Israel Travel, Backpacking & Travel Guide
Israel is one of the most historic destinations in the world with famous religious sights. Get information, advice and inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in Israel.
Israel Travel Ideas, Backpacking Trips & Gap Year Programs
Travel to Israel
Millions of international tourists visit annually and there are holy sites located throughout the country. From sightseeing in Jerusalem, experiencing the atmosphere of Tel Aviv, seeing the spectacular Galilee lake to visiting ancient Bethlehem, there are so many places to visit and things you can do here.
On One World 365 you can find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to book a holiday, travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in Israel. On our guide you can also get information, tips, itineraries and advice for visiting Israel on a budget.
- Population: 7,950,000 (approx)
- Area: 20,700 km2
- Currency: Israeli Shekel
- Capital: Jerusalem (population 800,000 approx)
- Language: Arabic / Hebrew + a lot of people also speak English
- International Dialing Code +972
Top Reasons to Visit Israel
- Need some encouragement to book your flight? Check out our top reasons to visit Isael:
- See incredible places like Jerusalem
- Get close to amazing historic locations
- Taste the local food
- There are so many different experiences available
How to Get to Israel
Getting to Israel is fairly simple, you can even fly with Easy Jet from the UK and if you book in advance you will get a great deal on prices. Most flights fly into Tel Aviv or Jerusalem and from here you can venture out and see more of the country. From the USA to Israel take around 14 hours, some cheaper routes have stop offs.
Travelling & Backpacking in Israel
Israel is a part of the Holy Land. Three of the world's major religions - Christianity Judaism and Islam – are tied to the region. Israel is one of the world's oldest travel destinations and there is plenty to do here. From the capital city of Jerusalem (a UNESCO World Heritage site) to the mountainous peaks of Mount Hermon and to the most vibrant city in the country, Tel Aviv, Israel has something to offer everyone.
A walk around Nazareth or seeing the Baha'i Gardens in Haifa is recommended whilst the beaches of Eilat and the stunning Negev desert scenery are a must see. You might be suprised to learn that Tel Aviv is one of the most popular party destinations in the world, there is amazing nightlife here. There are lots of different options where you can travel in a small group, make new friends and enjoy one of the most fun experiences of your life. Prices vary depending on where you would like to visit and how long you would like to stay.
Israel Travel Tips
Budget & Costs:
Israel is an expensive destination so you will need to prepare and have enough prepared inadvance. If you would like to visit Israel on a small budget then accommodation and sightseeing prices can be really high at peak times of the year e.g. Passover in April, Autumn festivals and also Christmas which is a popular time for overseas tourists. Costs for visiting the tourist sights in the country can vary, some are free whilst others charge an affordable fee.
Israel is a very developed country with great infrastructure for travelers, you will find hotels and hostels throughout the country but prices are not cheap. If you are looking to experience the country on a budget then it is difficult to find really cheap places to stay and you might want to join a program we have listed on our website as accommodation is included in the overall Cost. In cities like Jerusalem you can stay in the Old Town for cheap but this is not the most desirable area.
There are lots of different options for eating out in Israel, throughout the country you will find cafes, restaurants, bars and also street food which is very cheap and tasty. There are lots of healthy options available too. If you are on a budget you might want to but fresh food from local supermarkets and makolets (local convenience grocery stores). Don't be afraid to try the local delicacies, and don't worry there is a range of worldwide food options available e.g. fast food outlets.
Health & Safety:
When thinking about visiting Israel images of violence and recent turbulence but this country is a very safe destination to visit. You will find Israeli people very friendly and open to meeting foreigners, most people speak English but learning basic Hebrew might come in handy. Always check latest travel advice before departing though and we highly recommend booking a tour where you will get everything arranged and also in-country support.
Gap Year in Israel
Israel is vibrant country to visit. Find affordable gap year programs in Israel for students, graduates, career breaks and for people seeking culture, adventure and a unique experience.
From exploring the holy city of Jerusalem, joining a Kibbutz to experiencing the youthful atmosphere of Tel Aviv there are so many different experiences to be had during summer and all year round. Tel Aviv is an incredible city with a young vibrant atmosphere - there is also an amazing nightlife. Jerusalem is one of the most historic cities in the world .The beaches of Eilat is amazing. The stunning Negev desert scenery is a must see.
Isreal is a really up and coming gap year destination, in the past decade the security situation has improved dramatically and now more travellers and gappers are choosing to visit this historic country. Backpacking is becoming easier and there are now more gap year programs available than ever before, so if you have an interest in learning more about the country, would like to visit historic religious sites or would just like to experience a different culture a gap year visiting Israel will appeal to you.
When you land in Israel you will be able to see the cultural differences straight away, this will be the gap year of a lifetime. There is a good public transport system operating throughout the country which is cheap and reliable, this is perfect if you are looking to get between places e.g. Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. Sometimes taking a shared taxi can work out around the same price too. We highly recommend joining a structured gap year program to see the very best of Israel where you will get to do new things, learn a lot and also get guided and taken to the most popular locations in a safe experience. These programs are very popular with people taking a year in Israel after high school / education.
By joining a gap year program in Israel you will get real world, hands-on experience in your field of work or study, participate in cultural events mixing in the local culture and working with Israelis, learn about the country and develop new skills, get an entry on your CV / resume and improve career opportunities. We also list gap year placements where you can help communities in Jerusalem or teach English in Tel Aviv. Gap year work in Israel can include taking part in a Kibbutz which are usually located at rural agricultural settlements in Israel. Kibbutz roles can vary from working in the fields, helping animals or being part of production lines in factories.
There are also more community and group trips available. Most programs are unpaid and sometimes you will need to pay a fee to participate. If you are keen to secure a gap year job in Israel there are flexible summer and year round positions available to internationals.
"Israel had always appealed to me and when I saw some good flights with Easy Jet I decided to incorporate it into my gap year. My best advice would be to venture outside of the cities and see the rural areas. Eilat was one of my favourite destinations although not the best if you are on a budget. Just go, you won't regret it." - Andy, Italy
Best Gap Year Programs in Israel
Some organisations offer placements throughout the year but you will need to pay a fee to join, generally this includes:
- A guaranteed placement prior to departure
- Accommodation for the duration of your stay
- Comprehensive medical insurance
- Help and advice before departing
- Full orientation
- Airport pick up
- 24 hour in-country support
Prices can vary depending on how long you visit, which company you apply with and also the time of year. You might need to pay for flights separately. You might want to also join a structured trip to save money and eliminate the hassle of travelling especially if you plan to go solo, taking a gap year independently can be expensive when you add up accommodation, transport, food and sightseeing. You'll get photos to remind you of wonderful memories - this will be the most incredible experience of your life!
"I spent my gap year helping at a Kibbutz which was a totally different experience. I would really recommend it to anyone considering it. One of the best things was meeting new Israeli friends who then become tour guides showing me around where they live. It was an incredible experience." - Emma, USA