If you want to feel like you have found the place where you belong, you should definitely take the time to visit the wildly diverse country of Israel. Israel is a country that appeals to both the devoutly religious and the party scene all at once and without offending either side. It is truly a marvel that everyone should have the pleasure to experience at least once in their lifetime.
1. Religion and Spirituality
Jerusalem is a city in Israel that is considered holy to all three of the monotheistic faiths. Yet even if you are not religious, you can likely find joy in the rich history of this gorgeous city. It is truly a melting pot that has embraced diversity like nowhere else in the world.
Further, the Dead Sea, which can be seen and visited while visiting Israel is said to have healing properties both physically and mentally. The water and air are rich in minerals and salts that are healthy for the skin, and an interesting fact is that the sun is the least harmful here than anywhere else in the world.
The Dead Sea is also an experience that is spiritual even for those who do not believe in organized religion. People who visit the lake describe the experience as feeling as though they are the only human on the earth.
2. The Lowest Point on Earth
The same attraction that draws people to visit extremely high altitudes should interest you in visiting the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and it is really cool to be there and experience that wonder first hand.
3. A Whole Country In a Day
Israel is the only country that you can cover in its entirety in a single day. To drive from its most northerly tip to southerly tip will only take around 6 hours. That will still leave you plenty of time to go Dead Sea floating or check out some of the really cool local markets.
4. Jesus Was Here
Even if you are not religious, the historical references that are to be found in the bible give us plenty of information about Israel. Only thirty minutes from the Dead Sea, you can visit the Sea of Galilee where the bible says that Jesus was able to walk on the water. You can also check out Bethlehem and Nazareth; both play major roles in the stories in the bible as well.
5. The Food Is Amazing
One of the main reasons that we love to travel is because of the amazing ability to check out true and authentic cuisine from other countries. In Israel, you can find some truly delicious gems without having to do too much hunting.
Street food is abundant. From a delicious falafel to a sabich, you can easily find affordable and portable food as you walk around and see the sights. This is a great way to experience Israel’s cultural cuisine without breaking the bank.
However, if you are looking for something more formal, try some hummus or sit down at a fancy restaurant. You can find some of the nicest restaurants in the world in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Further, you can even find some local Arab cuisine right next to a fine dining restaurant specializing in Asian cuisine.
6. The Diverse Landscape
Israel has it all. They have a wildly accepting group of people who live in the ultimate religious tourism country, and yet they also have one of the most liberal cities in the world. The food and people are genuinely diverse and genuinely accepting. The same can be said for the incredible landscape in Israel.
In the south, you can visit the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea. You can also see the Negev Desert as well as the barren Arava (where the Dead Sea is) and then the Red Sea and the town that has a ton of resorts, Eilat.
Jerusalem, on the other hand, is lush and green with many mountains and hills. In Tel Aviv, you have a beach city that is much more humid than the rest of the climate. In the North, you can even ski in Golan Heights and see the mountains of Galilee and Carmel that have forests that come from what you might imagine in a storybook.
7. You can be Weightless for Hours
The Dead Sea has one of the highest salt contents of all of the bodies of water in the world. While your skin will absolutely react to being in the water for a long period of time, your body cannot physically sink when it is in the Dead Sea. For this reason, many people enjoy floating in the Dead Sea for hours on end, long after their hands have begun to shrivel and shrink.
Final Thoughts: Israel is one of the most fascinating places to visit. Make sure this one is on your bucket list for good.