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Top 5 Tips for Planning Your Summer in Israel

Icon May 12, 2019
Icon By Shai Navon
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With its warm weather, stunning sights, great eats, breathtaking beaches and a myriad of tourist attractions and activities, Israel is, without a doubt, a desirable summer vacation destination. The Holy Land is also an innovative start-up hub populated by warm and welcoming locals who serve up some of the most delectable dishes and captivating tales – full of history, hope and heart. Trust us when we say, you do not want to miss out on spending a summer in Israel!

To help you make the most of your upcoming visit, we have written up a list of five tips to help you gear up for the summer of a lifetime.

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Decide what kind of Israel trip you wish to experience

Summer In Israel

Are you looking to relax and unwind under the Israeli sun? Do you want to unleash your inner adrenaline junkie, go active and discover Israel’s nature gems? Is the purpose of your trip to Israel a pilgrimage, or celebration of a milestone event? Are you looking to make business connections and expand your career in a new country? The goals you set for your trip to Israel during the summer will determine where you stay, what you do, and who you interact with, so be sure to iron out these details before making any firm plans.

Select your accommodations based on how you plan on getting around

Summer In Israel

Israel is known for its stellar hospitality industry, and there are many types of accommodations you can choose from, depending on where you want to be based, the standard of service you expect, and the budget available to you for your summer in the Holy Land. From high-end hotels and intimate guest houses (tzimmers) to low-key hostels and many co-sharing and hosting options (Airbnb and the like), you most certainly have a variety to choose from. But before you book, take a moment to consider your method of transportation while in Israel. If you’ll be renting a car or will have a tour guide pick you up and drop you off, you can afford to be much more flexible with your accommodations than say, if you want to use public transportation to get around. While buses and trains are well set-up in urban areas, the more remote you go, the less of a chance you’ll have of being located near a well-frequented public transportation stop.

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Pick up comfortable & appropriate travel gear

Summer In Israel

Touring Israel during the summer can be a hot, sweaty experience. As such, you’re going to want to ensure that you’re as comfortable as can be, and protected from the harsh sun during peak hours. Pick up a knapsack or travel bag with great back support and pack it with a hat, water, snacks and other essentials. Make sure to regularly drink plenty of water, apply sunscreen, and wear comfortable and supportive shoes, especially when hiking along one of Israel’s many nature trails.

Research seasonal attractions, activities and events

Summer In Israel

There are always many things to do in Israel, and summer is no exception. The country is known for pulling out all the stops during the summer; Music and cultural events, free access to museums and other attractions, open street festivals, and much more. Be sure to check them out, and include a few dates in your upcoming plans. Don’t forget to ask locals for more information as well!

Sketch out an itinerary, but prepare to be flexible

Summer In Israel

Create a loose itinerary that integrates activities and accommodations that meet your trip goals, interests and budget. But, in true Israeli fashion, prepare to go with the flow and adjust your plans as you meet and interact with the locals, learn about “secret” events, activities, eateries and places to stay, and keep abreast of local weather conditions, such as heat waves and sandstorms. Always plan a “rainy day” (i.e. too hot to be outside) activity or two and call ahead to popular sites and restaurants and make a reservation, knowing that you can usually cancel if your plans change.


Follow these top tips and prepare to enjoy the summer of a lifetime, in Israel!


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