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20 Unbelievable Eco-Vacation Rentals on Airbnb

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Interested in tiny house living? Before you ditch your possessions and make the move, you can give the lifestyle a spin by renting a tiny house on Airbnb. Here are 20 of my favorites:

1. Silo Studio Cottage—Lee, Massachusetts

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Located on the Santarella Estate in the Tyringham Valley, this former sculpting studio is surrounded by gardens, a pond, brooks and streams, a walking path and “storybook architecture.” Want to do more exploring? Check out the nearby Appalachian Trail.

2. Little Garden House—Normandy, France

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Go really old school with this lovely garden house on a renovated medieval farm in upper Normandy.

3. Quiet & Cozy Tiny House on the Bay—Olympia, Washington

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Hand-built by the host Brittany, this tiny home is nestled away in a lovely rural setting overlooking the Puget Sound, but is still just minutes away from downtown Olympia so you can take in some local culture as well.

4. Aroma(n)tica Treehouse—San Salvatore Monferrato, Italy

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This peaceful treehouse has cozy accommodations, stunning views and the aroma of surrounding herb and flower gardens to boot. Described as a “suspended nest,” it’s a wine lover’s paradise surrounded by top-quality wine producers and imbued with enological history.

5. Bow Top Roma Wagon—Cornwall, England

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Built for a Romany by a Romany and taken to the Appleby Horse Fair, this little wagon is the real deal. I’m thinking that sleeping in this beauty would lend itself to some pretty amazing dreams and the sense that you’ve just time-traveled to another dimension.

6. Writer’s Cabin—Stockholm, Sweden

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Calling all wordsmiths: How does hiding away in a writer’s cabin in Stockholm sound? Pretty nice, eh?

7. Pyramid Cabin—Rio Negro, Argentina

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This warm, simply beautiful, wooden cabin is just a short walk from town and a perfect way to get off of the tourist path.

8. Hale Moana—Maui, Hawaii

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Located on Maui’s north shore, this little cabin comes complete with everything you’ll need for an island vacation, including surfboards, boogie boards, beach chairs, ocean views and fruit trees.

9. Tiny House—Porta Romana, Italy

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In addition to being gorgeous, hip and fun, this tiny apartment is located inside a former city gate, one of the most important monuments in Porta Romana, with origins that trace back to the Roman walls of the city.

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10. A-Frame, Rustic, Off-Grid Cabin—Gasquet, California

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Feeling rustic? Don’t mind roughing it a bit? Check out this hand-built, A-frame cabin in the heart of Six Rivers National Forest. Oh yeah, and there’s an outdoor kitchen, organic garden, wood-fired sauna and custom bodywork sessions available.

11. Charming Shotgun Cottage—New Orleans, Louisiana

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Why not take in the Big Easy tiny-house style? This little cottage, which has been described as a dollhouse, is close to cultural hotspot Magazine Street and has convenient access to public transportation so you can move about the city with ease.

12. Retreat in Paradise—Canarias, Spain

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The reviews do all the talking for this tiny house which features gardens, a meditation room and more: “If you want to refill yourself, this is a perfect place for you!”, “...a true piece of heaven on earth!” and so on. And all for $21 per night.

13. The Rustic Modern Tiny House—Portland, Oregon

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It’s rustic, it’s modern, it has stairs and a sleeping loft, it was built by its hosts and it was featured on the TV show Tiny House Nation. According to previous guests, it’s a great way to have a rustic little getaway, in the middle of a hip, happening city.

14. Post and Beam Barn—Bethlehem, Connecticut

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A barn that’s been lightly converted into sleeping quarters, this one is not ideal for the winter months, but it’s beautiful, peaceful and comes with wi-fi.

15. Hand-crafted Wagon with Heart—Seattle, Washington

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Who doesn’t want to stay in a Roma-style, handcrafted wagon? It is absolutely adorable, full of made-with-love details, and provides great story material to take back home.

16. Treehouse—Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Part of a yoga and meditation homestay facility, this treehouse is a way to really get away from it all. As one guest writes, it offers “falling asleep to the raucous sounds of crickets, tree frogs and waking up to birdsong and the smell of trees.” And it’s only a 10-minute drive from the town center.

17. Music City's Tiny (Guest) House—Nashville, Tennessee

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Home of the Grand Ol’ Opry, the famous Bluebird Cafe, the Country Music Hall of Fame and lots more, Nashville, known as Music City, USA, simply oozes music. This tiny house bills itself as the city’s tiniest, fully-equipped guest house, with a full kitchen, a full bathroom, running water, heat, air conditioning and wi-fi.

18. Treehouse at Kilauea Volcano—Volcano, Hawaii

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A treehouse, on a volcano, on Hawaii’s Big Island? Now that sounds like a great getaway. Expect: lava tubes, rainforests, a steep climb to your accommodations, a gorgeous treehouse designed by TV’s Treehouse Masters, lots of hiking, exploring, lots of flowers and birds.

19. Chinese Boat—Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong

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A stunning structure made from teak wood, this little boat comes complete with views of the harbor, two cats and breakfast. So if being lulled to sleep by the sway of a boat sounds good, and Hong Kong is in your travel plans, this might be just the thing.

20. Cave House—Granada, Spain

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In Granada, Spain, people have been inhabiting caves since ancient times. Now you can see what it feels like to stay in a place where you can feel “the embrace of the Earth.” Yes, they’re fully equipped, yes, they are pedestrian-friendly and close to public transit, and yes, the caves even have wi-fi!

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A volcano erupts on New Zealand's Whakaari/White Island on Dec. 9, 2019. Michael Schade / Twitter

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"Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors on the island," the police said in their official statement. "Police is working urgently to confirm the exact number of those who have died, further to the five confirmed deceased already."

The eruption happened on New Zealand's Whakaari/White Island, an islet jutting out of the Bay of Plenty, off the country's North Island. The island is privately owned and is typically visited for day-trips by thousands of tourists every year, according to The New York Times.

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At the time of the eruption on Monday, about 50 passengers from the Ovation of Seas were on the island, including more than 30 who were part of a Royal Caribbean cruise trip, according to CNN. Twenty-three people, including the five dead, were evacuated from the island.

The eruption occurred at 2:11 pm local time on Monday, as footage from a crater camera owned and operated by GeoNet, New Zealand's geological hazards agency, shows. The camera also shows dozens of people walking near the rim as white smoke billows just before the eruption, according to Reuters.

Police were unable to reach the island because searing white ash posed imminent danger to rescue workers, said John Tims, New Zealand's deputy police commissioner, as he stood next to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a press conference, as The New York Times reported. Tims said rescue workers would assess the safety of approaching the island on Tuesday morning. "We know the urgency to go back to the island," he told reporters.

"The physical environment is unsafe for us to return to the island," Tims added, as CNN reported. "It's important that we consider the health and safety of rescuers, so we're taking advice from experts going forward."

Authorities have had no communication with anyone on the island. They are frantically working to identify how many people remain and who they are, according to CNN.

Geologists said the eruption is not unexpected and some questioned why the island is open to tourism.

"The volcano has been restless for a few weeks, resulting in the raising of the alert level, so that this eruption is not really a surprise," said Bill McGuire, emeritus professor of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London, as The Guardian reported.

"White Island has been a disaster waiting to happen for many years," said Raymond Cas, emeritus professor at Monash University's school of earth, atmosphere and environment, as The Guardian reported. "Having visited it twice, I have always felt that it was too dangerous to allow the daily tour groups that visit the uninhabited island volcano by boat and helicopter."

The prime minister arrived Monday night in Whakatane, the town closest to the eruption, where day boats visiting the island are docked. Whakatane has a large Maori population.

Ardern met with local council leaders on Monday. She is scheduled to meet with search and rescue teams and will speak to the media at 7 a.m. local time (1 p.m. EST), after drones survey the island, as CNN reported.