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Top 100 Travel Trends in 2018

From Tequila Barrel Sleeping Pods to Settler-Themed Glamping Sites

— January 13, 2019 — World
From Oregon Trail-style glamping to tequila barrel sleeping pods, the 2018 travel trends reveal the increasing demand for unique travel experiences and unorthodox accommodations.

In recent years, consumers have opted for more unconventional vacations over typical beach trips. As a result, hospitality companies have begun offering more innovative travel packages. For instance, the Bawah Island resort near southern Malaysia is a remote paradise that caters exclusively to luxury travelers as it is only accessible by private plane.

Similarly, the 2018 travel trends reveal that consumers want unorthodox accommodations to match their unique travel adventures. Just take the case of Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging, which now offers an Oregon Trail-style glamping experience, where guests can stay in real Conestoga covered wagons. Another example is the The McFly Airbnb rental in Dallas, Texas, which is completely covered in 1980s memorabilia.

For more up-and-coming travel ideas in the year ahead, check out our 2019 Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Customizable Modular Travel Packs
Customizable Modular Travel Packs
The 'Instinct' Packing System Keeps Things Organized
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99
Efficient Circular Airports
Efficient Circular Airports
The 'LAX 2.0' Concept Reimagines the Iconic American Airport
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98
Luxurious Remote Island Resorts
Luxurious Remote Island Resorts
The Bawah Island Resort is a Private Hotel Near Southern Malaysia
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97
Ambitious Luxe Superyachts
Ambitious Luxe Superyachts
The Dynamiq GTT 165 Foiling Superyacht Has Luxurious Amenities on Board
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96
Men's Utilitarian Backpacks
Men's Utilitarian Backpacks
Black Ember Created the Citadel Collection a Line of Modern Backpacks
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95
Four-Person Inflatable Tents
Four-Person Inflatable Tents
The BACKDOOR by HEIMPLANET is Ideal for Summer and Winter Camping
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94
Powerful Travel Accessory Chargers
Powerful Travel Accessory Chargers
The Satechi Type-C 75W Charger Can Power Four Devices at Once
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93
High-End Wizard Apartments
High-End Wizard Apartments
The Canongate Luxury Apartment Features Harry Potter Furnishings
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92
Dreamy Boutique Rentals
Dreamy Boutique Rentals
The Garde Summerland Store is Both a Concept Store and Vacation Rental
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91
Vintage Airstream Rental Services
Vintage Airstream Rental Services
Wanderlings Offers Consumers the Opportunity to Rent or Own
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90
Desk-Packed Suitcases
Desk-Packed Suitcases
The FPM 'Bank Workstation' Integrates All Your Work Essentials
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89
Affordable Private Jet Services
Affordable Private Jet Services
Aura Offers a Private Jet Experience for Commercial Prices
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88
Dynamic Electric Motorhomes
Dynamic Electric Motorhomes
The 'E.Home Coco' Harvests Solar Energy and Uses Smart Electronics
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87
Wellness-Focused Flying Experiences
Wellness-Focused Flying Experiences
Singapore Airlines Enhances its Ultra-Long-Haul Flight
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86
Suprematist-Inspired Rebranding Initiatives
Suprematist-Inspired Rebranding Initiatives
The Russian Tourist Board Has a New Artistic Identity
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85
Tropical Floating Tiki Bars
Tropical Floating Tiki Bars
Cruisin' Tikis Offers Floating Bars That are Made for Summer Parties
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84
Historic Mediterranean Hotels
Historic Mediterranean Hotels
Lagranja Design Breathed New Life Into the Breezy Hotel Terramar
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83
Historic Boutique Hotel Experiences
Historic Boutique Hotel Experiences
Asylum Emphasizes the Historic Value in the Warehouse Hotel
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82
Rugged Roll-Up Travel Packs
Rugged Roll-Up Travel Packs
The BOND Travel Gear Tool Roll Organizes All Your Small Essentials
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81
Stainless Steel Vacuum Mugs
Stainless Steel Vacuum Mugs
Timolino's Tazza Mug is the Perfect Companion for One's Daily Commute
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80
Highly Modern Airport Lounges
Highly Modern Airport Lounges
Mathieu Lehanneur's 'Le Balcon' is Air France's Latest Luxury
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79
View-Optimizing Boutique Hotels
View-Optimizing Boutique Hotels
This Himalayan Hotel Was Built by Zowa Architects with Bamboo
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78
Ergonomic Travel-Friendly Jeans
Ergonomic Travel-Friendly Jeans
Flyte Denim Offers Ample Space to Stash Your Passport and More
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77
Hidden Glamper Retreats
Hidden Glamper Retreats
The Ventana Redwood Canyon Glampsite is Well-Equipped and Charming
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76
Intelligent Self-Driving Suitcases
Intelligent Self-Driving Suitcases
ForwardX CX-1 Suitcase Will Follow You Through the Airport
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75
Industrial Designer Luggage
Industrial Designer Luggage
The FPM Bank Spinner Aluminum Carry-on Suitcase is Rugged
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74
Low-Impact Floating Backpacks
Low-Impact Floating Backpacks
HoverGlide is a First of Its Kind with Its Suspended Load Technology
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73
Luxury Oceanside Suites
Luxury Oceanside Suites
The Four Seasons Maldives Recently Opened Three Luxury Tropical Suites
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72
Glamorous Outdoor Bubble Hotels
Glamorous Outdoor Bubble Hotels
This Bubble Hotel Offers a Unique Glamping Experience
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71
Technical Travel Backpacks
Technical Travel Backpacks
Huckberry and Matador Teamed Up to Create the Beast Packable Backpack
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70
Modular Modern Youth Hostels
Modular Modern Youth Hostels
The Laval Youth Hostel Features Unique Visual Architecture
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69
Luxury-Forward Glamping Locations
Luxury-Forward Glamping Locations
TravelPirates Suggests Locations with an Unbelievable Aesthetic
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68
Modern Quick-Deploy Switchblades
Modern Quick-Deploy Switchblades
Tekto Gear Built the Amber Knife, a Switchblade for Everyday Use
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67
Stand-Up Airplane Seats
Stand-Up Airplane Seats
Aviointeriors' Travel Seating Concept Accommodates More Passengers
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66
Compact Secluded Forest Cabins
Compact Secluded Forest Cabins
The Wentworth Cabin by Parka Architecture Offers a Quaint Retreat
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65
Advanced Ergonomic Travel Pillows
Advanced Ergonomic Travel Pillows
The 'bullbird' Travel Pillow Maximizes Comfort During Travel
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64
Chromatic Glamping Tents
Chromatic Glamping Tents
Atelier Chang Gives a Playful & Whimsical Twist to SJCC Glamping Resort
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63
Settler-Themed Glamping Experiences
Settler-Themed Glamping Experiences
The Yosemite Pines Resort Offers Oregon Trail-Style Glamping
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62
Rugged Weatherproof Briefcases
Rugged Weatherproof Briefcases
The BRFCS by RMU Was Made to Be the Ultimate Adventure Pack
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61
Highly Sustainable Hotels
Highly Sustainable Hotels
1 Hotels Teaches Its Guest the Importance of the Natural Environment
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60
Dark Matte Minimalist Retreats
Dark Matte Minimalist Retreats
The Black H House is a Luxe Retreat on the Scottish Isle of Skye
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59
Carbon Fiber Travel Bags
Carbon Fiber Travel Bags
Carbonite is the Perfect Fit for the Fashion-Forward Individual
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58
Open-Roof Aluminum Campers
Open-Roof Aluminum Campers
The Lume Traveler Allows for the Perfect Star-Lit Camping Experience
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57
Adventure Travel Suitcase Backpacks
Adventure Travel Suitcase Backpacks
The Victorinox Vx Touring Global Carry-On Protects Your Gear
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56
Cavernous Expanding Motorhomes
Cavernous Expanding Motorhomes
This Motorhome Can Expand and Contract at the Push of a Button
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55
Shoe-Centric Replica Luggage
Shoe-Centric Replica Luggage
Xiaomi Introduced the Familiar Seven Bar Transparent Suitcase
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54
Tech-Savvy Luggage Cases
Tech-Savvy Luggage Cases
PLEVO Boasts a Smart Luggage Collection That is Fully Theft-Proof
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53
Transforming Backpacker Luggage
Transforming Backpacker Luggage
The Atlas Backpack Seamlessly Traverses Any Environment
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52
Lightweight Metallic Carry-Ons
Lightweight Metallic Carry-Ons
The Away Aluminum Edition Carry-On is Virtually Unbreakable.
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51
Fully Stocked Trailer Rentals
Fully Stocked Trailer Rentals
El Cosmico Trailers Offer Uniquely Vintage Vacations in West Texas
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50
Eco-Friendly Van Conversions
Eco-Friendly Van Conversions
This Converted Ram Promaster Has a Roof-Mounted Solar Array
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49
Sleek Multipurpose Travel Bags
Sleek Multipurpose Travel Bags
The Nomatic Backpack is Spacious, Durable and Adventure-Ready
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48
Expanding Closet-Carrying Luggage
Expanding Closet-Carrying Luggage
The Solgaard 'Lifepack' Carry-On is Organized and Compact
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47
French Contemporary Rustic Hotels
French Contemporary Rustic Hotels
Be-poles' Design is Strongly Informed by Agriculture Traditions
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46
Inflatable Winged Travel Pillows
Inflatable Winged Travel Pillows
'My Lofty Pillow' Offers Support and Storage When You're Napping
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45
Alternative Camping Cabins
Alternative Camping Cabins
The Small-Space 'Rolling Huts' are a Modern Camping Alternative
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44
Automatic AI-Powered Luggage
Automatic AI-Powered Luggage
The Ovis Bag is a Secure Self-Following Suitcase
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43
Isolated Natural Retreat Cabins
Isolated Natural Retreat Cabins
Renée Del Gaudio Architecture's Structure is Clad in Cedar
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42
In-Flight Bunk Beds
In-Flight Bunk Beds
Airbus Bunk Beds are Set to Change Comfort in Air Travel
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41
Robust One-Bag Backpacks
Robust One-Bag Backpacks
The Storr SP 35L is Outfitted with Innovative Materials
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40
Ultra-Tiny Island Vacation Rentals
Ultra-Tiny Island Vacation Rentals
The Monocabin by Mandalaki Design Studio is Space-Economic
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39
Spacious Spherical Tents
Spacious Spherical Tents
The North Face Created the Geodome 4 to Withstand Harsh Weather
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38
Personalized Travel Neck Pillows
Personalized Travel Neck Pillows
CORI Boasts Convenience & Comfort During Lengthy Traveling Times
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37
Pocket-Sized Space-Saving Devices
Pocket-Sized Space-Saving Devices
Aroo Mini Bar Conserves the Space in Your Travel Suitcases
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36
High Altitude Pop-Up Shops
High Altitude Pop-Up Shops
The North Face Offers a Revived Line of Professional Rock Climbing Gear
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35
Portable Camping Burners
Portable Camping Burners
nCamp's Wood Burning Stove is an Alumium and Durable Camping Accessory
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34
Art Deco Hotel Designs
Art Deco Hotel Designs
Ilmiodesign Creates an Adorable and Colorful Aesthetic for a Hotel in Ibiza
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33
Luxury Mountain Glamping Sites
Luxury Mountain Glamping Sites
The Fujino Kirameki Fuji Gotemba Offers Luxury Amenities at Mt.Fuji
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32
Space-Saving Concept Motorhomes
Space-Saving Concept Motorhomes
This Motorhome Uses Slide-Out Compartments for a Roomy Interior
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31
Multifunctional Art Spaces
Multifunctional Art Spaces
MUA Architects Transformed an Empty Building into an Artistic Hub
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30
Tequila Barrel Sleeping Pods
Tequila Barrel Sleeping Pods
This Hotel Lets You Sleep in a Real Tequila Barrel on an Agave Farm
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29
Retro 80s Airbnb Rentals
Retro 80s Airbnb Rentals
'The McFly' Airbnb Boasts a Retro 80s Vibe for Travelers to Enjoy
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28
Vintage-Style Travel Leather Bags
Vintage-Style Travel Leather Bags
Benny Bee Offers a Classic Collection of Bags for Exploration
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27
Elegant Expanding Motorhomes
Elegant Expanding Motorhomes
The 'Finetza' Combines Solidity, Style and Flexible Interiors
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26
Ultra-Luxe Underwater Residences
Ultra-Luxe Underwater Residences
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island are Building a Unique Experience
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25
Sustainable Ring-Shaped Arctic Hotels
Sustainable Ring-Shaped Arctic Hotels
The Svart Hotel in Norway is Designed to Be Energy-Positive
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24
Breathtaking Interior Design Projects
Breathtaking Interior Design Projects
The Tanzanian Safari Lodges' Interior is Design-Forward
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23
Tent-Shaped Hut Rentals
Tent-Shaped Hut Rentals
Luke Stanley Architects & Anthony Hunt Design Collaborate on a Cute Deisgn
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22
Luxurious Logo-Centric Fashion Collections
Luxurious Logo-Centric Fashion Collections
Fendi's Fall/Winter 2018 is Defined by Class & Coziness
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21
Gentleman Club-Inspired Private Jets
Gentleman Club-Inspired Private Jets
Winch Design's Elegant Leather Interior Elevates Traveling
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20
Ergonomic Upright Travel Pillows
Ergonomic Upright Travel Pillows
The 'Trtl Pillow' Offers Superior Support for Your Neck
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19
Floating Eco-Friendly Hotel Suites
Floating Eco-Friendly Hotel Suites
Atelier LAVIT's Hotel is Situated in Southeastern France
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18
Sustainable Camping Domes
Sustainable Camping Domes
Ecocamp by Patagonia is an Eco-Friendly Camping Option in Chile
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17
Lightweight Vehicle Campers
Lightweight Vehicle Campers
The GFC Platform Off-Road Popup Camper Weighs in at Just 199 Pounds
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16
Self-Balancing Suitcases
Self-Balancing Suitcases
The 90Fun Puppy 1 is Inspired by the Segway
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15
Shipping Container Hotels
Shipping Container Hotels
Studio Edwards Uses a Trio of Containers for Weekend Getaways
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14
Total Support Travel Cushions
Total Support Travel Cushions
The Knidos Travel Pillow Offers Complete Support for Ergonomic Rest
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13
High-End Tiny House Boats
High-End Tiny House Boats
The Le Koroc Boat is a Luxurious Home Away from Home on the Water
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12
Highly Organized Backpack Designs
Highly Organized Backpack Designs
The Breaker One Bag is Durable, Comfortable and Travel-Friendly
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11
Customizable Off-Road Trailers
Customizable Off-Road Trailers
The 'Wrangler X' Invites Buyers to Indulge In Bespoke Design
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10
Lifeproof Travel Duffles
Lifeproof Travel Duffles
The OtterBox Yampa Series Offers Multiple Waterproof Duffle Bags
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9
Travel Van Resorts
Travel Van Resorts
The Truck Surf Hotel is an Oceanside Van That Offers a Luxe Travel Experience
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8
Norwegian Artist Hubs
Norwegian Artist Hubs
This Northern Norway Work-Space is Built to Spark Artistic Work
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7
Portable Efficient Cooking Stoves
Portable Efficient Cooking Stoves
'Kombui's is an Adventurous and Compact Outdoor Cooking Set
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6
Secret Cabin Retreats
Secret Cabin Retreats
Slow Cabins Don't Reveal the Location Until the Trip is Booked
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5
Relaxing Jet Lag-Curing Helmets
Relaxing Jet Lag-Curing Helmets
The 'AURA' Enhances Peace and Serenity for Avid Travelers
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4
Novelist-Inspired Tiny Homes
Novelist-Inspired Tiny Homes
The Cornelia Tiny House is a Luxe Living Space from New Frontier
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3
Luxurious Secluded Vacation Homes
Luxurious Secluded Vacation Homes
Casa Marron is a Luxury Camping Style Retreat in Uruguay
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2
Portable Pop-Up Tents
Portable Pop-Up Tents
Sebastian Maluska Creates a Simple Camping Tent for the Roof of Any Car
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1
Fully-Stocked Van Houses
Fully-Stocked Van Houses
The Outside Van Powerstation Has Everything Needed for Living on the Road
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