Staying On A Houseboat in Amsterdam

Unique experiences are the moments in life that you’re going to remember above all else. On each trip I take, I’m very conscious about allowing myself to have experiences instead of just checking sights off of a list.

Don’t get me wrong, the Colosseum, Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building are all worth visiting, but it’s not the sight of it that I remember. What I remember is the feel of the stone beneath my feet as I walked Rome’s ancient streets or the slow ride to the top of the Eiffel tower. I make sure I’m present and create experiences for myself  so that I can soak up as much as possible.

What stands out even more than these standard
experiences are unique, once in a lifetime ones.

In Amsterdam, what I remember more than anything else is our stay in a houseboat.  Not only was it fun to stay together as a group ( there were 5 of us traveling together), but we were able to get up close and personal with one of the most iconic features of the city.  What surprised me the most was how many interesting people we were able to meet without even stepping outside! Boats passing by would pull up to our open windows and talk with  us for hours.

The Logistics

Cost: Ranging in price from around $100 and up for a single room on a boat to $250 and up for an entire boat depending on location, size and features.

Rented From: We rented from Air BnB, but Houseboat Rentals Amsterdam also has a good selection.

Location: You’ll want a central location. We stayed on a small canal off of Rembrandt Square and loved the area. With a houseboat, you have the bonus of gaining access to areas you might not have otherwise, take advantage!

Things to Consider: The addresses of Houseboats can be tricky when arriving for the first time. Try looking it up on google maps street view before hand to get an idea of where you need to go.

Looking for things to do in Amsterdam? Check out my guide of things to do in Amsterdam outside of a bar. 

Have you had any unique travel experiences? I’d love to hear about them! Comment below 🙂

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