Israel for Solo Travellers
Updated: May 7
Israel is a small country, but it might be intimidating for a solo traveler. To begin, navigating the language and alphabet might be challenging, while the culture is unique. Although this may seem like a hassle, dont be scared, it just creates more room to have an adventure in this amazingly diverse place.
In this article, we've included some of the greatest ways to meet solo travellers in Israel. We assure you that you'll never run out of options for meeting new and interesting people, finding a travel buddy or going on a date in this vibrant country.
Few destinations on Earth offer as much as Israel does for singles and solo travelers, and Israel's Mediterranean environment makes it ideal for year-round solo travelers vacations! Surrounded by natural beauties such as the Dead Sea and Masada, Israel is brimming with history, not to mention the ancient roads of Nazareth and Jerusalem.
With vibrant cities like Tel Aviv and pristine beaches, this relatively undiscovered country combines history, culture, and breathtaking geographical diversity. As a solo traveler, you will have numerous opportunities to discover Israel, whether you travel independently or in a group.
Each country has its own set of cultural standards that define how people interact. Israeli cultural norms are distinct from those of other countries, so how can a foreign traveler establish a sense of community in Israel?
We truely believe that the best way to explore this amazing places is with a group. Israel is full of Bucket List experiences like swimming in the Dead Sea, Nightlife in Tel Aviv, visit a Kibbutz, exploring Masada and walking the streets of Jerusalems Old Town and seeing the Western Wall, Temple Mount and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. You will also have the option to jump cross over the Jordanian Border in Eilat and head to the World Heritage Site of Perta, so why would you want to travel to Israel alone? Our Middle Eastern Experience experience is the ultimate adventure and best way to meet people in the Israel.
Apart from meeting other solo travelers, a group tour of Israel enables you to get the most out of your vacation in the least amount of time. Group tours organised by a reputable firm often include lodging, some meals and transportation between cities, by most importantly, in a country with such a rich history like Israel, a knowledgeable tour guides familiar with the country's attractions and historical landmarks is a must!
Alcohol is certainly not the be all and end all of meeting people, but sometimes it sure does help! Although drinking alcohol in the Israel is legal, we must also remember that this is a deeply religious country and when in Rome, Act as the Romans do! Although alcohol is readily available, moderate consumption is always recommended. Fortunately for anyone looking to party in Israel, there is one exception to this rule..
Now that we have laid out our disclaimer, we will can spill the beans and advised that Tel Aviv, is that execution. Dubbed "the city never sleeps," buy the locals and is home to Israel's vibrant nightlife scene and lays in sharp contrast to orthodox Jerusalem, there are numerous venues where you can drink a beer or glass of wine. Israelis do not leave until late into the evening, with the celebration lasts until around into the early hours of the morning. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are the busiest evenings in Tel-clubs. Because pubs tend to be more trendy than formal, and although you will see a lot of people dolled up in their finest attire, dress rules are pretty relaxed, even in nightclubs.
Dive Centres and Liveaboards
Eilat is a city in the south of Israel which acts as the gateway to the Red Sea. Times have change since the times that Moses was said to have parted the waters and tourist flock to the area to enjoy Eilat's famous beach resorts, waterspouts and dive centres. Although there are a couple of Dive Centres in town, we recommend heading close to the Egyptian border to Coral Beach and Dolphin Beach Reef, because you will find some of the coolest and most laid back back clubs in the country. It is the perfect place to chill out for the day or even a couple of nights.
There are actually no Liveabord boats in which depart from Israel, but there are a number of departures from Aqaba in Jordan and the Sinai in Egypt, which explore the surrounding area in the Red Sea. Liveaboards are the hotels on wheels for scuba divers! Essentially, a multi-day diving excursion which allows you to venture further from the coast, jump between sites and link up islands, without packing your bags each night and moving from hotel to hotel - What a way to see the world!
The boats can accomodate between 15-30 guests at a time, and most of the people do not know each other. Although there are some couples and groups of friends on the boats, it is a really great way to connect and met other solo travellers in Israel, you will just have to cross the border from Eilat and take the plunge on a Liveaboard in the Red Sea.
Hostels and Resorts
There are a number of ways to connect with people whilst travelling solo in Israel . Most hostels will have a fair few inert national tourists passing through so don't worry, you will never be the only tourist in the city. Lots of Israelis also love to travel their own country as well so this will also give you an amazing opportunity to make friends with the locals. Although there are a lot more couples and families at the resorts, there will still be some solo travellers and groups of friends floating around so be open to meeting new people and having a laugh togethers, so never be afraid to say hello and meet someone new.
Some other ways to meet people in Israel could range from connecting with people on an Excursion, Day Trip or Scuba Diving, at the Gym, a Bar or a Restaurant.
Meet Up App
Meet Up is a renowned worldwide platform that enables users to find and connect with local communities, and the best thing is, its FREE! If you are looking to see what is happening in a certain city just log in and scroll through the events. The group are generally full of fun loving people who just want to get together and have a good time. There could be a mix of locals, travellers, couples, singles and solo travellers in Israel, who are also finding it hard to meet people. Thanks to Meet Up you now have a genuine opportunity to make new friends in Israel, from all over there world.
Like anywhere in the world, dating apps are an awesome way to meet new people. With an abundance of options ranging from Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, OKCupid, Happn (The list goes on!) we have found this to be a great way to meet other solo travellers or singles in Israel. Whether you are looking for a travel buddy, a holiday fling or just a friend to spend the days with, in Israel, your time will be better to be shared, than spent alone. If you're seeking friendship or something more, this is a great way to begin meeting new people in Israel.
As expected, a "Jewish" (or 'kosher') version of Tinder is required. JSwipe is likewise a swiping app. However, it is mainly geared toward the Jewish community in Israel and elsewhere. According to locals, Jswipe is a better alternative for individuals who aren't searching for something casual. Its goal is much apparent, with an interface geared entirely toward serious relationships. Jswipe, generally referred to as "the Jewish Tinder," is unquestionably Jewish-mother approved.
Talk with Strangers
Additionally, always keep in mind that creativity is essential! Israelis are forward and outgoing people, so never be afraid to speak out and ask a question, or start a conversation. Avoid being scared to converse with strangers in coffee shops, restaurants, and bars (even if you never did this in your home country). There is also a lot of diversity within the Israeli population which range from Jewish Migrants from all over the world. Some have a French, Yemeni, Soviet, Iraqi, Ethipionan or Eastern European background and others a Arab Israelis, so we have no doubt that you will be able to find interesting people to connect with.
We hope that by the time you have finished reading this article that you can actually travel to Israel alone and that you don't need to wait for anyone! After living though a pandemic, we all realise now that there is never a good or bad time to do something and we just need to make the most of the time that we have!
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