Five Tips to Affordable Amsterdam CheapOair Staff April 6, 2012 Budget Travel, Interests Amsterdam Canal Europe doesn’t have to be expensive. Sure, the exchange rate with the euro has been brutal for a while, but if you plan a little, you can take some of the sting out. Amsterdam can be particularly tricky, especially with the cost of hotels, but you can manage that, too! If you’re looking for a trip to Europe’s sin city that doesn’t break the bank, we’re here to help. Let’s start with these five tips: Start saving now: Your affordable trip starts with cheap tickets to Amsterdam. I know it sounds obvious, but every dollar you save when booking your flight translates to more fun for you when you land! Sacrifice some convenience: On my trip last summer, I found a cheap Amsterdam hotel by the airport on CheapOair (I use the product religiously – and have since I started writing for the blog). With the free airport shuttle and the train from Schipol into town, it was easy to get back and forth. Doubtless, it was a tad inconvenient, but I saved at least $100 a night this way, which was basically a free dinner, with drinks, every night I was there! Control your libido: It’s easy to drop a fortune in the red light district. If you want to keep your expenses under control while you’re in Amsterdam, you can look, but you shouldn’t touch. Remember: money can’t buy happiness. Sample the street food: Limit yourself to one big, exciting dinner when you’re in Amsterdam (maybe two, depending on how long you plan to be there). In between, eat like a local! Check out the food carts on the street. And definitely get a big order of fries. The kiosks are everywhere, they aren’t expensive and you’ll walk away comfortably full. Who doesn’t love fries, right? Break the law: I found out while taking the train from Schipol into Amsterdam every day that nobody takes your ticket. There are spot-checks, but no turnstile as you’d find in New York or London. So, if you like living on the edge, you could always skip buying a ticket for the train and hope you don’t get caught. (Disclosure: I continued to pay the fare, even when I realized the odds of getting busted weren’t high – respecting a local culture starts with respecting its laws.) So, how would you save money in Amsterdam. Leave a comment, and share your tips with everyone! Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook for exclusive travel deals!