It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of weekend breaks, but for a short trip I’d usually go for somewhere in the UK and get there by train or car. Having to drive for four hours to get to Gatwick, braving the weekend check-in queues and the budget airline scrum always seemed a bit too much effort to fly somewhere just for a couple of days.
I’ve always liked the freedom and flexibility you get from renting a house or apartment when you travel. And over the last couple of years AirBnB has taken over the self-catering world – there aren’t many destinations not covered on the site. It has its critics though, and like anything you need to be careful – make sure to check the reviews, always pay through the AirBnB site and never by bank transfer, and watch out for the cleaning and admin fees.
The city of 1500 bridges, endless canals and even more bikes, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular cities. Along with its beautiful gabled houses and flower-decked watersides, there’s an enormous amount to see and do, whether your interests are more Golden Age art or graffiti, high culture or getting high in a coffee shop. But this wealth of experiences doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag attached. So here are my top tips for making the most of Amsterdam on a budget.
Springtime in the Netherlands means one thing – tulips – and if you want to see them in their thousands, the place to go is Keukenhof. Not far outside of Amsterdam in the town of Lisse, Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden. There are over seven million bulbs planted here each year, with daffodils, hyacinths and orchids as well as tulips in every colour imaginable. The gardens stretch over 32 hectares with lakes, sculptures and pavillions in amongst the flowers. Keukenhof was set up by the mayor of Lisse in 1949 as a way for tulip growers to show off their latest hybrid varieties.
The final installment of my tips for enjoying the best of Amsterdam is to take a break and relax. The city has a lot of green park space and it’s fairly tourist-free actually. Food, Wine, and a Patch of Green Grass Relaxing and taking it slow is supremo tops on the list for a lot […]
Delighting in the copious amounts of organic food markets in Amsterdam is the subject for this third installment of the Amsterdam series. While I was pretty lucky to have a home with a fully stocked kitchen, backpackers with a hostel kitchen and hotel travelers should also take part at least with fresh fruits. Amsterdam Food […]
I’ve been lucky enough to score a sweet house-sitting gig in Amsterdam for two weeks and was able to spend a lot of time exploring what this city has to offer – check out my advice for how to rent a bike in Amsterdam if you haven’t yet and stay tuned throughout the rest of […]
Amsterdam is a city that has one major reputation and it’s the reputation that had numerous people giving me a *wink, wink* and a nudge when I told them I planned to stay in the city for two weeks. But there is a whole other side to the city than the “coffee shops” and I […]
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