30+ useful Dutch apps for expats in the Netherlands

30+ useful Dutch apps for expats in the Netherlands

I ended up being asked recently about the most useful apps that I’ve downloaded during my 3+ years living in the Netherlands.  It took me a while to dig through my phone, but this post will be an overview of my favorite Dutch apps and some others that my friends swear by.  I hope this post is helpful for any foreigners moving to the Netherlands. 😉

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11 things to consider before traveling and moving abroad with your dog

11 things to consider before traveling and moving abroad with your dog

This is a guest post by a fellow animal lover, Maggie.  I wouldn’t consider leaving for a week or longer without my dog. He is my companion and I am part of his pack. It takes preparation, planning and research to take along a beloved family member.  If you are traveling abroad with your dog, it takes even more preparation.  Keep reading for what to consider before traveling with your dog and moving abroad with your dog.

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Can Amsterdam be saved from overtourism? Thoughts on sustainable tourism in Amsterdam

Can Amsterdam be saved from overtourism? Thoughts on sustainable tourism in Amsterdam

As a former resident of Amsterdam, I’m concerned about overtourism in Amsterdam, which threatens the livability of Amsterdam as house prices skyrocket and many neighborhoods have become overtaken by tourists.  Although the city of Amsterdam has enacted new legislation to limit the impacts of tourism, the numbers of tourists visiting the capital of the Netherlands isn’t slowing down.

A marketing campaign that began in 2016 by the Amsterdam Marketing still seeks to bring more tourists to other destinations in the Holland region, a goal shared by many tourists who hope to see the Netherlands beyond Amsterdam.  However, in trying to bring tourists to other destinations, the campaign has rebranded nearby towns and attractions (that aren’t part of Amsterdam) as parts of Amsterdam. Does Amsterdam truly value sustainable tourism or does it only wish to push unwanted tourists beyond its city borders? (more…)

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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