A vacation in Europe these days can be a very expensive one indeed. The euro is strong, so people from countries like the U.S. and Canada find that their money is not worth as much as a few years ago, and the cost of air travel is higher than ever. If you are on a tight budget and want to travel to Europe, you should consider spending all of your time in one city. That way you save on travel expenses within Europe, you get to relax more, and you get to experience what it’s like to actually live in Europe.
If you choose to stay in one place, Holland’s capital Amsterdam is one of the very best cities to live in. Getting there is less expensive than getting to most other European countries since it is close to the central hub of London, and prices are more reasonable than in the most visited capital cities such as Paris or Rome. Amsterdam is also one of the most attractive and interesting cities in Europe, and it is compact so you do not have to travel far to see its many attractions, such as the world renowned Rijksmuseum. It is a great combination of the charm of old Europe and a very lively modern, cosmopolitan culture. To save even more money and get a more authentic experience, get a short-term rental in an apartment rather than staying in a hotel. Short stay Amsterdam apartments are plentiful and a great bargain.
One reason that short stay Amsterdam apartments are a good deal is that generally the charge is for the whole apartment rather than per person. This makes them a perfect choice for families. For example, you can get a one-bedroom apartment for about $180 per night that will accommodate four people, so that is only $45 per person for a family of four. Another advantage they have is the privacy they offer. Most of them are located in neighborhoods where citizens of Amsterdam live, and many are located in the beautiful canal district. There is one on the lovely Brouwersgracht canal, for instance, that is near the Anne Frank house and is only about $50 per person for a family of four. The apartments are furnished, and you can stay from a few days to a few weeks.
The best way to book short stay Amsterdam apartments is to do a thorough search online before making any decisions. Use a variety of different search terms, such as “budget Amsterdam apartments” or “cheap rentals Amsterdam”. Remember that the “sponsored” results, which appear above or to the right of the “natural” results, can be less objective. Check at least several dozen websites. You should also do some research on where the nicest areas and top sights are in Amsterdam. It’s important not to look for low prices only, since many of the lowest priced apartments are located far away from the main sights or are in less attractive neighborhoods. If you take your time, you will find short stay Amsterdam apartments that are both inexpensive and in a good location.