Israel is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. In fact, for the first quarter of 2017, approximately 739,000 tourists visited Israel according to the data provided by Israel’s Tourism Ministry. The Dead Sea, Nazareth, and Jerusalem are only some of the amazing places you can visit on this middle eastern country. There are other sights to see from the bars and beaches of Tel Aviv to the wineries of the Galilee.

Here are some tips to visit Israel without breaking the bank:

  1. Set up a travel fund.

If your goal is to travel, then your process is to save. You need money to travel, so for you to get to your next dream destination, it’s best if you have a separate fund for travel to make tracking your money easier. After setting up a travel fund, commit a portion of your earnings to it regularly. It doesn’t have to be much as long as it’s consistent.

  1. Look for cheap flights to Israel.

Cheap flights to Israel don’t turn up often, and when they do, they usually don’t last for long, so you must be vigilant and ready to purchase when looking for deals that will save you money. This is why having a travel fund ready helps. As much as possible, don’t use your credit card without a plan on how you’re going to pay for it that month. It will only defeat the purpose of trying to save money if you’ll just end up paying interests and penalties.

  1. Stay with a friend or family or take advantage of hostels.

Staying with family or friends is the money-saving hat trick when you’re traveling, but if you don’t have family or friends in Israel, it’s best to stay in hostels. You’re going to spend most of your time exploring anyway, so you don’t need expensive accommodations.

  1. Use public transportation.

Renting a car may be convenient, but if you can afford to take advantage of the public transportation available, it will save you a lot of money. It will also allow you to have an adventure.

  1. Buy food from Israel’s markets.

Native food sold in Israel’s markets go for a very low price compared to those sold in supermarkets. Almost every town and city in Israel has its own market, so make use of them. Not only will you be able to save money but also experience authentic Israeli cuisine.

  1. Join tours.

There are specialist tours in Israel that will provide you with materials you need to explore the place for a very affordable price. Joining these tours will help you save money as well as see the beauty of Israel at your own pace.

Traveling doesn’t always have to be pricey. The key is preparation and taking advantage of every money-saving opportunity. Research helps, too, as it will help you get to know the place you’re visiting and its inexpensive offers.