IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says a philanthropic author and inspirational speaker in Sweden in offering a week-long holiday free of charge on one of two islands he owns off Stockholm for entrepreneurs, inventors, writers and pure-dreamers to seek mental inspiration for their projects.
Fredrik Haren says that being cut off from civilisation on one of his islands will hopefully allow those he gives a week to "to re-discover their creative or entrepreneurial fire."
Successful applications get their island to themselves, and can take three or five guests, depending on which island they are allocated. They only have to meet their own costs to get to Stockholm, and the costs of their food and drinks for the week.
However while their week is otherwise "free," Frederik Haren asks for a donation of US$1000 (or less for those who can't afford that) which he gives to a charity assisting Stockholm's homeless – pointing out that if you take some friends, it can work out to as little as US$167pp for the week.
If you want to put your name up for consideration, visit www.theideasisland.com