Although I have plenty to write about living in Amsterdam, I'm most often asked for tips about visiting Amsterdam by friends and strangers. Here's 31 tips (in the form of 15 Do's and Don'ts) to the most frequently asked questions that I get and advice for seeing the best of this beautiful city. If you have any more questions, feel free to comment!
Most people think of luxury when they think of Rhine Valley, however it’s possible to visit this beautiful region without breaking the bank. I absolutely love castles and vineyards, however I don’t have the money for a Viking River Cruise (I wish!). This is a guide to visiting the beautiful UNESCO Heritage site of the Upper Rhine Valley without sacrificing thousands of euros for a river cruise.
The biggest key to getting low prices is to avoid high season: Late May, June, & July. This is when the cruisers are in town and prices will JUMP. I promise it’s just as lovely in the other months and you’ll love exploring uncrowded castles and picturesque little towns.
This is simple: castles, wine, charming towns, and nature. Your trip has gone horribly wrong if you don’t end up seeing at minimum 2 castles while in Rhein Valley. For wine lovers, the famous German Riesling from close-by Mosel & Rhine Valley is cheap and easily available. The beauty of the region surprised me, and there's plenty to do outdoors. Lastly, find out how to save money while staying in a castle.
After seeing photos upon photos of beautiful fields of tulips, I knew I had to go for myself. I'm traveling a lot soon and honestly, I didn't have the money to pay for entrance into Keukenhof, so I did it my way: the cheapest way possible. I don't leave much up to chance in my life admittedly, so here's five steps to guaranteeing that you will see the flowers in the natural fields or free!
Before we begin, let me say moving abroad is not easy and although everyone loves to write about the benefits, it’s not a fairytale. It’s especially hard if you’re moving to a country unemployed like I did, but whether you can get a job depends on a lot on your field, qualifications, visa, language skills, and the country itself. These are the seven things that I wish someone had told me a year ago to make moving abroad easier.
I’m born and raised in NYC and I am proud of it. This post is for anyone who wants to experience the best of New York on a tight budget ($10 or less) through the eyes of a native New Yorker. Although some things on here are meant to be crowd-pleasers, I’ve tried to bring you to corners of New York where you’ll start see the quieter, charming parts of New York that tourists don’t usually see. I’ll be covering getting to and around New York, where to stay on a budget, and CHEAP Sights. Read more to read about my favorite 20 places for visiting the Big Apple like a local (by borough).
People always talk about epic road trips around the US, but why not around a country full of incredible natural beauty, history, and modern cities? Luckily, Israel isn’t too big, so the road trip can be shorter. If you follow this trip, you’ll see Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, snorkel in the Red Sea, explore Roman ruins, swim in the Mediterranean Sea, explore old caves, hike in the Negev, see wild ibex, and experience the spiritual side of Israel.
There’s two parts to the trip: North & South, both linking up at Tel Aviv. Interested in just reading/seeing some great photos of Israel or getting inspiration for an epic road trip in the Holy Land? The last section discusses driving conditions/travel basics. Read more below although be warned that this post is a little long as it's packed with photos!
The most magical part about Jordan by far was experiencing true Bedouin hospitality and the vastness of the Wadi Rum Desert in all its sparse beauty. In this post, I explain the lessons I've learned about modern Bedouin life, what you should know before visiting a Bedouin family, discuss camping out in the middle of the Wadi Rum desert, and show some incredible views of the desert. Read more & see more incredible photos under the cut!
Via Ferrata is like rock climbing although instead of using a rope, you are securing yourself to steel cables that are drilled into the rock. This allows you access difficult/isolated mountainous areas that would otherwise require expert climbing skills/ropes or the willingness to climb very steep scrambles without any assurances of safety. It allows you to also get a glimpse of the isolated, raw beauty of the mountains. For someone who is reasonably in shape, it's a great way to get off-the-beaten path, work out while on vacation, and have an adrenaline-filled adventure!
In this post, I tried to do a guide for beginners to via ferrata, what you need, why to try it, and where to try it out.
I've been living in Amsterdam for a while now and I wanted to show others the Amsterdam that I love: neighborhoods full of regular people, great food, local haunts, and gezellig (cozy) cafes/bars. Most people miss out on these when they visit Amsterdam as they stay in the centre, but I wrote about five neighborhoods worth seeing (or staying in) as well as my favorite sights/food/drinks in each area. Keep reading below the cut for local tips!
Everyone has their opinion of couchsurfing As an often solo female traveler, I have my reasons to be quite skeptical of Couchsurfing (due to safety concerns) for free accommodation as there are often strings attached. However, I like to use Couchsurfing while still having my own place to stay to meet locals in a city that I'm visiting, hear some interesting stories, try some local favorites, and most importantly, have an experience that makes me want to go back.
Messaging someone about briefly meeting up after work is a great way to meet a local, learn about their culture, have some good food/drinks without the commitment of staying over, stress of finding a Couchsurfing host, and without them needing to really put themselves out there for you.
I go through some Couchsurfing safety tips as well as specifics on how to find awesome people to meet up with on short notice as well as when/what to message to find someone who will show you around the city you're visiting!
Karen. American expat from New York City living in Amsterdam. Part-time traveler.
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