Vondelpark: Discovering the Most Relaxed Side of Amsterdam

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Vondelpark: Discovering the Most Relaxed Side of Amsterdam

The last thing you’d like to do in any travel is to miss out on the relaxation part. Whether it is travel or tour, there always should be a written bylaw saying that some sort of relaxation should accompany the trip. And no, that’s not for the old, brittle, and lame. It should be a staple for every wanderlust out there.

Initially, I’ve refused to believe the value of rest when seeing new cities, simply because it doesn’t seem right at all. You need to see every corner, you need to maximize the time, you need to juice up all the money you paid by going all out with the walking and checking out every place.

But then over time, that’s when I found out that I had it all wrong, and that yes, you can enjoy and absorb more of the experience even when you’re in a relaxed situation – whether it’s just chilling, or standing in a spot for so long, or just plain people-watching – it should never be considered a time waster, but more of a time pursuer. There’s less stress, less adrenaline, less quick decisions; but there’s more awareness, more calmness, more room for appreciation.

The Vondelpark in Amsterdam is the most perfect reminder on why it is important to include some sort of laidback item in one’s travel. Originally known as the Nieuwe Park, this public urban park has an average of at least 10 million visitors every year – so much people wanting to enjoy some sort of relaxation. There are just too much stress-free spots here you can enjoy – a fantastic place to run, to walk, to take photos, to watch lake ducks, to bike, to skate, to bring kids, to sit, to read a book. Emblematic buildings surround it, yet it still manages to exude a very calm atmosphere. They have an open-air theatre, a playground and several horeca facilities where people can casually go and spend more time. When in Amsterdam, go Dutch-style, and do take some time off - spend it here to get a whole lot of relaxation.


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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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