It's hard to believe that just a decade ago, the idea of living in a stranger's home seemed really creepy. Now, thanks to Airbnb, living in some dude's house is now the "in" thing to do. After all, why stay in a Holiday Inn when you can stay in a cool, converted garage or a bus that's been turned into a tiny apartment?
But probably the coolest thing about Airbnb is that it gives tourists and travelers alike a chance to live life like a local. You can stay in a real neighborhood (not the tourist quarter where all the tacky hotels are), live in a real apartment, and discover what life is like from the P.O.V. of people who, you know, actually live there.
But now that everyone and their mom is on Airbnb booking rooms and apartments across the globe, many hosts have started raising the bar to attract clients. We're talking about crazy unique properties that are unlike anything else in this world, from converted airplane hangars to school buses to even castles. That's right — castles. If you're taking a trip to Ireland in the future, you can literally live like a motherf---in' Lannister. Isn't technology amazing?
Of course, there are some downsides to Airbnb. For one, it's not proper etiquette to have sex in one. Also, some places don't have private bathrooms or living areas, which means you'll have to share them with backpacking Australians who drink too damn much. But in the end, it's a small price to pay to be able to experience living in something that's truly one of a kind.
Thinking of jumping into the Airbnb water? Below are the best places on Airbnb that you need to book, like, yesterday.