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A Short Guide to Have A Perfect Weekend in Amsterdam

A Short Guide to Have A Perfect Weekend in Amsterdam

Most of the people might think that they need to save lots of money and take a lot of vacation days to make a trip to Europe, specifically to Amsterdam. Well, you just need to know the essentials and let your adventurer spirit out to enjoy this beautiful city.

While traveling through the old continent, you have to make some space in your schedule for Amsterdam, even if it’s just a pair of days. Yes! You can see a lot of things in Amsterdam in only two or three days! How? here are some suggestions on how to spend a great weekend in one of the most beautiful European cities.

Accommodation Options

First, make sure to book at least two nights in an Amsterdam hotel, there are a lot of hotel options, or even better, you can stay at a Botel! Yes, boats tied to the dock that actually have hotel service! This is a very economic option if you are a backpacker or want to spend a little money. You can find some Amsterdam botels on the web and book a room, or rather a cabin, for you and your companion. And usually, these botels include free breakfast!

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Just take in mind that it is a boat, so the rooms are kind of small and you sleep in bunk beds. So if you are staying more than two nights, it’s more recommendable to book a normal hotel.

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But let’s talk about our main topic, how to make the most of Amsterdam in two days. So okay, a pair of days, it’s not a lot of time, and you will want to go to the most iconic and representative places of the Dutch capital. On day one, you can go to Dam Square, where people gather to admire some National monuments that surround the area, as well as the Amsterdam Central Train Station. Also, near from there, you can visit Madame Tussaud museum, one of the world’s most important wax museums.

Take A Boat Tour

Next, you can take a boat ride through the Amsterdam canals, there’s even a transportation system called hop-in-hop-off, where boats take you to your destination as they tell you the most relevant information of the city. When you see these waterways, you will know why Amsterdam is called the Venice of the North.

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Take one of these boats to Rijksmuseum, an arts and history museum where you can take your picture at the “IAmsterdam” letters, it’s a must! And now that we are in the museums topic, very near from it there’s also the Van Gogh museum, where you can see the most beautiful paintings of this artist.

    For a night out…

    When night comes, Red Light District is the perfect place to stop by. With its multiple bars, coffee shops, and music, here is where you wanna be after a long day. Amsterdamers love to party, so if you want to stay up all night, here is your perfect spot.

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    Add Some Culture to Your Trip

    On day two, you can visit Anne Frank’s house, where you’ll have a look to the place where Anne and her jewish family hid for 2 years and a half because of the Holocaust.

    Here’s a tip: book your ticket online so you don’t have to wait in long lines. And later on, you can take a walk through the beautiful streets, just remember that Amsterdam is a cyclist city so be aware of bikers! They are everywhere, but they have their own lane so just make sure you don’t invade it.

    Cheers and Bon Appetite!

    After a good meal, you can end your day going to the Heineken Experience at the brewery of this worldwide-known beer, where you can have the chance to make some of it, and of course, taste it too! What about cooking? Cooking Workshop Amsterdam offers you the opportunity to learn how to cook European cuisine with a professional chef!

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      So, here you have some good options if you don’t have much time (or money) to visit Amsterdam, you still will have enough time to capture its essence and leave a part of your heart with it!

      Featured photo credit: Adrian L. via instagram.com

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      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

        Why You Need a Vision

        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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        How to Create Your Life Vision

        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

        What Do You Want?

        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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        Some tips to guide you:

        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
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        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

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        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
        • What qualities would you like to develop?
        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
        • What would you most like to accomplish?
        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

        A few prompts to get you started:

        • What will you have accomplished already?
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        • How are you dressed?
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        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
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        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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        Plan Backwards

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        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

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