Traveling to any destination without knowing the financial implications would be reckless, risky and, in some cases, deeply inconvenient. And being stranded thousands of miles from home is never a comfortable feeling. Of course, travel expenses are only one aspect of a travel plan. For those traveling to the Netherlands, a rudimentary idea of what to expect is crucial. These include, but are not limited to, culture, climatic conditions, places to visit, knowledge of English (especially for people from English-speaking countries), type of food, best time to travel, and public etiquette. However, this may seem overly mundane Travelers to the Netherlands should know that Holland is different from the Netherlands and that there are people who will flinch at the indiscriminate use of these terms. But first, exactly how much money should you save for a trip to the flat land of the tulips?
Travel expenses to the Netherlands
Here’s the truth. While other expenses like food and lodging can be significant, travel expenses typically make up the largest portion of a traveler’s budget. In order to effectively budget for travel expenses, travel time is crucial – and could swing the budget pendulum significantly. For example, late June is a bad time to travel to the Netherlands from the United States. The cheapest flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Amsterdam will cost you around $570. Now compare that to a mid-January flight that costs just $323. That’s a decent $247 savings, or a whopping 43%. And that only compares economy class tickets. The savings on second or first class flights can be even greater. On the other hand, travelers should use sites like Kayak or Expedia to compare some of the cheapest airfares available.
It may seem trivial, but the day of the week you travel – or book a flight – is just as important as the month you travel. According to flight research company hopper media, Tuesday is the best time to fly out and Wednesday is the best time to get back on. So if you choose to fly on a Tuesday, you can save up to $30. make no mistake That’s about the amount you’re likely to pay for a cheap hostel in the Netherlands. On the other hand, Saturday flights will weigh the most on a traveler’s wallet. When it comes to booking a flight to the Netherlands, Thursday is the best time for the dollar. Travelers should also remember to book in advance, preferably three weeks in advance.
For a luxury trip, airfare can range from $1,100 to $3,000 for first class.
Budgeting for food and accommodation in the Netherlands
Unfortunately Amsterdam or any other Dutch city is not known for cheap street food like Mexico for example. And accommodation in the Netherlands depends on what a traveler can afford. Travelers on a tight budget should expect to shell out around $15 for the cheapest hostel with the bare minimum of facilities. Check out Hostelworld to compare prices. Also, remember to read reviews. Hotels, holiday apartments and Airbnb are worthwhile for those looking for comfort. For a 4 or 5 star hotel, travelers should budget between $100 and $300. For 2 or 3 star hotels, $50 on average turns out to be the minimum. Apartments are 2-3 times more expensive.
For holiday rentals, AmsterdamSTAY is a helpful site. Airbnb costs are in the same range as a standard hotel. When choosing accommodation, travelers should consider the distance from the city center as this can sometimes add to the overall cost of accommodation. Facilities far out of town may seem cheap – but can prove expensive – when you add in the odds and ends for the trip. And when it comes to vacation rentals or Airbnb, travelers should be wary of what seems like a perfect deal. Due to the housing crisis in the Netherlands, there is a minefield of scams to avoid. Watch out for certain identifiable red flags of fraud. Some reputable sites to check out are HomeToGo; Vakantiehuizen; or Belvilla.
As far as food goes, a full meal with drinks should range from $35 to $60, depending on the city, the restaurant, and of course what you order. Drinks are usually more expensive in the inner cities. Of course, a pizza – lasagna or other sandwiches – from a cheap supermarket like Lidl can save someone several dollars. A pizza costs about $6. For someone who has their own space in an Airbnb or vacation rental, cooking is a lot cheaper. One can cook an impressive variety of meals with a $15 rice cooker. Then there’s Thuisgekookt.nl, an exciting platform where neighbors cook food to order for those who stay close by. Food prices on the platform are generally affordable and worth the experience. When all things considered, travelers should expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $80 per day for food, local travel, and sightseeing expenses. However, a budget traveler who has their ears and nose to the ground can get by on $20 to $40 a day.
That’s it. Whether a traveler wants to visit Rotterdam, Utrecht or Amsterdam, the cycling capital of the world, a cost guide should be a dependable companion.