Author: Jade Lakin

Tags: Africa, Exploring, Israel, Middle East

The Holy Land: Journey of a Lifetime

In August of 2009, I traveled with 13 youth pilgrims and 5 adult leaders to Israel, through an organization called Hands in Healing- a part of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. When I think of Israel, so many things come to mind. Friendship. Laughter and tears. Love. Culture. Tolerance. Memories. But the word that I automatically use to describe the Holy Land is home. I've never wanted to be somewhere so badly. To breathe in it's air and to walk on it's streets. To see the familiar sights and faces I've been longing to see.

Author: Amiele

Tags: Africa, Israel, Middle East, Vacations

Israel and its Reality

Author: Alex Cohen

Tags: Africa, Israel, Middle East, Volunteering

Israel, the most amazing country in the world.



In the summer of 2009 I took a trip to Israel which would forever change my views and feelings towards Judaism. For a month I toured Israel and experienced a foreign country for the first time in the short 16 years of my life. I had the most amazing time hiking, volunteering and learning about the Israeli and Jewish culture. The trip and it's influence on my life will be a part of me forever.

Author: Yolanta Bzdyk

Tags: Africa, Heritage, Israel, Middle East

A Trip to the Motherland

“Guys, guess what? We are going to Israel!  Yes, you heard it right, Israel!”  Those were my mother’s first words at the beginning of February of 2011, and she would not stop repeating them. When I first heard Israel, I thought I misunderstood my mom and that she was going crazy, but I was so wrong! This adventurous trip all started when my aunt and my mom got together and came up with the idea of visiting the Holy Land in order to see where Jesus was born, before any war outbreaks occurred in the Middle East.

Author: Janet Kaplan

Tags : Adventure Trip, Biking, Hiking, Israel, Kids, Middle East, Watersports

Israel Adventure Travel for All Ages

FTF authors offer a list of adventures in Israel, from ATVs to camel riding to windsurfing.

Adventure travel is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, and as an adventure destination, Israel can't be beat. Israel offers both "soft" adventures: camping, hiking and horseback riding and "hard" ones, like sky diving and mountain climbing. Below is a list of resources for adventures of all kinds.

Note! This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.

Author: Rachelle Grossman

Tags: Exploring, Israel, Middle East

Relating to the Other

We were born into different worlds -- she into a Bedouin Arab village in southern Israel, and me into a middle-class Jewish American household. Fate, or perhaps random chance had given me my shoes, and she hers, waiting for the moment when we would meet and exchange them for a short walk.

3rd Place 2007 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship