Airbnb's New Flexible Destinations Feature Helps You Find Unique Stays

Airbnb's New Flexible Destinations Feature Helps You Find Unique Stays
Anne Marie
Anne Marie
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As the world starts traveling again after a long pandemic, new trends are emerging in the travel industry. Flexibility has always been an important quality when traveling, but now it is taking on a new meaning. Travelers are choosing to be flexible right from the earliest stages of planning their trip. Planning is no longer just about choosing a specific time and location for your trip. Travelers now are looking for unique experiences and are less choosy about exactly where they’d like to stay. Airbnb has made it easier than ever for travelers to find interesting getaways by introducing Airbnb’s new Flexible Destinations feature.

Flexible Destinations

How to use it
Flexible Destinations is an exciting new function on Airbnb that matches travelers with unique vacation rentals. All you need to do is click the “I’m Flexible” at the search bar. The search results display hidden gems in order of their proximity to your location. These aren’t going to be your average Airbnb rentals. Instead, you’ll find boats, treehouses, tiny homes, domes, and more. They are grouped by category so you can easily narrow down what kind of unique stay you want to book.

Global release
The Flexible Destinations feature is a global release that connects travelers to 170,000 types of unique properties on Airbnb. Flexibility is a key trend in travel planning since the pandemic. With that trend in mind, Airbnb also released Flexible Dates in February, helping users plan trips around flexible dates and destinations.

Improved booking experience
This feature also improves the booking experience for users, since you no longer have to amend your filters when you’re looking for a unique stay. It can be used in conjunction with the Flexible Dates feature for travelers who are just looking to go on a vacation, location and dates notwithstanding.

New trends on Airbnb

Many travelers no longer want to stay in traditional, home-like rentals after being stuck at home throughout the pandemic. There’s a global interest in unique rentals like treehouses, tiny homes and yurts, with 55% of Airbnb’s 100 most wishlisted homes falling into unique categories. Searches for unique properties have also increased by 94% in 2021 compared to 2019.

Unique stays inspiration

Here are some of the highest earning unique stays in the US

1. Luxury treehouse in the wilderness of Montana (from USD 599)

Raven’s Nest Treehouse is nestled in a peaceful wooded setting near Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort. This modern A-frame cabin looks rustic but it has all of the comforts of home, including a full soaking tub in the master bathroom upstairs.

The cabin has two decks from which you can take in the sights and sounds of the woods, and on chilly days, you can also curl up next to the trees inside that the house is built around. Outside, guests have access to a fire pit, barbecue, and a patio under the house.

Raven's Nest Treehouse at MT Treehouse Retreat
Columbia Falls, Montana, United States
52 reviews Superhost
Treehouse 4 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
i appreciated the comfy bed plush towels locally roasted coffee and other amenities
the bedding is super comfortable and linens fresh and new
the full size washer and dryer and well appointed kitchen were great surprises
Cleanliness:
fun treehouse clean and stylish
the treehouse was sparkling clean
charming clean and the perfect spot for an intimate elopement
truly unique space immaculately clean and beautiful setting
the house is spotless the appliances are brand new and the whole vibe is absolutely charming
Host:
she was super responsive to all my questions
my favorite airbnb hosts so far thank you guys
katie was a fantastic host
the host was incredibly responsive and went above and beyond in efforts to assist us
darin and kati did a wonderful job with this unique and beautiful treehouse and were such wonderful hosts
Location:
location is great
close to beautiful earth all around
beautiful and convenient location and the treehouse was super cool
a unique and fun experience while being in a very convenient location
perfect location flying into kalispell property is about 10-15 mins away
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2. Tranquil treehouse near Asheville, North Carolina (from USD 314)

Suspended in a grove of towering white oaks near Asheville, this stunning treehouse is the perfect spot to connect with nature. This two-story treehouse looks like it came straight out of a fairy tale, with whimsical decor inside to add to the atmosphere.

Though you’ll feel miles away from modern life, the treehouse has all the amenities you’ll need, including wifi and a TV. There are lots of cozy spaces to hang out inside or head to the deck outside to rock in the rocking chairs and take in the views of the mountains.

Sanctuary, Treehouses of Serenity
Asheville, North Carolina, United States
465 reviews Superhost  
Treehouse 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the couch on the main floor extends into an extremely comfortable bed
the views were spectacular and the home is perfectly cozy
this is a must see such a wonderful cozy place with a great view
they also had the best recommendations for local breakfast spots breweries and hikes while we were in asheville
Cleanliness:
very clean and comfortable
lts spotless clean with special touches
it is very clean cozy and comfortable
very clean and comfortable - we will be back
the place was spotless and check in/out easy
Host:
the hosts are extra accommodating and easy to communicate with
mike & caroline were wonderful hosts and have truly thought of every detail
the nicest most thorough and gracious hosts we have met
it was perfect and caroline and mike were the most accommodating hosts we have had
caroline and mike are most hospitable and thoughtful hosts
Location:
the location is great
if you get a chance to book and visit this location please do
this is an outstanding treehouse and location
wonderful place to stay wish we had stayed longer
we had such a good time staying at caroline & mike's place
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3. Earth house in the mountains of Washington (from USD 200)

Live out your dreams of being a hobbit in the shire by staying in this earth home in Washington. This cozy home built into a hillside looks straight out of a fantasy novel. Enter through the front gate, walk up the stone pathway, and enter the home through the round doorway.

Inside, the home is designed with unique details like a stone fireplace, round doorways, and a wooden bathtub. The home is located on a hillside overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, and it is hard to believe that you’re not in the Shire.

Underground Hygge
247 reviews
Entire earth house 1 Bed

4. Bohemian sustainable home in New Mexico (from USD 135)

Eco-friendly homes are the future, but you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to be kind to the planet. This small yet sustainable home is powered by solar energy, which provides electricity, wifi, and hot water.

Thermal energy is used to cool the house in the summer heat and warm it on chilly nights. It was constructed with 40% of the materials from recycled items like tires, cans, and bottles. Inside, the home has a cozy, bohemian vibe and big windows that let in tons of light and views of the desert.

Newest Simple Survival Earthship Studio
Taos County, New Mexico, United States
51 reviews Superhost  
Earth house 1 Bed 2 Guests

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable huge bed and low key but stylish decor
the shower is amazing bed is very comfortable and check in/out is super easy and convenient
Cleanliness:
the space was so clean quiet and colorful this was a wonderful place to wind down and just relax
Host:
highly recommend for anyone who wants to experience an earthship or learn how to be eco friendly
kind of like a glancing experience with everything you need
Location:
such a beautiful and unique place to stay
small touches to the location were nice
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5. Floating home on the Willamette River in Oregon (from USD 321)

If you think a houseboat rental would be a cramped space in the hull of a ship, think again. This houseboat rental on the Willamette River near Portland is a full floating home, complete with two stories and three bedrooms. Inside, the home is bright and modern, with all the amenities of a regular house.

The houseboat is surrounded by a spacious cedar deck where you can spend hours watching the beauty of the river while soaking in the hot tub, casting a fishing line, or even lighting a fire in the fire pit.

Floating Vacation Home Featured on Travel Channel
Oregon City, Oregon, United States
52 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beds are so comfy there is plenty of space the fire pit on the water is gorgeous
the beds are all comfortable
the sheets/bedding and pillows were so nice the kitchen was the best stocked i’ve ever experienced
Cleanliness:
super clean large living areas
it's clean and beautifully decorated inside and we had everything we needed for our stay
we loved our stay at the floating home it was clean quite and just what we needed
the home is spacious clean and a wonderful experience
Host:
craig was super responsive and helpful
the caretaker was very attentive and helpful
joyce the owner made sure all details are taken care of as well
the caretaker gary is absolutely amazing
gary the caretaker is the most helpful and cheerful person
Location:
such a fun location beautiful and relaxing
stunning location home has everything you need and plenty of space
couldn’t be happier and so thankful for the time together at this perfect place
truly an amazing place to stay
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6. Desert oasis near Joshua Tree, California (from USD 452)

With room for up to 12 guests, this desert retreat is the perfect spot for a get-together of friends or family. There are a few different places to stay on the property: inside the bright, bohemian geodesic dome, or in one of the three mural-painted trailers.

During the heat of the day, cool off in the pool or take a nap in one of the shaded hammocks. As the sun goes down, gather around the campfire to roast s'mores and soak in the hot tub as you stargaze.

Serenity Dome Oasis at Joshua Tree -AC/Pool/Hottub
Landers, California, United States
189 reviews Superhost  
Dome house 11 Beds 12 Guests 1 Bedroom 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 12

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the pool and views are absolutely amazing
pool and jacuzzi were perfect temps
inner dome area could be designed better for group of friends to comfortable hangout /play board games etc
we visited during winter so when the pool is heated that will be amazing
my family and i felt very comfortable in our trailers and in dome
Cleanliness:
wonderful place very clean and fun
the house was clean peaceful
everything was so clean and comfortable
super clean and neat overall a wonderful experience
i love that there are 3 full bathrooms and they're super clean
Host:
stephanie is the perfect host
stephanie and her husband were accommodating and thoughtful hosts
stephanie was an excellent host accommodated to all our needs and very quick response
the place was great stephanie was very responsive and checkin/checkout was super easy
stephanie was very responsive and helpful when it came to booking our reservation
Location:
good location great outdoor seating
this is a great location for a family getaway
i am definitely recommending this location to family and friends
super fun and unique place great value
this place is unique and nice in general
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7. Designer treehouse in Georgia with amazing views (from USD 249)

Located on top of a ridge with dramatic mountain views, this treehouse is one of the most unique vacation rentals in North Georgia. The treehouse is designed to take in the gorgeous mountain views. You can view the vistas from the large deck, or from the warmth of the living room through the large windows.

The treehouse has room for four guests, with a separate sleeping loft for privacy. Filled with custom decor and furniture that is nearly all handcrafted by artisans, this is a one-of-a-kind stay in a beautiful rustic setting.

Daybreak- Designer Treehouse with amazing views
Dahlonega, Georgia, United States
62 reviews
Treehouse 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there are also two bathroom sinks and a third sink in the kitchen which is great
we enjoyed getting to unplug a bit (no tv was nice ) and have some quality family time
once you’re up there though it’s a fantastic spot under skylights and a super comfy bed
Cleanliness:
it's clean and comfortable
amenities and cleanliness were remarkable
Host:
the host has put her special touches throughout the place
thank you soo much for hosting and we will definitely be back
Location:
the treehouse and it’s location by all the wineries is a fun place for a girls wine weekend
this is a great place to get away and reconnect
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8. Eagles Nest Treehouse, Kentucky (from USD 174)

This beautiful treehouse is located within the boundaries of the Daniel Boone National Forest, and you’ll be just steps from many trailheads within the park. In between hikes, the treehouse is a secluded and relaxing place to unwind.

It is separated into two buildings connected by a suspended staircase, which is ideal for groups looking for their own space. The treehouse has its own kitchenette. You can also warm up by the stone fireplace under the treehouse, which has string lights that create a cozy atmosphere as the sun goes down.

Eagles Nest Treehouse ~ Hike/ Relax / Climb!
Stanton, Kentucky, United States
327 reviews Superhost
Treehouse 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
had great amenities felt very cozy insides
the cabin is so cute and cozy and has the amenities you need
the pillows and mattresses were so absolutely comfortable and much appreciated after a great day of hiking
we prepared all our own meals and found the kitchen supplies perfectly adequate
the tree house was super i felt cozy and at home
Cleanliness:
it was sparkly clean
the place was clean upon arrival
the cabin was beautiful very clean and stylish
it was very clean and an excellent get away
we had a nice time it was very clean and a novel place to stay
Host:
great place very nice and helpful hosts
we also appreciated the host sending us detailed information about staying there made everything very simple
great place to stay allison is a fantastic host
overall it was a wonderful experience they were very accommodating communicative and the treehouse is adorable
fishing the red river was great every person we met was kind and helpful
Location:
cute and cozy great location
fantastic location and fantastic place
great location and great place to stay
great location right in the middle of daniel boone
close to great hiking trails right out the front door
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9. Whispering Pines Treehouse - Hot Springs, Arkansas (from USD 195)

Part classic log cabin, part treehouse, this cozy retreat is the perfect spot for a unique getaway near Hot Springs, Arkansas. This cozy cabin canopy is surrounded by a thick grove of pine trees that create a quiet setting.

Inside, it is sized perfectly for two guests and it has a comfortable king bed. There is a hot tub on the back deck, which is the perfect place to stargaze at night. You can prepare meals on the barbecue outside or inside the treehouse in the fully equipped kitchen.

Whispering Pines Treehouse
Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
202 reviews Superhost  
Treehouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

10. Treehouse near the water in Port Angeles, Washington (from USD 599)

Enjoy the best of both a woodsy setting and a waterfront location at this epic treehouse in Port Angeles, Washington. The treehouse is surrounded by towering trees but the property directly opens onto the Salish Sea.

Sit out on the deck, gaze outside the windows, or gather around the fire pit for views of boats on the water, deer in the woods, and eagles soaring in the sky. Inside, the treehouse has room for six guests in its two bedrooms. Every inch of the treehouse has been designed with meticulous attention to detail and it has cozy, rustic furnishings.

Treehouse on the Water -Eagles Nest-20 ft high
Port Angeles, Washington, United States
107 reviews Superhost  
Treehouse 3 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the interior design of the place was so charming cozy and comfortable
Cleanliness:
clean beautiful and convenient
the treehouse itself is unbelievably cozy and very clean
Host:
cozy and stylish just like the pictures suggest communication with the host was easy and fast
beverly is so responsive and wonderful
Location:
absolutely stunning treehouse and location
great access- close by to hurricane ridge and olympic national park
i really hope to come back with family again because it’s a place you want others to see
a very unique and beautiful place to stay
amazing design and the location/sunsets is unreal
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Unique experiences for flexible travelers

Adventurous travelers are rewarded with the most unique vacation rentals when they book through Airbnb’s Flexible Destination feature. If you’re willing to let go of a little bit of control when planning your trip, you might end up staying in an interesting place that you might never have found. Be spontaneous next time you’re searching for an Airbnb and you might end up with the getaway of a lifetime.

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Anne-Marie works in publishing by day and aspires to travel as much as she can. While she has not yet seen the whole world, she's eager to learn and write about it!

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