How to buy cheap train tickets in the Netherlands

How to buy cheap train tickets in the Netherlands

After living in the Netherlands for three, I’ve become frugal as I find the Dutch trains expensive.  Luckily, I’m here to dish my secrets for how to buy cheap train tickets in the Netherlands.  

I’ve divided this post on how to save money on the Dutch trains into two sections: tips for tourists to save money on the Dutch trains and one more suited to residents of the Netherlands who are looking to save on the Dutch trains. 

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20 things that you need to know before you travel in the Netherlands by a Dutch resident

20 things that you need to know before you travel in the Netherlands by a Dutch resident

I’m officially celebrating my arrival in the Netherlands exactly three years ago this week!  As someone who’s visited the Netherlands as a tourist and is now trying to assimilate by becoming fluent in Dutch, I have some useful travel tips for traveling in the Netherlands for you all that I hope will make your trip to the Netherlands a little more easy.   (more…)

The difference between Holland and The Netherlands explained

The difference between Holland and The Netherlands explained

As someone living in the Netherlands for nearly three years, I often say that I live in Holland when asked where I live. You might be wondering what is the difference between Holland and the Netherlands. (Will the real country please stand up?) Some people actually ask me how many countries exist in Holland or the Netherlands. You’re about to get schooled in all things that you need to know about Holland before your trip to the Netherlands, so you don’t sound silly.

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Celebrating Carnival in the Netherlands: What to know about celebrating Carnaval

Celebrating Carnival in the Netherlands: What to know about celebrating Carnaval

I have to admit: I have a weakness for celebrations, especially ones with a fascinating history.  Ever since moving to the Netherlands, I’ve been curious about carnival in the Netherlands after hearing about it from a friend from Brabant.  This year, I headed down to Breda (known as Kielegat during carnaval) to celebrate carnival in Brabant! This post will be about the history of Dutch carnival,  Dutch carnival traditions, and what to know before celebrating Carnaval in Nederland.  (more…)

Where to find the best American food in the Netherlands

Where to find the best American food in the Netherlands

As an American living in the Netherlands for a couple of years, I’ve been missing American food a lot.  More of a passion project than a real project, I’ve been compiling my favorite places to buy American food in the Netherlands to help other American expats living in the Netherlands satisfy their cravings.  I’ve been living in Amsterdam and the Hague, so I’ve done my best to include other places, however please let me know if you have any other favorites for me to add to this list!  (more…)

An expat guide to living in the Hague, the Netherlands, including the cost of living in the Hague

An expat guide to living in the Hague, the Netherlands, including the cost of living in the Hague

Considering moving to the Hague, the Netherlands? The Hague has been my home for some months now and after having some difficult decisions on where to live in the Netherlands, my husband and I chose to move to the Hague. Living in the Hague was right for us for a number of reasons, in particular its low cost of living (for Holland), central location, and its international community. I got into the cost of living in the Hague, how to find housing in the Hague, the best neighborhoods in the Hague, and what the expat community in the Hague is like. (more…)