Ican’t get enough of travel television shows. So, when a new one drops on one of the TV streaming services, I gobble the entire series down like it’s Monday at Crumbl Cookies and I have to sample all the new flavors of the week as fast as humanly possible with my own, private pink-box unboxing ceremony. IYKYK.
Staying in a bougey hotel is touristy. Staying in a unique, authentic, local vacation rental is touristish.
Netflix Makes Vacation Rentals “Cool”
I have loved staying in vacation rentals for years… before they were cool even. (At least before they were cool in America. I feel like the rest of the world caught on to that trend a lot faster than we did.) I’m a big fan of the sharing economy when it comes to travel (Airbnb, VRBO, Grab, Lyft, Uber, Hipcamp, RVShare, WithLocals, you name it), and I have appreciated the Netflix shows like “Stay Here” and “Instant Hotel” have introduced people to the idea that Airbnb does not necessarily mean sleeping on someone’s couch for $10 because one can’t afford a hotel or hostel. But it can, if that’s the experience a traveler is seeking!
The love and detail that goes into good vacation rentals surpass many hotels, and is usually more unique and memorable. Vacation rentals are always my first choice for unique lodging, and my hope is that the more shows like “World Most Amazing Vacation Rentals” there are, the more people become rabid fans of this form of lodging, and in turn, the more people that will open up their incredibly unique properties to travelers.
I’m not going to review the show because many people already have far more eloquently than I could. Like this review. Or this one. But, I know what you really want. You want that obsessive travel friend who actually took the time to Google-stalk all the places Jo, Megan, and Luis got to stay. You want to visit the websites. Check the prices. Add them to your Airbnb wishlists or travel bucket lists. Don’t worry… I got you.
You want that obsessive travel friend who actually took the time to Google-stalk all the places Jo, Megan, and Luis got to stay. You want to visit the websites. Check the prices. Add them to your Airbnb wishlists or travel bucket lists. Don’t worry… I got you.
(S1E1) Episode 1: Best of Bali
BUDGET – Bamboo Birdsnest at Eco- Firefly Eco Lodge – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
UNIQUE – Camaya Bali Butterfly – Selat, Bali, Indonesia
LUXURY – Noku Beach House – Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
(S1E2) Episode 2: American Adventure
LUXURY – Tordillo Mountain Lodge – Judd Lake, Alaska, United States
BUDGET – G Bar M Ranch – Clyde Park, Montana, United States
UNIQUE – Storyteller Overland – Moab, Utah and Telluride, Colorado, United States – I couldn’t, after much searching, specifically find Tim in Moab renting a Storyteller Overland. However, you aren’t limited to Tim in Moab! You could rent that campervan or any similar Sprinter van in your own local area through RVShare.com. If you search for Class B camper vans under 20-feet, you will find options. But if anyone knows Campervan Tim in Moab, send me his link, because I would love to complete my list!
As for the campsites featured in this episode, their first night was in Canyonlands National Park outside of Moab, Utah. They definitely descended the Shafer Trail Switchbacks, which has a pucker-factor in a jeep, so good-on-’em for doing that in a campervan! I’m guessing they camped somewhere along Shafer Trail, White Rim Road, or Potash Road. (Anybody? Help?) Their second night was in Telluride, Colorado but the footage was too nondescript for me to figure out, sleuthy as I may try to be. Although, it did leave me wondering if Campervan Tim was really in Colorado and not Utah, and my Google-efforts were covering the wrong state.
(S1E3) Episode 3: Boats and Floats
UNIQUE – Arkup – Miami Beach, Florida, United States (Not renting currently)
LUXURY – Angeleyes Luxury Yacht – St. Martin, Caribbean
BUDGET – The Yellow Ferry – San Francisco, California, United States