Knowledge is power, and this can be applied on everything -even while traveling. Planning a trip can somehow be stressful, but planning a Jewish trip demands extra effort and attention.
You have to be mindful of almost everything from your destination to kosher food. Here are few tips to guarantee a memorable Jewish vacation:
Is the Destination Relevant to Your Journey?
Planning the destination is perhaps the easiest part. You might already have a place in mind even before you decide to go on a vacation.
However, choosing the destination should not be at random, if you really want your trip to be a memorable one.
If you are interested in knowing Jewish history in Europe for example, you can visit heritage sites in there. These places have rich Jewish history that will bring you back to the struggles and success of the Jews.
Moreover, these places have exquisite sceneries and amazing tourist spots that will satisfy your trip.
Before going, make sure you check the weather and other concerns so that you can pack appropriately.
Can Your Travel Keep Your Meals Kosher?
Kosher food planning can be tedious to make sure that your destination keeps up with your dietary restrictions. Google restaurants that serve kosher near your place. You can also ask your accommodations in advance too.
Ideally, you should bring some backup food just in case. You can request a microwave or a mini fridge to store up your food if you’re staying in a hotel.
But remember, not all hotels let you use such amenities for free. Ask them, and if they do try to explain why you need them. Hotels are there to accommodate you with the best service they can offer, and they do understand that guests come from different places and races with various dietary guiding principle.
Perhaps, they might let you use that for free.
Is Your Travel Worth It of Your Budget?
If you are a multi-millionaire, then this won’t be your problem. But if you are traveling on a tight budget, you can go on an all-inclusive tour package.
All-inclusive means everything is included in your ticket, from food to excursions. You can eat as much kosher food as you want, and don’t have to keep coins for bus tickets and short rides on your touring.
Due to tight competition in the industry of tours and cruises, liners are becoming more creative. You can now go on a Jewish themed cruise. There are also all-inclusive, all-kosher river cruises that also offer Jewish Heritage site touring.
But if you want to consider doing your own itinerary, you can do that too! But such a choice entails a lot of planning, negotiations and tons of research. Plus, it does not guarantee that you won’t shed more money, because not everything on the internet can meet your expectation.