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10 affordable Airbnbs for solo travel in the US, from a cottage on a lavender farm to an adobe casita in Santa Fe

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 01 Apr 2021


<bi-shortcode id="disclaimer" class="mceNonEditable" data-type="insiderpicks">&nbsp;</bi-shortcode><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F37778035%3Fsource_impression_id%3Dp3_1617300654_4CePBKlsFpHmNmMr%26guests%3D1%26adults%3D1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored"><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/60660d7a902281001950aa29-1200/solo-travel-cabin.jpg" border="0" alt="solo travel cabin" data-mce-source="Airbnb"></a></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Traveling solo can be wonderfully freeing. Every decision in what to do and where to go are yours and yours alone.&nbsp;</p><p>Of course, it also means there is no one to share the cost. However, this does not have to be a large obstacle. I travel solo most of the time and always find affordable vacation rentals on Airbnb. They're cheaper than hotels and make it easier to meet locals, especially if your Airbnb has a friendly host, better yet a Superhost.</p><p>On Airbnb, smaller accommodations, such as private one bedroom homes, studios, and campers, are often available for under $100 per night. Here are top-rated vacation rentals on Airbnb in some of the best solo travel destinations, ranging from remote locations to city centers.</p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>The best Airbnb homes for solo travelers were chosen based on the following criteria:</strong></p><ul><li aria-level="1">Airbnb listings are for the entire home, so you don't have to worry about keeping your distance from others.</li><li aria-level="1">Home types either a one-bedroom, studio, camper, tiny home, or similarjust the right size for one person.</li><li aria-level="1">Every home we chose is priced under $100 per night to start, ranging from $45 to $98 per night.</li><li aria-level="1">All are highly-rated Airbnb listings with a review score of 4.8 or higher and hosts have earned "Superhost" status.</li><li>Every home is committed to Airbnb's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/airbnb-new-cleaning-protocol" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-analytics-post-depth="20" data-uri="18a34ac984b0eaae3b22940000d05d74">Enhanced Clean program</a>, a five-step cleaning process developed in partnership with health and hospitality experts.</li><li aria-level="1">Because solo travel is about finding adventure in an exciting place or getting away for a peaceful retreat, the homes we selected are located within a wide range of rural and urban locations across the US.</li></ul></aside><p><strong>Browse all the best Airbnb homes for solo travelers below, or jump directly to a specific area here:</strong></p><ul class="summary-list"><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/best-airbnbs-solo-travelers#glam-garden-cottage-in-portland-oregon-45-1">Best Airbnbs in for solo travelers</a></li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/best-airbnbs-solo-travelers#faq-is-it-safe-to-travel-solo-right-now-11">FAQ: Is it safe to travel solo right now'</a></li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/best-airbnbs-solo-travelers#more-of-the-best-airbnb-getaways-12">More of the best Airbnb getaways</a></li></ul><h2>Here are some of the best Airbnbs for solo travelers in the US, sorted by price from low to high:</h2><h3>Glam garden cottage in Portland, Oregon, $45</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/6064bdf9daf0f10018f99497-400-300/glam-garden-cottage-in-portland-oregon-45.jpg" alt="" /><p><h2><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F14105781" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored"><strong>Book this cottage in Portland on Airbnb starting at $45 per night</strong></a></h2><p>Plush bedding and a curvy love seat provide a glam look to this cottage in Portland that is located in the historic neighborhood of Irvington, not far from downtown and within biking or driving distance to popular neighborhoods.</p><p>It's a great choice for a solo urban retreat while still feeling at home in your own space. The guesthouse of a historic English Tudor home, this newly-built studio is modern with tall ceilings thanks to its A-frame shape. It comes with the use of the attached private patio and garden. Inside, there's a classy blue and gray color scheme, many windows, and a large mirror that all make the space light and bright. The kitchen is on the smaller side, but stainless steel appliances and an island make it feel homey and well-equipped.</p><p>There are only a few days left to book this home in April and May, but the calendar may open up later in the year.</p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>Home type: </strong>Studio</p><p><strong>Rating: </strong>4.9</p></aside></p><br/><br/><h3>Studio with a sauna in Atlanta, Georgia, $55</h3><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/6064be4f6183e10019819905-400-300/studio-with-a-sauna-in-atlanta-georgia-55.jpg" alt="" /><p><h2><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F45397574" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored"><strong>Book this studio in Atlanta on Airbnb starting at $55 per night</strong></a></h2><p>Located in a quiet neighborhood outside of the Atlanta center, this urban getaway is a great deal, not only because it has a low price, but because it has a stand-out feature you don't see every day &mdash; a personal dry-heat sauna. The sauna is located just off the front hallway, next to the kitchenette alcove, and doesn't take up too much space, looking a little bit like a wooden telephone box. Between the King-sized bed and the built-in spa, this is a great choice for someone looking to treat themselves to a little self-care.</p><p>Although it is attached to the main house as a guest suite, you'll have a private entrance and your own kitchenette. The design is modern with bright pops of color and it's quite spacious.&nbsp;</p><p>Much of April and May has been booked, but there are still many dates available between June and August.</p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>Home type: </strong>Studio</p><p><strong>Rating: </strong>5.0</p></aside></p><br/><br/><h3>Rock ranch casita in Santa Fe, New Mexico, $73</h3><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/6064be9f6183e10019819907-400-300/rock-ranch-casita-in-santa-fe-new-mexico-73.jpg" alt="" /><p><h2><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F19730867" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored"><strong>Book this casita in Santa Fe on Airbnb starting at $73 per night</strong></a></h2><p>A foothills-nestled adobe home overlooking the Ortiz Mountains, this small house is located halfway between Santa Fe and Madrid, New Mexico. Mixing classing southwest decor with midcentury modern furniture, this clay home comes with an authentic ethanol-burning Kiva fireplace and air conditioning.</p><p>The bedroom is small, but you'll have the rest of the home to stretch out with a colorful kitchen, a small dining area, and an official workspace. The home is very private, almost 200 feet away from the main house, and comes with a private flagstone patio. This is a great place to recharge around Santa Fe, and animal-lovers will love interacting with the host's four horses and three Labrador retrievers.</p><p>There is one week available in April with more availability opening up in August.</p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>Home type: </strong>1 bedroom</p><p><strong>Rating: </strong>5.0</p></aside></p><br/><br/><h3>Cottage on a lavender farm in Cottonwood, Arizona, $74</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/6064bf036183e1001981990a-400-300/cottage-on-a-lavender-farm-in-cottonwood-arizona-74.jpg" alt="" /><p><h2><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F27305401" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored"><strong>Book this farm cottage in Arizona on Airbnb starting at $74 per night</strong></a></h2><p>For a rural getaway, this country cottage, about halfway between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon, is a minimalist tiny home with lush amenities like granite countertops and custom copper fixings.</p><p>The scenery is lovely, overlooking a small lavender farm and surrounding area wineries. The traditional and barn-style decor evokes a sense of classic luxury, compounded by provided amenities such as lush robes and lavender toiletries. There is also an electric fireplace and a small kitchen with a stove, oven, and coffeemaker.</p><p>Solo travelers looking for privacy will love having access to the lavender field and are welcome to pick ripe fruit, and maybe a little bit of lavender if it's blooming, from the property's orchards, or say hello to neighboring farm animals. It's about a two-hour drive to the Grand Canyon or Phoenix, and Sedona is only 19 miles away.</p><p>There only a few consecutive days available in July, but the calendar could be opened up later in the year.</p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>Home type: </strong>Studio</p><p><strong>Rating: </strong>4.9</p></aside></p><br/><br/><h3>Starling casita in Austin, Texas, $78</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/6064bf6ddaf0f10018f994a2-400-300/starling-casita-in-austin-texas-78.jpg" alt="" /><p><h2><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F39599867" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored"><strong>Book this casita in Austin on Airbnb starting at $78 per night</strong></a></h2><p>With floor-to-ceiling shiplap, this barn-style home in the Texas capital is a gorgeous deal for a solo traveler. It's a tiny home, but the high ceilings make it feel very spacious and there's a&nbsp; nice backyard where you can enjoy meals on the deck.</p><p>A skylight and large windows illuminate the custom cabinets and gorgeous retro-style Galanz appliances in the full kitchen. The bathroom is also modern and tasteful with granite countertops and matte-black fixtures that tie the space together from the showerhead to the trimming on the mirror and towel hooks. The house is located in the North Lamar neighborhood, which is seven miles from downtown.</p><p>The earliest dates are available in late April, but there is still plenty of time to reserve for summer in either June or July.</p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>Home type:&nbsp;</strong>1 bedroom</p><p><strong>Rating: </strong>5.0</p></aside></p><br/><br/><h3>Luxury RV in Norco, California, $79</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/6064c1f36183e1001981991b-400-300/luxury-rv-in-norco-california-79.jpg" alt="" /><p><h2><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F38911530" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored"><strong>Book this RV in California on Airbnb starting at $79 per night</strong></a></h2><p>If you always wanted to know what it was like to stay in a top-of-the-line RV, this Airbnb provides a fun way to test out the lifestyle at the highest tier. It's parked in Norco Hills, an area where you'll find a golf course and many equestrian centers for a wild-west inspired vacation.</p><p>On the property, enjoy a private patio, a full kitchen with a stovetop and oven, plush couches in the TV and dining area, and a faux-brick wall that may make it easy to forget you're in a vehicle. The bed is a Queen-sized memory foam mattress and the bathroom has a full shower with sliding doors and plenty of cabinet space. There are also many walking trails you can access from the property to enjoy views of the mountains and the golf course, and&nbsp;the Superhost Rachel has been known to invite guests to say hello to her mini-horse.&nbsp;</p><p>Dates are available as early as April, but the calendar is not yet open for bookings past May.</p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>Home type: </strong>RV</p><p><strong>Rating: </strong>4.9</p></aside></p><br/><br/><h3>Vintage guest house in Nashville, Tennessee, $85</h3><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/6064c2476183e1001981991e-400-300/vintage-guest-house-in-nashville-tennessee-85.jpg" alt="" /><p><h2><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F40091046%3Fsource_impression_id%3Dp3_1617209929_yPiN4JNMX2c%252BPdmu%26guests%3D1%26adults%3D1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow nofollow nofollow noopener sponsored sponsored sponsored"><strong>Book this guest house in Nashville on Airbnb starting at $85 per night</strong></a></h2><p>Immerse yourself in vintage charm at this chic guesthouse in Nashville. Funky furniture pieces like a cheetah-print chaise lounge and midcentury modern end pieces give this home heaps of character. Located in a renovated detached garage, it has been transformed into an inviting abode in East Nashville, which is a short walk to some of the neighborhood staple restaurants and shops, and a five-minute drive from downtown.</p><p>The studio is filled with natural light and has a nice living area and a small kitchenette plus bonus amenities such as Bluetooth speakers, a stock of coffee and tea, and a private patio.&nbsp;</p><p>The earliest dates are available in April, with many open dates up until July.</p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>Home type: </strong>Studio</p><p><strong>Rating: </strong>4.9</p></aside></p><br/><br/><h3>Mountain cabin in Kerhonkson, New York, $84</h3><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/60660da3902281001950aa2b-400-300/mountain-cabin-in-kerhonkson-new-york-84.jpg" alt="" /><p><h2><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F37778035" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored"><strong>Book this cabin in New York on Airbnb starting at $84 per night</strong></a></h2><p>This studio-sized cabin is perfect for spring, summer, or fall trips to the Catskills mountains. With total privacy in the woods, it features a heated outdoor shower (with the toilet and sink indoors) so you can connect with nature on your solo journey. The deck also includes a hammock and two chairs.</p><p>The interior is cozy with a Scandinavian-industrial vibe through light-colored wood and a corrugated ceiling. The trimmings are simple, with just a Queen-sized bed, but this is the kind of place you stay for the scenery and the night skies full of stars. It's a good choice for a solo traveler who plans to spend a lot of time exploring or going out to eat in town, as there is only a mini-fridge and no Wi-Fi. However, if you want to eat camping-style, you can also make use of the fire pit behind the main house.</p><p>It's possible to book this cabin as early as April and many dates are still available for mid-summer.</p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>Home type: </strong>Studio</p><p><strong>Rating: </strong>4.9</p></aside></p><br/><br/><h3>Historic apartment in Asheville, North Carolina, $90</h3><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/6064c2e7daf0f10018f994b7-400-300/historic-apartment-in-asheville-north-carolina-90.jpg" alt="" /><p><h2><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F30020759" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored"><strong>Book this apartment in Asheville on Airbnb starting at $90 per night</strong></a></h2><p>Located on the first floor of a hundred-year-old home, this Airbnb is close to Asheville's main attractions like the River Arts District, the Biltmore, and Downtown.</p><p>With a separate bedroom and living space, this would be a great choice for any solo traveler who may need to do a little work during their visit to Asheville. Although the hosts live upstairs, you'll have your own private entrance and the space feels freshly renovated, decorated with a mix of antique and vintage furniture. The small kitchenette has a microwave and mini-fridge, which should be sufficient as you'll be very close to the city's great dining scene.</p><p>There is plenty of availability from April through the fall months.&nbsp;</p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>Home type: </strong>1 bedroom</p><p><strong>Rating: </strong>4.8</p></aside></p><br/><br/><h3>Treehouse-themed home in Orlando, Florida, $92</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/6064c3456183e10019819927-400-300/treehouse-themed-home-in-orlando-florida-92.jpg" alt="" /><p><h2><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/reviews/out'u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.airbnb.com%2Frooms%2F37578502" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener sponsored"><strong>Book this home in Orlando on Airbnb starting at $92 per night</strong></a></h2><p>If you're flying solo in Orlando, an Airbnb is a great way to save on costs and you'll get the most for your money in this extra-cozy Airbnb that offers the style of a boutique hotel for the price of a motel.</p><p>With a tropical treehouse theme, this home feels earthy with leafy foliage in every corner &mdash; even hanging above the bed &mdash; and lots of wooden motifs that make it feel lushly rustic. This studio has a cozy full-sized bed, a small kitchenette, and a small living room area that can be used as a workspace. This Airbnb is also a part of the historic legacy of the Country Club of Orlando and is just five minutes from downtown and within 30 minutes of the theme parks. Guests also have access to the backyard and can request the use of the fire pit or borrow a bicycle.&nbsp;</p><p>The earliest dates are available in May with more days opening up at the end of June and July.</p><aside class="quick-tip headline-regular"><p><strong>Home type: </strong>Studio</p><p><strong>Rating: </strong>5.0</p></aside></p><br/><br/><h3>FAQ: Is it safe to travel solo right now'</h3><p><h2><strong>Why travel alone'</strong></h2><p>Traveling solo can be a freeing experience. You get to decide on your schedule without having to run it by your travel partner and you never have to agree on what to do or wait for anyone else. Although it might seem like a lonely prospect to some, traveling solo may make you more approachable and you're more likely to meet locals on the road, especially if you stay in an Airbnb with a friendly host who can help find things to do and make you feel comfortable in your new destination.&nbsp;</p><h2><strong>Is it safe to stay in an Airbnb right now'</strong></h2><p>The experts we spoke to said that <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/are-airbnbs-safe-coronavirus" target="_blank" rel="noopener">private home vacation rentals on Airbnb are safe</a>, especially <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/which-is-safer-airbnb-hotels-coronavirus" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="100" data-uri="3aa44a069ccdebdc5c7e8b56165c0439">compared to hotels</a>. They remove interactions with others, and all hosts are required to follow Airbnb's <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/airbnb-new-cleaning-protocol" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="100" data-uri="18a34ac984b0eaae3b22940000d05d74">enhanced cleaning procedures</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>And although the vaccine rollout looks promising and summer travel appears optimistic, you should still follow CDC and local guidelines in addition to washing your hands frequently, wearing your mask in public areas, and following social distancing.</p><h2><strong>Is it safe to travel alone during COVID'</strong></h2><p>Because you're not traveling in a group and therefore encountering fewer people, many people might believe that traveling alone is safe. However, it does not come without risks. Be aware of your own actions and possible exposure to COVID-19 both before and during your trip so as to prevent community spread. You're still likely to be among others through modes of transportation and while out enjoying activities and it's important to follow the same guidelines noted above.</p><p>And, of course, when traveling solo, it's always important to consider your surroundings and take precautions to ensure your own safety at all times.</p><h2><strong>How do I book a vacation rental on Airbnb for my next solo trip'</strong></h2><p>Search for homes on Airbnb and filter results based on location, price, date, size, amenities, and more. For more information on how to book on Airbnb, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/airbnb-vrbo-homeaway#airbnb-booking-processes-cancellation-policies-and-cleanliness-guidelines-2" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="100" data-uri="b52b9f2ab5eb2dae76b18aa6297b1cfa">click here</a>.</p><h2><strong>What is Airbnb's cancellation policy'</strong></h2><p>Each individual host sets their own cancellation policies, which range from lenient to very strict. Be sure to understand the policy of the home you're considering before you book. You can <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/airbnbs-cancellation-policy" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="100" data-uri="f3a5457d2c7b0e021052b6cb1d73a597">click here</a> for a full breakdown of Airbnb's cancellation policies.</p></p><br/><br/><h3>More of the best Airbnb getaways</h3><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/60660a7552f11d0019431a2f-400-300/more-of-the-best-airbnb-getaways.jpg" alt="" /><p><ul class="summary-list"><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/most-wish-listed-unique-airbnbs-in-us" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The most unique Airbnb in every state</a></li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/most-remote-private-vacation-rentals-us" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The most remote vacation rentals in the US</a></li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/best-vacation-rentals-national-parks" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-analytics-module="summary_bullets" data-analytics-post-depth="0" data-uri="2c6df01f94ffee082aa50f251dbe990a">The best vacation rentals near national parks</a></li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/best-treehouse-rentals" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow sponsored">The best treehouse rentals</a></li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/best-vacation-rentals-fall-foliage" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-analytics-module="summary_bullets" data-analytics-post-depth="0" data-uri="8e55a38054666219512952da5b082d80">The best vacation rentals for fall foliage in the US</a></li><li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/airstream-trailer-rentals" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The best Airstream trailer rentals</a></li></ul></p><br/><br/>
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