Netherlands Travel Guides for Backpackers

A hidden tourist destination in the Netherlands: Noordwijk

  According to many tourists, Noordwijk is an idyllic coastal town in the Netherlands. Once in Noordwijk, you will pass many flower fields, followed by a beautiful view of the Dunes, ending at the beach and the North sea. Every time I have traveled abroad, I feel at home the […]
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Leiden offers the full Dutch experience

  You are planning to visit the Netherlands and enjoy a full Dutch experience, so probably you are looking for expensive accommodation in touristy Amsterdam and booking a lot of overpriced day-tours. Think again and read this post! Many people believe that the Netherlands is just Amsterdam, and a couple […]
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Luxembourg – a must-see destination in Europe

If you are planning a Europe tour, then I will recommend Luxembourg (the country and city), for your must-see list of destinations. To say the least, Luxembourg is like an unexplored but brilliant gem, hidden amongst its more famous neighbours: Belgium, France, and Germany. During my many years of work […]
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Haarlem – a beautiful Dutch city a bit off the beaten track

Every time you hear about a trip to The Netherlands, the names of cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam first come to mind. But there is another town, not as famous as those just mentioned, but definitely worth a visit – Haarlem. The city of Haarlem has two very big advantages […]
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How to Make The Most Out of a Trip to The Netherlands

I consider myself lucky to have moved to The Netherlands in the summer because it is at that time that the country really comes alive. The flowers are in full bloom by then, the trees are green again, the shops and restaurants that were closed for the winter are open […]
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Utrecht – a must-see City in the Netherlands

Are you planning a trip or vacation to the Netherlands? Utrecht is definitely at the top of the must-see cities in the Netherlands, that you should not miss. Here is my overview guide for travel and tourism in Utrecht, to help you plan your trip or vacation in this awesome […]
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A Local's Guide to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for many different things, whether it be the Red Light District, ‘coffeeshops’, tulips, or museums, there is definitely something for everything. I’ve lived in the Netherlands as an exchange student for the school year, so I hope my suggestions can give a bit of a local perspective […]
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Top 5 cities to visit in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of the most popular European destinations for many travelers. Every year it attracts thousands of tourists that come to see this beautiful country of tulips and windmills. However, did you know that the Netherlands is not only Amsterdam with its coffee shops, Red Light District, small […]
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Amsterdam: Amazing Travel Destination

Amsterdam! A unique picturesque green European city !!  This capital city of the Netherlands, as well as the many other parts of the country, are situated below sea level giving rise to the beautiful canal system in the country. Total 165 canals, 1281 bridges and millions of bicycles in the Amsterdam […]
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The Best Things To Do In and Around Taipei

I moved to Taipei to teach English at the beginning of 2017 and stayed for a year and a half. Those 18 months were some of the best times I’ve experienced in my life, and some days I regret leaving that very comfortable life for a life on the road. […]
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A Traveler's Guide To Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, needs no introduction. We knew we had to do so much in three days visit to Amsterdam. First thought when we had planned for Amsterdam was of it being the Bangkok of the West, given the flare it gets because of the Red Light […]
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Unique places for coffee break in Moscow.

Moscow is not a capital known for coffee, though it started to crawl into Russian lifestyle back in the 18th century when the Peter the Great returned from his trip to the Netherlands. Of course, coffee nowadays is known as “energy drink,” and it isn’t something new to Russian people, […]
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Top 5 places to visit in Pune

I have been in Pune for last 2 years and have been exploring it as much as I can. Pune has a lot to offer you in each and every field of traveling either it is nature or history or food. Also, it serves as heaven in monsoon. I have shortlisted […]
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Yoga in Amsterdam: a local teacher’s guide

Quick, what comes to mind when I say ‘Amsterdam’? You probably didn’t just scream ‘yoga’, did you? Most people travel to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, because of its flowers, cheese, red light district, museums and ‘coffee shops’. But don’t be mistaken. If you are looking to expand, Amsterdam […]
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Amsterdam- Must visit country

About 2 months ago I’ve been traveling to Amsterdam. It’s a beautiful city and the capital of The Netherlands. A city full of tourists, lots of cafes, museums, bicycles (think there are more bicycles than people), lots of historic canal homes which impress from the first sight, a city which […]
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Amsterdam on a Budget: A Backpacker's Guide

Stroopwafels, bicycles, canals, coffee shops, Febo, the Red Light District… Amsterdam has all you could ask for and more! But in a place where money is so easily spent so quickly, how do you see all Amsterdam has to offer without breaking the bank? Especially if you’re a young backpacker […]
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Amsterdam Netherlands: A Must Have Experience

The Netherlands, Western Europe’s country, is famously celebrated for its attractive red lights, coffee shops, and most likely tulips. However, the nation has much more to offer other than just that. There are many exciting things to do in the Netherlands apart from visiting the canals and the coffee shops. […]
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Copenhagen: tips to keep in mind

It was a last minute crazy decision. I was in The Netherlands and a friend of mine was in Sweden, so we just pointed a city in the map that was kind of half way from where we were. That’s how luckily we ended up in Copenhagen, Denmark. Just a […]
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renesse: hidden beauty in the netherlands

The Hidden Beauty of Renesse (Zeeland) in the Netherlands   While most people go to the Netherlands to experience Amsterdam, the famous city of for example “The Fault in Our Stars”, the Netherlands offers kilometres of golden sand, an amazing windsurfing experience and bubbly seadogs that sometimes even come close […]
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A Sunday Trip to The Hague, Netherlands

In 2017, over 16 million people visited The Netherlands. This number is projected to grow over the coming year, with tourists flocking to the flat, windy country from places near and far. Most go straight to Amsterdam, and no wonder – with its mixture of history, culture, quirky vintage stores, […]
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Warsaw: sightseeing, public transport and tips

I’ve never had an aim to visit Poland. I wanted to visit the Czech Republic, Prague in particular. But one day in 2012 I had a reason to visit this country: my boyfriend bought a ticket to the concert of Coldplay which took place in Warsaw. And we decided to […]
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My WA: Perth suburbs and Fremantle

My great adventure The first of August 2017 my great adventure started. I took a flight from my home country, The Netherlands, all the way to the other side of the world: Australia. Soon I found a job as a live-in au pair in one of the southern suburbs of […]
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A must visit in The Netherlands: Rotterdam

When I say The Netherlands, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Amsterdam. Now don’t get me wrong, Amsterdam is an amazing city but if you have some time to spare you should also add Rotterdam to your must-visit list! Brief introduction to Rotterdam Rotterdam is mostly known […]
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Netherlands: Amsterdam's City Center

Walkabout in Amsterdam’s City Center After a long flight that lasted almost 13 hours (I flew from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia), I touched down at the Schiphol International Airport, Netherlands at about 6:40 am. With so many shops, the airport looked more like a shopping complex, albeit […]
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Hot air balloon in Goa

What to see in Goa India and especially Goa attracts many travelers. Everybody knows Goa as a party place where you can stay near the beach, relax and enjoy life. There’re also a lot of places to see and explore – national parks like Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, Catholic […]
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A Foreigner's Guide to Surviving in China

What are the first words that come to mind when someone says China? The mystic land of the East. The land of the clones. The place where Facebook and the likes are blocked and social media are doomed. China is the place with an open door policy expectation and yet, […]
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Welcome to Riga 101: tips from a local

Riga is probably not your first destination choice on a trip through Europe, but if it has landed in your travel route, congratulations – you’ve chosen wisely! Riga is often called the “hidden gem” of the Baltics, or Europe, even. Paradoxically, a part of what makes it a gem is […]
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7 must do things in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the liberal city built on water, is definitely a must-visit destination for anyone who enjoys beautiful architecture, a green lifestyle, and excellent food. Not to mention all the amazing museums and other tourist attraction you can visit there! I have to say, my spontaneous three-day trip to Amsterdam in […]
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All about Amsterdam in 2 days

Amsterdam is an amazing city, which everyone should visit at least once in their lives. First of all, it is a city of contrasts. On the one hand, the city breaks all stereotypes, free love, and other entertainments are welcomed here. On the other hand, the city has a very […]
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Eurotrip- A Graduation Trip Guide

For a Stress-Free trip Even though some are beginning to do trips around Asia or America, Eurotrips are the most traditional to do as a graduation trip They consist of going around Europe for about a month, for 3 or 4 days in each location, and getting to know what […]
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Top 4 cosy coffee places in Middelburg

Middelburg for coffee lovers Middelburg is the capital city of Zeeland – Dutch province. The city has a rich history since it used to be one of the most important port cities in the Netherlands. There are a lot of historical buildings, churches, or just old-fashioned looking houses that together […]
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Ideas For a Summer Day in Amsterdam

At a first glance, Amsterdam can be confusing. It's a big old city in the northern Netherlands with an interesting history, and it is hard to make the most of it on your first visit if you don't know where to go. Here are some ideas on what to do […]
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A step by step guide to exploring Amsterdam-Noord

I have been fortunate enough to visit the Netherlands several times, and every time I love it more. Most of my trips start in Amsterdam, due to it being so accessible from anywhere in the world. From the winding canals, mouth-watering Stroopwafel's and energetic vibe, this city has so much to offer. Normally […]
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SPAIN: EAT, PLAY AND DANCE IN BARCELONA

My trip to Barcelona commenced unplanned and eminently chaotic. Initially, I was going to Girona in Spain but thanks to the unbelievably heavy traffic jams in Paris, I missed my flight for the first time in my life. I had to find a very quick alternative plan when I reached Beauvais […]
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Shangri-La: Gateway to Tibetan China

Shangri-La, situated in the Northwest of the Chinese province of Yunnan at the edge of the Himalayas, is the gateway to Tibetan China. This is the town (a small village by Chinese standards) where you will have your first encounter with yak butter tea and see signs written in Tibetan […]
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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. These words have become a heart warming sensation letting me know that I am almost home. Over the last two years I have flown at least ten times to and/or from this airport and now have come to know it as the gateway to home. It’s my […]
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Leiden: The Netherlands little known treasure

When we think of visiting The Netherlands, Amsterdam is the first city that comes to mind. With its canals, museums and coffee shops, it is one of the most popular places on Earth, visited by thousands of tourists every year. If you want to explore the lower lands further, cities […]
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Amsterdam: Hipster City built on Water

A city built on the water, a floating flower market, narrow and bent houses, an international place-to-be. Talking about the Dutch metropolis seems to be quite hip right now. Everyone wants to feel the vibes of this buzzing city. As a Netherlands expert, I want to recommend a few places […]
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Learning how to live in the Netherlands

The river in Nijmegen at sunset In my first year out of high school, I did the classic gap-year backpack around Europe with my best friend. It was an invaluable experience, and I'm glad I did it instead of going straight from high school to university. Unfortunately, because my friend […]
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New York: experiencing a different culture

Travelling has always been one of my passions. I love to learn about new cultures, the way people live and what a typical day in the life is like. Born and bred in the Netherlands, the United States has always been a country of interest to me. Even though the […]
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Rotterdam – a place to see and experience!

The first time you heard of or came to the Netherlands it was most probably not because of Rotterdam and that’s fair enough. It’s harsh to compete with Amsterdam and The Hague when it comes to tourists’ or interns’ attention. Still, if you find yourself on the streets of Rotterdam […]
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First visit to Amsterdam with local guide

If people say that Amsterdam is about the canals, old architecture Dutch buildings, coffee shops, red light district and freedom… they are right! Although there are more to it than that. It is rich in history, museums, bicycles, cafes, food, flowers, and The Netherlanders. I am loving Amsterdam!!! All those […]
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Amsterdam: 6 best places to take pictures

You are photographer, blogger or you just want to put picture on Facebook or Instagram and get more likes than ever? Follow me through the confused streets and canal network and you will discover 6 most amazing place to take pictures in Amsterdam. The first time when I saw this […]
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Indonesia: Travelling to the Gili Islands

Coming from the small city of Groningen in the Netherlands, Indonesia has always been very far away. A short holiday trip in Indonesia has never been easier for me than now, while living in Bandung, West-Java. Only on Saturday, me and my friend decided to go on a trip to […]
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Just Another Two Days in the Lovely Amsterdam…

I love Amsterdam. It is one of those cities you are always excited to return to, because there are always new places to find and things to discover. I love the Dutch, as they are one of the friendliest people I ever got to meet. They are smiling and always […]
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Netherlands: My top 4 places to visit in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, heart of the Netherlands; with a population of 820,000 and with over 3.5 million visitors a year, it doesn't quite seem like the best place to go for a break from the hustle and bustle of working life. However, it has always been a dream of mine to visit […]
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Maastricht: How to get there from Amsterdam, where to stay with comfort, what to enjoy

If you go to Maastricht through Amsterdam  in the Netherlands what is the best way to travel? I would recommend you the easiest one : after arriving to the Netherlands: Shiphol take a train, right from the Airport which will lead you directly to the beautiful place called Maastricht(one of the most […]
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[27/4] 1. Maastricht Binnenstad, Guided by a Local

20160905 Monday Last Saturday I went to a fitness aerobics activity held by the Taipei Government. Before stepping out of the door, I picked the pair of sneakers that I was going to wear for the day. As I dropped my sneakers to the floor, sand fell out from the sneakers. Then I […]
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Maastricht: the perfect mélange

The in-between When you think of The Netherlands (which is not Holland, but we´ll talk about that later) you might probably think of hectic Amsterdam at first, then maybe some tulips, cheese and wooden shoes. And although you’re not really mistaken, there is a whole lot more to see in […]
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Amsterdam: Mark your calendar!

My first ever solo-travelling experience was in October 2014 when I decided to be an au pair in The Netherlands. I left my job. I left my family, I left the country that I had been living for 27 years. It wasn’t easy to take the first step, but chances […]
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Amsterdam: How to spend 3 days there without getting stoned

Disclaimer: if you’re looking for a guide to the partying, pot smoking side of Amsterdam, this is not the article for you. As the title suggests, I personally did not visit any of the city’s famous coffee shops, nor spend more than 10 minutes in the Red Light District. I […]
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The best of all in Sevilla!

In april 2016 I was planning a weekend away with my friend in the Netherlands.
We were planning on going in the beginning of June for about four days. We didn't want to go too far, something in Europe would be very good! The choices are enormous but we would prefer […]
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The Netherlands: Amsterdam on a budget

The Netherlands: Amsterdam on a budget Travelling is an amazing experience which enriches everyone’s life. However, oftentimes people postpone or even worse, give up travelling because of a simple reason, they are lacking money. Marketing made it that the most amazing places in the world are too expensive for ordinary […]
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Rotterdam: A Day Guide

View of Rotterdam from the space tower As an introvert, I'm not really interested in making small talk, but when you find yourself in a foreign country it becomes a bit of a necessity. I was in Holland for two weeks, and decided to visit Rotterdam […]
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Maastricht: Blending in with the students

Welcome To Maastricht Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands and home to many national and foreign students. Maastricht University and ZUYD University of Applied Sciences are the two biggest colleges in Maastricht and are located near the centre. As you may imagine, Maastricht has very much […]
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Glen Arbor, Michigan: The Joys of Nature in an Idyllic American Small Town

The smell of fresh pine carried on a gentle sea breeze; this was the first sensation I encountered upon stepping out of the car in Glen Arbor Michigan. This is a place where people feel a real connection with the land around them. The landscape, the forest, the produce and […]
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Amsterdam – to coffeeshop or not to coffeeshop

First time in Netherlands – train, please So it’s my first time in the Netherlands. We’ve got five days here and we have decided to spend two of them – can you guess where? – yes, of course in Amsterdam. High expectations all over us and we are so excited to […]
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A Week in Dubrovnik

Welcome to Dubrovnik With high stone walls rising up out of the rocks, Dubrovnik, Croatia looks like it’s been set in the ocean itself, the water around it a deep azure, fading into teal, then a light green, until the small, clear waves gently roll onto shore, the sound of […]
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Amsterdam on a Budget

A How-To Guide for surviving in expensive cities Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities on Earth and a popular tourist destination, but it’s not exactly known for being budget friendly. In between the cost of accommodation, transport, the countless attractions and delicious local cuisine, costs can add up […]
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France, Mimizan Plage

France, Mimizan-Plage In this blog I will tell you about my holiday and work in France, a great beach place called Mimizan-Plage. Mimizan is located in Aquiataine, south of France and only 1,5 hour from Spain.   How I met this beautiful place.  The first time I went to Mimizan […]
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Christmas in Amsterdam: Bikes, Gluhweïn, and Bitterballen

This past Christmas was spent in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. My boyfriend, John, and I reunited in the grand hall of Amsterdam central station after five months of long distance (him in Sweden and myself in Australia).  Our reunion genuinely felt like a moment from a corny rom-com. I was lost, disheveled […]
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Bonaire: The B in the ABC of the Caribbean

Bonaire : The B-eautiful in the ABC islands of the Caribbean.   A little bit about Bonaire Island Having the time to enjoy this fantastic Caribbean jewel I understand why the Dutch wanted to make sure it was a part of their kingdom, it is absolutely paradisiacal. Bonaire for a […]
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Utrecht: the cosier version of Amsterdam

When I was given the choice where to study in the Netherlands, I did not have to think for a long time. Sure: Amsterdam is fun, but there is nothing like Utrecht! Where Amsterdam is full of tourists and an easy place to get lost, Utrecht is like a smaller […]
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Paradise de Mallorca

Cathedral de Palma Not having any great desire to visit Spain but wanting to be in warmer weather for the long weekend, I booked a trip to Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Little did I know I would absolutely fall in love with the Spanish lifestyle combined […]
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amsterdam revisted

a look back I've been feeling nostalgic: it's been almost five months since I've called Holland home and had you asked me in October if I would ever feel like I truly missed it, I may have said, “No; My adventures were aplenty and I've had my fair share and […]
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The Luckiest Moment of Our Trip in Tromso, Norway

When we (I and my friend) decided to see the northern lights, primarily, we wanted to visit Iceland. However, due to my financial difficulties, I discovered that you can also see them in Norway which is closer to where we lived (the Netherlands) at that moment. About Tromsø Tromso (Tromsø) […]
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