When you're traveling, where you stay doesn't have to be just a place to sleep and keep your things—it can also add a lot to your experience. Sure, you can book a hotel, but there are so many more unique options available —vacation homes that are a surreal adventure on their own; places that are beyond Instagram-worthy levels of cool that you'll remember forever. And while some of these stays are expensive, many of them are surprisingly affordable, too.
Anyway, [Carly Rae Jepsen's "Run Away With Me" plays softly in the distance] I'm about to spend the rest of my day dreaming about giving up all of my responsibilities and running off to every place on this list.
If you're looking to take a peaceful (and historical) vacation, head to Croatia and stay in this refurbished tower in Hvar's historical center. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms it can accommodate up to 6 people. See more on Airbnb.
For a beautiful, eclectic and eco-friendly stay, check out Cabana Floripa in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. This mountain home is basically a live-in upcycling art project as it's covered with colorful recycled glass. It can accommodate up to 5 guests and is pet friendly. See more of this listing on Airbnb.
Dreaming of a trip to the Netherlands? Before you book a hotel, consider staying in an actual working windmill just outside of Amsterdam. This one dates back to 1874, is close to the airport and has a beautiful view. It can accommodate up to 6 people and comes with two bikes you can use. Check out the full listing on Airbnb.
If a dreamy outdoor adventure is more your style, check out this treehouse in Atlanta, Georgia. It accommodates 2 people, so it's perfect for a secluded, romantic getaway that's still only a few minutes from downtown. It's one of Airbnb's most popular listings, so it might be tough to book, but you can check it out here.
A train caboose may seem like an odd choice for a vacation stay, but this one set in the Santa Monica mountains in California has been turned into a beautiful little home for two (seriously, take a look at the bathroom and you'll forget you're in a train entirely) with a relaxing patio. You can see more photos and book your stay on Airbnb.