HiveFest on a shoestring - Tips 'n Hacks for event tickets, travelling and staying in Amsterdam.

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In 63 days (and 15 hours, 1 minute and 27 seconds) HiveFest 2022 kicks off in Amsterdam. As by now you know, the 7th edition of the event runs from Thursday 15 September until Sunday 18 September in several locations (to be revealed, see for hints the HiveFe.st website).

HiveFe.st aims to be an inclusive, but also all-inclusive, and dynamic event. By having the event scattered across the city in several venues, you don't only see walls and people but also really visit and explore the host city in all its diversity. It is part of the DNA of Hivefe.st and keeps the conversation going, by having these informal touristic parts of the program interwoven with the more serious conference parts of the event.

This however also means the event does come at a price. And especially these days, where hospitality businesses come out of a 2 year something something forced lock downs, staff shortage, rising prices, it doesn't come particularly cheap to make it all happen. Therefore I'm very happy that the Hive Blockchain via @valueplan is helping to cover the fixed costs for the event (venues, tech, livestream, production, some branding), to significantly lower the price to be paid for attendees. It takes care for about 30-50% of the real cost price of the event (at about 50K EUR fixed costs).

That said, catering (food, beverages) will undoubtedly be of high standard, but also come in at a price and still make the event's variable cost-price come at approx 400 EUR. Still a heavy price. Mix in expensive hotel nights, travels and you come in at a significant price.

So, being all about inclusive (whether big or small wallets) here are some tips on how to enjoy the full experience this September in Amsterdam with this special publication about:

"Campsite in Amsterdam in style of Karel Appel", "red color scheme"

HiveFe.st on a shoestring - tips for tickets, travel and stay


Tip 1: HiveFest ticket - Free or at a reduced cost.

1.1 - Ticket discount for Minnow and Planktons!

For the event itself you need a ticket. Everyone needs a ticket. As said, thanks to the Hive Dao @valueplan proposal these are already reduced by 50% to 400 EUR, but even then: if you are a plankton or minnow hiver, you can get up to 45% discount on the attendance price, thanks to sponsorships by @yabapmatt, @splinterlands, @3speak, @gandalf, @smooth and myself. Simply fill in your Hive username in the hivefe.st website's ticket section to discover your price.

1.2 - Win free tickets (and even accommodation!) in these contests:

Thanks to the sponsorships of fellow Hivers/dApps @Blocktrades, @FinanceLeo, and @actifit you can currently win Hivefest tickets (including accommodation) in the #roadtohivefest competitions which are hyped and initiated by the great work of @anomadsoul:


Tip 2: Staying in Amsterdam - Partner Hoteldiscounts or even cheaper?

2.1 - Official Partner hotel discounts

HiveFest starts and finishes in Amsterdam Eastside in our partnerhotels: Volkshotel and The Student Hotel (The City branch). Using the couponcode HIVEFEST gives you a nice discount on their rates. Book through hivefe.st/#stay

2.2 - Camping Zeeburg, an economic alternative (BYO & serviced cabins)

Just across the bridge in Amsterdam East, the Camping Zeeburg is situated on the banks of the IJ river. Here you find a place to either park your motorhome or bring your own tent or caravan.

But next to this they also have Eco-Cabins in various group sizes available. Pricing is very affordable and vary from 13.25 / EUR night for your own tent, 24.50 EUR / night for a motorhome, 1 person eco-cabin 44.50 EUR / night, 4 person eco-cabin 33 EUR/night (per person).

Getting from Camping Zeeburg to town? You need to cross one bridge by foot (850 meter) and grab public transport, or hire a bike on-site.

Check out and book at CampingZeeburg.com (or campingzeeburg.de for german)

Camping Zeeburg - Waterfront Eco-Cabins

2.3 - Connect with locals and sleep on their couch?

Couchsurfing is an option in Amsterdam too, but you need to have a contributing membership these days. I guess it is only for those who want to really interact with their host, as you can't see this as a hotel obviously. Maybe it can work out for you and maybe you are already a member of the platform:

Visit Couchsurfing Amsterdam


Tip 3: Travel to Amsterdam - Travel Reimbursement Fund (@T-R-F), multi-leg trips or even hitch-hike?

3.1 - Apply for @T-R-F funds at HiveFe.st

The famous @T-R-F fund will be announced soon, which is a generic fund in which anyone can donate some Hive/HBD, get a badge for HiveBuzz and then help fellow hivers out getting some of the money spent on the trip back in Hive/HBD. Anyone can apply for the T-R-F fund at the HiveFest event days and all the funds will be distributed based on single leg direct line distance from departing city to Amsterdam.

3.2 - Coming by plane? Opt for multi-leg trips

Use an app like Skyscanner to find cheaper flights by opting for a non-direct flight. This can save you up to 70% of a plane ticket. For example when I lookup just now a direct return trip from NY to AMS, it lands me at 1,426 (EUR/USD) - trip time: 8hrs. However if I opt for multi-leg, there is one for 499 EUR/USD (1/3 of price!) flying through Copenhagen, swapping planes, and coming at trip time of 10.5. This is only 2.5 hours extra trip time, but earning back your complete stay and HiveFe.st ticket!

3.3 - Coming by train? Check if Interrail pass is more economic for you

Interrail offers attractive pricing for those who want to explore Europe some more, or coming from afar. Tickets vary from 185 EUR for 4 days of travelling in 1 month across Europe. Note that on some trains you have to pay an additional obligatory seat reservation.

Additionally it is recommended to check out the nifty articles and tips on European train travel by the man in Seat 61, as tips 'n tricks vary by departing/destination country!

3.4 - Come by bus for an economic option

Flixbus might not be the most charming way to travel europe, but it can be pretty cheap and at least worth checking for your trip? For example flying from Brussels to Amsterdam is 166 (EUR/USD) return. (46 minutes, but a lot of hassle). Train is 50 EUR for 3 hr trip and Flixbus is under 20 EUR for also 3 hr trip.

Flixbus.com

3.5 - Hitch hike to Amsterdam! For more adventure.

Into adventurous mode? Opt to hitch hike to Amsterdam. Allocate additional time to get from your departure to Amsterdam both ways :) Previously @anomadsoul and @martibis hitchhiked all the way from Brussels to Lisbon for Hive(steem)Fest 2 back in 2019! Read their story here.

Hitchhiking is not for the faint-hearted. Some resources worth checking:



So there you have it, use your creativity to travel & stay in Amsterdam and obtain your HiveFe.st ticket!

See you in Amsterdam, 15-18 September for HiveFest 7!

Rewards from this post go to @HiveFest using beneficiaries



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Sending good cheer & wishing you all best of luck! One day…


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This is definitely an event one wouldn't want to miss and I appreciate the opportunity given for Individuals to secure a free ticket.

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HiveFest in Amsterdam so beautiful. Just love it from India!!!

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The celebration is already heating up in the air. Hope there will be live streaming for those not going to make it to the venue

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Hi @roelandp,

Do you allow that I translate this post to Portuguese?
In order to help persons that have Portuguese as native language to understand all the information?

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Because this is such an awesome post, here is a BBH Tip for you. . Keep up the fantastic work

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Epic tips to keep the Fest affordable! <3 I'm lucky to not have to stay in a hotel as I just can go home each evening, but for all of the brave adventurers this post makes things a little easier :-)

Curious to see if someone is going for the hitch hike option and beat Eric's epic tale :')

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I'd do that.

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You coming?

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I wish! With all the covid restrictions I'm afraid it won't be as fun goofing around Europe sleeping in a tent.

How are you going btw? It's been ages that we don't exchange messages

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Yes, I see! Covid does make it a little more difficult, although once in Europe I think everything should be fine, there's no real limiting restrictions anymore.

I'm doing great actually :-) What have you been up to?

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I'm doing great actually :-)

Wohooo, great to hear that! I'm back home since 2020 =/ haven't got the chance to travel again and not really having the motivation to travel like a solo hobo (guess I'm getting old haha)

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Well, the pandemic didn't really motivate either I guess! Maybe you'll feel adventurous again once everything gets back to normal <3

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Hopefully! Otherwise I might just become an outlaw traveler, like those train hoppers \o\o\

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I have never been to Europe. Do you know if travel from London to Amsterdam is possible by train? I would be flying from the Pacific Ocean, across North American, then from New York or Atlanta to Europe. What suggestions would you have in terms of cities to fly into from New York in Europe, in order to have easily access Amsterdam?
Thank you

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Hey @shortsegments, I forgot that you asked this question, but I just saw it again in my replies, and just finished writing a post on all things travel to Amsterdam! There are direct trains (OMG!) from London to Amsterdam since a few months, it's amazing :-)

Read the post and I hope it answers some of your Q's :-)

https://peakd.com/hivefest/@soyrosa/a-long-post-with-tips-for-hivefest-attendees-traveling-to-amsterdam--

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Algún día asistiré a uno de estos eventos. ☺

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Great tips with information for all budgets. The countdown has begun!!!

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If it weren't for the annoying Covid restrictions I'd go again... on extreme budget. Fest 3 was insane. Traveled on the cheapest one way ticket from Brazil, almost denied entry in Europe, no fest ticket, @for91days and @guchtere sheltered me, ended up without money, cycled from Krakow to UK, worked to recover funds for 6 months, got some money, flew back to Brazil. Was it worth it? Totally!

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bummer you cant make it... WHAT A STORY!

what's the restriction atm? I am not aware of any, depending on your status tho. See this FAQ on the HiveFest Support site about Covid Restrictions, especially the second paragraph on EU entry from non Schengen zone (like brazil) https://hivefest.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/80001029295-covid-qr-health-pass-vaxx-mask-in-netherlands-tl-dr-no-requirements-

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Great to know that Europe is getting back to normal. Had I known I'd have prepared myself earlier. No way I'd travel up there like crazy again hahahahha customs in Frankfurt almost denied my entry in 2018 because I had no money on me, no hotel reservation, no proof of event, nothing 😂

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Hive Fest in indonesia? Hehe when they come to indonesia

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Looks like a super place. I think they will be very lucky.

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Looking forward to join this year!!!

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These are great tips going to the HiveFest and having a good time, thanks a lot.

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wow) something like Picasso style

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Inspired by @ausbitbank I'm using Disco Diffusion to generate AI based images for these posts this year. Gotta move with the trends :P Always drawn "in style of" "famous dutch (paint) masters" .

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OMG I just saw it!! I won’t be able to join! But it would be so great! I’m sure it’s gonna be awesome!! I hope to join the next one!! :D

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Ihave never been to Europe, but I have heard many nice things about Amsterdam. It is very far, I think 16 hours to London for me by plane, then to Amsterdam. But the idea of flying over Europe seems a shame. Do you have a train from London to Amsterdam?

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I have never been to Europe. Do you know if travel from London to Amsterdam is possible by train? I would be flying from the Pacific Ocean, across North American, then from New York or Atlanta to Europe. What suggestions would you have in terms of cities to fly into from New York in Europe, in order to have easily access Amsterdam?
Thank you

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Yes you can take the eurostar.
You can also fly directly from NY to AMS. Use an app like skyscanner to explore!

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