My Top Ten Travel Trips for your next trip to Israel, continued. (Back to the First Five Tips)
6. Take care of your fellow travelers. You’re going to visit Israel, more than likely, with a group of people. Before your time is done, someone will not be feeling well. Someone might get homesick. The memories of a loved one might come flooding back somewhere along the way. Someone might twist an ankle hiking around Masada. Keep your eyes open and your heart ready to take care of the people in your group. For several days, this will be your new community. Treat the people in your community like family, and they’ll return the favor.
7. Be generous. Feel free to haggle over the price of a t-shirt. But don’t haggle over your tips. Tour guides, bus drivers, waiters and hotel workers are struggling to make a living. They depend heavily on tips. Choose to be a person who blesses others on your trip to Israel. If, by chance, you’re representing either your country or your faith, this becomes even more important. Be generous!
8. Get up and out early. If you’re traveling to Israel from the USA, you’ll be seven time zones ahead by the time you land. If you’re accustomed to rising at 7 a.m.? You’ll have no problem getting out of bed at 5 a.m. If your tour bus doesn’t leave until 8 a.m., that will give you three hours to prepare for the day and do a little exploring on your own. You might have the best devotion of your life if you’ll simply get up, take a short walk, and read a passage from the Bible. A quiet time at sunrise on the Sea of Galilee is simply unforgettable!
9. Take notes, but don’t spend the entire trip behind a camera. Many people journal while they’re traveling in Israel. Most take photos. Some shoot video. And some shoot so much video they never actually see Israel. Instead, they watch Israel go by on their video screen! We invite our travelers to share all their photos with all the other travelers, which ensures you’ll eventually have more photos than you could have ever imagined. And all that video? Ask yourself: “Who is going to watch this when we get home?” Leave the video work to those who have professional equipment. While you’re in Israel, enjoy the trip!
10. Prepare to be changed. Over and over, people tell me their journey to Israel was a “life-changing experience.” I have the same story. This is a deeply spiritual journey. You will learn much about history and at the same time, discover some surprising things about yourself.
So come to Israel. You will never be the same!
Want to travel to Israel with Pastor Andy Cook? Visit www.experienceisraelnow.com for information on his next journey.