"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do." - Mark Twain
While it has been a while since this trip it felt like an important one to write about. Two years ago I went on the trip of my lifetime. Taglit-Birthright Israel is a free trip for Jewish young adults who want to experience the homeland. If you have the opportunity to go on one of these trips I highly recommend it. Plus if you do go, your alumni status would be in company of; Jamie-Lynn Sigler, James Maslow, Cole Couture, Jonathan Lipnicki, and the best of all me!
The experiences on birthright are ones that will stay with you for a long time. I learned how to connect to my Jewish faith in a way that I never knew I could. My trip included two Shabbats and two Havdalah's while in the holy land. This gave me the perspective of how important it is to embrace your culture. Another great experience I had was to have my Bat Mitzvah. Not many people get to have theirs in Israel, this moment was so special to me and I'm so thankful for the opportunity.
Now down to the touristy part. I traveled over the entire country. From the North at the Sea of Galilee down to the Negev Desert, to Tel Aviv in the west and Jerusalem to the east. Seeing the entirety of the country came with lots of hiking, open air markets, camels, religious sights and charity work. The greatest experience was probably hiking Masada in the early morning so that we could watch the sunrise from the top. There was nothing more magical to experience, the views in such a holy pace were outstanding.
From a spiritual point getting to see the Western Wall was such an emotional experience. Honestly it is an experience that Jews and non-Jews alike would understand.
Tel Aviv, even Israel in general are known for their night life. We went out two separate nights on my trip. In Tiberius we went to a club that was right on the water outside. Finding places like this are the best part pf experiencing another culture. Advanced warning that most places I went to had lots of Hookah being smoked.
Whatever your heart tells you about traveling, follow it. There is something special that happens when you travel by yourself to a new place no knowing anyone. It results in meeting tons of new people and learning to experiences; that will broaden our horizons.
Whereever your next adventure takes you, remember to do it in style!
Comment down below with where I should go next and if you have ever been to Israel comment down below with your favorite part of your trip!
Until next time,