Planning a bike tour in the Netherlands

Country 6: The Netherlands | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here!

Biking through the Netherlands

My 6th country was your classic study abroad in Europe tour, with a slight twist. Rather than staying in an apartment or university dormitory, I spent four months living in a medieval castle in the middle of nowhere. And you know what? Despite being a city girl, I loved it. We all rented bikes from the local shop and I spent the hours I wasn’t studying or traveling tooling around the Dutch countryside, watching frolicking spring lambs, finding dunes, and rolling through charming little villages.

After we left, my castle friends and I always planned to do a big reunion bike tour, and when I was researching how it could be done, I found Vrieden op de Fiets (Friends with Bicycles), a homeshare program designed for bikers and hikers visiting the rest of the Netherlands. For 19eur a night you get a comfortable bed, a nourishing breakfast, and the chance to meet and bond with local Dutch people. If you’re thinking about doing a biking tour through the Netherlands, I highly recommend checking them out!

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Travel Inspiration: Dutch Countryside in Photos

Today’s Throwback Thursday post is a quiet look back at the beautiful Dutch countryside where I lived while I was in the Netherlands. The castle pictured is actually owned by Emerson College, and where, for one semester anyway, we lived like royalty. We rented bikes from the local bike shop, ate at the local cafe,…

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A Look Back at Amsterdam

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This new commercial via VisitHolland pretty much sums up why The Netherlands are the best. Everything you love was probably invented in Holland. Having studied abroad there, I’m of course a stalwart champion of visiting—multiple times, if you can. In fact, I may have to look into booking a trip back myself…Look into it more…

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