Give Us a Break from Winter – Top Destinations from Airbnb

As the cold weather continues to beat people down around the country, some are feeling like there is no end in sight. Rather than continue putting up with the harsh winter, perhaps it is time for you to escape for a while and really get some relaxation. Of course, getting away today isn’t necessarily what it used to be in the past and instead of just traveling to generic tourist traps, many vacationers look for something more exotic. A major travel site, Airbnb decided to come forward with some interesting information regarding its customers’ travel decisions. With the results, you can get a real feel of just how exciting some of these top destinations really are.

What is Airbnb?

Founded in 2008, Airbnb is a unique travel site that calls for private property owners to list their homes, condos, cabins, ranches, tree houses, castles, straw huts or just about any sort of shelter as an alternative way for people to escape from mundane vacations. Though it has been around for less than a decade, it has seen rapid growth and each year it continues to help more travelers find their unusual vacation spot. From its headquarters in San Francisco, it also lets anyone with a unique property have a convenient way to get attention to their land and tap into a new source of cash flow. This year, they decided to compile what they have observed and it shows an interesting trend in the travel industry.

The Top 10 Options

When compiling their information, Airbnb created a few different top 10 lists that could help users get an idea of what is popular. Among those lists, one outlined the most wish-listed property types. In effect, these are the properties that people say they would most like to travel to. Of the top 10, you would likely expect a cabin, which just edged in at number 10, or maybe even an island, which scored in at number 6. On the other hand, you might be surprised that the number one option was a tree house, number two an igloo, and number three, a van. Contrary to the traditional trip of luxury, it shows that many are more interested in a unique experience today.

In addition to this list, they also compiled some more information. They outlined individual properties that made it into the top 10 wish-listed spots, like this specific tree house. You can also discover cities where the highest percentage of homes were wish-listed, Belize City, Belize taking the cake. Or, you might be interested in learning who came after Savannah, Georgia as far as the top US cities. Regardless, it is easy to see that what is popular today is not what many would consider a usual vacation. Of course, just because it is popular doesn’t mean it is right for you.

Alternatives to Airbnb

Of course, one of the most common complaints about this innovative website is that the customer service is not really on point. Considering that the site includes listings from so many different owners rather than just one company, it is really understandable. As of now, there are really no other sites out there that can offer the same sort of flexible options. Despite this, it has paved the way for others to start growing listings for these more unique destinations. As a result, you might start seeing this sort of thing become even more common going forward as unusual residences take over as the top destinations.


Have you ever traveled to one of these unique locations with Airbnb? If so, how was your experience? If not, what would be your top destinations for a late winter getaway?




Joseph Macolino
Joseph Macolino
When Joseph is not writing for his Evorath fantasy series, he tries to spend time honing his physical prowess to one day become the Punisher. Most of the time, he just ends up perfecting the art of procrastination by watching Netflix, reading other good fantasy books, or playing some mindless game. Follow him at Evorath