Amsterdam is a highly expensive city, especially in the peak season of the Tulip Festival in April. To spend $1300 a week requires prudent planning and budgeting. From expenditure on flights to hotel accommodations and activities, effective management of the budget is necessary. One may choose to travel during the low season in February when flights cost record lows, except its cold, and the experience may be less enthralling. Unless one is looking to spend 200 euros a night, booking a hotel within the city center may not be a great idea. Instead, one should book accommodation in the periphery of the city where standard accommodation rates apply. Moreover, the surrounding cities tend to be quieter, allowing for introspection.
Once you have settled in the city, obtaining the Amsterdam Card is highly advisable, particularly if looking to see the most places while spending less money. The card is booked online for less than 100 euros for unlimited utilization of public transport. Again, the card comes with a welcome kit, travel magazine, and a useful pocket map bearing the whole list of museums and accessory activities covered by the card. While access to most museums and monuments is free, the Moco museum or the Anne Frank museum requires an entrance fee. Another exquisite way to scour the city is by bike, allowing one to enjoy the fantastic biking tracks ubiquitous in the city. Renting bikes is cheap and can be done per day nearly anywhere. Biking also lets you exercise without having to go to the gym for further expenses.
In a one-week itinerary, a visit to several museums is paramount to note. Seek to experience the works of Mark Rothko, an introspective renowned artist whose work is featured in the Moco Museum. As the adventure continues, several other galleries to view, including the famous Ann Frank Museum, the hidden annex which hosted the Frank household during the Second World War. As part of keeping the expenditure low while also needing to experience Amsterdam’s extensive water canals, one may book a small boat and be at the helm of it. Depending on personal taste and preferences, there are several other activities from which to choose. It could be a visit to many of the romantic public parks or a ride to the small towns in the countryside and enjoy the sight of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth, especially in May.