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What is a cabin?

Cabins are a ticket to nature, sitting in all sorts of wild places, from lakes to beaches to mountain ranges. Most are small and cozy, with a traditional vibe that lets you channel your inner explorer while gazing out across babbling riverways or pine-studded valleys. For couples looking for a getaway, there are romantic cabins packed with warming beds, cracking fires, and hot tubs.

Why should I stay in a cabin?

There's no doubt the main draw of a cabin is its setting. These little hideaways can get you out between forested hills or right on the edge of a glimmering lake, and some even have private porches where you can enjoy those sunset shows. Whether they're along a lake or in the mountains, these stays are also a chance to crank up the romance, with some luxury cabins coming with plush interiors and elegant design.


Where do you find cabins?

Pull on the hiking boots and get ready to go off the beaten path, because cabins and cabin resorts are typically found in the wilder reaches of the world. There are moss-gathering log cabins in the middle of Canadian national parks like Jasper. There are cabins for rent in snow-doused ski destinations, some even with ski-in access. Others are riverside cabins that put gushing waterfalls and canoe routes on the doorstep, or tropical rainforest cabins with hooting monkeys swinging overhead. You really can pick from all sorts of destinations around the globe, from Big Bear Lake to the one whose name we forgot.


How much does it cost to stay in a cabin?

You can choose to keep things budget-friendly with a cheap cabin. This typically means settling for just a simple room and, occasionally, shared bathroom facilities. Mid-range cabin rentals are abundant, and family options come with multiple beds and even kitchens. Then you get the beautiful cabins in remote locations, offering charming interiors that are likely to get the romance flowing – these are usually at the top-end of the price range.


How to book a cabin

Whether you're after luxury cabins in Whistler or budget-friendly cabin rentals in the jungles of Thailand, you can go about booking your stay on Expedia just as you would a normal hotel. Simply sort your search results to list only this particular type of accommodation, and remember that opting for cabins together with flights and car rentals could help save some cash.


What do cabins offer?

If you're longing to pull on the hiking boots or skis, swim in wild lakes, or go canoeing in the morning, a cabin stay could be the perfect choice. Aside from the abundance of nature, cabins can also offer plenty for families. Take cabin resorts, which often have pools, playgrounds, and on-site restaurants. Or, look to larger, self-catering cabins with multiple bedrooms and kitchens.


Cabins vs lodges

It's natural to wonder what the difference is between a cabin and a lodge. While both cabins and lodges offer a gateway to national and safari parks, it's worth noting that the former tends to promote privacy and remoteness a little more than the latter. Where lodges can have hotel-style services in the form of room cleaning and even on-site pools, cabins offer you a retreat to call your very own for the duration of your vacation. Cabins can also be even more remote than lodges, nestled deep in forests or in mountain ranges.