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5 Reasons Amsterdam Is The Perfect Destination for Timid Travelers | NoMAd NiNo

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Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)

Let’s face it, leaving the Sates and traveling abroad on a vacation can be a big step for some. If you’ve decided that you are ready to take the next step in your travels, Amsterdam is the best place for you to begin. I have put together my five best reasons for choosing Amsterdam as your first intercontinental trip.

 

 

  • EASY TO GET THERE

 

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Centraal Station

Amsterdam is a major travel hub. There’s direct flights to Amsterdam from multiple cities and airlines from all over the world. From Schiphol Airport you can hop on the train to the heart of the city at Centraal Station. Taxi cabs are also easy to take from the airport, they will drop you off where ever you need to go.

 

 

 

  • LANGUAGE BARRIER

 

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Fresh Gouda

There really is none. 98% of everyone we interacted with spoke English. Being in a foreign country can cause culture shock for some. For me this feeling is the reason I travel, for some it may be overwhelming. After all, Amsterdam is a foreign country and there will probably be a level of culture shock.  The fact that almost everyone speaks English makes it so much easier to assimilate.

 

 

 

  • THINGS TO DO

 

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Rijksmuseam

Home of world renowned museums like The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh and no shortage of Michelin Starred Restaurants, there are plenty of things to do in Amsterdam. If museums and fine dinning aren’t your thing no need to worry. You can pass the day away walking around the city  and people watch. Rent a bicycle and do as the Dutch do or take a walk along the Amstel River and through the famed Red Light District, be sure to stop off at a coffee shop along the way.

 

 

 

  • ROMANTIC

 

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Pam and Bob from our dinner boat

If you want to get away with your significant other or are planning a honeymoon, once again Amsterdam delivers in every way. The waterways and canals are the reason they call Amsterdam the Venice of the north and it delivers in the same way. In the evenings sip on wine while on a romantic boat ride through the maze of canals. The beautiful buildings and bridges are sure to leave an impression for years to come. Be sure to kiss under the Magere Bruge (skinny bridge), legend has it that kissing on or under the bridge will ensure your love is everlasting.

 

 

 

  • FRIENDLY PEOPLE
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Dam Square

All though Amsterdam is a big city it somehow has a small town feel. The Dutch have always been friendly and hospitable towards us. Mostly everyone we spoke to went above and beyond to help us with directions or recommendations. Go to Dam Square to watch the city unfold, there was always someone eager to talk to you and answer any questions you may have about the city or just about anything!

 

 

 

Eat Well and Happy Travels! 

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8 Comments to 5 Reasons Amsterdam Is The Perfect Destination for Timid Travelers | NoMAd NiNo

  1. There is quite a bit to do in Amsterdam and I think its a great destination for people who are new to global traveling! I have found there are so many places that speak English and one of my favorites is the middle east, In the UAE is English speaking and there are so many wonderful things to do there and places to see for a great experience!

  2. Agnes says:

    I lived in Amsterdam for 5 years and can confirm everything you have said. Amsterdam is made for tourists and thus great for beginner travellers. I think everybody should see Amsterdam at least once in a lifetime 🙂

  3. Would love to go to Amsterdam someday! I’ve heard that it is quite beautiful. Not having a language barrier would be a big bonus!

  4. neha says:

    Its nice to know these in advance, as we are soon headed here. Particularly the language barrier thing is a big relief as we are most worried about this aspect when in Europe.

  5. Milena says:

    For me, Amsterdam is a great option for a weekend. Cheap flights from Poland make it so easy to get there. I am waiting for spring. As soon as it gets warmer, I will visit it for sure!

  6. Bella WW says:

    You’ve mentioned some pretty convincing reasons to visit Amsterdam. I’ve never been there, but I’ve seen lots of videos and photos, and I must say that I would love to get lost on those colorful streets and canals 🙂

  7. Suz says:

    Amsterdam is such a wonderful city!! You’ve made quite a convincing argument for the timid traveller. There really is so much to do in Amsterdam that you would be crazy not to visit at the soonest opportunity!

  8. Janine says:

    Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities in Europe! I have fond memories and you are right, it is a great place for timid travellers as it has friendly people and easy to get to!

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