2019 is here, and to be honest, we can't really say that 2018 simply flew by. It wafted by at a leisurely pace, gladdening us every step of the way with the inimitable charm of Europe. We've been living in Bonn, the erstwhile capital of West Germany for quite a while now, and the region is a darling in every sense. The gorgeous Rhine river, abundant forests, storybook villages, the gentle Siebengebirge mountains, and the wonderful bread, cheese, and wine often feel like a dream. This part of Germany is rather close to Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, all of whom share a border with the land of schnitzel, Christmas markets, and awesomely cheap beer. But it was only at Christmas that we finally crossed the border to Netherlands. We had a wonderful 2 nights 3 days trip to Aachen (Germany), Vaals (Netherlands), and Maastricht (Netherlands), and we spent only €20 per person per day. Here's how you can do it too.
A lot of travellers feel that Europe is expensive but that's not really true. If you live in a far-off continent, then getting a flight here is going to pinch your pocket a bit, but that's about it. And if you're smart about keeping track of flight prices using tools like Google Flights and Skyscanner Alerts, you can save as much money as possible. For us, this wasn't really a problem as we were already reasonably close to the German border. From Bonn, we travelled to Aachen which is also in Germany, and made that our base for the duration of the trip. We did a very rewarding day trip to Netherlands on the second day, with Vaals as our first stop, and Maastricht as the second. And on the third day, we still had half a day to explore some offbeat trails in Aachen. So now that you know what our itinerary looked like, let's get into the trip hacks.