If you are looking for an inexpensive but satisfying backpacking adventure, you should look no further than the land of milk and honey. Israel is a backpackers dream. Not only is there so much to see without having to travel a far distance, you can do it quite cheaply in ways unique to this glorious country.
Throughout the course of my life, Israel has been a place I’ve come back to a number of times. The saying, “when there’s a will there’s a way” can actually be realized here. It always amazes me that such a small country, one that you can drive across in less than 12 hours, attracts so many visitors all year round.
For backpackers, Israel offers many ways to see the sites and experience the environment. You can always stay in one of Israel’s amazing hostels, donate your time or do something unique to Israel by volunteering on a kibbutz. The options truly are endless.
Hostels and backpacking go hand-in-hand but I bring this up because I’ve stayed at some of the nicest and most unique hostels in this great land. On one of my first trips to Israel, I have fond memories of touring around the country and hopping from hostel to hostel. No dingy and uncomfortable accommodation for me here – it was sea views and great Israeli breakfasts.
For the backpacker, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to hostels in this country and all are safe and you’re welcomed with great hospitality.
Donate Your Time
There are so many unique opportunities in Israel to donate your time in exchange for accommodation and/or food. Israel is a country wealthy in agriculture and tourism. I’ve heard stories of many of my fellow travelers finding opportunities to help out on farms, homes and even wineries.
The best part of this is that you don’t just get a place to lay your head; you also get to meet some new people who can tell you what living in Israel is all about. Priceless.
Go Communal in a Kibbutz
Kibbutz living is the ultimate backpacking experience in my opinion. I was fortunate enough to volunteer on a kibbutz (Kibbutz Ketura in Southern Israel) for nearly three months. Basically a kibbutz is a communal way of living and is unique to Israel. The first kibbutz started in Israel in the early 1900s and there are over 250 kibbutzim across the country.
Every year these communal areas open their arms to volunteers, allowing them to get a taste of the communal life for a minimum two month commitment. Volunteers work for their room and board and jobs typically include working in the kitchen (which is what I did), in the field or dining hall. For a backpacker, you get to see a different side of Israel that gets you close to nature and experience a different way of life.
As backpackers, we want to see the world on a shoestring and Israel is just the place to do that. All the sights and sounds of the Middle East are at your fingertips whether you choose to go down the hostel route, donate your time or have a kibbutz experience.
Head to the Holy Land and you’ll never look back – trust me!