Reasons Not to Visit Amsterdam

We lived in Amsterdam from 2008 to 2011. It’s a beautiful city with an easily walkable UNESCO World Heritage historic center. Unfortunately, these days it’s frequently overrun with tourists. During our last visit there in 2015, we were shocked at how packed the city was over a September weekend. While Amsterdam is beautiful, there are…

Ultimate Tips on Visiting Amsterdam!

Amsterdam, one of the world’s most beautiful cities for romance and great times. We were fortunate to live in Amsterdam’s UNESCO listed city center for over 3 years, and have written about Amsterdam many times. I even guided a small group tour through Belgium and Holland in 2015. These are some general tips on visiting Amsterdam,…

Happy New Year! And What’s in Store for 2016

Happy New Year everyone! We hope you brought in 2016 in a fun way surrounded by those you love. We recently recapped our American travels in 2015 that saw us visit 16 states, some of them multiple times, and two visits to Washington, D.C. We also traveled in five other countries and want to recap…

10 Awesome Day Trips From Amsterdam

  We lived in Amsterdam for 3 and 1/2 years and we were able to experience most of the city and much of the country. The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated nations in the world and has a fantastic train system that efficiently connects so many picturesque towns and villages as you…

Guide to Maximizing Travels in Europe

  We spent six years of our lives divided between Amsterdam and Dublin and were afforded the opportunity to travel around Europe extensively. Bell calls me a “hopeless maximizer” because I have a hard time overpaying for things and strive for the optimum experience for our money. This means we usually don’t travel around major…