Part of the fun of travel is experiencing something unique that you’ll remember for years to come.
And with the evolution of modern travel, there are a host of new opportunities available – not only in regard to the destination itself, but also in the accommodations and dining experiences that go along with it.
Airbnb is just one of the ways travelers can stay in really distinctive places that weren’t available to the public before. But this Airbnb destination is just about the coolest we’ve ever seen.
The future of air travel?
In the early part of the twentieth century, the idea that people could fly as a means of travel was still a dream.
But as early heroes of aviation proved it could be done, widespread air travel was becoming more and more likely.
One of the early forms of passenger flight was the “airship,” also known as a blimp or zeppelin – a futuristic idea that was the epitome of luxury and an exciting prospect for travelers who could afford it.
These airships were becoming all the rage. In fact, they were thought to be the “future of air travel” until the tragic crash of the luxury vessel Hindenburg in May of 1937.
Thirty-six passengers and crew were killed in a fiery explosion – far fewer passengers than the airship was equipped for.
In an instant, public airship travel was a dream only for the history books.
Goodyear is now the only manufacturer of these “blimps,” and only a few corporate guests and members of the press will ever have the opportunity to experience them in flight – or even set foot in one.
The Goodyear Blimp (there are actually three in the fleet) is mainly used for advertising now and they’ve become synonymous with football for that reason.
But in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a select few ordinary citizens are getting the opportunity to stay on board.
Are you ready for some football?!!!
The Goodyear Blimp is responsible for all those great aerial views of the stadiums and football games we see on TV each week in the fall. It’s been that way since the Rose Bowl in 1955.
Since the Goodyear Blimp is now mainly used during college games, what better way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the sport than with its iconic mascot?
Well Airbnb recently offered a first-come, first-serve chance to spend the night inside the Goodyear Blimp leading up to the University of Michigan/Notre Dame game on October 26th.
Three one-night stays were offered for two guests to sleep inside the blimp, as well as a fully-stocked “best tailgate party ever” in the blimps’ hangar in Ohio.
Guests will experience a mid-century, modern-style football lounge dressed in blue and yellow, complete with a grill, firepit, and all the traditional game-day necessities like awesome snacks and beverages.
Inside the blimp itself is a full bedroom and bathroom for the lucky overnight guests.
The company is sticking by their regulations, though – you’ll stay grounded.
While only two can sleep in the blimp, guests can bring four friends to party the days before these historic college rivals meet on the field.
The hangar is located next to Lake Wingfoot, and the lucky few will be provided with lots of great food to picnic by the lake when they’re not glued to the TV.
And, if you can believe it, the company celebrated this 150-year mark by offering this incredible package for only 150 bucks!
Guests will even be provided with all the game gear they could dream of for the team of their choice.
Since the offer was so limited, most of us missed out.
But it’s a really cool idea and we hope the lucky guests will rave about it so much that it becomes a regular Airbnb destination!
As for the Goodyear Blimp, it just became the first non-human to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
We think it’s about time.
After all, this big guy is reliable, stays out of trouble, is a patriotic American, and a team player – even if he is full of hot air.