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  • Retirement and Reality

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 4, 2014 | 10:20 pm

    During our vacation in Alaska, my husband and I keep meeting older couples who are retired, and seem to spend most of their time driving around the country in an RV, going way for weeks, even months from home. They share their adventures and travels with a laugh, saying how much...

  • After flight cancellations, a waiting game at Ben Gurion Airport

    July 24, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Natali Cohen and Snir Shahar discovered via email around midnight that their flight from Tel Aviv to Barcelona was canceled.

    They’d been looking forward to two weeks exploring the Catalan city and getting a break from the conflict in Israel. Shahar, 23, had just taken a...

  • U.S. issues travel warning for Israel, West Bank and Gaza

    July 21, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    The State Department warned U.S. citizens on Monday against traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, citing the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas.

    "The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel and the...

  • White Night TLV, futuristic transportation, feeding the hungry and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 30, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Welcoming the Douglas family to the Holy Land

    Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones arrived in Israel on Thursday for the weekend bar mitzvah of Dylan Michael Douglas. The family stayed in the presidential suite of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. They toured Jerusalem,...

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  • Celebrating Shavuot, partying with The Rolling Stones and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 9, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Celebrating Shavuot at the Kibbutz

    Last week, we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It is celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, and it marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, seven weekd from...

  • The beautiful Banias

    May 21, 2014 | 11:39 am

    The first thing you need to know about the Hermon-Banias Nature Reserve in the Golan Heights is that you will have to fight the temptation to dive into the crystal rushing springs or to stick your feet in the cool waters.

    Access to the Hermon Stream has been strictly forbidden...

  • Next Year Jerusalem: The Journey of a Lifetime

    May 13, 2014 | 4:41 pm

    Next Year Jerusalem: The Journey of a Lifetime

    Can a group of elderly nursing home residents travel abroad? The answer is yes - with care and love and a lot of planning. Such is the case for 8 residents (ages 87-97) of the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Connecticut, who journey...

  • Facing the “unaware public”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 23, 2014 | 11:55 am

    In the past couple of years, I often wrote about the “unaware public.” This is a group of people, the majority of the world’s population, actually, who is politically uninvolved with the conflicted Middle East, and does not find particular interest in the Israeli-Palestinian...

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Exploring Tune Hotels

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    March 20, 2014 | 9:10 pm

    tune KL night

    Traveling in Asia has been our life for the last eighteen months. George and I love to fly on Air Asia, they have great fares and fly everywhere we want to go. They are to Asia what Southwest Airlines is to the United States; a reliable low cost carrier with many flights. ...

  • Findings in space, the new Israeli YouTube hit, Zombies in TLV and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 17, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    An international honor

    The International Space University (ISU) has announced that the Technion in Israel will host the ISU's Annual Space Studies Program in the summer of 2016.  This is a major achievement for Israel’s Technological Institution and for the State of Israel.

    ...

  • Jerusalem high on new skyline

    March 12, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    Ten years ago, Jerusalem was just starting to emerge from the Second Intifada, which scared away local residents as well as investors. Many shops and restaurants closed during that period, leaving hundreds of storefronts with “for sale” signs. 

    Fast-forward 10 years, and...

  • The Insanely-Tested Top Ten Travel Tips for Spring

    March 10, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    Spring is the season hope is rekindled, when broken blades are renewed, and light washes the shadows. We can go barefoot in the grass, pluck the charms of flowers, whistle in the warming breeze, and hit the winding road.
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    Jasper Bangs celebrating Spring

    But, as with any...

  • Voluntouring in Israel

    March 5, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    Going on holiday can mean relaxing or sightseeing, tasting new foods or learning firsthand about new cultures. A growing segment of vacationers, however, goes abroad to work for free.

    Voluntourism — volunteering and tourism — has been cited as one of the fastest-growing sectors...

  • BDS fail, Jerusalem 200 years ago, new apps, Sochi and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 17, 2014 | 9:52 am

    Beyond belief

    If you’ve ever been to Israel, I assume your heart missed a beat when you first encountered the unique Israeli atmosphere and beautiful sceneries.  The same thing happened Caitlin and Arthur on their Israeli trip. Watch their video, where they talk about their...

  • Henry Rollins

    By Joy Bennett

    January 19, 2014 | 9:47 pm

    Henry Rollins, photo by Joy Bennett

    I went to the Los Angeles Travel Show today at the LA Convention Center, and while there saw Henry Rollins speak.  He is an amazing, very energetic, unusual fellow.  He’s a writer, musician, actor, spoken word performer, etc.  He’s also a...

  • Inspiration: First Prize $1,000usd CASH

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    January 14, 2014 | 6:29 am

    Winter 2014 INSPIRATION Travel Writing Contest

     $1,750usd in CASH PRIZES,

    Free Entry

    Dates: January 2, 2014 - February 14, 2014 at midnight PST. We are looking for an article about a place that inspires you to spend your time with no regrets. In Arnold Bennett's book, How to...

  • Tourism to Israel reaches all-time high

    January 9, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    Israel reported an all-time high in annual visitors in 2013.

    A record 3.54 million visitors arrived in Israel in 2013, half a percent more than the previous record year. Meanwhile, some 272,000 tourists arrived in December, a 14 percent increase over December 2012, setting a...

  • Discover The 6 Best Places for 2014

    January 3, 2014 | 10:56 pm

    Richard Bangs is a judge in our We Said Go Travel Writing contest! We hope you will participate and share your story! Write your favorite spot for 2014 in the comments below!

    2013-12-26-where_are_youmd.png So, once again we combed the planet, turned over the stones, took the pulses, danced the boards, and...

  • Bradenton, Florida: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

    December 24, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    Oh, the places they stole.

    Four times this year I've been to the canals of Venice, without ever setting foot in Italy. In Vegas, Macau, Qatar and where I live, Venice, California, there are facsimiles of the famous waterways, only cleaner, shinier, and without the creases of...

  • Bradenton, Florida: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

    December 24, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    Oh, the places they stole.

    Four times this year I've been to the canals of Venice, without ever setting foot in Italy. In Vegas, Macau, Qatar and where I live, Venice, California, there are facsimiles of the famous waterways, only cleaner, shinier, and without the creases of...

  • Jerusalem’s First Station: All aboard for fun

    October 9, 2013 | 1:49 pm

    Jerusalem’s First Station may be more than 120 years old, but its smart new look, trendy shops and daily events have transformed it from an abandoned skeleton of a railway station into a place where young — and young-at-heart — locals as well as tourists, come to decompress.  

    ...
  • GRATITUDE TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST: WHERE DO YOU FEEL AWE?

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    September 17, 2013 | 4:04 am

    FALL 2013 GRATITUDE TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST
    Free Entry $1,000usd in CASH PRIZES
    Contest will run September 11 through November 28, 2013.


    We are looking for an article about a place you are grateful for or a memorable holiday that you shared with a special loved one or a place...

  • La Dolce Villa: Finding Life Purpose in a Tuscan Kitchen

    By Elana Horwich

    September 11, 2013 | 9:00 am

    After my second year of college I decided to take time off studies and moved to Italy. In short, I had an epiphany while on a mushroom-induced psychedelic trip.

    It was a perfect sunny spring weekend and while most of the other students were wasted on cheap beer, I was blissfully...

  • Jewish culture adds spice to Santa Fe

    By Elyse Glickman

    August 28, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Santa Fe has a lot more than great cuisine and an art scene to intrigue travelers — this New Mexico town is more than 400 years old and the oldest state capital in America. And for Jewish travelers, it contains surprises that cross all of these areas.

    Some of the first Jewish...

  • Hello from Thailand!

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    August 10, 2013 | 3:10 am

    Hello from Ao Nang, Thailand! Newsletter #31 August 6, 2013

    After over two months on Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, we finished editing our memoir, Traveling in Sin, and traveled a bit more of Thailand. We went to Koh Phanghan, Tanote Beach in Koh Tao, Ranong, Little Koh Chang, Krabi...

  • Traveling Around the World…in Sin

    August 2, 2013 | 5:17 am

    From Westside Today:

    “Traveling in Sin” is a love story and travel memoir rolled in to a single, enjoyable book. Written by George Rajna and Lisa Niver Rajna, the travelers who fell in love while traversing the Far East, the inveterate travelers include 80 beautiful photos from...

  • True Weight Loss Story: Lisa Niver Rajna lost 58 pounds while Traveling the Globe

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    July 23, 2013 | 2:59 am

    True Weight Loss Story: Lisa Niver Rajna lost 58 pounds while Traveling the Globe

    Lisa Niver Rajna is a member of the prestigious Traveler’s Century Club, a unique group limited to travelers who have visited 100 or more countries. She enjoys trekking to new locales so much, she...

  • Traveling in Sin

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    July 16, 2013 | 6:44 pm

    Traveling in Sin

    This exuberant and unique travel memoir is written in the voices of the story’s two leading protagonists, George and Lisa, who meet on-line in January 2007. After exchanging emails and dating, the couple travels to Fiji over the summer of 2008 where George...

  • Iceland’s inner warmth

    By Elyse Glickman

    June 19, 2013 | 4:51 pm

    Iceland is a small place that is big on surprises. 

    Scandinavian in its roots, the society has a reputation as being a homogenous, quaint and relatively uneventful place — Björk and her infamous swan dress aside. In the last several years, however, an influx of tourists,...

  • Two big events in Poland this weekend

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    June 13, 2013 | 11:46 am

    (This post also appears on my blog at  jewish-heritage-travel.blogspot.com)

    Two long-awaiting events are happening in Poland next weekend -- the opening of the Jewish museum installed in the restored synagogue in the little town of Chmielnik, and the opening of the restored...

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