6 Reasons You Should Explore Your Own Backyard

You live in one of the best nations in the world. Yet, every weekend or on your off days, you find yourself doing the same things. It’s time to shake things up.

Enjoy Israel as a Local

Whether you love frequenting the beach or visiting your favorite restaurants, it’s time to experience everything that Israel has to offer. Read on for six of the best things that you can do in your own backyard.

1. Ride on a Hot Air Balloon

One of the best ways to enjoy a beautiful morning is to do so from the comfort of a hot air balloon. Whether you go during the day or at sunrise, this is a truly unique opportunity that must be experienced. Moreover, getting the chance to take in Isreal from several feet in the air is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Whether you go with a lover or with a friend, a hot air balloon ride is a great way to have fun without having to travel far. Moreover, hot air balloon rides are perfect opportunities for picnics, so bring your favorite food aboard.

2. Attend a Parade

Gay parades are held the world over, but it is a truly unique experience in Israel. A large percentage of Tel Aviv’s population is gay, and for this reason, Isreal’s gay parade is one of the biggest in the world. Share in this happiness and joy by partying with the parade.

3. Take a Boat Tour of the Dead Sea

Looking for something to do in Israel? Look no further than the Dead Sea. While the Dead Sea is a popular choice for tourists, those of you that live in Israel should take advantage of your proximity. Regardless of how many times you’ve been to the Dead Sea, taking a boat tour of the Dead Sea is an entirely different experience. This tour allows you to see the Dead Sea’s coastline from a completely new perspective.

4. Go Zip Lining and Buggy Riding in Mitzpe Ramon

The uniqueness of Mitzpe Ramon comes from the way the earth has shifted from tectonic plates. Essentially, it looks like a giant crater and is one of the best places to go buggy riding. Grab an ATV and start exploring. With the rough terrain and incredible landscape, you’re sure to have an exciting experience you’ll never forget.

If you’re interested in zip lining, you can enjoy Mitzpe Ramon that way as well. Simply strap yourself in and enjoy the heights as you make your way across the zip line.

5. Take a Food Tour with Bitemojo

If you’re hungry for some new food and a bit of adventure, this food tour is for you. Sure, you may already have your favorite restaurants and places in mind for grabbing a bite this week, but consider changing things up by going on a food tour. With Bitemojo, you can take a tasty tour that allows you to eat your way around some new and exciting restaurants.

Once you fill up on this tour, you’ll have a few new favorite restaurants to go with the memory of a great experience. This tour lets users follow an app through Israel’s best food spots. You can try snacks, drinks, entrees like lunch and dinner, and finally, dessert.

6. Take Part in Betzavta

Betzavta is a relatively new idea for tourists but is a concept that locals are no doubt familiar with. With Betzavta, locals get the opportunity to cook a homemade meal for travelers. If you love meeting new people and enjoy making food, this is the perfect way to discover something new and exciting right in your own backyard.

There’s a reason that betzavta means “together”. Take part in this togetherness by leaving your contact information with Betzvata and seeing if you can be a host. To take part in this idea yourself, plan your own version of this by making a meal and inviting friends and family over.

Isreal is filled with adventures that you’ve yet to experience. Don’t take your home for granted! If you’re looking for adventure, be sure to try these six incredible ideas.

About the Author
Rachel Brenner is a Professor of Jewish Studies. Her research focuses on Jewish Literature and has published dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters.