AIRBNB’S 2021 data release showed that travelers are booking unique abodes, such as cabins, tiny homes and treehouses, to break the monotony of the past year spent in lockdown. Nearly 70 percent of respondents to a recent Airbnb survey indicated they want to be able to filter for unique stays when searching for trip accommodation.
According to latest Airbnb data, notable searches for certain types of unique homes went up 10 times over compared to just two years ago. Searches for yurts have spiked by approximately 1700 percent while searches for earth houses and barns have increased 1,285 percent and 1,068 percent, respectively.
In the Philippines, hosts have earned over P24 million welcoming guests into their unique homes since the start of the pandemic.
“Many of our unique stays in the Philippines are tucked away in the outskirts of large cities, within driving distance from the metro,” shared Amanpreet Bajaj, Airbnb’s general manager for Southeast Asia, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan. “Uncovering these one-of-a-kind stays is now a whole lot easier with our new Flexible Destinations feature, which helps guests discover incredible properties in places they may not have thought to search for. Guests can simply enter the dates they want to travel or search with flexible dates, for instance, a weekend, week or an entire month, to search and book their unique stays.”
One of Airbnb’s most popular unique stays is the Domescape glamping dome house in Nasugbu, Batangas. The Domescape is the first of its kind in the Philippines – an intricately designed geodesic dome perfect for nature lovers and adventure seekers located in Barangay Tumalim, a quiet neighborhood adjacent to a large river.