Day Trip to the Netherlands?!
Yep, you heard me right, just over a year ago I flew out to Amsterdam from the UK for a music conference in Utrecht, setting off and arriving back home all in one day.
Okay, so I will admit it was a very early start, I remember setting my alarm for something ridiculously early like 3 am and trying to force some breakfast down, before booking an Uber to the airport. I arrived in plenty of time (I always like to get to places early as I don't like to rush and put unnecessary stress on myself) and boarded a flight with KLM which departed at around 6 am. We landed in Amsterdam at about 8 am and after passing through security, found my way to the station and brought a train ticket to Utrecht, the city where the event was held. By around 10 am I had reached the event spent the rest of the morning and afternoon at the conference. The packed timetable meant I didn't have time to think about whether I was tired or not! At around 5 or 6 pm I began to make my way back towards the station and headed back to the airport. There I grabbed some dinner from one of the many food outlets and browsed round the shops. Schiphol is the 3rd largest airport in Europe so was lots to see. I got back on the plane and my flight departed back to the UK at 9 pm arriving back in the UK for 9 again, due to the time difference. I will admit that once I arrived home I did feel very tired but it was also a great experience as it had been such a productive day!
So the point of this post is to show you all that it is definitely possible to take a day trip to Amsterdam which is great if you are like me and are on a tight budget so want to save on accommodation. I took an hour out my day to get from Amsterdam Utrecht and back so if you were to just stay in Amsterdam then it would definitely leave you quite a few hours to explore the city. However, Amsterdam and the Netherlands are beautiful so I'd definitely recommend staying longer than a day!
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