Tips & Tricks

Moving to another country is definitely what you would call an adventure. But often this adventure comes paired with a lot of work, complicated processes, and little time to really discover and filter through all the hotspots yourself from scratch to find out which ones are good and which ones can be skipped out on.  

So, we have already done some of that work for you. From needing to know how to register, to wanting to discover the best coffee spot in town for those Sunday mornings, we offer you all the insights!

Practical Adventures

YOSAA - Discover how easy it is to travel around Europe

In today’s fast-paced world, business travel is no longer just about hopping from one destination to another. It’s about immersing yourself in new cultures, forming unforgettable memories, and experiencing the essence of each place you visit. The needs of our clients are ever-evolving, reflecting the latest trends in the future of work, including digital nomadism, which allows talents to work from anywhere.

Serviced Apartment Or Hotel Accommodation

So, you have decided to travel. Whether it’s because of a work project or you just finally felt comfortable enough to make the move to your new expat location, you want it to go as smooth as possible, right? Although both options offer advantages, if you're considering moving, there are several benefits to staying in a serviced apartment rather than a hotel. We've listed the main ones below.

5 handy Dutch websites to make your expat life a little easier

Due to its open, multicultural and business-oriented environment, the Netherlands has become an increasingly attractive country to set-up new companies. The Dutch are well-known for their large and successful corporations. Aside from the big players like Booking.com, Philips and Adyen, there are many smaller brands that have established themselves in the Dutch market. To make things a little easier for you, we've compiled a list of useful Dutch-born websites that might help you navigate expat life in the Netherlands.

The Relocation Checklist – What to Remember

Now it’s certain. You landed a new job opportunity . This means that you and your family are relocating. Chances are that you don’t know much about your new destination. Well, perhaps asides from a few city trips. Starting a new job abroad is exciting, but only if planned out well. Thinking ahead spares you unnecessary stress and prepares you for stepping out into the “new”. Our team at ServicedApartments.nl has created a relocation checklist for expats:

Made Simple: Finding The Right Apartment

Whether you are travelling for business, relocating, or just want to enjoy a staycation: YOSAA provides the best-equipped accommodation to ensure you a comfortable short stay. Renting a YOSAA apartment makes travelling easy, starting from the short application process, through to weekly cleaning services, and accessibility to a wide range of facilities. 

7 Useful Apps For Your Short Term Stay In The Netherlands

When navigating a new country, in this case the Netherlands, you’ll quickly discover that the apps you’re familiar with aren’t quite useful here after all. That’s why we’re here to give you a list of apps that’ll make you feel like a Dutchie in no time!

Lifestyle Adventures

Springtime Preview: Your Guide to Upcoming Events and Activities

Spring is in the air and we all know what that means. Everything seems to burst back to life, promising longer days, warmer weather and (hopefully) a lot more sunshine. Nature wakes from its winter sleep and just overall everything will simply start to feel better again because you can finally end the day on a ‘terrasje’ with that Aperol Spritz in hand (or any other drink of choice, go crazy!).

5 February Festivities Against the Post-Holiday Blues

So, you ate your way through December, January flew by and now those post-holiday blues are creeping in … But none of that! Every month deserves its own celebrations so here is a list of 5 unique opportunities to add some February Festivities to your calendar.

Nature Lovers vs. City Dwellers

There are two types of people: those who are drawn to anything green and those who belong in the urban jungle. It just so happens that The Netherlands is abundant in both. Whether you’re into wandering through parks and forests or discovering Dutch cities, we’ve put together the perfect sightseeing list for you!

Getting Around Town the Dutch Way

Travelling the Lowlands is so easy to do. The country boasts one of the best public transport networks in Europe; not to mention the modern roads and bicycle paths connecting virtually every point on the map. You can easily get around by boarding a train, metro, bus, tram, or hopping on a rental scooter or bike. Or easily rent a car at our rental provider partner. So, which do you choose?

How to make your daily routine more sustainable?

More and more people realize that their daily routine has a big impact on the environment. From the coffee you drink in the morning to the way you do your groceries, almost everything you do uses natural resources and creates pollution. Why not make it a New Year’s resolution to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle? Of course that can be challenging, especially when you live in a country that is not your own. But here are just a few tips for you to consider!

The Era of Digital Nomads & Workationers

Remote work is not just a choice nowadays. Most employees have been requested to shift their work activities into their homes. Jobs which were once on-location, have now become fully or partially remote. On the positive side, this has given corporate employees flexibility to work from wherever they please. There’s no need to wait for that anticipated holiday anymore. Work and travel to any destination that allows it. Just like the ever-growing community of freelancers does. 

Cultural Adventures

8 Fun Things To Do In The Netherlands When It's Raining!

Just because it’s raining, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Whether it's just some “motregen” (a light drizzle that tickles you) or raining “pijpenstelen” (literally: raining pipe stems) there's always something to do! Keep reading for some tips for waterproof fun. 

8 Surprising Things to Do in The Hague

We bet that many of you are familiar with The Hague already. Even if the Mauritshuis or Peace Palace doesn’t ring a bell, international media regularly mention The Hague. It’s the seat of the Dutch government and the location where international peace and justice conferences are hosted. Wandering around the centre, you can enjoy the city’s old-world charm by visiting landmarks like Binnenhof or Grote Kerk. However, if you are searching for an original experience, you should check out this blog!

Dutch Wonders Next to Eindhoven

If you are setting out to visit Eindhoven, why not broaden your travel plans? It might come as a surprise to you that Breda, Tilburg and Den Bosch are all cities 30 – 45 minutes away by train. That’s not far on the European scale. In fact, travelling across Amsterdam takes just as long. So, if you want to stay in close proximity to Eindhoven, check out the Serviced Apartments we have on offer in the surrounding cities and discover more…

City Spotlight - 8 Surprising Things to do in Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the Dutch city with the most divided opinions. For some, it’s a full-on favourite: a thriving, modern metropolis. For others, it misses some of its old charm from before the war. Rotterdam was heavily bombed during WII, not leaving many of its old monuments. Luckily, since that time, the city has been fully rebuilt with fantastic museums and attractions. There’s just so much to do while you stay at a Rotterdam serviced apartment. Check out the list we’ve compiled below:

Amsterdam Neighbourhoods You Must Visit

From the iconic, old-school bars of De Pijp to the elegant Nine Streets, or the industrial neighbourhood and seaport in North – Amsterdam’s got it all. If you are planning your short stay here, it’s good to know what to explore. 

Amstelveen as Expat City

More and more foreign talent workers choose to go live in Amstelveen, right next to our capital Amsterdam. And we have to say that we totally understand why, as there is definitely a lot to do in this city with its remarkable charm! To make it easier for you, we’ve prepared a list on what to see and do when staying here!

6 Dutch Cities You'll Want to Discover

Which cities come to mind when you think of the Netherlands? Surely, the Dutch capital – Amsterdam, then Rotterdam, The Hague and maybe Utrecht… Not many workationers know about the other hidden gems on the Dutch map - just waiting to be discovered! ServicedApartments.nl has properties spread out all over the country, in cities including Arnhem, Breda, Enschede, Haarlem, Hilversum and Leeuwarden. Check out our tips on what to see and do in these not-so-obvious places. 

The best spots in Utrecht to book a short stay!

If you’re looking to stay in a city that is charming, vibrant and isn’t being trampled by swarms of tourists then Utrecht might be the city for you. The city has all the quaint architecture and canals like Amsterdam but offers a more laid-back experience.