Judging by the 4,859% increase in boomerang videos featuring croissants, I assume it’s peak tourism season in Europe.
All the ~vagabonds~ full of ~wanderlust~ have packed their sponsored rucksacks to spend a few weeks abroad taking photographs of items otherwise meant for consumption. From the comfort and conformity of their Best Western standard suite, they peruse the Lonely Planet guide they just purchased at the airport for three times its recommended retail price. ‘I wonder if they have KFC in Sicily’, they ponder to themselves before asking aloud, ‘Hey Siri, do they have KFC in Sicily?’
If you’d rather soak a handful of paper cuts in apple cider vinegar before eating KFC in a hotel chain and calling it a holiday, I have some great alternative suggestions for you. From Netflix themed houses to literally sleeping in the dog house, here are some of the most wonderfully weird places you can book on Airbnb right now.
Wes Anderson Film Themed Home, Ontario
Recently, my dad sent me a text about ‘A whippet looking guy selling his bike’. After a lengthy back-and-forth that included me asking if he was using a racial slur from the Boomer bible, I realised he was mistaking the word ‘whippet’ for ‘hipster’. Anyway, this abode that’s an ode to Wes Anderson is a whippet’s wonderland (say that sentence three times fast). Sleeping up to four people, this Canadian Airbnb boasts one bedroom dedicated to Moonrise Kingdom and another to The Royal Tenenbaums, and is yours for $171 per night.
Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho
I just read an article this morning suggesting that being a dog person could be in your DNA. This is encouraging news for cat people like me, because it means that I no longer have to make up harebrained excuses for not wanting to make out with your best friend who happens to smell like wet carpet—it’s just not in my genetic makeup. For you weirdos who seek the stench of damp rug in a companion, the Dog Bark Park Inn is the place for you. Situated at the edge of the small town of Cottonwood, Idaho, this bed and breakfast’s selling point is literally ‘Stay in a giant dog!’. If this seems like something you’d be into, click here and please stay away from me.
The Upside Den, St Louis
Here we have an entire basement apartment dedicated to the Netflix original series, Stranger Things. Boasting over 50 VHS movies, a pillow fort, and the iconic Christmas light alphabet wall, you and your nerdburger friends can stay in this Airbnb for just $71 a night. Just keep your distance from Dart, the demo-dog.
El Nido de Quetzalcoatl, Mexico City
Okay, this place is actually sick. Called ‘Quetzalcoatl’s Nest’ in English, this snake-shaped apartment and psychedelic sculpture garden were designed by the architect Javier Senosiain. It’s just north of Mexico city in Naucalpan, sleeps eight people, and was named after the Aztec feathered serpent god, Quetzalcoatl. Please note the nearest KFC is not walkable. Book a night in the belly of the beast here.
The Castle in Bonnie Doon, Victoria
Ah, the serenity. If this doesn’t warm your nostalgic Australian heart then I don’t bloody know what will. The original Kerrigan holiday home (not a house) is yours for $196 per night and comes fully equipped with a leaning pool table, a pair of jousting sticks in the window, a Sunshine TAFE hairdressing diploma and Coco’s doghouse. Whilst the outside looks the same as it did back when they filmed The Castle in ’97, it’s definitely had a facelift inside. Book here for a walk down memory lane, then spend the whole car ride there doing this.