Just when you thought I’d break my budget to be in Amsterdam for a week?
I’ve got a solution for this and it’ll cut the projected cost of $1000+ to at least 1/2 of that and still be comfortable. How would I do this without crashing on the couches of friends and or sleeping for half of the week on the streets? The answer lies in the unique geography of The Netherlands. You see, the Netherlands has a landmass of 41,526 km², which is relatively tiny – when you compare it to the State of California, which has a landmass of 423,970 km² which is more than 10x the size of the entire country itself.
Hence, I’ve decided to use this fact to my advantage – why would I need to actually be in Amsterdam, when I could just look for rentals in a nearby town that’s about half an hour to Amsterdam itself. It’s still very ‘central’ given my North American expectations – if a commute doesn’t take more than 30 minutes, then it’s very convenient for me, and even if the commute takes more than 30 minutes but less than 60 minutes, it’s still reasonable, given the money I’d safe – and of course, let’s not forget, I can actually say I’ve seen more of the Netherlands than ‘just’ Amsterdam… which according to a previous professor I’ve had in school from Holland – “Amsterdam is not representative of true Dutch culture at all. You have to go out of Amsterdam to explore!”
So there you have it – I will go out to ‘explore’ this time, as I have more incentives to! And make sure to take a bunch of wonderful images to share!