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Published On: Thu, Aug 8th, 2019

Travelling to Israel: What to Know Before you go

Are you planning to visit Israel for vacation or work? If you are, then you are in for an incredible time. However, that’s not guaranteed, because it can all turn left if you do not prepare adequately. 

Israel is one of the leading destinations in the globe. Millions of people flock into the country every year to experience a variety of religious and recreational things – some which they have learned growing up, and others, which they hope to see for the first time. People also travel for business or family matters. Irrespective of your reasons to go to Israel, there are a few things that you need to know before setting out. 

photo Ron Almo

Booking flights

There are different ways of finding incredible flight deals. According to experts, the first thing is to ensure that your browser in “incognito mode”, because prices tend to spike when one visits the ticketing website for the second or third time. Sites use ‘cookies’ to track your activities, but when you are in a private session, they won’t be able to do that. You can then match prices on more than a single site to find the best deal. Other ways of saving money on your Israel flight include having flexible travel dates, using award miles, using budget airline, booking a vacation package, and so on. 

Take note of price level

One of the things that surprise many guests when they arrive in Israel is the cost of everything. Israel is not your typical country. When it comes to prices, things are a bit on the expensive side. You are probably wondering how expensive is expensive. Well, you could spend $10 for a beer that you would have bought at $7 in your country. Groceries are also costly. A mid-range hotel costs $130, street food between $6 and $11, a meal at the beach $35 and car rental $70 for a day. So, if you are traveling on a budget, it is essential to try as much as you can to live like the locals – and cook more rather eating out.

Time to visit

The best time to visit depends on your schedule and your reason to travel. But if you are open to any travel dates, you can visit Jerusalem and the desert areas during the summer months or Tel Aviv and the coastal region during the winter months. If you want to bask in the Mediterranean beaches, the best time to visit is between June and September. April to May and October to November may provide less crowding at attraction sites and more bearable temperatures. 

Culture

Israel is packed with different cultures and lifestyles – contrary to what many believe. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, for instance, are almost opposites regarding the atmosphere. Jerusalem is more religious and conservative centre of the country and is a top destination for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim followers. Tel Aviv, on the other hand, is more vibrant and liberal and is famous for the nightlife, beaches, and the LGBTQ-friendly vibe. But don’t fret, you will still feel welcome in either city.

Author: Samit Mondal

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