Sometimes you just need a change. A perk to finding your perfect mattress is that you can count on getting great sleep at home. This frees you up to try out some less-traditional overnight lodging options. If you’ve worn out your welcome with (or threshold for) conveniently located relatives. Whether it’s a getaway or a staycation, sleeping in these exotic and nontraditional places will make you feel like you’ve stumbled into a galaxy far, far away. Or at least a place that’s definitely not the same room you’ve been sleeping in for years. There’s something out there for everyone seeking variety even while they’re unconscious.

Ice Hotel

For most people, sleeping on a bed of ice sounds about as fun as napping on a bed of nails. Yet ice hotels in Canada and Sweden are consistently able to rent rooms to weary travelers at premium prices. They use some old-school bedding ideas so that modern travelers can hibernate like bears in 100% real and legitimately cold caves of ice. If you’re looking to acclimate to a new habitat, an ice hotel might be just the ticket.

Tree House Resort

Afraid of heights? How about falling out of bed? Conquer two fears in one night by making a reservation at a tree-house resort. These suspended cabins (and luxury suites) are popping up all over the world, as playful adults demand more fun around the clock while on vacation. More than just a fad, tree houses are providing a new and legitimate lodging option for the outdoor enthusiast and the hard to please. Need a gift for someone who has everything? Consider a getaway they won’t soon forget.


Chartering a sailboat is not for the faint of heart, but you can always hire a skipper if you lack maritime experience. There’s nothing like being literally rocked to sleep aboard your own totally private floating camper. What your berth lacks in comfort it makes up in exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’ll have stories to tell forever if you spend just one night aboard a vessel on the sea, ya landlubber.

Under Water

Is “Under the Sea” your favorite song? Have you had your fill of sailing experiences? Are you plagued by horrible motion sickness? If boarding a boat and staying all night isn’t your cup of tea, you can still enjoy sleeping in a watery wonderland (without so much as looking at a waterbed). As commercial aquariums fight for survival amidst a dearth of NSA funding, some are diversifying income by offering overnight experiences. Now you can get up close and personal with a shark without entering his personal space. You’ll sleep with the fishes safely in a room with 1 to 3 glass walls that offer a flying fish’s eye view of marine habitat. Everybody needs to feel like a small fish in a big pond once in a while.

There’s no place like home.

Comfort is the one thing that’s not guaranteed by any of these interesting overnight opportunities. Bringing your own pillow can make a big difference in whether you sleep well on the road. Unfortunately, you can’t cart along a whole bed that meets all your preferences. So enjoy your time away, but make sure you always have a perfectly comfortable bed to come back to. You won’t sleep in your own bed every night, but when you do, make it blissfully comfortable. Visit A Goodnight Sleepstore to find your own good night’s sleep. You’ll get great, personalized comfort and great value — guaranteed.

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