We all know about AirBnB’s rapid growth and spread. We’ve written about it here. Even Japan is said to be close to approving its operations – formally that is. But how about a Presidential AirBnB apartment to rent?
If this article is to be believed, folks who managed to book the apartment at Trump towers might just had been able to mingle with the secret service folks who were probably crawling all over the building. Perhaps see some important politicians too. And that is exactly what one lucky couple did when they stayed in December. But today’s post is not about the Presidential AirBnB listing. Because it is no more.
It’s about some of the quirkiest places one can book on AirBnB.
Wendy wrote about her experiences of staying in various places (here), from a castle to a windmill, from a bus to a yurt. One of our favorite though in her list of places is the ginger bread house (it’s located in California). Really? Well, not that it was made of dough of course! And how can one not consider to live in a old stone church? Hopefully it isn’t too cold because if our past castle stay was any guide, it is awfully hard to heat up a stone building… Perhaps this might set you off on a browse of properties on AirBnB like Wendy did? Because when we did our browsing, there sure looked like some mighty intriguing listings… perhaps you’d like to live like medieval nobility here?
We’ve read of how folks who have stayed in a buddhist temple, having to work in the day and fast from 6pm till the next morning! Heheh, sounds like a novel way to pick up a set of new travel experiences no?
If you are one for daring and new experiences, looking out for such stays could jolt some adrenaline in you! Will this motivate you to search now for the weirdest AirBnB to stay in for your next journey?
So far, we have written and shared our previous journalog and handprint story of our Japan journey for 2017. But what we left out was a treasure trove of experiences in Tokyo that we thought we might want to share with you too…
You might have read our report from the field in the past (here and here), we were in Tokyo during the ‘red’ day. This is when women express their affection for their men. You might have also noted that the days were beautiful with clear skies – yep we ordered that. And make sure you place your orders early when you’re going…because there will not be a refund. LOL.
Yes there are many posts out there recommending what to do. When you are done with all of them, the following could be something to consider:
Walk along Ginza on car free Sunday
Every weekend on both days, Dori-street along Ginza will be closed to vehicular traffic between noon till 5pm. Even if you are not intent on shopping, get there to see what people get up to. Some set up deck chairs and umbrellas and sit there all afternoon!
Visit Hama Rikyu gardens
This one’s a little gem and does take a little effort to get to. However, for 300 yen you’d see a wonderful garden set in this bustling city. Yes we know there are free ones elsewhere but this one deserves special mention.
Take a bus to Gotemba
If shopping in the city is not enough for you, then the nearest outlet mall would be at Gotemba. There you can buy luxury good for a discount. Now who would’nt want that? But take note this secret place is now common knowledge, perhaps consider the one at Karuizawa instead…
Buy the delectable cakes from department store food center
Oh this is surely something you must simply be between 7:30pm till 8pm. At almost every large departmental store’s basement food center, there will be an almost frenzy atmosphere of last minute buying. The food is offered for steep discounts since it will not be kept. Be prepared for a squeeze!
No matter whether the above are something you’d consider or not, Tokyo is sure a city that may enamour you to be back and again!
We’ve written about boutique airlines (here), and we’ve shown how the really wealthy purchase what would be considered out-of-this world experiences (here). For folks with busy lives that leave them little or no time to develop their own travel itineraries, perhaps intermediaries can still be the answer.
Now even plebians such as we can craft unique travel journeys that might erstwhile be the domain of the wealthy. We came across this website after reading Thrillist, and by no means are we in any way linked with them.
Just that this is yet evidence that travel has become mundane.
Yep. We know this is a sweeping assertion. But hear us out.
Try this as an experiment. Type “Paris” into the search field of wordpress. Do you see how many posts come up? While they all may be unique and individual experiences, does this not make one ponder about how common a trip to Paris is these days? Add to the folks on other social media outlets and the ones who don’t (ie social media hermits), there is an incredulous amount of sharings and pictures out there!
Just as we wrote about in naughty cruise journey, people are increasing looking for customized ways to experience travel. Perhaps this is the reason why we see the rise of the ‘Travelers’ – ie folks who want to ‘live’ like a local where they travel too?
What do you look for when you travel? Do you travel with a purpose?