You can stay in these 8 bizarre Airbnbs for less than $50/night


If you’re looking for a fun travel experience this year that won’t break the bank, booking your accommodation through Airbnb is a must. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars a night on one-of-a-kind accommodations thanks to this private vacation rental site that allows people to rent out everything from full houses to tents.

Would it be fun to rent an Italian-style villa on a hill on 220 acres for a nightly rate more than the cost of my car? For sure. But you can find some incredible, outrageous places all over the world that won’t cost you more than $50 a night. Here are some great bucket list ideas for budget travelers.

1. The underground hobbit hole in Del Norte County, California


The underground hobbit hole is a 260 square foot earth sheltered structure built into the side of a mountain. It is part of a sustainable off-grid village and rents for $48 per night. Features include unique architecture, stained glass windows, a central tree pillar, a breakfast nook with a hobbit mushroom table, and a hobbit hole.

The primitive hut has running water but no electricity. The shared kitchen and bathroom are on the property. And you also need to bring your own linens. The life of a hobbit is not a glamorous one.

2. An eco-dome near Morant Bay, Jamaica

a dome house in Jamaica

Casa J is an Eco Dome House in the hills of St. Thomas Parish on a 63 acre Source Farm Ecovillage. For $40 per night you get a bedroom with a balcony that has a breathtaking view of the sea and a luxurious bathroom.

There is a shared kitchen in the house that serves vegetarian dishes, a wellness center and WiFi is included in the price. However, this property does not have TVs, laundry facilities, or air conditioning.

3. El Cubil #2 In Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

A photo of a dome home on Airbnb in Mexico

For $45 a night, you can stay in a private room in this dome home in Mexico. While the post refers to this as a “dome house,” we think the term “tube house” is more appropriate. This unforgettable getaway allows you to reconnect with nature, with hiking trails, a trail to Plutonia Cave and a trail to El Tarta Mine.

While living space is sparse, the property has a separate kitchen, gazebo, bathroom and BBQ area. It also has hot water, WiFi and an outdoor dining area.

4. Leafy Mushrooms in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Mushroom houses in Thailand

You get the whole earth house to yourself when you rent this mushroom in Thailand, also known as a leafy green. It was built as a retreat center where people can refresh their soul and spirit.

Priced at just $11 per night, the room features a single tier with a bunk bed. The garden outside is a communal meeting place with an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven. There is also an organic herb and vegetable garden.

5. A straw panel hut in Harju County, Estonia

Heated straw rental houses on Airbnb

Known as the Voose Home of Sun, this heated sleeper cabin in Estonia is available for rent for $45 per night. This unique building made of straw panels is touted as “full of positive energy” with access to the “crystal clear air of the Kõrvemaa forests”.

The cabin is essentially a small bedroom for two people. The accommodation has a shared toilet and shower in a special building. For an additional fee, you have access to the modern kitchen, washing machine and dryer, and sauna.

6. The Chaos Oasis in Toledo District, Belize

An exterior image of a house made from recycled water bottles, Airbnb rental

For $50 a night, you can stay in Belize at Chaos Oasis—the district’s first building made entirely of recyclable materials. It is right next to the Mayan ruins and the Lubaantun Archaeological Park. The village of San Pedro Columbia is a 10-minute walk away and offers bird watching, river swimming and chocolate making.

Your casita has a double bed and a separate bathroom with toilet and shower. The Bottle House collects its own rainwater and there is an outdoor shower for the ‘in the wild’ experience. But be warned – there is no internet access.

7. La Redonda In Queretaro, Mexico

A Spanish style round house for rent on Airbnb

La Redonda in Mexico offers a comfortable space perfect for a couple. Designed to live in harmony with the environment, this property is a relaxing escape from the daily grind. Located in a biosphere reserve, La Redonda is a mud hut located 15 minutes from the historic center of Jalpan Pueblo Mágico.

The property has a dry composting toilet, solar heaters for the showers and rainwater harvesting. But if you want to use the BBQ you need to bring your own charcoal.

8. Cozy cabin in the middle of Mae Hong Son, Thailand

A cozy row of huts near rice fields in Thailand

You’ll have the whole bungalow to yourself when you rent this cozy accommodation in Thailand for just $25 a night. Superhost Mark keeps things simple with these rentals, but they come with air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms.

The peaceful setting is fairly quiet but you will wake up to the crowing of the rooster in the morning. There is also a dog and a cat who love to play in the garden and you can feed the cows bananas.

Airbnb has a lot of vacation rentals for less than $50 a night in locations around the world. Proving that you really don’t need to break the bank when you travel.

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