Dutch master painter Rembrandt turns 400 this year. Though the celebrations are a big deal for Holland, the thought of an already pricey Europe mixed with the high demand that accompanies special events can quickly douse vacation hopes. However, with a few money-saving tricks, Amsterdam can be an affordable destination during any year.
What's the deal?
Because of the falling dollar and rising airfare costs, Europe is far from a bargain these days. The overseas flight alone often serves as a vacation deal breaker. Luckily, Amsterdam's role as an international gateway city, combined with offerings that help keep in-city spending down, can bring it back to the realm of possibility.
By booking and traveling at just the right time, I was able to see Rembrandt's special happenings plus quite a few of Amsterdam's classic attractions all for under $500. And if you like tulips and other bulb flowers like I do, you'll be pleased to know that spring can be an ideal time to go.
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