If you haven't taken the plunge and gone on a trip with Birthright Israel, there's a lot you still need to see and experience. While nothing beats doing it for yourself, here are some of the lesser known "magic moments", epic sights and enriching experiences that Israel has to offer.
1. The Birthright Israel Mega Event
It's called "mega" for a reason. Prepare to see world famous performers, pyrotechnics, and maybe even the president! This event never lets the crowd down.
2. Heaps and heaps of jelly treats
They're sold in abundance in the fresh food markets, and occupy their own food group in Israel. It's totally acceptable to scoop up a 4 LB bag, as long as you share with your friends!
3. Really dirty people happy to be covered in mud
Nothing like coating your hide with nature's best mineral mud pack. Just let it dry, rinse and repeat, and you will feel like a new person. #DeadSea #Bliss
4. Nature at its finest
Grottoes, waterfalls, caves, cliffs and canyo read more
In preparation for our upcoming Women's Activism trip, with Birthright Israel: Study Abroad, we've had a lot of time to think about the Israeli women who inspire us, and let me tell you, there are so many. Israel is overflowing with people who are achieving incredible things in all fields. Whether it's in business, politics, entertainment, philanthropy, or just life in general, these girls are doing it right! If we listed them all, you'd be here for a very long time, so here are a handful of Israeli women to get you inspired to do the things you dream of.
She's 28 years old, making her the youngest member of Knesset (parliament). She started her political career by initiating a protest about the high cost of living in Israel which became Israel's biggest-ever social protest.
Do we need to introduce her? The Wonder Woman star is doing us proud. The movie is the biggest live action box office hit by a female director, and to date has made over 800 million read more
It's 10 days of jam packed touring and adventuring. Here are some of the "Top Sights You'll See on Birthright Israel This Summer".
1. Wineries & Chocolatiers in the North
2. Dead Sea & Mediterranean Sea
3. Holy Cities of Jerusalem & Safed
4. The city of Tel Aviv & its famous nightlife
5. Yad Vashem & Har Hertzl
6. Mount Masada & the Desert Locals
7. Market Places in Jerusalem & Tel Aviv
8. The Jordan River & its surrounding mountain ranges
9. A view over Syria and Lebanon from Israel
10.The Western Wall
To get "Priority Status" on a Free trip to Israel next season, make sure you sign up now! read more
More than 500 000 people have been on a free trip to Israel and how many are guilty of the same 10 amateur mistakes made on Birthright Israel? Honestly, we'd rather not know. Instead, we've compiled a list to help you, the future traveler from making the same "Birthright Blunders".
1. Shaving before swimming in the Dead Sea
Dipping your face of freshly shaved set legs in the Dead Sea is kind of like taking an acid bath - it'll give you a sting you'll never forget. While we're talking about "the sting", we also strongly advise that you never attempt putting your head under water in the Dead Sea. Even if your eyes are closed, "the sting" still finds its way in, and you will reemerge convinced that you have been permanently blinded.
2. Falling "in love" too soon
A lot can happen in 10 days, and a lot can change. Someone catches your eye on the first day, and by day 4 you've noticed they're a perpetual nose-picker. Avoid the awkwardness, keep things in t read more
1. How to use your phone abroad and avoid roaming fees
To put it simply, roaming is evil. It will cost you a fortune, so turn it off now. Even if you don't pickup the phone, you will be charged.
Step 1: To turn off roaming
On iOS, go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options and slide Data Roaming to OFF.
On Samsung, go to Settings > Connections > Data Usage > International Data Roaming and uncheck International Data.
Step 2: Put your phone on Airplane Mode and turn your Wifi on
Once you've done this, you can safely avoid fees back home. If you would like to use your phone for calls, and more frequently than just when you have access to free wifi, we suggest you get a local sim card.
*FYI Sachlav has access to the cheapest all inclusive sim card plan for Birthright Israel participants, if you're coming on a trip with us, make sure you take advantage of this perk.
2. How to find amazing local food wherever you travel
Half of the travel ex read more