Travel Tips for Amsterdam and Copenhagen
Luck had its part this summer when I had to chance to fly with my two sisters to Amsterdam and visit Copenhagen. This was my second time in Amsterdam, but it had been almost a decade so it was like experiencing it all over again. I had never been to Copenhagen, Denmark. During the entire eight-day trip I had only spent $500 euros, between my stay, transportation going out to bars, cafes and restaurants. The only baggage I carried was a backpack and tote, yes that was it. In this post, I’ll share some of the affordable yet fun things to do as well as how I was able to pack with such a minimalist approach.
A Minimalist Approach to Creating Multiple Outfits
The more you plan, the easier to it gets. I’ve struggled with this for years. When I would travel in the past, I would take an entire separate suitcase for just shoes. It was ridiculous now that I think about it.
Follow these tips and you’ll be able to cut your baggage in half and travel with a peaceful mind.
Bring the basics
Look to the core pieces in your wardrobe, such as a black pant, jacket, jeans, a dress, solid cardigan, t-shirt and a top. Like numbers, there are many ways you can mix and match between these basic pieces if they are neutral in color. If your traveling to more than one country, you don’t have to worry about having one outfit look to similar to an outfit you wore earlier that week. Wear your flats, pack one pair of heels and you’re ready for almost any occasion.
Knits and Wrinkle Free Garments
Knit clothing can be easily rolled up and wrapped with a rubber band to expound on baggage space. Wrinkle free tops and dresses are the way to go if traveling for long periods of time to places overseas.
The more you plan your vacation the more you’ll know what exactly to bring and what you can do without. Most of the time, the reason we travel with so much is for the fact that we can’t make the decision because we don’t have a specific plan. If you know where you’ll be eating, research the atmosphere and plan activities around the day, you’ll know what you’ll need to wear and what you’ll be using.
Amsterdam is a pretty affordable place in general, it’s nothing like London or Paris. Here are a few tips that were affordable and fun.
Rent bikes in Amsterdam, it’s how most people get around there. It was only $17 euros at Starbikes for three days. It comes with lock and key and I never had trouble finding a space at any bike rack.
We traveled to Copenhagen by bus via Eurolines for only $66 dollars. During the commute the bus boarded a casino ferry and you were able to walk around and have drinks.
Places to Go
If you like contemporary art, I highly recommend you visit NDSM on the docks. NDSM is a wharf that has a huge artist collective that is free to visit. Inside the art collective is a village of work spaces stacked two stories high with murals and installations surrounding the exterior. Outside, there is a chic bar, restaurant and coffee café that overlooks the water.
Do you like vintage gifts and clothing? A trip to the Waterlooplein market will have you wandering around for hours like my sisters and I did during the early afternoon. It’s an over-sized flea market filled with the best of goodies for less than ten euros.
Most grocery stores are around the corner. My sisters and I cooked three out of the eight nights we traveled. It’s a great way to experience the cultural flavor.
Copenhagen was even more than I expected in a good way. People are relaxed, quiet and kind, the places were beautiful, fresh looking and highly sustainable. This is one place I wish I stayed longer and at times regretted being on a budget. However, below are a couple of places and activities that are friendly on one’s pocket.
Take the train everywhere, for three days I only spent about five American dollars to go around the entire city. We like the train system so much, that we decided to take the 5A train to the airport an hour and a half away.
Places to Go
Try the local Ethiopian restaurant called Lalibela, which had a full tray of finger food (typical Ethiopian style) that can be easily shared with two people. Denmark is also full of Turkish fast foods that will make your mouth water and wallet happy.
Take a trip to Christiania. It’s free to visit, the place has affordable marijuana and cheap mouth-watering food. Christiania is a hippie commune of sorts that started in the 70’s consisting of friendly, intelligent artists, craftsman and families that wanted to live a free, self-sustainable lifestyle. The giant commune spans many blocks, has beautiful nature trails similar to a park and is lined with self-made shabby-chic cottages. There are art exhibits put on by the community as well as concerts in the center market square.