A Day Trip From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills With Smell of Cocoa

The Zaanse Schans is a place to go for a day trip from Amsterdam to see windmills up close. The area is set up like a village, demonstrating the daily life in the Zaan region over the centuries. 

How to pack for a short trip, from an overnight to one week

Learning how to plan my luggage has been a journey, a hard-earned experience. Occasionally through small humiliations (“yes, really, this huge backpack is what I packed for an overnight stay. Now could you lend me a toothpaste, please”)...