The World According to Airbnb

The travel site’s co-founder Joe Gebbia counts down his Top 10 most tempting vacation destinations across the globe.

As co-founder of SF-based holiday rental site Airbnb, Joe Gebbia is intimately familiar with the platform's 300,000 worldwide listings (which span 33,000 cities in 192 countries). So asking him to whittle down the offerings, which range from architecturally significant structures by Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry, to an iglu in Andorra, to a castle in Tuscany, is a little unfair--like asking someone to pick just one cheese from Osteria Mozza's mozzarella bar. Still, we didn't hesitate to do it, and Gebbia didn't disappoint: revealing the 10 destinations that currently top his own personal travel list, and annotating each with a succinct argument as to why you should probably book it right now. dh-airbnb-banner
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  • HECTOR CAVE HOUSE
  • Oia, Santorini, Greece
  • $136/night
  • Joe's Take: This one's actually carved into the side of a cliff, and it's 250 years old. But it's really about the host experience: if you're on a romantic getaway and just want to chill and take in the view by yourself you can; or, a lot of times guests will have dinner with this host, and even explore the village together.¬†
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  • THAI OCEANFRONT VILLA
  • Kathu, Thailand
  • $800/night
  • Joe's Take: This one speaks for itself, and for me, it's the one I'd pick if I was ready to splurge. I love its clean and modern design--and imagine waking up with those sliding doors wide open, and the breeze of the ocean blowing through as the waves crash outside on the rocks of the cliff. And those chairs! Perfectly positioned so you can just lay in them and appreciate that oceanscape.¬†
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  • YOUR OWN ISLAND IN FIJI
  • Nanuku, Levu
  • $500/night
  • Joe's Take: Oh, it's just a ten-acre paradise--just a private island to yourself. For five hundred bucks a night, it will sleep you and nine of your friends. That's like fifty bucks a night per person, for an entire island. Which is a pretty sweet deal.¬†
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  • PORKALLA PENINSULA BEACH HOUSE
  • Kirkkonummi, Finland
  • $1087/night
  • Joe's Take: If you want to get in touch with nature, stay here. It's huge, totally secluded, and so far south in Finland that you really are in the middle of nowhere. There's all sorts of outdoor activities, and it's ideal for when you want to get away from it all.¬†
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  • ITALIAN LAKE HOUSE
  • Anfo, Lombardy, Italy
  • $55/night
  • Joe's Take: It's all about the balance of rustic old charm with modern amenities. And then you walk outside, and bam: there's a lake. I can just imagine taking a deep breath and smelling the most fresh, mountainous, Italian lake air. ¬† ¬†
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  • OLD SCHOOL AMSTERDAM
  • Zuiderwoude, Netherlands
  • $271/night
  • Joe's Take: This is a repurposed school house that has a quirkiness to it--it's a really playful feeling spot--and has a very clean European aesthetic. This would be a good one for when you're traveling with kids, because the design feels very playful, and the location's great: it's close to things that you want to be close to.
 
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  • AEGEAN ISLAND VILLA
  • Styra, Greece
  • $680/night
  • Joe's Take: This is an amazing listing, not only because it's so remote and kind-of out there, but because the host's father built the home years ago, and all of her reviews attest to how inspiring, comfortable, and character-filled it is.¬†
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  • KILAUEA VOLCANO TREEHOUSE
  • Kilauea, Hawaii, USA
  • $230/night
  • Joe's Take: I picked this one because who doesn't love a tree house in the middle of a rainforest in Hawaii? It's one of those things that when you see it, there's some kind of child-like spirit that pops to life.
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  • SPACIOUS COPENHAGEN
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • $437/night
  • Joe's Take: I actually stayed here my first time in Copenhagen, and the apartment exudes Danish life: it's not standardized in any way. I loved the characteristic white washed floors, and the balcony in the back is also really nice; I would go out there, get some fresh air, and everything just felt very clean--very Denmark.¬†
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  • MILANESE HOUSE-WITHIN-A-HOUSE
  • Milan, Italy
  • $67/night
  • Joe's Take: How many times do you see a suspended house floating inside of a loft? Not many. It's so eye-catching, and such a crazy structure. It looks like an architecture student's project, and yet it's actually available to book.

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