Where to stay in Tel Aviv + 10 notes on travel there

Tel Aviv on the water

Tel Aviv, to me, may as well have been in California. It’s a city of tremendous geographic heritage, with proximity to some of the world’s furthest documented reaches, but in all the best ways, it felt like California to me. With palms and heat and long, lively beaches, it looked like California. People seemed happy and relaxed, […]

Top 10 in Travel News: Week of July 30, 2014

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THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: JetBlue weighs first-bag fee to boost revenue Air Algerie Plane Crashes En Route to Algiers TransAsia crash in Taiwan claims 48 lives, injures 10 Delta Just Raised the Stakes in the In-Flight Entertainment Arms Race Costa Concordia wreck enters Genoa port for scrapping Virgin America files for […]

Top 10 in Travel News: Week of July 16, 2014

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THE TOP 10 IN TRAVEL NEWS THIS WEEK: TSA sees surge in credit card knives at airports Rocket Debris Falls on Cruise Ship in Israeli Port Kenya issues terror alert over travel to UK airports Carnival Bans Smoking on Balconies Pilot Orders Pizza for Passengers on Delayed Flight ‘Amelia Earhart’ Completes Around-the-World Flight Boeing re-engineers […]

Israel: Your eat, play and stay travel guide

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Planning a trip to Israel? You lucky thing, you! Click the images and links below for guides on what to eat, what to see and where to stay while you’re in the Holy Land. What and where to eat in Israel: Top 20 tips From falafel and hummus to shakshuka and za’atar, find out what […]

3 award-worthy Dan hotels in Israel

Dan Panorama Tel Aviv pool

On a five-day trip to Israel, I stayed at three Dan hotels and noticed something special about each one. “If I could give each establishment an award, what would it be?” I thought. And my fickle mind couldn’t decide on just one award so each gets two. Read on to find out how these hotels compare […]

Sightseeing in Israel, part 2: Masada, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem

Masada and The Dead Sea

Masada and the Dead Sea My heart skipped a beat and I gasped at Masada when I took in the incredible views from the top of a lookout point. Surrounded by deep canyons as far as the eye could see, I was awestruck. Home to Herod’s Palace, Masada’s breathtaking beauty is certainly worthy of royalty. […]

Sightseeing in Israel part 1: Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Haifa and Mt. Carmel

Bahai Gardens, Haifa

If you’re ever in doubt that international news fails to affect the modern world, tell family and friends you’re going to Israel and notice their reactions. Concern is definitely there. Worry too. The Middle East is a headline-capturing area and its political conflicts seem to be an ever-present dark cloud that hovers over the region. […]

What and where to eat in Israel: Top 20 tips

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On a five-day Taste of Israel tour organized by Stand With Us, I visited local restaurants, bustling food markets and participated in cooking classes that connected me to some of the people and mouth-watering foods of Israel. Since I’m still progressing from what used to be a picky palate, I was surprised to find that I enjoyed […]