20 Bucket List Places to Stay Around the World

I’ve been known to make a bucket list or two. In fact, if you could see my AirBnB wish list, you’d know that if it were up to me, I wouldn’t just stay anywhere while traveling, but I like my accommodation to be an experience in and of itself. Maybe it’s because, as a kid, the idea of staying in a theme room at Edmonton’s Fantasyland hotel was all I wanted in life (and never got!), but where possible, I try to find bucket list-worthy places to stay as I travel.

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So, I decided to put together my personal ultimate bucket list of accommodations.

Which would you want to visit?

An Airstream in Spain | Andalucia, Spain

Maybe it’s because I’m a fan of Grey’s Anatomy and I like to think that Derek Shepherd is waiting for me inside this airstream, or maybe it’s because this AirBnB’s listing has a bottle of Veuve Cliquot in many of the photos… but I want to stay in this fancy airstream. It doesn’t hurt that it’s in the heart of Spain, complete with sunshine, scenery and a hot tub. Sold.

Sleep in a Barrel | BC, Canada

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A barrel made for two!

This Air BnB option looks pretty neat, if a bit snug. It’s located on an organic farm, and the hosts even have a nano-brewery! Not far to stumble back to your barrel with impeccable views of lush BC forest.

Chill Out at the Hotel de Glace | Quebec, Canada

Now, I’m sure one night would suffice, but I’ve always wanted to experience an ice hotel. Open from January to March, there’s a small window to stay at the Hotel de Glace in Quebec, but I’m up for it! Ice bar, ice chapel, ice bed? Yep, sounds pretty cool to me.

Sleep in a Treehouse | Koh Rong, Cambodia

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This one we actually did! Unfortunately we only lasted two out of five nights at the Treehouse Bungalows on the island of Koh Rong in Cambodia, but if I hadn’t gotten sick, I would have been able to continue waking up to the sound of waves crashing against the base of my treehouse!

The Scottish Yurt Experience | Isle of Arran, Scotland

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Guys, no joke, David and I stayed in these glorious Mongolian yurts on the Isle of Arran. It was the perfect digital detox, so I suppose that means I’ve actually ticked this one off my bucket list. . Located on my favourite Scottish island, these yurts are complete with a wood-burning stove, double bed (glamping, after all), and even a proper tea set!

Wake Up in a Teepee | Golden, BC

Can you believe this view? While only available from June – September (for good reason – Canadian winters!), the Goldenwood Lodge has 7 teepees available for guests.

Watch the Northern Lights From an Igloo | Kakslauttanen, Finland

I remember seeing this photo ages ago and feeling the travel bug biting me like an incessant mosquito. Despite many Canadian winters, I have never seen the Northern Lights. Can you imagine sleeping under them? One day I’ll make it to Finland. One day…

Surf’s Up Treehouse Style | Hawaii

Sigh. Just… sigh. I don’t typically like to call something a tree house if it’s not seriously above the ground, but given that it’s made of trees amongst the trees, I will give this AirBnB a pass. The interior is to die for and there are surf boards decorating the ceiling. I also feel like Hawaii is less likely to have the crazy monkeys that we experienced in our Cambodian treehouse, but who knows.

Stay in a Former Prison | Oxford, England

When David and I decided to spend a night in Oxford, he was pumped about staying in the former prison, now converted into a gorgeous Malmaison. Our room was two or three combined cell blocks with the solid iron door. Definitely a neat experience, though I did wonder about ghosts… Malmaison always provide a luxurious stay.

Hanging Gardens of Bali | Bali, Indonesia

When I was helping a friend plan his honeymoon, I came across this hotel with the most incredible swimming pool I have ever seen! Yep, that definitely required both italics and an exclamation mark. I mean… have you ever seen anything like it? The Hanging Gardens of Bali are high on the list for a romantic getaway.

A Welsh BBQ Hut | Wales

Technically there is a cottage as well, but I mean, really, you’re staying here for the epic BBQ hut. Stock up on your meat and veggie kebabs. These cottages look like a great find and I’ve had Wales on my wish list for the longest time.

Un Chateau? Mais Oui! | Bretagne, France

Staying in a French castle? Um… yes! A room in the Chateau de Locguenole will run you about $185 USD a night. Strolling through the adjoining parklands and wilderness is a great bonus on top of the luxury bedrooms.

Float on a Houseboat in the Netherlands | Amsterdam, Netherlands

The houseboats lining the canals of Amsterdam are iconic. To stay on one? Even cooler! This particular houseboat is right in the centre of town, not far from the Anne Frank Museum.

Who Lives in a Pineapple? | Central Scotland

This summer home was supposedly built as a wedding gift to the man’s wife. Hmmm…. I wonder what her reaction was. That said, the interior is absolutely stunning (not a pineapple print in sight), so you should check it out!

Under the Tuscan Sun | Tuscany, Italy

This Air BnB rental makes me just want to wander through an Italian market, pick fresh produce and make the mother of all delicious caprese salad to go with my bowl of pasta! Seriously, though, who doesn’t want to spend a vacation in Tuscany, in a genuine, converted Italian farmhouse? I was drooling at each of these photos!

Stay in a Bedouin Camp | Petra, Jordan

I’ve always wanted to visit Petra. I’ve always wanted to stay in a Bedouin camp. Looks like you can combine the two! Can you imagine spending your evening sipping tea amidst the glow of lanterns or watching the stars in an unspoilt sky? Honestly, this looks like luxury in the desert. High on the bucket list!

Homestay in Sapa | Sapa, Vietnam

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With our guide Pen, heading back down the mountain after an incredible night at her home.

Again, this is one of the neat things that David and I got to do while backpacking Southeast Asia. We did a homestay with Sapa Sisters and experienced life with a traditional Hmong family. Our guide, Pen, couldn’t have made us feel more welcome. We played with her kids, enjoyed views of the intricate rice terraces and watched the sun go down after a day of heavy hiking! We also helped to cook dinner, which we ate with her in-laws and her husband.

Museum or Shipping Container? | Eindhoven, Netherlands

From looking at all the stunning art on the walls of this AirBnB, you might forget that you’re sleeping in a shipping container, but the Inkijkmuseum in the Netherlands has made the most of these small spaces.

Rainforest Glamping in New Zealand | Hokitika, NZ

I first found out about this glampsite called Hurunui Jacks on the West Coast of New Zealand by reading the Young Adventuress blog, and since then I’ve been dying to visit! I mean, there’s no such thing as visiting NZ too many times, right? Nestled in the middle of a lush rainforest, you can stay in these ultra-romantic canvas tents, complete with cozy furniture and charm. Yep… I’d take a digital detox here any day.

Cliffside, Blue Waters, White Walls | Santorini, Greece

Anyone else every watched Shirley Valentine? Well, ever since that movie, Greece has been high on my list of places to visit. The whitewashed walls with the fabulous blue water? Yeah… I could handle a week or three there. How stinking cute is this Air BnB rental?

Okay! I’ve taken you around the world. Now, which one is highest on YOUR bucket list?

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4 Responses to 20 Bucket List Places to Stay Around the World

  1. kim August 3, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    Pretty cool places!

    • Victoria Smith August 4, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

      Thanks! Any that you’d like to stay at?

  2. Todd at Visit50 June 13, 2020 at 7:08 am #

    These look awesome! I wish i went to Sapa in my Vietnam trip!

    I just wrote a post that works well with this. Now that I’ve visited 50+ countries, I’ve finally written down how I travel so much
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  3. Jill Everson October 15, 2020 at 10:58 pm #

    These are indeed some of the great places to be, thanks for sharing… I am updating my list now 😉

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