Nomadic Family Travel Blog For Long Term Budget World Travel With Kids — Holland- Is It Good For Your Family?
As we play with the thought of cruising Europe on bikes and volunteering again, a lot of memories come up about my various visits to this continent. I am not sure if we one day will bike Europe but I do know that Europe has so much to offer its visitors and expats. I have heard of many backpackers who managed to cover great part of Europe by hitchhiking and couch surfing. How cool is that? My first visit to Europe was in Holland when I did a week connection break on the way to USA while flying with KLM. I had visited a good Israeli friend who still lives there.
Though my many visits in Holland were amazing, I know that there is a huge difference between enjoying a vacation in a place vs. actually living there. I kept asking my friend why he loves living in Netherlands so much. He kept telling me that basically he lives stress free life and that he fell in love with the people and the culture. I must admit that throughout our trip, we get to meet many Dutch people and they are really nice so I can truly relate to this reasoning, and so, I decided to look into a tiny bit.
So what makes people from abroad for example come to Holland and make a life there? What is so special in Holland that make people like my friend live stress free life? How can one own his or her place if he wishes?
Holland (also know as Netherlands), has many astounding places to choose from if you decide to put down an anchor. From amazing Amsterdam to dynamic Rotterdam, Holland is full of great things to see. Gabi was blown away by visiting the porcelain shoe places, a life-size mosaic painting, and most of all, the Annex that Anne Frank and her family lived in. I loved my visits to authentic Maastricht in the south. My friend (whose name is Gabi, like my wife) moved to Maastricht and I loved seeing the many awesome churches, the great neighborhoods, and the street filled with cruising bikes.
Netherlands has a vast and clear law and it seems that the crime rate is low. Many expats who live in the Netherlands find it a great place to raise a family. Throughout the country, family values are still being respected and most people tend to follow the social norms. Though the taxes seems higher than other countries, rest assured that it is all goes back to the public in a form of things such as a better police force, more public amenities, and a great education system. We’ve even heard of amazing maternity rights and privileges for fathers after a baby is born.
Though English is not the native language, it is widely spoken. If you do decide to either only travel or live there, there are minimum chances that you will face lack of communication with the locals. Regardless, I personally believe in the fact that if you live there or anywhere else, it is very wise to learn the local language. For the long run, it will minimize any cultural and language barriers, especially in the professional arena.
So why all of this what-if’s? Because that is how Gabi and I work. We dream, we imagine, we say ‘what if’ and then just let things start happening. Little known fact, 6 months ago, we were offered a 6-month job in a hostel in Russia which we almost took. So, who knows where the world will take us, and if one day, maybe beautiful Holland will be our home.
Unlike my friend Gabi (not the wife one, the other one) who lives there, we don’t intend to buy a home in any other country, but one day, return to our house in Israel. But, if we’ve turned you on and you’re now thinking that just maybe you’d like to purchase or rent a place in Holland, it’s takes a bit of pre-work on your part since the legal and cultural aspects might be very different from what you know or have experienced. You may want to check out the details and options of it on a site like Alpha Real Estate to see all the great opportunities.
So, we’ve left Koh Rong Island and are now happily back at the Led Zephyr for a tiny bit, before we head out to Vietnam. Europe has been calling us tons lately, tons. We’ve met so many great friends from Holland and its neighboring countries. Who knows where the wind will take us soon, maybe to the Netherlands.
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