It is the accommodation site that has changed the way we spend the night.
And, clearly, part of Airbnb’s international appeal is the wide variety of properties it offers – as some of its more unusual listings have proved, this week.
Many of the platform’s quirkier options have raised eyebrows for their unconventional approach to hospitality, ranging from a real gingerbread home in Hawaii to a cute cabin in Iceland.
Plane bizarre: Daring guests can choose to stay in a grounded plane located on a campsite in Western France
One of the most leftfield choices, however, is definitely a grounded plane in Western France.
Based in Saint-Michel-Chef-Chef, the renovated craft can accommodate up to four people and comes equipped with a kitchen, toilet and shower for maximum comfort.
Inside, old seats transform into armchairs, while from May to September guests can also enjoy the swimming pool and water slides at the campsite where it’s located.
Positioned just two minutes from the sea, next to the beaches of Tharon, Pornic and Saint Brévin, prices start from just £82 per night, making it affordable for many, rather than a few.
Cosy: The renovated craft can accommodate up to four people and comes equipped with a kitchen, toilet and shower
Just like the real thing! Inside, the leftfield venue even used old passenger seats as modern-day furniture
Recommended: Several guests have already praised the innovative holiday idea as unique and comfortable
Another option for the adventurous is a gingerbread cottage in Makawao, Hawaii, which Jimi Hendrix once stayed in while filming Rainbow Bridge in 1970.
A studio property, it comes with a kitchenette (toaster oven, microwave, coffee maker, counter-top burners, full sized fridge) and spacious bathroom with a large custom-built, tiled shower.
The interior is also lined with cedar on the inside to offer a ‘delightful’ scent upon arrival.
Clearly a popular place to stay, it has amassed an average rating of five stars over 184 reviews, with plenty of positive feedback.
Eat your heart out, music fans! This gingerbread cottage in Makawao, Hawaii, saw Jimi Hendrix stay there in 1970
Home from home: The interior is also lined with cedar on the inside to offer a ‘delightful’ scent upon arrival
Meanwhile, travellers to Iceland can try their luck at one of two solitary cabins that boast an up-close-and-personal view of the aurora borealis.
Based in the exclusive residential area of Akureyriin, the first offers classic simplicity in what’s billed as a ‘peaceful, cosy cabin‘. There’s technically a kitchen, but no oven – and just one double bed.
So, if you need more luxury, guests could alternatively reside at a beautiful studio nearby.
From this house you can take a hiking tour, visit a naturally heated swimming pool, or even play golf on the northern-most 18-hole golf course.
Remote: Travellers to Iceland can try their luck at this basic cabin with up-close-and-personal views of the aurora borealis
Grand cabin: For those wanting to explore a more stylish version of Iceland, there’s this stunning studio building
Alternatively, those in Italy can rent a tower house created out of the restoration of an old, abandoned stable.
The space, which looks like something out of a fantasy film, is called Old Tower and can accommodate two people comfortably.
Nestled in the Umbrian countryside in a protected area known for natural, scenic beauty, it also offers a view of Lake Trasimeno and costs from £78 per night.
Retro: Alternatively, those in Italy can rent a tower house created out of the restoration of an old, abandoned stable
Unusual: Nestled in the Umbrian countryside, in a protected area for the natural scenic beauty, it has a view of Lake Trasimeno
As if that wasn’t enough, guests can even book to stay in a traditional Italian trullo dating back to the 1800s.
Listed as Trullo of 1800, the complex consists of three cones providing two bedrooms – one double and one twin – plus a single loft bedroom, a living room, kitchen and bathroom.
That too has amassed a slew of glowing reviews from more than 170 happy guests.
Step back in time: Guests can even book to stay in a traditional Italian trullo dating back to the 1800s
Hideaway: The complex consists of three cones, providing two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bathroom
For those desiring something more remote, there’s also a historic cabin in the heart of Denver’s Grand Lake.
Originally built in 1937, they’ve been updated with modern amenities to serve those looking for a rustic, charming, unique experience.
In the UK the typical host earns around £3,000 per year and hosts for 36 nights. The average age of a host is 43.
It generates an estimated £3.46billion for local residents, according to the company’s first UK Insights Report and there have been close to six million guest arrivals in the UK within the same time period.
The UK is the fifth largest home-sharing community on Airbnb globally, in terms of the number of listings.
Get away from it all: For those desiring something more remote, there’s a historic cabin in the heart of Denver’s Grand Lake
Cosy: Originally built in 1937, they’ve been updated with modern amenities to serve those looking for a rustic experience