A light rain is falling outside, the sound of it as it hits the roof soothes me. I do enjoy having small breaks from the warm, sunny summer days. It gives me time to wind down and do nothing at all. Today I am reading a new book called Stuglandet.
It is a book filled with inspiring images, moving stories, a little bit of history about certain places in Sweden and most of all it feeds my adventurous soul. I get so excited to head out and explore since this book is also in a way a very beautiful travel guide.
“In all parts of Sweden, there are huts open for anybody to spend a night with no cost. “Stuglandet” guides the reader to more than 200 open huts from Norrbotten to Skåne, and goes deeper into the history of the places and the people who used to live in the huts before, and the ones who look after them today.”
– Text by Kjell Vowles, photos by Moa Karlberg, graphic design by Pasadena Studio.
It’s been a while since I was out and about myself. But that doesn’t mean I am not dreaming about or planning for future adventures, and this book really helps me with that. Something I both love and advocate is to travel around in Sweden (or your own home country) since there is so much to discover and it’s a lot more sustainable than to travel abroad all the time.
Here in Sweden we have the freedom to roam – or allemansrätten – and that is not something to take for granted. It does not exist in other countries and I think we need to learn to appreciate what we have here a lot more, and teach others about it as well.
Did you know that Sweden is the first country ever to be listed, as a whole, on Airbnb?
“Allemansrätten – or the freedom to roam – is a principle protected by Swedish law that gives all people the right to be free in Swedish nature. In other words, Swedish nature isn’t just a piece of land with trees and lakes and cliffs – it’s a home with all the necessities and amenities that any great home should have.
It’s a place where you can eat berries from the ground, sleep under the stars, swim in the lakes and roam freely. To make this home available for everyone, Sweden has listed the entire country on Airbnb.”
“Stuglandet” (which translates to “Cabinland”) teaches us about Sweden and beautiful places to visit. It guides us to all kinds of beautiful cabins that are completely free to spend the night in. It also gives us a lot of history regarding the locations of the cabins, how they came to be and the people who care for them now. What can I say? It’s incredibly inspiring and perfect to enjoy on a rainy day with a cup of coffee (or two, maybe even three).
I will probably use this book as a guide for a long time to come. I will keep it close by in my car and always check it to see if there are any cabins for free in the areas I’m at, and I might even use it to plan where to head next. The layout of it is stunning and it is also very comprehensive and easy to use.
The chapters are divided into the different regions of Sweden and it tells you where the cabins are located, how many beds there are, if there’s water, a toilet or firewood available.
I do hope this get’s translated into English so that tourists or people moving to Sweden can use it as well. It is not only an inspiring book, but a very important one too! Have you read it yet, and do you have any books that spark your wanderlust?