inside stories.

Wouldn’t it be nice if, before you even set foot in Amsterdam, The Hague, Paris or Antwerp, you could already count on your trusted local connections for the best insider tips?
With our blog, you’ll find all the local knowledge and travel wisdom of our YAYS Insiders, plus the occasional guest posts from travel Instagrammers, YAYS guests like you, and locals from our neighbourhoods.
All collected to feed your wonderlust before you even arrive.

For the Curious


Dutch gable stones: the story behind the facade

Street numbers and postal addresses are a modern thing. Although it may be hard for us to imagine life before them, we have to thank their delayed appearance in history for the existence of the beautiful gable stones that decorate the facades of Dutch historical centres.

Local Foods


Amsterdam chocolate city: the sweet side you do not expect

Could it take a YAYS Insider with a sweet tooth to take you on a discovery journey to the chocolatey side of Amsterdam? Read this fragrant Inside Story to get a taste of the Amsterdam you don't expect. Disclaimer: YAYS declines any responsibilities in case of cheating on your diet during your Amsterdam break!

family with kids in Amsterdam

things to do


7 best family-friendly activities in Amsterdam

With the Netherlands being the country with the happiest children, according to a UNICEF survey, playgrounds everywhere, museums designed for kids and many more perks, it's not surprising that Amsterdam is one of the best cities to visit with kids. With our Insider's tips, you'll get off the beaten track and straight to your children's hearts.

Moving to the Netherlands

Insiders guides


Moving to the Netherlands: an Insider’s guide to relocation

Moving to the Netherlands is a dream for many, but how ready are you to take this big step? There is a lot to learn about your new country before you start packing. This Insider's guide to relocating to the Netherlands sets you on the inside track.