Hang's favorite Dutch travel websites
‘Hang In There’ is a weekly series hosted by our Marketing & Communication intern: Hang Vu. After 2 years of studying in the Netherlands, Hang wants to share her most honest experiences with other internationals who are also living in the Netherlands generally and in Eindhoven specifically.
If you have read my bio down below, you already know that I am a hodophile who loves to take a dose of vitamin W(anderlust) every week. Therefore, besides some tips that I provided in my blog post about public transport in the Netherlands, today, let’s go through my top-3 most favorite deal-hunting websites for a budget-friendly wandering trip in the Netherlands (and also in Europe!).
#1 NS Spoordeelwinkel
For those who are not familiar with the name NS: Nederland Spoorwegen (NS) is the main train operator in the Netherlands. People normally go to the website of NS to check for the travel planner or to buy tickets and subscriptions. But there is a section that most people overlook, which is called ‘Spoordeelwinkel’.
Since traveling by train is the most convenient way to switch from city to city in the Netherlands (if you do not have a car, of course), NS Spoordeelwinkel offers passengers a huge number of flash deals for their trip within the Netherlands. These offers are quite diverse: from a day return trip to an overnight stay in one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands, such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, or even Groningen - the capital of the northeasternmost province of the country. These deals always include a return train ticket, an entrance ticket to the attraction/museum if it is a visiting deal and a hotel included breakfast if it is a NS's night away package.
Therefore, if you are planning to discover the beauty of the Netherlands during this Christmas and New Year's Eve holiday, check out special offers from NS to have extra savings in your pocket!
One of the most versatile websites that a friend of mine recommended me during my first days in the Netherlands. At first, I only used this website to purchase NS day-return train tickets (yes, they had them in 2019!). However, the more I scroll, the more I realize that this is a perfect deal-hunting website for travel lovers. Not only does Actievandedag offer discounted entrance tickets to many amusement parks in the Netherlands, but it also has a lot of fun activities to 'spice up' your trip. For example, I would recommend taking a Food tour in Amsterdam, a fancy 3-course dinner for two or a day-out at one of the most popular Christmas markets in the Netherlands, Belgium, or Germany for this year’s winter break.
Are you planning to visit a Christmas market outside the Netherlands? Then, do not hesitate to check out Actievandedag's website!
If you are so done with traveling and want to find some nice shopping deals, Actievandedag is also a reliable source that you should dive into. Who knows, maybe you can spot your dream laptop that has a 50% discount there, and there is no need to wait for Black Friday anymore!
Since the name already speaks itself, it would be such a big loss if Traveldeal.nl was missing here. This is a website focusing on traveling, so you will find thousands of deals not only in the Netherlands but also inside and outside the EU! The website is divided into clear categories based on your preferences, such as holidays under the sun or trips for winter sports experiences. One bonus point for its user-friendliness!
As a thank you gift to you – my beloved reader who has read until the end of HIT #11, I will reveal one last source for travel promotions. It is not a website, but a supermarket application. I am talking about the Jumbo Extra's. Quite unexpected, right? How could a supermarket application provide travel deals? But if you take a closer look into the 'inwisselen' section, you will discover some discounts exclusively for Jumbo's loyal members, including travel vouchers. All you need to do is collect points when shopping at Jumbo, then use those points to 'buy' the discount you want on the application.