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10 Unique AirBnBs To Rent For An Eco-Friendly Vacation

By Desirée Kaplan

What does a castle in Scotland, a cabana in the Mexican jungle, and a private island in Brazil all have in common? Apart from breathtaking panoramas, they offer a sustainable alternative to hotels for environmentally conscious travelers.  

Airbnb has long been committed to offering sustainable travel alternatives for travelers and it’s paid off. A recent study found that 72% of Airbnb customers choose home sharing over traditional options because they considered the environmental benefits it offers.

Jonathan Tourtellot, Founding Director of the National Geographic Centre for Sustainable Destinations points out that reports like these prove Airbnb “… has raised the bar in sustainable tourism to a level that the conventional travel industry will find hard to beat.”.  

The consensus? People care about reducing their carbon footprint when they travel and companies are listening. Here are a few rental options that offer a more responsible way to stay.  

1. Jungle cabana - Tulum, Mexico

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In the Tulum jungle, between the beaches and ancient Mayan ruins, you’ll find this sustainable retreat. Built with local materials, it’s completely powered by solar panels and offers water treated with an ecological system. Enjoy vegetarian candle lit dinners on the property or take an 8-minute drive into Tulum to explore the surrounding area. Shower while gazing at the stars and take in the warmth of the campfire for $45 per night at this peaceful oasis. 

2. Greenhouse with a view - Oslo, Norway

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If you love plants you'll love waking up in a greenhouse oasis overlooking Oslo. You’ll find this one of a kind accommodation on the 16th story of an apartment building. Located just 7 minutes from Oslo Central Station, this unique home is found in the heart of Norway's capital. For $84 per night, enjoy views of the city while lounging in a greenhouse in the sky.

3. Bali eco-lodge - Bali, Indonesia

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Minutes from the beach, this Balinese destination promotes a zero waste lifestyle. This host even runs a program to teach Indonesian children about sustainable living. Immerse yourself in an environment where recycling, composting, gardening and other environmentally friendly habits are a way of life. With the beach just a 10-minute bike ride away, it's hard not to love this laid back eco - lodge. Bonus? It's only $24 a night.