AWC Going Dutch April 2019


The monthly magazine of the American Women's Club of The Hague

Travel Tips & Tricks

by Audrey Goodman

“I use to help me find the cheapest

flights to European destinations. We much prefer flying

from Rotterdam if possible—far less queuing time and

much cheaper car parking! And don’t forget to consider

going from airports located outside the Netherlands.

We have flown out of Brussels airport a few times because

flights were significantly cheaper than those in the

Netherlands.” – Jo van Kalveen

“The best way to avoid the tour bus crowds is to either

get up and out early or visit later in the day. Take an

afternoon siesta if you choose the early option, so you

can still enjoy a fun evening out. Many museums have

night hours one day a week.” – Melissa Rider

“In the US, my husband and I are loyal to one of the

large hotel chains. But we’ve found that boutique hotels

in Europe are often cheaper and cozier than the chains,

especially in many city centers. Our new go-to website

for hotels is We’ve also become big

fans of the Lonely Planet travel books. I know the Rick

Steves books are more popular, but we prefer the format

and maps in Lonely Plant.” – Audrey Goodman

“My ‘Cannot Travel Without’ piece of luggage is the

Brics X-Large 3-in-1 Bag ( It has a sleeve

that fits over your trolley handle, making it so easy to

move through airports. It’s a shoulder bag with leather

straps that you can move and restyle, to make it into a

large crossbody, freeing your hands. The small zipper

pouch that snaps inside the bag comes with a thin, removable

leather strap so it can be used as an evening

crossbody or just a clutch. [Bonus!] The other thing I

carry is a roll of washi tape. It comes in handy for clothes

alterations, rubber band replacement, or keeping bags

tightly closed in your suitcase. It is so tiny, but does a

big amount of work!”

– Debbie Cascio

“If you plan to walk on anything other than the roads,

i.e. hiking paths or trails, I have a great free app that will

help you navigate anywhere in the world. You can use it

with WiFi, or if you know you will be out with no WiFi

reception, you can downlaod the maps for free and have

them ready on your phone to be used with GPS. Go to

the app store and look for Gaia GPS.”

– Terri Mahoney +3261234901

“Our next holiday is

a safari. They do

the whole world!”

“My husband and I love using the Rick Steves Audio

Europe App. I like to listen to the audio files as I am

planning our trip. Once we arrive in the city, we usually

start our adventure with his City Walk audio guide. The

City Walk provides a great overview and history of the

city and when it is complete you have a good lay of the

land to explore more in-depth.” – Holly Savoie

“They make booking a

holiday so easy. I just

leave it to them!”

“Every trip is

customized, just for

me! That’s unique!”


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