While there’s something to be said for famous cities like Rome, Paris, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur, if you’d rather spend your days gazing at spectacular scenery without battling tourist crowds, you might want to consider planning a trip around one of these remote Airbnbs.
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Talk about remote, to get to this Airbnb you’ll have to hike a trail via ziplines or climb about 1,100 feet of rock face in Peru’s Sacred Valley of Cuzco. One of the world’s ultimate adventures, the Skylodge Adventure Suites offers accommodation in a transparent hanging bedroom with a stunning 300-degree view of the valley. Packages include breakfast and gourmet dinner with wine as well as transport from Cuzco and professional bilingual guides. Book well in advance as there are just three exclusive capsule suites, all of which include four beds, a dining area and bathroom.
Pitcairn Island sits in the middle of the Pacific, about midway between New Zealand and Peru. To reach it, you’ll have to fly to Tahiti, catch a flight to Mangareva and hop aboard a working cargo ship from there, getting to your destination three days later. This is one of the planet’s most remote spots, home to a population of less than 50 with the inhabitants descended from a band of British mutineers and their Tahitian lovers. There’s just one general store and accommodation is provided through local residents who share their homes, culture and lifestyle via a community homestay listing on Airbnb. The 13 homes cater primarily to experienced travelers who are comfortable with their own company – some offer meals, complimentary beverages with dinner, touring and transfers.
Located inside Tavan Bogd National Park, surrounded by the breathtaking Alti Mountains, this yurt offers a fascinating glimpse of life in the wilds of Mongolia. The “yurt” is a traditional Kazakh ger, complete with handmade, embroidered Kazakh decorations that cover the ceiling and walls. It’s heated with a traditional wood-burning stove that can also be used for cooking, and nearby are eagle hunters, waterfalls and lakes. The welcoming family will fill you in on all the many activities available as well as everything you need to know to get there, including drivers and necessary permits.
Greenland is home to less than 60,000 permanent residents, and while it’s definitely remote with no direct flights from North America (fly through Reykjavik, Iceland or Copenhagen, Denmark), an increasing number of travelers have been visiting this unique destination that offers everything from hot springs to glaciers, soaring mountains and charming coastal villages. The top spot for whale watching is Aasiaat on the southern boundary of Disko Bay, which to date, has one Airbnb listing, a room in a red lodge that overlooks the harbor. To get there, you’ll have to take a ferry or propeller plane, but your reward will be the chance to watch whales right from your window or porch.
There are more than 7,500 islands in the Philippines, and Brother Island, also known as Robinson Crusoe Island, offers the chance to stay on your very own. While the house itself is fairly simple, the total package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, pickup and drop-off from the airport, snorkeling gear and kayak rental, a coffee and tea bar, and beautiful beaches at your disposal. Beach massages, alcoholic beverages, island-hopping tours, a DJ, and photoshoot are all optional.
Situated between mainland Norway and the North Pole, the Svalbard Islands are one of Europe’s last untouched wilderness areas and one of the most spectacular spots in Norway. It is actually home to more polar bears than people. It’s an extreme place with craggy mountains and pristine glaciers, while the capital, Longyearbyen, is home to restaurants and cafes that serve meals based on local ingredients like arctic char, grouse, reindeer and seal. Experience it with a stay at the Longyear Beach townhouse which offers fabulous views and an ideal base for exploring the Arctic landscape. As your host Eivind notes, it’s just a few minutes on foot to the town center, but you can wake up to the sounds of the waves or the ice churning against the frozen sea wall.
Located on the island of Unst, Scotland’s most northerly inhabited island, this Airbnb is a historic lighthouse shore station, hence its name. An artist studio, you’ll have Burrafirth beach and the sea right at your doorstep, along with abundant wildlife like otters and puffins, with the latter best seen in June and early July. Host Tony will take you on walks to reveal some of the best spots for watching the animals, and bicycles are available for guest use too. The island has a bar, three shops, a brewery, heritage center and cafes that are open in the summer.
Getting to this unique Airbnb in the Himalayas of India is an adventure itself, requiring a 50-minute walk up a steep mountain path, through apple orchards and past waterfalls. Once there you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking beauty at nearly 6,600 feet high while snow-capped mountains soar above, reaching heights of over 13,000 feet. Your hosts can provide you with information about the area and arrange for porters to carry up your luggage. While there are no roads, there is a village that can be reached on foot in 20 minutes, with hot spring baths and ancient temples.
Fossar Cabin sits along the banks of a river with a number of small waterfalls, surrounded by lava that once flowed from the Eldgjá chasm during a 10th-century volcanic eruption. It offers a peaceful escape and gorgeous views, along with the chance to watch the lambs play in May and June. While you could just enjoy walks through the farmland, the cozy cabin makes a good base for glacier tours in Skaftafell National Park, or visits to the popular glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón.
This Airbnb seems as if it’s something out of a storybook. Built from driftwood in 1869, it’s tucked away in a peaceful valley and overlooks a beach, fjord and fields, that makes it seem worlds away from the hustle and bustle of modern life with the only sounds coming from the birds and the waterfall that cascades right next to it. Enjoy soaking in the outdoor wood-fired hot tub and immersing yourself in total tranquility.