, Airbnb has completely changed the world of hospitality. In addition to hotels, hostels, and other traditional vacation rentals, you can now stay in an actual home when visiting somewhere new, which brings down costs but brings up local authenticity in your travels.
This doesn’t just mean someone’s comfy little house or cute apartment, however. With over three million listings in 191 countries and over 65,000 cities, you’re bound to find some unusual properties with Airbnb. Over 1,400 of their listings are castles — but you can also go grand with mansions priced at four figures, historical forts, or even an entire island to yourself. There are also such unusual lodgings as old airplanes or a hotel in the shape of man’s best friend. Since the dawn of domesticity, people have achieved incredible architectural feats and created elaborate décor in their pursuit of homemaking. With Airbnb, you finally have the chance to enjoy some of these, for at least a short period of time.