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14 of the Coolest and Quirkiest Mobile Homes You Can Rent on Airbnb

Eager to break from your habit of staying in run-of-the-mill hotels while you're out of town? Mobile homes around the world help vacation-goers enjoy different terrain, different views, and different lifestyles than they'd find on the usual beat. And the peer-to-peer house rental website Airbnb makes it convenient to book a stay at these one-of-a-kind accommodations. So why put the trip of your dreams on hold for another second? Scroll through for a glimpse at the most memorable mobile homes on Airbnb—then click over to the house listings to see what makes them so special.

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"The Alumilodge" in Malibu, California

With plaid fabrics and hopper windows that open onto views of the Pacific Ocean, this 1950s-era Airstream packs plenty of nostalgia within its 22-foot-long body.

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"Alumilodge": Airstream Under the Stars

Devotees of all things vintage will find even more to love on the outside, including a pop-up patio sheltered by a striped awning and furnished with Adirondack chairs and metal folding chairs perfectly poised for gazing at the nighttime stars that twinkle above the Santa Monica Mountains.

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"The Airstream International" in Alozaina, Andalusia, Spain

As if the aerodynamic aluminum coachwork weren’t enough to make this 1930s Airstream look like it came straight out of an old sci-fi movie, the slick indoor features will make travelers feel like they’re dwelling in an old starship. 

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"Airstream International": Comfortable Quarters

Pod-like cabinets, bright lighting, sleek metal walls and appliances, Wi-Fi, and a plunge pool make this Airstream International an idyllic base for an exploration of southern Spain.

Baja-Inspired Camper in Bridgeport, California

Enjoy a south-of-the-border atmosphere in this color-blocked camper in Bridgeport, California, a gateway to the eastern Sierra Nevada and its wealth of hiking and winter sports.

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Camper: Colorful Explosion

The colors and the vibe of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula suffuse this cheerful retreat. Whether you choose to lounge on the stripy blanket in the sitting area or savor a coffee in the fiery-orange kitchenette, you’ll be surrounded by comfort and vibrant color.

Backyard Bathtub in Monroe, Utah

Soak away the cares of city life at this unique bus turned hotel situated at Mystic Hot Springs, a 140-acre desert oasis that features a series of mineral pools and real bathtubs fed by millennia-old hot springs.

Backyard Bathtub: Mystic Mike's Nature Bus

Painted blue and emblazoned with natural scenes, the 33-foot bus lets travelers live on the wild side—without having to pitch a tent at a local campsite.

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Converted School Bus in Shelby, North Carolina

Dating back to 1983, this quaint red school bus was decommissioned long ago and now, converted into a mobile home, sits on a quiet street in Shelby.  

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Converted School Bus: Get On Board

The roomy quarters can accommodate four guests, with a private bathroom just steps away. An outdoor fire pit stands ready for barbecues, and the nearby town of Shelby offers amusement and distractions.

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The Brandy Bus in Nairobi, Kenya

To immerse yourself in the lush landscape of Kenya’s capital, venture beyond the city center and book a stay at this converted double-decker school bus located near Nairobi National Park. 

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Brandy Bus: Second-Story Sleeper

Sheltered behind greenery for added privacy, the towering two-story bus features a tropical-hued sleeping area, a cozy patio with an outdoor table, and access to a tennis court where you can challenge your friends to daily matches.

Romany Caravan in Bush, England, United Kingdom

Get a small taste of the peripatetic life of the Romany in Britain by booking a stay in this converted vardo, a horse-drawn wagon used by the Romany as mobile homes in the 1800s. 

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Romany Caravan: Beautiful Bunk

The renovated structure sits on a five-acre plot in the hamlet of Bush in Cornwall. Amenities include a brightly colored exterior and an intricately adorned interior with a barrel vault ceiling, gilded furnishings, and a welcoming loft bed.

Showman's Caravan in York, England

Ironically enough, this former showman’s caravan is the ideal place for travelers who shy away from the spotlight. The secluded, forest green trailer blends into its bucolic setting. 

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Showman's Caravan: Warm Woods

The interior of the caravan is cozy and clean, with polished woodwork, plush seating, and transom windows that brighten the space.

Gandalf's Caravan in Glengarriff, County Cork, Ireland

While the end of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy saw Gandalf leave Middle Earth with his hobbit friends, his likeness remains at this outpost in Ireland so that die-hard fans can witness the great wizard in all his glory. 

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Gandalf's Caravan: Cheerful and Convivial

When you’re not strolling the 98 acres that surround the cheery green, yellow, and red wagon, play a tabletop Lord of the Rings-themed game in Galadriel’s Garden with the friendly owner of the property.

Double Carriage in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, the Netherlands

Summer camps around the country are no longer in session, but this converted double carriage on a children’s farm has the same breezy, casual camp atmosphere. Though it’s in the countryside, it’s not too far from Amsterdam, so you can get your farm fix with a side of more sophisticated urban pleasures. 

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Double Carriage: Country Style

After the whole family enjoys a farm-fresh breakfast on the deck or in the bright and airy kitchen, little animal lovers can learn about life on a working farm.

Hostel on Wheels in Faro, Portugal

Can’t decide whether to hit the beach, the mountains, or the forest for your next vacation? Rent this hostel-on-wheels, and you can visit all three—or any other scenic setting you choose—during a multi-leg road trip with up to four of your friends. 

Hostel on Wheels: Simple Sleeping

The campervan features flexible furnishings and a bunk-bed-style area that fits two beds, with room underneath the lower bunk for storing camping gear.

Restored Wagon in Mont-Saint-Jean, Burgundy, France

Wake up on top of the world in this converted vintage wagon situated near a charming medieval hilltop village.

Restored Wagon: Bright and Rustic

This quaint hotel with wheels squeezes in a bedroom, sitting area, and dining space. There’s a sink, kettle, and coffeepot indoors, and a mini charcoal barbecue outdoors, where you can whip up your own eats from the bounty of Burgundy. 

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Restored Sheep Wagon in Shirley Basin, Wyoming

History buffs who wax nostalgic about the Old West can nurture their obsession in this vintage camper, a lovingly restored 1920s sheep wagon located on a family ranch. 

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Sheep Wagon: Indoor Dining

The wagon offers everything you need for cozy country living, including a loft-style bed, a wood-burning stove, and a dining table that you can pull out when it’s time to chow down on your down-home fare.

Houseboat in the Trees in Kerala, India

The sights and sounds of nature surround you as you float in a houseboat anchored in an inland canal overlooking Lake Vembanad in Kerala. 

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Houseboat: Life on the Water

The soothing natural surroundings are mirrored by the calm, spacious interior. Dark woods, a furnished porch, and the tranquil setting encourage quiet reflection.

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