Things I Learned While Traveling Amsterdam Solo

Things I Learned While Traveling Amsterdam Solo

A few years ago I took my first solo adventure. I got a good deal on a flight to Amsterdam so I impulse purchased my flight and that was that. Not really knowing what to expect beyond the makeshift reviews I got from friends who visited solely for the Red Light District and legalized marijuana industry, I was impressed on the city of Amsterdam and how absolutely beautiful it is. Here are some of the key things I learned about traveling solo in Amsterdam. It’s easy to get around Bikes Amsterdam Amsterdam is one of the most accessible cities I have ever visited and for my first solo trip I was happy to learn this quickly. Everywhere I went in Amsterdam I walked, mind you sometimes I would talk long distances, but the most important thing to note is that it was possible to see almost the whole city on foot. On top of that, Amsterdam is really easy to navigate. The way the city is laid out with all the canals, as soon as I reached the right cannel, it was simple to just follow all the way to my destination. If you don’t want to walk, you can also easily rent bikes. The bikers in Amsterdam are bold and definitely own the road. I was more concerned of being hit by a biker then a car or tram. Also, I was unsure how the bikers would ever find their bike in the sea of bikes locked up in certain areas. The public transportation in Amsterdam are super clean, quick and easy to use. You can pay at either the front of the tram or there are payment points throughout the train at each door. Since Amsterdam is so easy to navigate with the way the city is built around the canals it is pretty hard to end up on the wrong tram or going in the wrong direction. There’s more than the red light district Red Light District Amsterdam When I first told people I was traveling to Amsterdam solo, most thought I was crazy, or it was followed by the question of, “why?” Many people have the impression that the only reason people visit Amsterdam is for the drugs, prostitutes and red light district, but the reality is there is so much more to the city, that you can literally go your entire trip without even seeing this stuff. The Red Light District is only one street in all of Amsterdam and the legal marijuana coffee shops are sprinkled throughout the city but are pretty easily disguised as regular coffee shops, and since it is legal there, the action of smoking marijuana and selling it is much classier than a shady drug deal you’d find in countries where it is illegal. Amsterdam was one of the most beautiful, calm places I have ever visited in Europe, and if people expand their narrow minds of thinking there is nothing to it other than the Red Light District will see the beauty that this city has to offer. Street food is a must-eat, especially to avoid eating alone  Street Food Amsterdam The thing I hate the most when traveling solo anywhere is having to eat alone. Despite the fact I have ways to entertain me like writing for my blog, reading a good book, or figuring out my next days itinerary, eating alone is a lonely task. Although I did eat in restaurants while visiting Amsterdam, a lot of my meals came from street vendors. Amsterdam has a lot of great to-go food places, and street food vendors. Making it easy to grab something to eat and going to lounge in the sunshine in Vondelpark or somewhere else outdoors. This is also a great way to keep your food budget small and save money. There is no language barrier   I Am Amsterdam Have no fear, one of the reasons Amsterdam is so easy to travel is there literally is next to no language barrier. Almost everyone speaks in English, in fact when greeting you in most places, people greeted you with “hello” as oppose to speaking Dutch. Although it’s always nice to immerse yourself in the local language, Dutch is a tough language to try and speak even the most basic words, and language barriers can be extra intimidating for people. While traveling throughout Amsterdam, I felt right at home, because although I was in a much different country then my own, the Dutch made you feel right at home. If you have a chance to visit Amsterdam, make sure to visit the surrounding area and get out to explore The Netherlands as a whole. This country is absolutely beautiful and although often overlooked as just a quick layover for a few days before the next stop on your euro trip, if you have the time to truly explore this country like I did (2 weeks) you can really see the country for what it really is. Read more about my Amsterdam adventures on my blog, www.marinightravel.com.

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