Accommodations in Amsterdam are slightly more affordable than those in larger Western European cities like London or Paris. In the countryside, places to stay are even cheaper. You can find a room in a seaside B&B on the Dutch coast or a guesthouse near fields of flowers for the price of a hostel bed in some European cities (check with a local tourist information office for a list of family-run guesthouses in the region you'll be visiting) -- especially during shoulder season. For an affordable flight to the Netherlands, look for shoulder-season or low-season tickets. Airfares to the country are most expensive during summer.