Are you looking forward to your next visit to the Holy Land? Even if you have been taking several Israel trips, you know that each one has always been a different experience. And now that you will again go on a Holy Land tour, have you ever considered going there feeling like a local and not just a tourist? If not, this is the right time to think out of the box and try something new. You’ll be surprised in a nice way!
The Joy of Exploring Like a Local
Whether this is a travel in Israel or in other foreign country, there are rewards to enjoy aside from the unique experience. Traveling like a local gives you a chance to experience how the locals in the community live and at the same time learn more about their culture. Ask any traveler who has been going on Israel vacations and he or she will tell you about saving your travel money. By staying in home stays instead of expensive hotels, you cut down your accommodation expense. If this does not quite satisfy you, try the joy of eating local food. Who else can you learn about authentic Israeli food from but from a local. And this is for cheaper prices as opposed to expensive food in restaurants. Aside from those, you get to pack less since there is no need to dress up. You can just fit all your stuff inside a 50-liter backpack. This is also an opportune time to meet other backpackers or make friends with some locals so that you can visit them on your future Israel trips.
Suggestions on How to Feel Like a Local on Your Israel Trips
It might be a bit daunting to go about traveling like a local but there are several ways to do so. Your first order of business is to do your homework and learn about Israel more. If you only know a few phrases of the Hebrew and Arabic, make an effort to learn how to converse with the locals for your succeeding Israel trips. The internet can help you with this. Also, learn more about their culture. You can also search beforehand where the local places for dining and drinking are located. If you are traveling to Tel Aviv, don’t forget to dine at “Syrian’s” for a taste of authentic hummus because this is the only item in their menu and the locals are the ones usually eating here.
To free yourself from the hassle of making intensive research on the culture and language of Israel, you can book a tour company specializing in providing unique experiences that make you feel like a local. You can even just tell them of your interests that they can help you with an itinerary that truly suits your taste.
Also, don’t forget to join the free walks in Tel Aviv Greeter where locals share their stories with visitors. Try to find out about the local events in town and experience them. One is folk dancing on Gordon Beach and dance to Israeli folk music. While you are there, grab the opportunity to start a conversation with some locals. These are just some useful suggestions to feel like a local instead of a tourist while on vacation.
Indeed, traveling like a local is a unique experience. Not only will you learn more about the culture of the people, in this case, the Israelis, you also learn to appreciate and respect them. With preparation, acting and feeling like a local on your next Israel trips is possible. After you have tried it once, you will definitely do it again.