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Instantly recognizable for their shiny silver exterior and sleek shape, the Airstream trailer embodies both a sense of nostalgia and a futuristic feel. Their vintage flair has made them an American icon with a devoted legion of fans.
Now, that following has grown as a result of the impact on travel from the novel coronavirus, according to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. The head of the popular vacation rental site said unique stays like tree houses and Airstreams are “booming” as travelers seek safer, more private alternatives to conventional travel.
Indeed, Airstream trailers are usually (but not always) located in relatively remote areas, and provide an elevated camping (or glamping) experience that’s more comfortable than pitching a tent. They also allow for more space, privacy, control, and outdoor space than a hotel or traditional vacation home rental can provide.
Airstream trailers are certainly on-trend in the time of COVID-19 when travel has evolved to become more socially distant, with travelers taking road trips over far-flung flights, and booking remote private rentals, customized camper vans, and tricked-out RVs for vacations this year.
Many Airstream rentals are refurbished units from the 1960s and 1970s, blending midcentury appeal with contemporary style, akin to a boutique hotel room. Most come with a bedroom/sleeping area (usually a Queen-sized bed, sometimes with additional single beds or pull-out seating), a dining/living area, and basic cooking facilities. Some come with basic bathroom amenities or offer them separately on the rental site. Models usually range from 25 to 35 feet long, which makes them ideal for a couple, or a small family.
Of course, without a vaccine, there is no firm guarantee with regard to safety. It’s crucial to follow guidelines and advice from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing. Additionally, consider your own level of risk, and whether you’re traveling from or to a hotspot, so as not to increase the rate of infection.
To help highlight some of the best Airstream trailer rentals, we compiled a list available to book on Airbnb and Vrbo that met the following criteria:
- Airstream trailers include amenities such as electricity, hot water, and Wi-Fi. Many come with outdoor living space such as a covered picnic area, outdoor hot tub, hammocks, and charcoal grills.
- Our picks are located in desirable vacation destinations around the country with easy access to outdoor pursuits and natural beauty.
- Airstream rentals have availability to book in the coming months, are highly-rated, and priced under $200 per night to start.
- Most units are parked on their own plots of land for easy social distancing, and list enhanced cleaning protocols.
It’s also worth noting that cleaning and service fees vary widely, especially post-pandemic, and strict cancellation policies are likely to be in place. And, fair warning, people who stay in Airstreams tend to become lifelong fans of the brand’s reputation for cool, retro-glam living.