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 “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” — Henry Miller

There are over a thousand destinations in our world that we can travel to. A hundred different beaches, innumerable towns and cities that offer rich cultures, several mountaintops that offer a sight no money can buy, and different people that you will meet along the way. This is the essence of travelling.

In the Middle East lies a country that can offer most of these things: Israel. Its culture, people, and history can capture every traveler’s heart and leave you craving for more. So for those of you who are looking for a new place to conquer and explore, consider going to Israel and see the wonders that this land has to offer.

Before leaving your homeland to go to Israel, however, here are some reminders that you would need to keep in mind:

1. If this is your first time to go to Israel, consider booking a guided tour. Some of these tour packages include airfare, transportation, accommodations, and tours in some of the country’s best places to go. Do your research, whether online or by asking people you know, so you will land a deal that is within your budget.

2. If, on the other hand, you prefer to discover the country by yourself, the first thing you need to do is to book your flight and hotel accommodations. There are a lot of hotels and inns all around Israel. Choose the one that is within your financial capabilities and is conveniently located near the sites you want to visit. If you’re doing this on your own, make sure that the schedules of your flight and hotel accommodation coincide. Once you receive the confirmations of your flight and hotel reservations, print them and include them in your bag of important things.

3. Create an itinerary of the things you intend to do. It would help to do initial research on the places you want to go visit and the things you can expect out of them. If you want to visit a particular tourist spot, make sure that you jot down the location and the opening/closing time. This is to avoid any inconvenience once you’re there.

4. You also need to bring a bag that you can keep with you during travelling. It does not need to be a big bag—just enough to keep your passports, IDs, itinerary, and money. Another good tip: as soon as you land, make sure that you get to exchange your currency to the local money.

5Do not forget to bring something that will document your entire travel. Bring your favorite camera, whether it is a point-and-shoot or the more sophisticated ones. Also, do not forget to bring your mobile phone’s charger if you intend to use it as your primary camera. If you’re the type who would rather put into words everything that you will see, keep a notebook and a few pens in your bag.

These are some easy tips to get you started before travelling to Israel. The end point of it all is to have fun in discovering what Israel has in store for those who wish to visit its land.

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About the Author:

Jonnalyn Pascual is a Marketing Consultant for AbsolutelyIsrael , a licensed Israel tour operator committed on creating programs by organizing Taglit Birthright Israel trips.