Sweden Makes It Possible for Tourists to Order Up an Instant Best Friend
November 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM
If you’re heading to Sweden anytime soon you’ve probably already perused the tourism books over at the local Barnes & Noble, and it’s likely that you’ve also started hitting up your favorite travel blogs for tips. The country’s tourism board wants you to take an additional step when it comes to visiting their native land, as they’re eager to hook you up—not in that way—with your very own Swede.
The new site "Visit a Swede" works exactly how it sounds, as they’ve kind of created their very own social network based solely on hanging out with your very own Swedish best friend. So far there are at least 10,000 residents signed up through the site to host visitors, so you’re free to check out what they have to offer. Want a tour of the sights? They’ve got you covered. They’ll also meet you for some coffee, cook you a meal, head out for a run, or many even offer you up a free place to stay.
All you need to do is enter your Swedish travel dates, and then check off the applicable boxes that interest you. We highlighted everything for an imaginary trip next June, and it looks like there are around 260 different people eager to hang out in Stockholm.
Once you do your initial search you can filter even more to check out traveler reviews, and whether or not you need to spend the night on their IKEA pullout couch. The site pulls users from sites like Tripping and Couchsurfing to increase your odds of finding a Swede, so it’s pretty likely you’ll find what you’re looking for.
No real plans to visit Scandinavia for us anytime soon but when we do get over there we’ll definitely test this out. Even if it’s just for a little meet up to sample a little lingonberry this and that.