10 Unusual Accommodation Sites You've Probably Never Heard Of

Want to Stay In A Yurt, Treehouse or Someone's Back Yard? Here's How

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When it comes to finding accommodation, there's no need to stick with the same old booking site you've been using for years.

If you're looking for something a bit more interesting than a chain hotel in the suburbs, these ten sites offer everything from yurts to loft apartments, free room and board to pet-friendly spaces and much more.


For Pets

If you're traveling with a pet, finding a place happy to accept cats, dogs or your favorite armadillo can be a challenge. BringFido has a global database of pet-friendly accommodation, clearly listing any extra fees and restrictions on type and size of animal. You can filter by type and location, and book directly through the site or via the iOS app.


For Vacation Rentals

By now most people have heard of Airbnb, but it's not the only game in town when hunting out house and apartment rentals. VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) is also very popular, and is now part of the Homeaway network with over a million listings across its various brands.

If you're heading overseas, it's also worth checking out both Wimdu and Roomorama – based in Europe and Singapore respectively, you'll often find a different set of places to stay on these sites.


For The Outdoors

If you're more of an outdoors kind of person, take a look at Canopy and Stars instead.

With everything from yurts to house buses, treehouses to boats and all kinds of other 'back to nature' options, this European-based site promises that it visits every place it lists to make sure they match up to expectations. It has several handy filters, including places you can get to by public transport, water, canvas, trees and solitude.


For Those Who Don't Mind Working

On a tight budget and don't mind getting your hands dirty? Consider WWOOF'ing. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms lets you swap your labor for room and board on organic farms. You'll generally work 4-6 hours per day, and stays can last anything from a few days to several months. Especially popular in Australia and New Zealand, there are opportunities all over the world.


For Discounted Luxury

If your idea of a vacation tends more to sun loungers and cocktails than mucking out the pig pen, but your budget doesn't, Voyage Privé could well be what you're after. The site offers substantial discounts on resort and luxury accommodation around the world, including beach and ski holidays, rural retreats and more.

Each offer is only available to book for a few days, but there are usually a range of vacation dates to choose from.


For Camping in Someone's Backyard

If you have your own camping supplies but don't want to stay in a campground every night, check out Camp In My Garden instead. As the name suggests, homeowners offer up their back yard or other available land for a small fee, and you just pitch your tent on it for a few days! You'll typically have access to bathroom and other facilities inside the house.

It's ideal for event accommodation when everything else in town is booked or overpriced, or for those on a budget looking to meet locals. Most listings are currently in Europe, but there are a few places listed elsewhere in the word.


For Boutique Hotels

From high-end BnB's to gorgeous boutique hotels, safari lodges to beach cabanas, i-escape handpicks a small range of accommodation and visits each listing before adding it to the site. They add their own notes and comments to the descriptions, promise you won't pay more than booking direct, and have a range of filters to help narrow down the options.

The site has listings in around 50 countries, but if you've got no idea where you'd like to go, just hit the 'Inspire me' button instead.

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