, November 4th, 2015
When I went to Tel Aviv this month on a budget challenge, I thought I could easily stay within my $77 / [euro]69 budget per day – I even wanted to challenge myself and stick to $50 a day! Well, it turned out that it was more of a challenge than I had anticipated. Tel Aviv is much more expensive than one might think, but the good news is that not everything is expensive, and if you spend your money wisely, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the city without breaking the bank.
I took down all my expenses in Tel Aviv and was on the lookout for inexpensive things to do and places to eat the entire time so that I can share them with you. So without further ado, here are my tips on how to visit Tel Aviv on a shoestring:
Your biggest expense in Tel Aviv will be your accommodation, unless you couchsurf. Because of the strengtening shekel anda number of other reasons (as reported in this article) accommodation in Tel Aviv is much more expensive than in London or even Iceland! But the good news is that there are several hostels and AirBnB has become more and more popular in Israel, allowing cash-strapped travelholics (like me!) to rent out their places while they’re traveling, or rent out rooms in their apartments allowing them to save up money to travel.
By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls
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, October 18th, 2015
You might remember that I really wanted to spend a month or longer in Tel Aviv after visiting the city last year, which is why I was stoked when the opportunity arose to return this month, finally, about twelve months after my first visit. I was a bit nervous, not sure if I’d still love the city as much as I did last year, but I didn’t have anything to worry about. The minute I stepped off the plane and felt the warm Mediterranean air, I knew I’d have a great time. After checking into my apartment I went straight to the beach to watch the sunrise, followed by a delicious Israeli breakfast. It felt amazing coming from chilly Germany to summery Tel Aviv, where temperatures were still in the 80s and the Med was warm enough to go for swims in the sea.
Being in Tel Aviv on a budget challenge was an interesting experience – on the one hand I realized that Tel Aviv is indeed quite pricey, but on the other hand I found a ton of free stuff to do (I’ll be sharing my budget tips for Tel Aviv shortly). My favorite free activity? The beaches, no question! Every day in Tel Aviv has to involve a visit to the beach – ideally during sunset, or a long run along the promenade. The agenda for my second visit? I wanted to revisit old favorites but also experience a few things I didn’t get around to doing last year.
I strolled through the narrow alleys of Jaffa again, took in the vistas over the city from there, had what is supposedly the best hummus in all of Israel (and I can now confirm that it really is the best hummus in Israel!) and visited the amazing Ilana Goor art museum (a first for me, and so worth it). I also made time for a visit to Carmel market, a walk down the beautiful Rothschild Boulevard, and for some gift and souvenir shopping in Jaffa Flea Market.
By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Israel Gay Travel Resources
, April 27th, 2015
My love affair with Tel Aviv was short, yet passionate. It was like the perfect summer fling; an intense few days – intense because you know it will come to an end soon and you want to savor every precious moment to the max.
However, when I arrived in Tel Aviv, I didn’t think I would end up leaving this city with a heavy heart. I like pretty cities – when a city is obviously beautiful like Antigua, Paris or Buenos Aires, I tend to fall in love quickly. With cities that aren’t as pretty at first sight, like Berlin or Bangkok, it usually takes me a while.
Tel Aviv belonged to the second category, visually not especially appealing at first, even feeling a little gritty in some parts.jaffa doorsIt took me a few days of wandering the streets, but then, completely unexpected, the city put a spell on me and grabbed me hard, pulled me into its fascinating mix of old-fashioned markets and trendy coffee shops, coexisting cultures of trendy hipsters, Jewish families and Arab Muslims; a city with a delicious food scene, buzzing nightlife and gorgeous beaches right at your doorstep.
By Dany – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Israel Gay Travel Resources
, November 26th, 2014
Tel Aviv has announced a two-week ‘Pink Winter’ Festival for the festive period, taking place between 24 December and 7 January. The event will encompass non-stop street parties and beach parties (including a chill-out party at Hilton Beach), as well as a queer film festival.
Christmas tree and Hanukkah candle lightings will also take place on Christmas Eve, to mark the official launch of the festival.
The festival’s headquarters will be based at the Tel Aviv Gay Center at 22Tchermichovsky S. in Park Mei’r, where LGBTIs can also attend lectures, support groups and counselling sessions.
By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Israel Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events
, July 22nd, 2014
Once named the “gayest city in the world” by GayCities.com travelers, Tel Aviv continues to position itself as one of the premier destinations for gay travel across the world. With 16 beaches, exciting nightlife, delicious places to eat, and exquisite gay-owned accommodations, there are many reasons travelers flock to the city each year. And this doesn’t even begin to mention the absolutely gorgeous men and women that call Tel Aviv home.
When I first had the opportunity to visit Tel Aviv and surrounding areas, I was not sure what to expect. I had travelled extensively throughout Europe and other countries, but never the Middle East. From the time I touched down and was walking through Ben Gurion airport, however, all concerns were out the window. The airport process is smooth and transportation abundant to be whisked away to your lodging of choice. About 12 miles from the city, you have the opportunity to take in the beauty of Israel as you drive into Tel Aviv. Once in the city, you will find transportation very easy, with many neighborhoods being walkable and an extensive public bus system called Dan.
Having spent two weeks there recently, I was able to really explore the city and all its cultural beauties in addition to the abundant nightlife and beach scene. Here are some of the places I would be sure not to miss as you book your Tel Aviv gaycation.
By Gregory Kiep – Full Story at Edge Boston | Israel Gay Travel Resources
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, June 18th, 2014
via Chad Kaydo
Maybe it’s the fine white sand of the beaches. Or the calm, warm Mediterranean. It could be all the Bauhaus architecture, the white boxes with their rounded corners. Or the weather, and how the dry heat of the daytime cools to that perfect after-dark temperature, so that you feel comfortable in however much or little you choose to wear at night. Or perhaps it’s the strapping Israeli men.
Whatever the reason, Tel Aviv has become a top gay destination, popping up on gay travel lists and drawing people from around the world for its Pride festivities the second weekend in June. (This year’s parade is June 13.)
A few days before the big parade, considered the largest Pride gathering in Asia, you might walk out of your hotel and spot four cute twentysomething guys on the sidewalk. Where are they headed? To Drek, a pop music party in a club near Dizengoff Square. Maybe you’ll check it out later, after hitting the city’s two most popular gay bars–Evita, the oldest, and Shpagat, a hipper spot–where you’ll easily fall into conversations with visitors from London, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Panama City, and Berlin. (Indeed, if you do make it to Drek, you’ll learn, regardless of the boys’ homelands, that they all know the language of pop divas.)
By Chad Kaydo – Full Story at Dot 429 | Israel Gay Travel Resources
, May 18th, 2014
Part of my not-so-regular, recurring travel photo series… this time last year I was preparing for a trip to Tel Aviv for gay pride so I thought it fitting to share photos of one of my favorite places in Tel Aviv: Dizengoff Square.
I used to live a few short blocks away from Dizengoff Square so found myself spending a lot of time there during my summer living in Israel. The square is near a lot of the activity in this part of Tel Aviv, steps from the city’s Bauhaus Center off Frishman Avenue. Also in the area is a weekly flea market and Tel Aviv’s best gay club, Dreck, so it’s just generally a cool place to be.
At the center of Dizengoff Square is the colorful Fire and Water Fountain by Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, dedicated in 1986.
Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.
Adam’s Blog | Gay Tel Aviv / Israel Travel Resources
, May 8th, 2014
from Apple Maps
We’ve showed you how to experience the best of Tel Aviv on a shoestring budget — but for those of you traveling there next month, a bit more guidance is in order. Tel Aviv Pride, which takes place June 8-14, is one of the world’s largest pride celebrations (over 100,000 celebrants made it out last year). And not just that: it’s a fantastic opportunity to see the city’s most vibrant bars, beaches, and restaurants come alive. Here, a few essential spots to add to your list:
Eden House: A renovated 19th century townhouse in the heart of Kerem HaTemaneim beckons travelers of all stripes. The 12 rooms, all fitted out in retro-Victorian decor, include an “Economy” category, which sells for as low as $79 a night. Downstairs, there’s a Tea Room inspired by the owner’s Russian grandmother, where you can fuel up on caffeine before the festivities.
By Alex Schechter – Shermans Travel | Israel Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events
, April 9th, 2014
from Apple Maps
With its small land mass and relatively easy public transportation system, Israel lends itself to quick, mad-dash side-trips for those intent on seeing as much of the country as possible in a short amount of time. Of course, you could easily spend weeks leisurely making your way up and down the Mediterranean coast, stopping in at desert-surrounded kibbutz-style hotels and remote mountain towns along the way. Or book a vacation package, like the one featured in our Top 25 this week, which takes you all over the country. But for those who find themselves in Tel Aviv, here are three easy day trips reachable in 45 minutes, 1 hour, or 1.5 hours from the bustling capital:
45 minutes away…
Ten miles outside of Jerusalem (which lies an hour east of Tel Aviv), the Cramim Resort & Spa, a chic new property with 155 modern rooms overlooking the rolling Judean Hills, has been an oasis for nature-seeking travelers since opening in late 2013 . The outdoor pool, indoor pool, Turkish hamam, wine bar, and wide list of activities (yoga, hiking, wine tastings) make it a great stopover for folks in need of a nature retreat while making their way between Israel’s two main cities; and if it’s just some quick vino-therapy you need, the spa experts at Cramim are happy to oblige.
Authored By Alex Schechter – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel
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, November 20th, 2013
from Apple Maps
The Jewish Community Centers of Dallas, Austin and Houston are organizing an LGBT trip to Israel for Tel Aviv Pride celebration.
Dallas’ LGBT synagogue Congregation Beth El Binah and Houston’s Jewish LGBT group Keshet are co-sponsors of the June 8–20 trip that coincides with Tel Aviv Pride.
Tel Aviv is known as the gay capital of the Middle East. The city’s LGBT population has grown to an estimated 20 percent as the city has become a refuge for many of Russia’s persecuted gay population. American Airlines named Tel Aviv best gay city in 2011.
The Pride parade takes place on Friday, June 8.
See the Full Story at the Dallas Voice
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