Recently me and my boyfriend decided we wanted to go on a little holiday somewhere we had never been before, but also somewhere that wouldn’t break the bank. We searched for quite a while, I really wanted to go to Disneyland Paris but that definitely wasn’t in the budget. Whilst searching we came across National Holiday, a holiday service that offers package budget holidays. We started searching through their database and found a 24hr trip to Amsterdam. Me and my boyfriend had never been to Amsterdam so it ticked the box of going somewhere new, it was also in our price range and cost £70 per person. The trip we went on was a 3 day trip, we were collected from our local bus station and driven to Hull where we boarded our cruise ship to Rotterdam. Whilst the ferry travelled from Hull to Rotterdam we slept in our cabin. In the morning we awoke to docking in Rotterdam on what seemed a cloudy, miserable day. We then boarded a National Holiday bus to Amsterdam and had 6 hours to freely roam.
Once we arrived in Amsterdam, we felt slightly overwhelmed. Firstly, it was massive and we had been dropped of at a location and had to navigate our own way around. Luckily, me being the ever organised person I am, had researched what there is in Amsterdam and had planned out our day, first on the list was Maddame Tussauds then the Fault in Our Stars bench and the ‘I Amsterdam’ letters for a photo. I had printed out google maps of the streets, circling the places we wanted to visit and these maps were a literal life saver on quite a few occasions! Multiple times we managed to get lost and had to rely on our maps to find our way back. I’ve never been to Madame Tussauds and I was so excited to go. Once we were there I was amazed by how good the wax figures were, one of my favourite has to be Barack Obama as he is a giant and I’m 5 foot 5 but I looked tiny compared to him.
Once in Amsterdam we were amazed by its beauty. The stunning buildings, canals and bridges. Of course I took plenty of pictures to try and capture how beautiful Amsterdam actually is. We found that we roamed around for the majority of our time there, getting lost a few times but that was all part of the fun. Many of the streets look a like and you often find yourself walking around in circles. We found the best way to navigate was to look for landmarks such as museums, galleries or even mc donald’s that we could pin point on our map and navigate around. When we became really stuck we found the nearest Mc Donald’s which was thankfully signposted and used there free wifi to check our location.
We noted that the way of life is very different in Amsterdam as the houses are usually 3 story buildings that are located around canals. Also many people travel by tram or cycle, many a times we walked into the cycle lane not knowing it existed and nearly got rammed. A top tip is, if you are ever lost to follow the route of the tram as they often go past big landmarks which help you located where you are.
For any Fault in Our Stars fans let me just tell you the bench is just as magical and amazing as in the film. I was so thrilled to get the chance to sit on the bench for a whole 5 minutes (yes there was a queue of people waiting). The bench is actually located next to another bench which was cut out of the film, so do make sure you sit on the right bench!
If you do have any time to explore in Amsterdam I would definitely recommend a canal tour, we unfortunately didn’t have enough time but we saw many tours whilst walking along the canals. The tours take you to the landmarks and some take you down the Red Light District just so you can say you have been (from the safety of a canal boat).
I would definitely recommend looking into National Holidays or budget package holidays. We both had an amazing time visiting Amsterdam and can’t wait for our next adventure. Let the planning begin!
Let me know where you would like to go on holiday next?
– Brooke –