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Israel on a Budget

Israel isn't always a budget-friendly destination, yet there are ways to save. The most expensive times to visit Israel are during the busy summer season and during Jewish holidays. To get the best possible bargain for your hotel room or package tour, travel during shoulder season or winter and avoid major religious holidays. Airfare from the U.S. to Israel can be costly, but young travelers can find discounts on plane tickets by booking flights through the Israel Student Travel Association. While in the country, save money by dining on street food (delicious falafel carts abound in most cities) or seeking out cut-rate accommodations like hostels or B&B's.

Best Time to Go to Israel

Summer, which generally lasts from April to October, is peak season for travel to Israel. However, during this time the weather can be pretty hot, and crowds are at their worst. Spring and fall, which are shoulder seasons for travel to Israel, are arguably the best times to visit the country. In April, May, September and October, the summer crowds have yet to descend (or are already gone), but temperatures are, for the most part, quite pleasant. During winter, expect chilly temperatures and heavy rain. To beat the crowds, avoid traveling during major Jewish holidays.


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