The White Mountain: A Beautiful Viewpoint Over Eilat

The Eilat Mountains are one of the most beautiful sights in Israel. So full of colors, they are a wonderful place for a hike. Last week, I visited Eilat with a friend and we decided to take a short hike in the mountains early in the morning, just before it got too hot. Since I … Read more

Hiking the Israel National Trail: From Kfar Giladi to Nahal Kedesh

The Israel National Trail, which is about 1,000 km long, is the most popular hiking trail in Israel. After my friends and I completed the first segment from Kibbutz Dan to Kfar Giladi, we continued to the second part of the trail. It takes you upwards, to the ridge of the Naftali Mountains, and offers … Read more

Hiking the Israel National Trail: From Dan to Kfar Giladi

The Israel National Trail, which stretches to a length of about 1,000 km, is the most popular hiking trail in Israel. The first segment starts in the northern part of Israel, at Kibbutz Dan. It takes you through the beautiful landscapes of the Upper Galilee and passes by some of the most refreshing streams. Since … Read more

Mount Carbolet: A Beautiful Segment of the Israel National Trail

About a month before the Coronavirus came, I began hiking Israel from south to north with an amazing program called “Encounters on the Israel Trail”. This group was established by two bereaved parents, Raya and Yossi Ofner, who wanted to create something in honor of their son, Staff Sergant Avi Ofner, who was killed in … Read more

Parking in Israel: All You Need to Know

Should you rent a car when traveling in Israel? If you only plan to visit the main cities, there’s no need to rent a car. There’s good public transportation in the tourist areas of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and other central cities. Also, parking could be a headache in those places. If you plan to venture outside the big … Read more

Beit Guvrin National Park: A Beautiful Day Trip from Jerusalem

The Israel Pass has been launched a few months ago. This card combines the Rav Kav public transportation card with reduced tickets to national parks in Israel. And this made me think about the public transportation leading to those national parks. Is it easy to reach the parks by public transportation? Or is it better … Read more

The Jerusalem Dual Narrative Tour: Hearing Two Sides of the Story

A few months ago, I was exploring the Old City of Jerusalem with a friend of mine. Right at the entrance to the Old City, at Jaffa Gate, we spotted a group led by Mejdi Tours. My friend, who had heard about them before, commented that she would like to join one of their Dual … Read more

Top Facebook Posts from Backpack Israel 2019

Hi everyone! 2020 is almost here and I guess it’s a good time to start summarizing the year of 2019. In 2019 I put a lot of focus on my Facebook page – Backpack Israel, so in order to summarize the year, I thought it would be a good idea to go over the posts … Read more

Christmas in Israel: The Top Places to Celebrate

We are getting closer and closer to Christmas, which will be celebrated like every year on the 25th of December. If you’re planning to be in Israel this Christmas, here are the top places to celebrate Christmas and what you can do in each: Notice: This year we’re celebrating Christmas during the COVID-19 pandemic, so … Read more

Cinema Hostel: Sleeping in Style in Jerusalem

One of the most popular hostels in the center of Jerusalem is the Cinema Hostel. This hostel is located just off trendy Ben Yehuda Street, in a renovated building which once housed the Orion Cinema. When it operated in the mid-20th century, it was one of the leading cinemas in Jerusalem. It was officially shut down in … Read more

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