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Rent an Entire Country?

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When it comes to vacation rentals, we’re all familiar with hotels, resorts, villas, yurts, and boats. But what if you had the chance (and budget) to take it to the next level, and rent an entire country? (No, there’s no typo there. And yes, you read that right.)

Airbnb.com, a vacation rental site that lets people rent out their own properties to travelers looking to stray from the typical hotel stay, is really stepping up its game with this offer, which (literally) puts the key to the small country of Liechtenstein (which rests on Austria’s western border) in your hands. But you’ll need to be a high-roller (or at least have a ton of friends willing to pool resources) if you want take advantage; the cost is $70,000 per night.

So what do you get with your rental?

- A ceremonial key to the state. (I said literally, didn’t I?)
- Welcome ceremony hosted by the country’s parliament.
- The right to rename streets and town squares.
- Parties thrown in your newly renamed village square.
- Access to entire stadiums to take over for whatever you want. (Movie screening, anyone?)

And that’s just the beginning. There are vineyards, skiing and hiking trails, museums, castles, beautiful countryside…all at your disposal. (Oh, and plenty of good eats!)

I should also mention: it’s recommended that, to really take advantage of this offer, you should be arriving with an entourage of some 150 people.

For more information, take a look at the seller’s page on Airbnb. There are also some (slightly) more affordable options to rent out villages, rather than an entire country.

2010-hs-josh-pramisjpgJoshua Pramis is an online associate editor at Travel + Leisure and fancies himself (temporary) king of a small European country. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis.

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