Thursday 9 November 2017

Travel: Visiting Amsterdam

Back in 2015, I was lucky enough to win a trip to Paris or Amsterdam with - we chose to visit Paris as I really wanted to go to Disneyland and Paris has been on my list for years! But Amsterdam is still up there with my places to visit and I’d love to take a trip for a long weekend and so would Adam.

Amsterdam is just a crazy place to visit. There’s that much to see and do there, that it’s hard to know what amount of time is good to visit. Most people choose to just go for four or five days as it can get a little expensive. But if it weren’t for the price, I believe you could definitely spend a week or more in Amsterdam. The lures of it all are a little too much for some people, with it being a firm favourite for a repeat city break. The vibe there is just amazing, you’ll always feel completely relaxed and at ease with the pace of life Amsterdam brings. So let’s explore some of the lures of Amsterdam.

Firstly, there are so many cheap flights to Amsterdam that a bargain is not hard to find. The actual travel and stay of Amsterdam really isn’t that expensive, it’s the spending money once you’re there. For a flight and hotel package, you’re going to be looking at spending around £200-£250 for a nice hotel and convenient flight times. This price would be for a four or five night stay. You could also look into getting the eurostar to Paris, and driving into Amsterdam. But as we said, once you’re in there things can get a little expensive. The price of food or any other activities is relatively high compared to other countries you may want to visit. But the culture and just general uniqueness of Amsterdam is definitely worth the money.

Once you’re inside Amsterdam, you’ll discover that there way of life is just a generally more relaxed one. The native people will be biking, jogging, or walking around daily. There’s specific lanes on the paths all around Amsterdam purely for the cyclists. They all seem to be so friendly as well, unless you get in the way of their bikes. Definitely remember to stay on your side of the path unless you want to get run over. If you’re on the hunt for food, there’s some great little shops that sell the tastiest crepes, waffles and pancakes. Or there’s the one’s that sell incredible cheesy chips to keep you fuelled for all the walking you’ll be doing. You can catch the tram, but if you go to Amsterdam you will find yourself doing a hell of a lot of walking, so be prepared.

There’s that many things to do there that we could be here for ages, so heres some of the best bits... 

There’s the Anne Frank museum which is really interesting... There’s the sex museum, which after you’ve got a few immature giggles out the way with, is actually really interesting. It’s also located near the Red Light District if you’re interested in going to have a wander round there, it isn’t for everyone, but if you do happen to walk down a side street, it is an eye opening experience! There’s the canal boat trips to take which really can be romantic if you head there at the right time of year. And of course, the Christmas markets too! 

There’s so much more to do in terms of tourist attractions and museums, you should really consider making Amsterdam a must for your next trip abroad.
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