In recent years, there has been a lot of talk about trying to be more of a traveler and less of a tourist every time you visit new places and that idea is worth considering if you plan to take a tour of the biblical lands. While the two ideas generally sound the same, the main difference is that a tourist wants to look at things and places while a traveler tries to go further and understand these places to build a connection. This is basically what any Christian wants to do when he has the opportunity to go on Bible tours of Israel. So how can you be more of a traveler and less of a tourist on your next trip to Israel? Below are some tips that should help with that.
Choose fewer destinations
One of the things that most tourists do when they visit Israel is to try to visit as many places as possible during their tour. But, the fact is that Israel is full of interesting places to visit and if you try to include them in a tour that lasts only a couple of days, you will probably be able to catch a glimpse of it at best. However, if you choose fewer destinations in your itinerary, you will have more time to explore each of them and understand them better, in addition to developing a more intimate connection with those places.
Stick to accommodation
Unless the first accommodation you get is exceptionally miserable, you may want to stay in one place during your stay in a certain part of the country rather than trying to try different hotels. The point here is that the longer you stay in a place, the more connected you will feel to the place. In addition, from the conversations you have with visitors like you, the hotel staff and even people like the taxi driver, you will discover many interesting local curiosities.
The best way to explore a culture, it is said, is through its cuisine. When it comes to Israel, you will be able to do better by dining locally rather than dining at starred restaurants. For starters, the conversation in local restaurants is more open and fluid, giving you the opportunity to interact with people and learn new things every day. You can even walk away with a couple of recipes to make local delicacies.
If you have free days during the tour, try to explore places on foot instead of using available means of transport. When traveling on foot, you can see smaller details that are important but may have missed when moving at high speed.