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Monday, July 2, 2012

Travel Tips: The Quick Layover

This weekend, my friend Erica visited Amsterdam for a quick layover
while heading back to The States. We only had about 5 hours to do a bunch of fun things
(mission accomplished!)
Here's a little insight to help maximize fun with a short period of time...

TRAVEL TIPS: HOW TO ORGANIZE AN ACTION-PACKED-SHORT LAYOVER

PRIORITIZE SIGHT SEEING.
Before your plane lands, think of the most important sights to see and start at the top.
 Erica was craving rijsttafel, so that easily decided our lunch plans.
 I love museums but wasting a precious hour-or-so in line isn't the best idea,
 consider booking tickets ahead if that's a top interest.

CHECK A MAP.
Have a look around, it's easy to find nice cafes,
markets, shops, etc in nearby neighborhoods.
We stayed primarily in De Pijp which has a great mix of everything!

SET AN ALARM.
Give yourself plenty of time to make your way back to the flight or train connection. 
This way you can simply relax and enjoy the day!

ENJOY THE LITTLE MOMENTS.
Don't forget that traveling isn't always about seeing and doing everything. Sometimes the best part of any day is enjoying a fun atmosphere, catching up with an old friend
and making new memories!

BE THRIFTY.
Amsterdam has a great collection of parks and sun filled terraces.
Pack a picnic, read in the park, window shop, sample a few bites at the market,
or just wander the city snapping photos, there's so much to do without breaking the bank. Remember, riding your bike around the city is free!

We're just two Cool American ladies enjoying Amsterdam...in one short afternoon!
 
{photos via Erica}

Do you have any other tips for traveling through a city on a time crunch?
Let me know!

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