You’re only in Israel for a short time, and you want to make the most of every moment. Here are 5 quick tips to help you avoid wasting time on the mundane, and get straight to the good stuff!
1. Get a “Rav Kav”
If you’re going to be in Israel for a month or more, this will make your life a lot easier. A “Rav Kav” is a travel card which you can load with credit to use for the bus and light rail. Instead of standing in line at the light rail ticket station (and watching the train leave while you wait) you can just hop right on and swipe your card. It works the same way for the bus, instead of digging around in your bag for money and holding up the bus driver, you can just get on and swipe. If you are coming on a program with Top Israel Interns, talk to us as we can help you arrange this.
2. Rent a sim card / phone before you leave home
Either way, you’re going to want to be in touch with people as soon as you arrive, and you don’t want to deal with choosing a phone package the day you arrive. It’s so cheap and easy to rent a phone or sim card online, there’s no reason not to do it. Many of the providers have collection points at the airport so you wont need to waste time running around an unfamiliar city looking for a shop you’re not even sure exists. Once again, if you are coming on a program with Top Israel Interns, talk to us as we can help you arrange this.
3. Do things during off-peak hours
It sounds obvious, but if you have the luxury of being in Israel for an extended stay, then you can also be more flexible with when you do choose to do things. Plan your off-time accordingly. This applies to everything from sight-seeing to grocery shopping – if you avoid the crowds and long queues, you’ll be able to make the most of your time and cram more of what you enjoy into your day.
In fact, this whole point could probably translate into – don’t try and do anything in Israel on a Friday!
4. Be smart with your meals
You don’t want to have to think about and prepare every meal from scratch every time your stomach growls. Make a stash of freezer sandwiches (Yes, that’s a thing! Google it) and when you get around to cooking hot meals, then make a little extra to freeze. You could always grab a shwarma or order takeout, but that doesn’t work for every meal. Israeli food can very easily send you home twice your size – there’s just too many delicious things to choose from! While you’re trying to save yourself time, it doesn’t hurt to save a bit of cash, and encourage yourself to eat healthily by preparing your own meals in advance.
5. Keep your clothes simple
I don’t know about you, but who in their right mind wants to use their precious time to iron or hand wash? Pack clothes that don’t need special care. While you’re at it, pack items which coordinate with more than one item, which can easily be mixed and matched without too much thought. Top Israel Interns apartments are equipped with washers and dryers, but if you really want to save yourself time, there are numerous laundromats in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem who will gladly do it for you for a small fee.
There are so many little ways you can save time, but the most important thing is to choose your priorities. If you know exactly what you want to see, do and achieve while you’re in Israel, you will find the ways and means of making it happen.
Yerushalmi kugel is a savory kugel with caramelized noodles spiced with black pepper. You can check out one of the many recipes here or simply grab a slice in the Machane Yehuda shuk! Its worth it, I promise. 😀😋✌