Here in the U.S., if you tell someone you’re headed to Amsterdam, it’s not unusual for a smile to crack across the face of that person. Why? Well, you may already know. Actually, you may also have that same smile on your face.
Here’s the thing: to many, the one and only reason to head to Amsterdam is because of their coffeeshops. Yes, you guessed it: the kind of coffee shop that doesn’t sell coffee (email me if you’re not sure what they sell).
But once I landed in the Netherlands (quick side note: the full name of the country is Kingdom of the Netherlands), I quickly realized there’s a whole lot more to the city than “coffee.”
This summer I went back to Europe for the first time in a long time. Over the span of two weeks, my fiancée and I took in the Netherlands, Czech Republic (or Czechia, if you prefer), Germany, and Switzerland.
Many of you have asked how I paid for the trip. I covered the flights here. Yeah, free flights by transferring 110,000 of my Chase Ultimate Rewards points to a few of Chase’s travel partners (United and Air France). Taxes, unfortunately, still have to get paid, so in addition to my points, I paid $250.
Once we landed, here’s where we stayed and how much it cost:
With recent terrorist attacks in Manchester, London, Paris, Germany, Stockholm, and elsewhere, it’s no surprise many people are worried about travel to Europe. I mean, it seems like every headline you see is about some lunatic blowing themselves up, driving a vehicle into a crowd of people, or the like.
Plus, the U.S. State Department recently put out a travel warning for all of Europe.