TAKE A MINIBREAK
During my month in Amsterdam, I decided to visit Berlin – it’s an hour’s flight away and my Schengen visa allowed me to travel to other EU countries. Here’s how to make the most of a mini-break while working remotely in Europe: Easy access: Choose a city that’s a hop, skip and a jump from where you’re staying. Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris and Prague are all within an hour and a half’s air travel of Amsterdam. Plus, a Schengen visa allows you entry to these cities. Keep an eye out for deals: Lastminute.com and Booking.com are great for flight and accommodation deals. And keep in mind that flying in Europe is often cheaper than going by train. Maximise your time: Choose a city that is easy to navigate and where you’ll be able to get around on public transport so that you can see as much as possible. Go offline: Download a Google map on your phone so you can access it offline. Not only will it make navigating in a new city easier, but you’ll save time – and data. Travel light: Pack only what’s necessary, and leave your big luggage at your main destination. You can store a suitcase for up to a week for a fairly reasonable price at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, for example.