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Backpack Israel – The Beginning

by backpackisrael
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Yesterday I published “Backpack Israel” after thinking about it for over a month.

The idea popped up while I was travelling in South Africa.

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

All along my trip, which lasted about two months, my heart was in Israel. If you ever had the chance to travel somewhere in the world, you must have heard the popular question: “So where are you from?” I, of course, replied that I am from Israel. The first number of times I replied with hesitation. We, Israelis, have the idea that people around the world don’t like us and that they will give us a frown or worse – hurt us – if we tell them where we are from. My parents taught me from a very early age to try and not speak Hebrew abroad and to not wear any Israeli symbols. They were fearful that that will bring anti-Semitism. So that is why I replied with hesitation at first, but I found out very quickly that there is nothing to worry about. All the travellers I met reacted very well when I told them I was from Israel. Some have even been here before, and others would like to come. When I told some travellers that we in Israel think that the whole world hates us, they told me that I was wrong. We are exaggerating. Not all the people take the news seriously and a lot of people know that they can’t really judge us.

Then we started talking about Israel. Most travellers I’ve met know nothing about Israel. They don’t know that there is a mandatory military service in Israel, they don’t know that Israel is more than a desert and they don’t know what language do we speak there. They think Israel is not safe, because all they heard about is that Israel is in an everlasting war. So is Israel safe? Yes, it’s very safe. If you’re thinking about travelling to Israel, the main thing you should worry about is not your safety, but rather your wallet. Israel is expensive. That is why I opened “Backpack Israel” – to try and give you tips that will hopefully make your visit to Israel more affordable. And to give you a lot more information about all the subjects you’ve always wondered about: Israeli politics, culture and history.

So now I need to start working! The site will be under construction for a while. Hope to finish the basics in about a month from now!

In this blog I’ll give you some more personal stories about life in Israel.

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Tamara Rosa de Oliveira July 13, 2019 - 2:37 pm

Thanks for all information! This is the best website for backpackers and also for Israel I have found!

backpackisrael July 13, 2019 - 2:41 pm

Thanks a lot! I am happy to hear 🙂

Daniel Farris January 6, 2021 - 12:01 am

My first visit to Israel was in February 2020! It is very expensive for what I want to do, so I was hoping you could help me with some questions? I would like to visit the 2nd time for about 3 months or longer & was wondering if I could ship my pick-up truck camper over there to stay in the camp grounds that are all around Israel why I travel around ?? The pick-up truck is 20ft. long with the camper shell on the back of the bed of the truck,,,,,,,What are your thoughts,,,,,,,,,It would save a lot of money on room & board !!

backpackisrael January 6, 2021 - 5:19 am

Hello Daniel, it sounds like a good idea, but unfortunately I’m not so knowledgeable about shipment of pick-up trucks into the country. I do know there are caravan rental companies in Israel. I can try to find more information about shipping. Can you contact me via email at [email protected] and let me know from where you plan to ship your truck camper?


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