Due to its colossal religious significance, Israel is one of the few places in the Middle East that is known to welcome a multitude of outsiders. It has been that way since early medieval period with Jewish and Christian pilgrims. Now the overall inclusion of visiting foreign cultures covers a worldwide scope.

Normally, more people meant an increased cost of living (permanent or temporary). However, it is not impossible to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holy nation while on a relatively tight budget. Here are the ways to spend less while traveling in Israel:


There are simple dos-and-don'ts when it comes to seeking temporary living quarters. Do book your stay in hostels (inns), and avoid hotels as much as possible. Hostels only cost between $20 and $30 while hotels can be twice more expensive. By comparison, the return of investment swings in favor of hostels, especially those that already offer complimentary meals.   


If you're planning to buy some groceries, Israel's local markets charge a ridiculously cheaper bargain compared to your local US supermarkets. They provide a better deal than convenience stores in terms of natural foods and resources. More importantly, it is permitted to haggle with sellers (the locals are very adept and consider this a pleasant pastime).


The best way to enjoy one's dining experience in Israel is to eat like a local. Street foods like hummus and falafel are a staple delight for tourists on the go. More importantly, street stalls are a whole lot of a cheaper bargain than restaurants. The most expensive street food budget per meal would not exceed $12.


Of all the important elements of tourism which one can gain the most bargain, transportation is the most important issue worth discussing. Rule of thumb: avoid taxis as much as possible. Taxi drivers tend to overcharge, if not give passengers a less pleasant experience.

The best rides all over the country is a shared minivan called 'sherut.' These vehicles drop passengers at the exact location. However, most of the interesting sites within each city are accessible within walking distance. If you're not moving to another city, it is best to simply go on foot.