Froride: For Traveling Like An American In Israel

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This has revolutionized my trips to Israel and is well worth every penny if you don’t want to find yourself stranded in a foreign land where English is not the first language.  The potential disadvantage of not having a prearranged tour package to Israel is thwarted by this little device that makes communication at home so easy.  Let’s face it everything and everyone communicate via cellphone and while renting a car to travel the land is doable a phone is a lot more affordable and will allow you to go beyond the Israeli/Palestinian borders to explore the Holy Land in its entirety.

Having a phone in Israel allows for you to arrange transportation when it is convenient for you, not on a pre-scheduled format.  It also allows for you to get current up-to-date news which could require you to have to change your plans for the day.  No different then it is in the U.S. if there is an accident on the Highway you don’t want to use up a vacation day sitting in traffic, or if there are major closes in the city then access to wifi will give you access to what’s new in Israel.

Gett Taxi is a service similar to Uber and Lyft and when you are in Israeli territory a very useful taxi service that allows you to arrange taxi service in advance.  However, fortunately if you want to save a few more pennies then public transportation is usually available unless you like to travel late at night.  Wifi in Jerusalem is usually available at least on Jaffa St.  but other places it can be skippy and although the buses promote WiFi usage I have found that to be unreliable in several occasions and when you are on a bus where the majority of the people on it don’t speak English this is not a time where you want to be without cellular service.

Arranging last minute sleeping arrangements:  Its also a nice feature when traveling by bus.  Sometimes because of public transportation, and the distance from Southern to Northern Israel it is more convenient to rent an apartment that can be your home base in Bethlehem and carry an overnight bag to stay in another distant area in Israel or Palestine.  This is especially true when traveling by bus for a number of reasons, one your travel can take a considerable chunk out of your day which means you may not see what you wanted to see the day you get there, secondly buses don’t travel to and fro all day unless you’re talking about within areas in Tel Aviv and the like.  The more remote the less frequent the bus or train stops which means that you could miss the last bus or train out.  With a phone this is not a problem within minutes you can find an airbnb, or a hotel and secure an overnight stay at a fraction of what you will pay as a walk-in.  Shopping around always has its perks.

So you can imagine how excited we were when we found out about froride a service that you can purchase from the U.S. that allows you to reserve a phone and pick up directly from the airport.  You just choose what you want online using their very simple program, provide them with your flight number and arrival time and they email you information as to where to go to meet them.  There they will be with phone in hand and ready to go.  If you feel confident that your phone can use an international simcard and function well then save yourself even more money by purchasing an international sim card.  We personally have always used the cell phone, although you can try the card once you get there we have found that should they run out of phones when you arrive and the simcard doesn’t work then you are out of communication while in the land and this can make maneuvering the land very difficult.  Last minute phone finding just doesn’t sound like a good idea, not to mention you run the risk of paying more money simply because well you need the supply which increases the demand and in the wash this scenario never works out in the best interest of the savvy traveler.  Thus my advice is unless you are 100% sure your phone will work with a sim card that you get the phone.  Another very helpful feature of the phone is apparently in Israel calling the U.S. is much cheaper then it is for us to call from here and as such calling the States or Canada comes with any phone you borrow.  The battery on these phones are amazing I can literally go a day and a half without charging no matter how much I use it, and trust me I use it a lot traveling the way we do.

So if you are planning a trip in Israel I HIGHLY recommend investing in renting this phone, its simple, easy, and well worth every penny when traveling as a native.  Click here to reserve your phone today!

FYI, they also offer other services as well so if you absolutely insist on renting a vehicle you may find their rates to be more competitive for your navigation device.  Also, they offer mobile hotspots this also is a viable option for those who would prefer to use their own cellular phone and service plan.  Having mobile date means you can communicate with Whats app, facebook, and other social media apps to stay connected.  If your accommodations are through Airbnb this is also a useful way to stay connected with your host family.  However, my personal preference is the phone simply because even if mobile data doesn’t work for some reason you still can have phone access.  If your phone doesn’t work in some places or for some reason you can’t get service everywhere the phone although it too can fail you it is still usually much more reliable in the long run.

Unfortunately, Froride is currently only available in Israel so if you are traveling anywhere else and find yourself in need of reliable cellular service then you’ll have to do your research.  If you should find some other services comparable in other countries please write a comment I will definitely check it out and would love to add it to my resources for others as well as for my own use.

 

 

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Get The Roundtrip $411 on the Netherlands this Winter

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I became interested in the Netherlands after studying about the Dementia Village in Hogewey, just outside Amsterdam. If you follow my blog Transformation Lifestyle then you are familiar with my research and my personal experience with this mind robbing disease. This village is making some pioneering moves which I would like to go over and study. So imagine my excitement when researching this Tuesdays deal that I found these roundtrip tickets from East and West coast cities for only $411 roundtrip. Timing for me to go isn’t good but perhaps for you this could be a deal of a lifetime. Join T C Travel Club for more details on this and other deals.

Not Too late to pack your bags for Israel $548 is the going rate!

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With flexible scheduling you can travel Israel this Fall (for Tabernacles) or next spring roundtrip for $548.  You heard me right, $548!  A bold red hot deal like this one needs to stand out and I hope that you heard me loud and clear.  I wouldn’t want you missing out on this type of deal on a technicality.   Join us or travel separate to the Holy Land. Learn how to travel Israel/Palestine for a fraction of the cost, using public transportation and savvy accommodations. If you’re ready to travel Israel your well on your way then this could be the trip for you.  Click here to submit your bid for Tabernacle 2018 and I will do my best to get you a hot deal to the Holy City.  Travel this Tabernacles and find out how we get around in the Promise Land.  Look forward to seeing you soon.

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Visit Cuba Roundtrip for only $177

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Ever wanted to travel Cuba? Here is your chance. Currently the latest deal offers roundtrip tickets from multiple cities in the U.S. Travel dates from September through October. Delta Airlines paving the way, but be sure to find out any policies that might require special arrangements for Cuban travel. Otherwise happy traveling and click here if you would like me to book this trip for you.

Travel Israel for Tabernacles Deal

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Still interested in visiting Israel for Tabernacles?  Then here is your chance with round trip tickets starting at $547.00.  There is no reason why you can’t take advantage of this amazing deal and go up for one of the Feasts.  Visit people from all over the world truly there is no other place in the world like Israel during Tabernacles and it is such a festive time to go.  See amazing sites as we have connected with several local tour guides to offer flexible tour options for a price that won’t break the bank.  We have also connected with several accommodations so that you can have amazing options with above average amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.  Travel Israel September 20 – September 30, 2018 and enjoy the Feast of Tabernacles with us.  Put in a Booking Bid today to get started.

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Chi-Town Critique

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So other then the airport and visiting with family I never really had a chance to check out Chi-Town for myself.  It is easy to put it in the category of New York another big city with bustling night life and houses on top of each other, but indeed I must admit they have a lot of unique facets to it.  Personally, even with the hassle of going through TSA traveling by plane is still my preferred mode of travel.  Long distance driving becomes tiring although admittedly you do get to see a lot more, yet in cities parking is definitely at a premium rate, making it way more expensive then using the existing public transportation.  While I must admit international subway systems have spoiled me U.S. transportation options are convenient but in big cities can be intimidating.  Unlike Japan that sports populations in its metropolitan areas as large as New York it does so from a culture that inherently has none of the safety issues that one has to encounter in major cities.

We traveled to Chicago for a family reunion so we didn’t do a lot of sight seeing we stayed in a suburban area about 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, but we were able to take a stroll down to the city to see what we could see.  I was surprised that around 10 o’clock at night the city was slower then I imagined, well at least depending on what street you were on.  The Ferris Wheel was still going and the traffic was flowing but many of the shops were closed other then the clubs and a few of the restaurants that were near the clubs.  The skyliners were amazing, especially at night.  It was a much quieter and cleaner downtown area then I was expecting, but come packing cash because Chicago is high end traveling for sure.  If you are driving expect to pay over $20 to park your vehicle, and if you are touring expect to pay $40 or more dollars for museums, boat tours etc…  Time got away from us so other then doing a little light shopping and vehicle cruising we were able to save ourselves a few dollars on the tours and just enjoyed family which was what the trip was about.  I would definitely do Chicago again and would love to do so while traveling by public transportation.  There is way too much of Chicago to see to spend it all on parking!

Chi- town Tabernacles Limited Special $464 roundtrip to Israel

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Just hot off the press and ready to book a great price for Chi-Town travelers to make Tabernacles this year in Israel. Price currently $464. I’m sure this price won’t last. Submit booking bid from my sight to see if you could take advantage of this fabulous deal.

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