Cabin Culture is big all around the world and no two places do it quite the same. From saunas in the far north of Finland, to safari lookouts in South Africa, from the surf shacks of Nicaragua to the treehouses of Bali, you've got geodesic domes in Iceland and yurts in Mongolia; chateaus in Austria and dwellings literally carved into the stone of Spain --- in other words, there's some stuff you're going to want to get acquainted with.
Going with the broader interpretation, we're including Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland for quite the Nordic combo. The remote Faroe Islands and Svalbard, too. With a strong Viking heritage and now eponymous design style, the entire region is strikingly beautiful and it's hard to say whether it's the living roofs, fjords, floating saunas on lakes, or the total fairy tale life feels like there. Chances are it's all of the above so don't forget your camera, make sure you know what you're getting into for the winter, and try to catch your breath.
We really don't deserve Canada. What with its kind people, devastating landscapes, metropolitan cities, and ready-for-all-seasons cabins. Though most of the country is uninhabited, there are plenty of remote cabins to discover and even more actually accessible ones. With more lakes than every other country in the world combined, Canada has 13 provinces and territories with over 40 national parks, spanning from as far west as the Yukon and as far east at Newfoundland and Labrador. Expect to find a lot of cabins that have been in the family forever, but don't be surprised to see more and more newly renovated and perfectly decorated ones, too.
Comprised of Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and the islands of the South Pacific, this area is as lush as it is remote. Not easy to get to (no matter where you're going), the effort's worth it with the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, the roughly natural beauty of Tasmania (and its 334 neighboring islands), and the unbelievable green of New Zealand. Outdoor activities like climbing, cycling, and just about anything else you can imagine are top notch here, and the types of cabins you'll find are a lot closer to revived heritage homes, simple structures, and that special hut-meets-cabin-meets-something-else vibe.
When places like Panama, Nicaragua, Peru, Rapa Nui, and Torres del Paine exist, the question really is why would you go anywhere else? Premium, lush, eco-chic to mountain huts, you can have it all, but it's going to take a little effort (and a couple of vaccinations) to find it. Trust us, the fruit and food alone are worth it. Add in the feeling that this is what life is actually about? Done. Expect to find the kind of cabins you'd expect when surrounded by nature: usually indigenous building techniques, basic amenities (except when not), and the sort of environment that is part of everything you do.
This is where fairy tales hail from and it's no wonder. With places like Bad Gastein and the Dolomites, treehouses in Spain, the whole Albanian Peninsula, Turkey and (if we're honest) so many spots from Germany to Lithuania and Estonia. This is the Old World and they've got a thing for how to do cabins and chateaus and huts. Looking for an old sheepherders shelter? Cool. You want to find a town in the Austrian Alps that feels like the set of a Wes Anderson movie and has hot springs everywhere? No problem. Really, it seems like if you can dream it, you can find somewhere like it to stay.
In the land of wabi sabi, it's no wonder those high mountain villages are kissed by cherry blossoms and serenity. Architecturally, Japan's traditions lean on wooden structures with beautiful joinery work, sliding doors, and truly master craftsmanship. Interestingly, the introduction of the Japanese tea ceremony brought an emphasis for simplicity and modest design, derived party from Taoist and Buddhist philosophies. With a little more lushness, South East Asia is all about rainforests, forgotten ruins, ancient volcanoes, faraway beaches, remote islands, and just about every other dream you've ever had. Really, no one will blame you for disappearing for a month (or eight).
Africa is a truly massive, and very diverse, continent. With the lush bazaars and unendingly cool places to stay in Morocco, it'd be easy to miss the beaches of Ghana, or Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. South Africa and Madagascar are wild and the types of places you can find to stay might not even seem real. They're amazing and hard to get to and also exactly what you'll want to write home about. Guides and tours are recommended unless you have friends or family to tell you what's the what.