AMERICA’S WEIRDEST AIRBNBS
When Airbnb was founded a little over a decade ago, the developers hoped to provide an alternative to traditional travel accommodations. Today, with annual revenue in the billions, the service is an industry unto itself. While most people use Airbnb to “live like a local” while traveling, you can find some truly wacky lodging options if you spend some time searching the platform. Here are just a few of the many contenders for the title of “Weirdest Airbnb in the U.S.” For ease of searching, the listings here have the same titles as they do on Airbnb.
hangar surely takes the cake. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was a theme restaurant featuring eclectic aviation. Memorabilia lines the walls with a bar front and center, and the bed is in a loft high above the ground.
DOG BARK PARK INN B&B Cottonwood, Idaho
As you approach the Dog Bark Park Inn, you won’t have to guess if you’re in the right place. After all, how many buildings are shaped like beagles? When describing the space on Airbnb, the hosts make no bones about who this rental is aimed for. “Stay in a giant dog!” they say. In addition to being inside a massive wooden dog, you’ll find canine-themed games, books, and more. Talk about ruffing it.
BRAND NEW STUDIO EARTHSHIP Taos, New Mexico
Earthships, houses run by clean energy and featuring reused materials, are a fixture of the Taos area. This one, which looks almost like a crashing wave with a living space in its undertow, combines the rustic charm of truly getting away from it all with modern amenities like Wi-Fi and in-home laundry. It’s a truly unique living space surrounded by pristine nature and not far from the historic Taos Pueblo.
MANCAVE APARTMENT/AIRPLANE HANGAR Geneva, Florida
Airbnb super hosts Dan and Deborah have no shortage of quirky properties for rent — including yurts and treehouses — but their apartment fashioned out of an airplane
HOW DO YOU COMBAT RISING FOOD COSTS WHILE STAYING HEALTHY?
BEANS This nonperishable, plant-based protein is coveted for fiber richness. If possible, be sure to rinse canned beans prior to consumption to get rid of the sodium content.
The United States Department of Agriculture predicts that in 2019, Americans will see an increase in food prices between 1–2% overall. Dairy prices are expected to rise 3–4%, vegetable prices will rise 2.5–3.5%, cereal and bakery prices will go up 2–3%, and fresh fruit will become 2–3% more expensive. Since these rising prices stem from big global issues like high oil prices and climate change, the modern American family can’t do much to reverse the trend. There is, however, something you can do to deepen your pockets: purchase more nonperishable food items. Many people dislike the idea of stocking their kitchen with nonperishables due to the belief that there are no healthy options, but this is far from true. Here are some great (and tasty) options to keep in mind the next time you head to the store.
NUTS AND SEEDS Other plant-based, nonperishable proteins come in the form of pecans, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, and peanuts. Speaking of peanuts, keeping peanut butter can prove to be handy (and healthy) as well. But, when choosing peanut or any other nut butter, be sure to select a product free of added sugars and oils.
OATS This whole grain is packed with fiber and offers a significant amount of nutrients. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t even need a heating source. Simply pour oats in a small cup
and add water, allowing the water to absorb. You can, however, add other nonperishable food items to amplify flavor and nutrients, including peanut butter, applesauce, and cinnamon if handy. If you need assistance gaining access to these healthy, nonperishable food items, be sure to give us a call, so our advocates can pair you with one of our helpful resources in the community!
TUNA FISH Canned or pouched tuna is an overwhelmingly valuable nonperishable item. Both offer a great source of protein, but be sure to select tuna soaked in water rather than oil if you’re looking to reduce unwanted calories. Additionally, remember to look for cans with the MSC blue Certified Sustainable food label, BPA-free indication on packaging labels, and “light” or “white” tuna products are naturally low in mercury.
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