Top 5 Things to Do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is city full to the brim with character, color and spells the trip of a lifetime to anyone who decides to travel there. From the sights, the reputation it’s not hard to see why hundreds upon thousands of people venture over to the Netherlands just to experience this widely cultured city. Yet once you get there, what is there to do? Well here’s just five (though there’s so many more) things you can do whilst you’re in, as the kids call it, Dam.

Cycle, cycle, cycle

If you haven’t heard comedic stories of the number of bikes you see around, then I don’t know what to tell you. Amsterdam is a bike city, with over 800,000 of them wheeling around the packed streets. They are a part of the city itself, the sound of the tyres spinning, and the wind in your hair as you zoom passed the buildings and the humble streetwalkers. If this description has got you excited to be cycling around you can rent a bike in Amsterdam and discover every little part of the City for yourself.

The Ice Bar

This bar has been the centre of attention in many a Facebook and Instagram photo. With the subjects wearing large coats and woolen hats with their glove-wrapped hands gripping a drink. The attraction is based on a very unique concept. It looks very aesthetic with everything looking like it’s made out of ice. Which to its credit, it is! Everything is kept at a consistent temperature of -10 degrees (Freezing) meaning that if you’re planning on wearing your shorts, I would urge you to strongly reconsider. This one though you cannot just walk in. You can book a ticket and it’s not too expensive for such a fun time.

Food

If you’re always hungry like me, you’ll be interested in the cuisine that can be found around the city. One key staple is the Herring carts. This fishy delicacy is served raw from vans, and before you go it’s worth doing some research as there is a specific way one should throw down this strongly tasting sea creature.

If you don’t have the stomach for that though, you may want to look at a more structured food tours around the city. One to look out for is the Hungry Birds tour where you will be transported around and given the opportunity to try all sorts of Danish street food.

…And drink

After a big lunch, breakfast or dinner, you’ll have to wash all of it down. Heineken offer the Heineken experience, where you can find out how a small brewery became what it is today. You’ll also see how it is brewed. It also includes 2 free beers if you want to try what you’ve just been taught about, as well as a free map to all the secret gems in Amsterdam, so you can do your own, slightly tipsy, exploring.

Canals

Another thing that Amsterdam is famous for is its canals, so you would be remiss to not jump on for a boat tour. There are many places that offer canal tours as well as a combined offer of the Heineken Experience as well as a canal tour (if you can stomach it!) There are also different qualities of trip included a luxury options, so whether you’re treating yourself, a significant other, or your best friend you can find a boat trip that is just right for you.

These are only 5 of the many, many, many attractions in this wonderful place so look out for any we missed.

 

Surprise Your Partner with a Stay at One of These Hotels

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

The Emirates Palace of Abu Dhabi was first opened in November 2005 and is perhaps the most luxurious hotel in the Middle East. The hotel boasts suites that are furnished in gold and marble so if you want to truly treat your partner this is the place. With its own private two-kilometre beach and two spa facilities, relaxation is never too far away. This hotel would be especially good for impressing a new partner, and you can check out this blog post for some potential questions and talking points that you can impress them with while lounging in the jacuzzi!

 

The Westin Excelsior, Rome

Rome is the city of romance so where better to take your partner. If you do go to Rome you may as well go all out, so where better than the five star The Westin Excelsior. The hotel is situated in the heart of the Italian capital, this hotel holds sophisticated and classical Italian suites for a fair price. Not only will you be centrally located in Rome, but you’ll also be walking distance from the Via Veneto and the Villa Borghese. This 5-star hotel is also just half a mile from Via Nazionale and the Spanish Steps. The rooms also have 316 air-conditioned rooms with LCD tv’s and premium bedding. So, if you are going on a romantic getaway then the Westin Excelsior is the perfect hotel for you. You know what they say about “when in Rome!”

 

Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai

The Burj Al Arab Hotel is the true example of Middle Eastern decadence. Often called the seven-star hotel, the Burj can offer you some of life’s greatest luxuries. With a shuttle service of helicopter or Rolls Royce and an on-site restaurant that can offer you a beautiful view of the whole of Dubai, this is a great choice if you want to go all out in treating your partner.

 

The Plaza, New York City

It is said that New York city is the city that never sleeps but if you and your partner do find yourselves feeling tired The Plaza is your best bet. First constructed in 1907 The Plaza remains an icon of the New York skyline. It is on the other end of the luxurious scale when compared to the previous Middle Eastern hotel, offering a more classical version of hotel luxury. Right in the heart of Manhattan the hotel offers a beautiful view of the New York skyline, it is simply the finest hotel on the American east coast. There are countless things you and your loved one can get up to in the Big Apple, and it’s always better do it with a bit of style.

 

Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

To take this passage to a honeymoon hot spot, situated in the tropical Bahamas the hotel gives guests exactly what the name would suggest- a little taste of paradise. This hotel situated on Paradise Island opened over 20 years ago and is a marvel of modern engineering and art. It also aims to give you a taste of Bahamian culture through an immersive programm which expolores the history, art, people and food of the Bahamas. The hotel is like a piece of heaven giving you and your partner the opportunity to truly get away from the stresses of life and relax in the tropical sun. The resort holds over 141 acres and is the perfect location for you and your partner to just getaway.

 

Palms, Las Vegas

Las Vegas is not perhaps the first place you would think of when taking your partner on a trip, but the Palms can match any other hotel in this passage when it comes to luxury and romantic energy. This hotel is also partnered with venues in Las Vegas, such as the Pearl Theatre. This particular venue is set to host Billy Idol in July – can you think of a better way to treat your partner than a stay at a luxury hotel and a Billy Idol concert? The Palms also offers 25% off if you stay for over 4 nights, making it one of the cheaper five star hotel options.

Essential Tips When You Are Relocating to Another Country

  1. When packing up your home separate possessions that you want to have immediately from items that will take weeks to arrive via shipping container.
  2. Valid passport:

In order to obtain a visa, you will need an up to date passport. Check your new country’s government website on visa applications prepare your paperwork and affairs if asked for proof.

  1. Research:

– Look into the new countries customs like communication styles and taboos so you can meet and integrate with new people in your chosen country.

– find out the exchange rate and cost of living in your new country of residence so you can prepare saving up around 6 months in advance and plan your monthly budget.

-consider shipping or storing your belongings, look into the logistics of moving and which companies to trust. Full service moving companies in Mississauga can transport the possessions that you just cannot part with.

  1. Learn the Language:

Learning the lingo will aid your attempts to making friends in your new-found residency. Get yourself started by signing up for language classes not only will you gain a key life skill but you will meet people doing it.

  1. Befriend your neighbors:

It can be overwhelming setting up a new life in a foreign country, introducing yourself to your neighbors provides an opportunity for friendship and may result in a helping hand with your move.

  1. Shop locally:

New cultures and cuisines can be intimidating but embracing local shops and culture will ultimately help you to feel more at home in your new area of residence.

  1. Contact your Bank and Phone provider: Organize any outstanding bills or loans, inform your bank and phone company of your move and obtain information for your new Bank and simply buy a SIM card from a local carrier upon your arrival.
  2. Learn where the good and bad neighborhoods are. In your home town you know where exactly to avoid at night, but when you’re moving somewhere totally different you won’t know where is safe and where is dangerous. A really good way to find this out is to go to the local police station in your new town and ask them for information about where’s safe, where’s dangerous and what you can expect.

A Backpacker’s Guide to Travelling Europe

Deciding to backpack can be a daunting but exciting time and without proper planning or travel experience you may not end up having the time that you expect. My advice would be to sit down and make a plan for the places that you want to visit and even the specific landmarks that you want to see. The important thing to remember when it comes to backpacking is that the opportunity to go backpacking isn’t one that comes around too often so it is vital to ensure that you get everything that you want from the experience so you can look back on it without regretting not doing more.

Another important tip when it comes to backpacking is to pack well, with only a limited amount of travel storage there are certain limitations to what you can bring with you. Don’t overpack when it comes to clothes, I would advise to pack a weeks worth of clothing as you will find that whether you stay in hostels or hotels there will more than likely be laundry facilities available for you. Saving space by packing fewer clothes allows for you to pack the important things such as maps, food and drink, medicines and first aid supplies, it is important to think about the situations you are going to be in because although backpacking comes with a certain spontaneity it is always better to prepare for the worst and not need it rather than be caught in a situation without the necessary equipment. 

A final thing that I would consider when backpacking through Europe would be to enjoy yourself, you only get the opportunity to backpack so many times in your life and it’s too short for you to not take any of these experiences, do what you want and visit wherever you want.