- Tiny homes and other miniature accommodations are seeing a spike in popularity among travelers.
- The most wish-listed tiny home on Airbnb is a rustic-chic mini cottage in Seattle.
- Around the world, guests are excited to stay in tropical tree houses, shepherd’s huts in the European countryside, and little cabins that are one with nature.
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As of late, many travelers are looking to go small when choosing their home away from home. Tiny homes and other kinds of miniature, standalone structures are increasingly popular travel accommodations around the world, in rural and even some urban destinations.
Ali Killam, consumer spokesperson at Airbnb notes the increasing popularity of little accommodations.
“Bite-size escapes, outdoor immersions and off the grid adventures are trending on Airbnb this year,” she said. “Tiny houses, barns, farm stays, Cycladic houses and shepherds huts are seeing the largest spikes in bookings, as travelers are increasingly seeking accommodations that provide reconnection to natural surroundings and taking a break from their ever digital worlds.”
Why the surge in popularity? Killam points to the Marie Kondo, less-is-more effect.
“Tiny homes are extremely appealing to our travelers due to their minimalist nature while still creating a stylish small space to cozy up in.”
This West Seattle space is the most wish-listed tiny home on Airbnb, according to the website’s representatives. In its minimal space, it manages to squeeze in a fully plumbed bathroom and kitchen with an induction stove.
Here are some of the most popular tiny homes, cabins, and treehouses on Airbnb based on ratings, reviews, and bookings, according to data pulled by AllTheRooms, a vacation rental search engine.
The Cozy Cabin in Eilat, Israel, was custom built by its owners
Located in Eilat by the Red Sea, this cabin is described as "perfect for couples." The tiny, rustic space comes complete with a kitchen for thrifty travelers looking to cook on their own.
Shepherd's Rest at Loch Lomond in Rowardennan, Scotland, UK, is rustic but comfortable
The charms of rural Scotland, complete with modern comforts like underfloor heating and wifi. A true B&B, breakfast service is provided, which reviewers have raved about.
Casa el Águila, The Hedonist in Icod de los Vinos, Canary Islands, Spain, is a gorgeous island retreat
This cabin is slightly bigger than some of the other tiny homes on this list, perfect for families or groups looking for a cozy experience. Guests rave about the scenic views of Tenerife, and the host boasts about the area's wine culture.
The Little White Beach Cabin in Wellington, New Zealand is bright and airy
This tiny home is a five-minute walk to the beach and can be made to accommodate kids. It's ideal for beachcombers, but also accessible to the city via bus if you're traveling sans car.
The River Treehouse on the Sydenham in Florence, Canada, is perfect for nature lovers
Staying in this treehouse is a step up from camping (there's no plumbing or electricity), making it a good fit for outdoorsy types. Visitors can enjoy the campfire pit outside and stay warm inside with the wood stove.
The Art Studio Retreat in San Diego, California is gorgeous and eco-friendly
This solar-powered tiny home in SoCal has been called cozy, relaxing, and yogic. Plus, there's a pool.
The Romantic Birch Cabin in Yvignac-la-Tour, France, looks like something out of a fairytale
This cabin is an adult-sized treehouse surrounded by gardens, with a storybook aesthetic. Visitors say it's well-located for exploring Brittany, and a relaxing retreat at which to unwind.
The Guest Suite in White Salmon, Washington, is a mountain getaway
Described as a luxury camping experience, this little cabin is nestled between mountains and a quick drive to the White Salmon and Hood Rivers. Perfect for hikers, skiers, and other nature lovers.
This Lovely Cottage in Sevierville, Tennessee, is located in the scenic Smoky Mountains
This tiny property is said to be well-located for exploring the area, not to mention surrounded by beautiful views. There's even a jacuzzi tub inside.
The Waterfront Retreat by the Sea in Hauula, Hawaii has everything you need for an island getaway
Visitors looking for a private and serene place to stay on Oahu will appreciate this tiny beach house far from the crowds, but close to a white sandy beach, which the hosts say is perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
The Sauna Cabin on the Creek in Golden, British Columbia, Canada is located on a buffalo ranch
This little cabin is another cozy, nature-surrounded experience for those looking to get off the grid. During the summer months, guests can meet the wildlife by signing up for buffalo tours with the host.
This Cabin Hideaway in Cripplesease, United Kingdom, is ideal for enjoying the countryside
The cabin is in a remote location near the beaches and peaceful countryside of Penwith. The hosts recommend visiting the neighborhood pub for some of the charming local atmosphere.
Chateau Kilauea at Lazy Acres in Volcano, Hawaii is just miles from an active volcano
You don't even have to leave the property to enjoy relaxing in the natural beauty of the Hawaiian rainforest - but just a drive away, guests can visit Volcanoes National Park or the summit of Mauna Kea.
This little cabin in Plantagenet, Canada is an architectural gem
The cabin itself features big windows letting lots of light in. It's located in a very rural spot, on a farm, but within driving distance to both Ottawa and Montreal - advertised as a "glamping" experience between two major cities.
This lakeside guest house is located right in downtown Madison, Wisconsin
The tiny structure with its cute, lake house-styled interior, is right near a pier over Lake Mendota, with gorgeous views and easy access to everything Madison has to offer.
This private cabin is situated right by the water on Hood Canal in Union, Washington
The cabin itself is adorable and was built in the 1930s, and guests can enjoy scenic views of the water and Olympic mountains. The surrounding area is said to be exciting for travelers looking for outdoor adventures.
The Lake Carite Treehouse in Cayey, Puerto Rico offers a unique way to enjoy the tropics
The treehouse, which is sustainably powered, has scenic views of the lake and is positioned on a low-impact farm in the middle of the Carite Forest.
This Talkeetna, Alaska cabin is known as The Hobbit House
This adorable lakeside log cabin truly looks like something out of a storybook, making it a notable and unique place to stay for travelers looking to explore the scenery of Alaska.
This treehouse property is hidden away in Atlanta, Georgia
If you want a dreamy, nature-surrounded place to stay in a metropolitan city, this treehouse - which is actually three little treehouse structures connected by rope bridges - is a unique and sought-after option.
This tiny cottage offers an adorable way to enjoy the French countryside
This little property is surrounded in flowers and ivy and has a gorgeous, rustic aesthetic. The hosts will even serve a breakfast made from their farm eggs and produce for a modest charge.