A vacation is the perfect time to get away from the complexities of your everyday life, push yourself outside your comfort zone, and gain a new perspective on the world. Choosing where to go is important, but equally important is deciding where to stay once you’re there. Hotels, hostels, and houses are typical the world over and can provide a fantastic vacation experience. But if you’re looking for a different way to destress and downsize on your next trip abroad, consider renting a tiny home.

“Tiny houses” are an architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. There is currently no set definition of how small a tiny house is, but they’re generally considered to be 500 square feet or less.

The average tiny home costs under $30,000 to buy and nearly 70 percent of tiny home owners do not have a mortgage. While you may not be ready to completely downsize your life in the pursuit of financial freedom and a smaller carbon footprint, renting a tiny home on vacation can give you a glimpse of the lifestyle. And, in some cases, the tiny home you rent will actually be larger – and cheaper – than your hotel room.

Check out these international tiny homes for rent.

The Rambleshack in Coldingham, Scotland

Looking a bit like something left behind by a spaceship, the Rambleshack is a perfect coastal getaway on the east coast of the Scottish Borders in Scotland. You can enjoy a pristine beach, a welcoming village where you can enjoy a pint and an order of fish and chips, and plenty of walking in the countryside. Plus, you’re situated close enough to the action for day trips to Holy Island, Alnwick Castle, Bamburgh, and Edinburgh.

The tiny home itself sleeps two and has one bedroom and one bathroom. You have the option to bring your own bedding and towels or have them supplied if you want to travel light. At just $75 per night, you’ll have a lot left over to spend on other parts of your vacation.

Romantic Cottage in Carinthia, Austria

Located in the tiny village of St. Margareten im Rosental, this romantic little cottage puts you in touch with nature in the heart of the Alps. It’s the perfect getaway for exploring the region’s lakes and spas during the summer or hitting the slopes during the winter.

The cottage has two floors and all the amenities you’ll need for a romantic vacation for two. Plus, there is a restaurant on premises, so you won’t have to go far to try some local Austrian delicacies.

The Old Tower in the Tuscan Countryside, Italy

If you’ve ever wanted an entire castle to yourself on vacation, here’s your chance. The Old Tower is located along picturesque Lake Trasimeno, which you can explore by kayak or boat during your stay. Or, simply take in the magnificent views from the pergola in your own private garden.

The space accommodates two people and includes all the comforts of home. You’re a short distance from the train station, which connects you to the major cities and historical sites around Italy.

Ocean Front Beach House in Rosarito, Mexico

Beach life has never been so good. The house patio opens right onto the sand, giving you unfettered views of amazing sunsets and the ocean. The small town of Rosarito is filled with friendly locals and a tasty restaurant called Pelicanos. Stroll down the beach to the pier and catch a few waves, or lounge in the Baja sun to your heart’s content.

The house includes a mini kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom loft. There’s also a deck off the second floor, offering you a bird’s eye view of the beach and nearby town.

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About The Author

Bill Conn is a travel enthusiast and writer at Scribewise. His favorite travel destinations include Shanghai, Vancouver, Munich – and of course, his home town of Philadelphia. Visit www.scribewise.com

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