The One Thing You Should NEVER Do Before a Major International Trip

Apologies for the lack of content lately. I made a major mistake in traveling to Las Vegas the week before I had a trip booked for Amsterdam and Iceland.

And despite the fact that I only spent 24 hours in the place; Vegas still managed to go straight through my body’s defenses. I’ve spent the last week riddled with the flu—bedridden at first, then on a plane, and now freezing to death besides the cold and foggy canals of Amsterdam.

No energy to write, that’s for sure.

I’m traveling with a friend, which meant postponing or canceling the trip wasn’t in the cards. Still, we’re making it work—although perhaps spending a little more time sleeping than we’d planned. A traveler adapts, though.

We’re staying at ClinkNOORD, a trendy new hostel that’s just a short ferry ride from Amsterdam Central Station. Great location and decor, although a bit large for my taste. I miss the small, cozy vibes of the hostels in the Balkans. It’s understandable though—Amsterdam sees considerably more tourist traffic than any of the places I visited at the end of last year.

But I digress. The point: don’t wipe out your immune system before a trip you’ve had planned for months. Especially not if you’re visiting northern coastal destinations in the middle of winter.

It’s really quite miserable.

Anyways, here are a few pics from Amsterdam in January. As you can imagine, it’s not the best place to visit when you’re having trouble regulating body temperature.

(But I would still recommend it over not traveling at all!)

Regular content to resume soon.


Foggy day on the canals


I bet this park is a lot more pleasant in the summer


Early-morning ferry from Noord


Amsterdam at night




Empty plazas and lesser crowds is one benefit of visiting Amsterdam in January

23 thoughts on “The One Thing You Should NEVER Do Before a Major International Trip

  1. Wow! I visited Amsterdam during the month of September and it was glorious. Although I agree with your sentiment that any travel is better than staying home, it doesn’t look pretty bleak in the winter.

  2. Vegas even for 24hours can definitely suck you in and cause for rest after. One of those places where you need a rest after a vacation.

  3. Daniel, I hope you feel better soon. Take your time and sleep as much as you need. I think you are a great role model for your generation in that you value experiences, intelligence, and profound thought. Keep it up, youngster, and enjoy the road!

  4. I know what you mean. Get better soon!! It looks cold there. My daughter was there in the summer and the streets were full of people, so you’re right, it would be nicer. Why did you pick it for winter?

  5. I can so relate to this! Am currently in Iceland with a husband who came down with the flu 4 days in, and am now not feeling so hot myself! We did manage to have a few full days of great sightseeing, but now are mostly lounging around our cozy cottage and listening to the rain. Oh well! 🙂

  6. Feel better soon! The Amsterdam pics are gorgeous. Can’t wait to see the Iceland ones (we’re heading there in about 5 weeks).

  7. just read today, the Dutch are the happiest people – so maybe you were meant to go there to be cured from whatever went under the radar of your defences in Vegas? (Now that’s a place I would not be seen dead in any season! Enjoy the ‘Grachten’ as the Dutch call those canals and keep warm!

  8. Hope you’re feeling better soon. Such a pity to be sick in Amsterdam – it’s an awesome city (but yes, much better any season other than winter 😉)

  9. Well, at least you don’t have to deal with ice and snow in Amsterdam. I was there in early February one year and the crocuses were blooming and it was over 20 celsius. Hope you recuperate enough to enjoy.

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