Despite this being a newsletter geared around accommodation, we’ve got one serious problem with traditional hotels — they don’t come with you. All that splendid luxury, laying dormant while we explore elsewhere until we return to fall asleep, then repeat the cycle.
Mobile homes, on the other hand, are the trip. The faithful yet unappreciated steeds of the travel world are having their moment in the spotlight, and rightfully so. Campers, RVs, and the like go boldly where hotels cannot. Whether a trail traipsing truck or an anchored-down Airstream, they pull down barriers and throw you into the thick of the action (or, if you prefer, as far from it as possible).
Get ready to live your best #vanlife. These are the top mobile homes, RVs, and Airstreamers in the world.
Our top picks: RVs, Campers, and Airstreams
Joshua Tree Airstream Oasis
Joshua Tree, California
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While you won’t be driving this beauty, it doesn’t get any more classic than a desert-stranded Airstream. Perfect for both hike-heavy adventurers and luxury lovers alike, the beautifully renovated trailer comes with a shaded deck, hot tub, gas grill, and a couple of hammocks for good measure.
It’s located just a few clicks from Joshua Tree National Park, but the desert views from the Airstream itself might be enough to keep you from venturing too far. Just don’t get too spooked as the coyotes sing you to sleep…
English Airstream Campsite
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Campers aren’t just for little groups when this site is involved. The almost mythical setting seems a strange place for four Airstreams to set up shop, but it works in the best way possible. Each trailer is decked out with a double bed and bathroom, and if you need an extra bed, there’s a quirky little treehouse overlooking the site.
The site itself has a brilliant fire pit, retro furniture to hang out on, a jacuzzi, and even an outdoor cinema. Grab a few friends, and have the best weekend away ever.
Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden
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The Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden looks breathtaking in any season, but the warm mass of orange, red, and yellow transfers the Bavarian Alpine landscape into nothing short of an expressionist painting.
Kempinski’s trademark high-end standard is on full show here, from its immaculate guestrooms to the world-class spa. If you feel yourself getting a little lazy (is there such a thing on vacation?), give the activity concierge team a call, and they’ll ensure you make the most of the epic alpine setting on your doorstep.
Our Other Top Picks
This Cali camper hotel has all the frills with none of the effort
Sometimes, less is more — like this vintage wooden camper in Indiana
Step into a seventies road trip in this retro RV
Take your pick of Airstream or RV at this campground near Yosemite
This double-decker surf truck is spectacular