Tiny Houses and Shepherd Huts: Where Airbnb Travellers are Staying in 2019

Around the world, guests have spoken: bite size escapes, outdoor immersions and off the grid adventures await in some of Airbnb’s extraordinary trending Homes available on Airbnb in 2019. Whether it be completely unplugging in a shepherd’s hut in the English countryside, or eloping to a seaside, design-centric cycladic house in Greece, travellers are seeking accommodations that provide reconnection to natural surroundings.

Based on booking data over the last year*, our forecast shows that tiny houses, barns, farm stays, cycladic houses and shepherd huts are seeing the largest increases in bookings, perhaps illustrating guests are aiming to discover the destinations they visit in abodes uniquely characteristic of them.

Tiny Houses
125% YoY increase in bookings

Bite-sized homes top the list for 2019, giving travellers craving a minimalist lifestyle some stylish small spaces to cosy up in. From perching on a lofted bed in a miniature log cabin in Seattle, to a rectangular box covered in prints on the beach in Uruguay, these Homes may inspire the most extreme hoarders to book a trip and purge their closets.

Directly in the green Taunus (Hesse, Germany)
Tiny House in Seattle (Seattle, WA)
De Revista, little cabin at the beach (Punta Rubia, Uruguay)
The Millennial Tiny House (Katikati, New Zealand)

Barns (110%) & Farm Stays (85%)
YoY increase in bookings

Agricultural immersions and rural, barn vibes are calling travellers from all around the world to experience the authentic farm-to-table lifestyle, or simply enjoy the country scenery away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Rice Barn and Rooms (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Casa Andina del Pucará (Tilcara, Argentina)

Dome Houses
107% YoY increase in bookings

Architecture-forward listings that provide both unparalleled design and a functional living space are beckoning guests to make themselves at home, look out at the stars and share their stay with others with out of this world photo ops.

Trullo aromatic green (Ostuni, Italy)
Mushroom Dome (Aptos, CA)

Cycladic Houses
95% YoY increase in bookings

These iconic white and blue-domed homes cascading above the glistening Mediterranean Sea have travellers flocking to Greece, hoping to stun their social media followings with unrivalled radiance.

Shepherd Huts
93% YoY increase in bookings

A more pastoral take on glamping, travellers are booking more and more shepherd huts, widely seen in the UK and France – and with the Outer Hebrides being one of our 2019 trending destinations – ditching the devices and digital detoxing in one of these rustic homes provides an even better reason to book.

*Based on internal Airbnb data for bookings made in 2017 vs. 2018.

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