I'm so proud to be a native New Yorker and I love to help first timers plan their first trip to New York City. I've made a five day itinerary for NYC with advice on what to see and eat mostly in Manhattan for all budgets. This is a local guide, so although I cover the famous sites, I encourage you to see the smaller neighborhoods/places that make New York special. The Big Apple has so much to offer year-round, so most of these tips can be also used over the holidays. There's a FREE downloadable map with all the best places to see in New York City in 5 days.
Not everything about traveling is nice, in particular, bug bites. Bed bugs or sand fleas can really ruin a trip (trust me). Read my advice & Susanna's tips on how to prevent and kill bed bugs / sandfleas while on vacation. Curing the itch can be harder with a language barrier, but you'll be glad to come home bug-free.
I didn't hear of Texel until I moved to the Netherlands. This beautiful island in the North of the Netherlands (about 3.5 hours from Amsterdam) is a well-kept secret among Dutchies who spend their vacations sunbathing on its clean beaches, swimming into the Wadden Sea, biking along its heather-filled dunes, visiting its seal sanctuary for injured seals, and taking in cute little Dutch towns. Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend away, a weekend birdwatching, or a family cycling trip, Texel is a great weekend trip from Amsterdam or Rotterdam. It's my new favorite summer getaway and I'll be back.
I LOVE Amsterdam and I'm so glad that I moved to the Netherlands. Finding expat housing in Amsterdam is hard. When I moved here, I didn't know how to find an apartment although I'm now on apartment #3 already. Hopefully this helps others find a room or expat apartment to rent in Amsterdam! Includes rental housing information that you need to know, a free download to keep track of applications, the best neighborhoods to look in, and strategies for finding housing.
I'm an American working a 9-5 job. I know you don't have enough vacation days off to travel. Instead of saying quit your job to travel, this is how to travel more WHILE working full time with tips for maximizing your vacation days, even when you have ZERO days off. Working 9-5 often means dreaming of vacation days, but this is how to travel more often by maximizing your vacation days out of the office.
Toronto is a fabulous, multicultural city that offers visitors cultural, natural and gastronomical adventures. It’s possible to explore this dynamic city on a tight budget with a few insider tips courtesy of Toronto native (and my first guest poster!), Lauren from Global Locavore! Here are six of her favorite summer activities both on and off the beaten path. Stick around until the end advice about getting around!
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year in New York city—and the most crowded. As a New Yorker born and raised in NYC, I really love New York for the holidays, however navigating around the crowds for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Eve requires some planning and tips.
Written for anyone visiting New York City to celebrate Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, or Christmas with local insights and tips for Manhattan during NYE/Macy’s parade. Keep reading for advice, some New Yorker secrets, and more tips!
Ever wish that you were born into a royal family or want to visit a castle near Amsterdam? Even if you're not, you can visit these four beautiful castles in the Netherlands to feel like a royal, at least for a day. All are easily accessible via public transit and possible with a day trip from Amsterdam or Rotterdam. Ready to see some incredible castles? *Updated March 26, 2017*
Traveling Europe can be expensive, but eating in Amsterdam doesn't need to be--if you know where to go. As an Amsterdam resident who loves travel and food, I'm constantly searching for cheap, delicious, and local food that is less than 10 euros, including a drink. Cheap doesn't need to be crappy or unhealthy, so here's the best restaurants to eat at in Amsterdam (including Centre and the Jordaan). Keep reading for my off the beaten path budget guide for foodies or just a list of the best cheap restaurants in Amsterdam!
So, you want to be the very best, like no one ever was.... in Amsterdam? I'm not a Pokemon Master YET, but I've been spending far too much time catching Pokemon in Amsterdam--and connecting with my fellow trainers. It's a great way to learn facts about statues, street art, and see places in a new light! Read more for the best spots according to the pros AND tips for PokemonGo!
Karen. American expat from New York City living in Amsterdam. Part-time traveler.
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