December 8th 2015
Israel’s rainy season is the much overlooked diamond in the rough. The brisk winds, infrequent downpours and surreal peace that cloaks the country during these months is something world travelers won’t want to miss. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of winter showers.
Tip #1: Gear Up
With the right gear, nothing is out of your reach. Arm yourself with a heavy, waterproof jacket and solid, slip-proof boots. A waterproof backpack will also keep things like your phone, wallet and travel guide safe from a downpour.
Tip #2: Discover Nature at Her Finest
Get outside! This might seem counterintuitive, but it’s actually the best travel advice you’ll ever get since during the rainy season, you’ll experience nature at its best. The greenery is lusher, the mountains are more dramatic and the rivers and waterfalls are as vibrant as a movie scene.
Tip #2: Layer Up
Israeli winters aren’t as harsh as the biting cold of a New York or Chicago December, but there is a chill in the air. At the same time, most travelers won’t appreciate a winter coat during the warmer parts of the day. The solution? Layers! Wear a good, thin material like fleece, silk or thermal under your normal shirt. Add a kapuchon (Hebrew for hoodie) and rain slicker to keep toasty when it’s cold, easily shedding layers when the weather warms up.
Tip #3: Explore Indoors
Don’t just mope about in your hotel room. Explore the many and varied indoor activities this diverse culture has to offer. From educational museums and art exhibits to curious coffee shops, there’s a whole new world of intrigue and excitement to discover.
Curious about a Middle Eastern winter vacation? Pull on an extra pair of socks, and discover the untapped beauty of Israel’s rainy season!