June 25, 2017

Sweden Just Listed Its Entire Country on Airbnb

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Open floor plan, unlimited beds, real air conditioning, free snacks—sounds like the perfect vacation home, right? Now, you’ll have to forage for those wild mushrooms to snack on, and bring a blanket in case that air conditioning (read: wind) gets a little too chilly. But this Airbnb listing isn’t like others. It’s for Båtstadknallen , a nature preserve in Sweden’s northern Värmland.

We’ve seen plenty of cool, kooky Airbnb listings: nights at Abbey Road Studios , in castles , and even inside a German wall . But this week, Sweden listed its entire country on the home-sharing website, directing travelers to nine different areas of Sweden, in a PR stunt we’re happy to appreciate. It’s just one more thing Swedes do better than we do.

From Stockholm’s rocky archipelago to beaches on the Baltic island of Gotland, Visit Sweden is sharing its natural amenities with all, and encouraging tourists to experience ” allemansrätten ,” or the freedom to roam. The ability to explore the countryside is actually constitutional right in Sweden , so long as wanderers don’t disturb or destroy property or the environment. ( Allemansrätten doesn’t roll off the tongue quite like hygge , but we’ll take the sentiment.) Each […]

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