Ping. Your Apple watch alerts you to a new e-mail. That’s number 184 in the box. You’re constantly running from meetings to more meetings to a date that night—and then home to crash. Then, it’s up and to the gym.
Your life is moving at what feels like 300-miles an hour. While that’s a great thing, you gotta step back from time to time lest you burn out completely. Actually taking some of those hard-earned vacation days is a great place to start. Deciding where you’ll spend ‘em can be a tougher decision. If your life is pedal-to-the-metal, never-say-die, 24-7 consider going off the grid for a few days (or a week if you’re lucky enough). Spending time in nature is freaking great for as study after study shows. And going somewhere you can honestly tell your boss: “Sorry, no WiFi!” might not be a bad idea…
So, we worked with Airbnb to edit down a list of 11 absolutely awesome remote “homes” you can actually rent this summer or fall. Click through these cabins, yurts, tree houses, cottages, and more to find your next vacation destination in the USA—or abroad.
Head to the woods of northern California for a seriously secluded getaway—the nearest grocery store is 45 minutes away. You can hike the 160-acre property, hop in the wood-fired sauna, or hang by Little Jones Creek. The nearest Redwood forest is a 30-minute drive away.
This one is pretty pricey—but may be worth the splurge and you can divvy up the nightly rate amongst yourself and 14 of your closest friends. The rooms are carved out of rock with luxe designer details, and there’s a pool, Jacuzzi, and fire pit on site. Hike the private trails during the day or drive 20 minutes to Joshua Tree National Park.
In the Hawaiian rain forest, this two-level tree house is seriously rad. Complete with a cedar hot tub and outdoor dining area, hanging “at home” is pretty great. But you can also hike and explore nearby Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or head to “Volcano Village”, packed with restaurants and art galleries.
With three rooms connected by rope bridges, this place is magical. Sounds of birds chirping and the wind in the trees will make you feel like you’re completely secluded—but you’re only minutes away from downtown Atlanta. So, if you want a unique getaway that isn’t really off the grid, this treehouse is for you.
A beautiful cottage close to Geysire - Laugarvatn, Iceland
This spacious “cottage” is super modern and includes a hot tub, grill, and—in August—wild blueberries. Iceland’s famous “Golden Circle” (a 300km driving route that covers many landmarks) is nearby as is Laugarvtan central where you can visit the spa, restaurant, and more.
Windmill by the sea in Tinos Greece - Tinos, Greece
Walk to the beach—or city center—in minutes. This newly renovated, three-story windmill “house” with a 360-degree wrap around terrace is unreal. It’s 20 minutes from Mykonos and an hour an half outside of Athens.
Realize the Dream Thailand Mae Taeng - Chiang Mai, Thailand
This treehouse/bungalow lives up to its name. Go white water rafting, biking, or head to the nearby elephant camp during your days. You can also pick tea, coffee, and vegetables yourself—and then roast the beans and cook the veggies. Don’t worry: the host is also a chef with 30+ years of experience—and they’re willing to help you out.
A quiet Yurt in Savoie – Bauges Bellecombe-en-Bauges, Rhone-Alpes, France
Gather the family or recruit five friends and head to France. It may be in “the middle of nowhere”, but there’s plenty to do. From climbing, to trekking, to mountain biking, to skiing—the host is happy to advise you on activities.