I'm planning to visit the Netherlands, Belgium, and Paris for about 3 weeks this July/August and am wondering what would be the best way to get to and from Europe. In Rick's books, he suggests the open-jaw approach, so I originally planned to fly from Chicago to Amsterdam and then later home to Chicago from Paris. I've started researching flights, however, and found that I could save a lot of money by flying round trip between Chicago and Paris. In this scenario, I'd take the Paris to Amsterdam train after I land. Then I'd work my way back to Paris over the next 3 weeks and fly home from there.
I don't really like the idea of backtracking, but the relatively short distances I'll be covering on this trip make me think a round trip flight might be the best bet, at least financially. Is there anything I'm overlooking here? Thanks for any insights you have. Really enjoy reading these forums!