Category: Jerusalem

  • Travel rewind: Fear and rapture in Israel and Palestine

    Travel rewind: Fear and rapture in Israel and Palestine

    You never know when the vacation you’re most afraid of will end up being one of your favorites. Israel was never high on my list of places to visit, but my now-fiancée Steph was hellbent on taking me. Looking back on it, it probably wasn’t the best idea to visit during a high-profile event like…

  • Tips for visiting Israel

    Tips for visiting Israel

    Israel is definitely one of the most interesting vacations I’ve ever taken. It has a whole lot to offer that should put it at the top of anyone’s bucket list. But there are some important things to know when planning travel to Israel to make your trip go as smoothly as possible. Some of these…

  • An atheist in the Holy Land

    An atheist in the Holy Land

    Each year, millions of people travel to holy sites around the world to get closer to their chosen deities. One of the most important cities for religious pilgrimages is Jerusalem. The religious and spiritual significance of visiting Israel is largely lost on someone like me who believes that organized religion is a whole lot of…

  • Seeing Jerusalem in one day

    Seeing Jerusalem in one day

    With its gorgeous stone streets and complex religious history, Jerusalem is one of the best reasons to visit Israel. Though it’s is an interesting and vibrant city with more to do than you would expect, it is theoretically possible to see its main highlights in one day. If you’re not spending the night, here is how…

  • 10 reasons to visit Israel

    10 reasons to visit Israel

    I can’t recall the last time I was as scared to visit a place as I was to visit Israel. I put it off for years, even though so many people love and recommend it. If you have reservations like I did, here are some of the best reasons to brush those off and visit…

  • Staying at the Banksy hotel in the West Bank

    Staying at the Banksy hotel in the West Bank

    The first time Banksy’s artwork ended up on the border wall between Israel and Palestine, it made the news because rockets were frequently flying on either side at the time. The situation has since calmed down considerably, at least in the West Bank (though not in Gaza). Banksy enjoyed it so much, he decided to…