The advance of technology makes exploring the world more accessible in many ways. Travel company Airbnb has made it possible for all kinds of accommodation offerings to be presented to travellers from across the globe looking for alternatives to traditional hotels and BnBs, so why not offer a whole country?
Sweden has done just this by listing itself on the travel platform. This means those within its borders can freely access its public spaces to explore, take part in recreational activities or even ditch a hotel room and opting to set up tent and sleep beneath the stars in the heart of nature.
The move is part of a recently launched campaign in collaboration with VisitSweden, aimed at raising awareness of the Scandinavian nation’s constitutional “freedom to roam” policy that allows its citizens or those visiting to access public spaces.
The VisitSweden site aptly states: “Sweden has no Eiffel Towers. No Niagara Falls or Big Bens. Not even a little Sphinx. Sweden has something else – the freedom to roam. This is our monument.”
While private gardens and nature reserves are excluded from the list, travellers have the choice of a wide range of awe-inspiring regions, including “mountaintops, lakes, quiet forests or beautiful meadows”.
“Take a kayak out for a spin or experience the wildlife firsthand. Pick berries and mushrooms and flowers from the ground – all completely free of charge. The only thing you have to pay is respect for nature and the animals living there,” the website explains.
Watch the video below to explore the offering: