Traveling with Kids. Don’t.

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Or: How to Survive a Ten Hour Trip with a Ten Month Old

It’s been a long time since you’ve last heard from me. Therefore, you might not be too surprised to learn that since my last post I became the proud mother of two beautiful boys!

As an expert mother of three, and having already attempted what is ‘supposed’ to be a ten hour drive across half the country, I am now overqualified to give you tips on that ultimate of paradoxes – the family vacation.

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Make Yourself “At Home” In Israel – Try a Tzimmer!

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Israel Off The Beaten Path – Episode 1

We asked you what you want to read about. You answered and we listened!

In a recent blog post we announced a raffle drawing for a $25 gift card, and the “price” of entry was a suggestion of a blog topic for our upcoming posts. We are happy to announce that the winner of the raffle is Jaclyn! Congrats, Jaclyn, and thanks to all those who left us a line. We got many great requests for blog posts, and we hope to address some of them in upcoming weeks.

This week’s post is in answer to what seemed to be the most popular request – Where do Israelis go when they are on vacation? Where do they eat out? Where do they stay? People want to hear the real deal, and we’re glad to bring you that information, in a new series of posts called Israel Off the Beaten Path. (more…)

Don’t let Fear of Flying Keep You “Down”

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By Perel Grossman

Some of you may know me as the fearless leader of our JWRP travel division at GoInspire. But what you may not know is that I am not all that fearless. Don’t ask me to drive in the snow. Don’t show me your pet cave cricket. And for heaven’s sake… don’t ask me to fly! Because I am here to admit that I suffer from the dreaded F.O.F. (a.k.a. Fear of Flying).

Caren Redlich, LCSW, explains the root of aviophobia: “Fear of flying usually comes from not feeling in control. It also triggers other fears such as separation anxiety.”

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Perel, you spend ALL DAY booking flights. How can YOU suffer from F.O.F.?”

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We Are Giving Away Money!

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Tell Us What You Really Want to Know About Israel For A Chance To Win

If you love Israel (like we do) there is probably a lot you want to learn about the land, from how to get there to what to do once you’re there. Well, here at GoInspire we want to help you! Let us know what you’d like to know more about, and we just might address your question or concept in a future blog post. Plus, anyone who submits an idea will be entered into a raffle to win a free gift card!

Curious about Israel?

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UPDATE: Free Enrollment in El Al’s Matmid Program

El-AlWow, that was good timing! Just a few days after we explained all about El Al’s Matmid Program, El Al came out with a promotion offering free registration! This is a limited time offer, and we don’t know when it will expire, so act fast. Click here to enroll now, and save yourself $25.

See you in Israel…

Flying High with El Al’S Matmid Program

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Six Ways To Make Your EL AL Frequent Flyer Points Work For You!

Most frequent fliers are familiar with the many awards programs available through various airlines. In case you’re not, here’s how they work, in a nutshell. You enroll in the frequent flier program of an airline that you “frequently fly”. You then amass points for every flight you take with that airline, and you can then redeem the points for future travel with that airline.

If you’ve been following our blog, you know that GoInspire recommends direct flights to Israel. As Israel’s official airline, EL AL offers the greatest number of direct flights to Israel, and we at GoInspire “frequently fly” our clients to Israel with EL AL.

Therefore, we’d like to share with you some tips about getting the most out of your EL AL frequent flyer points (usually known as “Matmid points”). (more…)

A Tale of Two Flights

Baila’s Forced “Vacation” In Philly, En Route to Israel

Philly AirportWhen our dedicated COO, Baila Groner, decided to take advantage of cheap tickets to Israel, we were all happy that she and her husband Zalman would finally get to enjoy a well-deserved vacation. Their plan was to leave Tuesday afternoon from LaGuardia to Philadelphia, and connect to an international flight scheduled to take off from Philly at 9:10 PM. They were scheduled to arrive in Israel on Wednesday afternoon, enabling them to light the menorah on the first night of Chanukah in Jerusalem.

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Demystifying Jerusalem’s Public Transportation

How to get around Jerusalem during your next Israel Vacation

egged busIsrael is a small country. Combining that with a great bus system makes it really easy for citizens and tourists to get around. Simply board a bus (it’s a good idea to verify that you’re on the right one), and you can get anywhere in the country. Don’t worry about missing your stop – fellow passengers are usually very friendly and helpful (sometimes overwhelmingly so!), and you can also ask the driver to tell you when to get off. Many of the buses in Jerusalem stop at the Tachana HaMerkazit (Central Bus Station) or Binyanei HaUma (a convention center/concert hall), which are right across the street from each other. There is a tunnel below the street, which provides an interesting and easy way to get from one to the other.

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Winging it to Israel – Israel Travel Tips, Part II

Discounted flights to IsraelYou know Israel is incredible. However, when you think about flying, that feeling of dread settles in your stomach. You’ve had enough airport adventures, and you’re not sure you’re ready for another! Help is here – you can experience Israel in one smooth trip with 10 Israel travel tips  from travel professionals, and experienced travelers, to help you on your way:

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Winging it to Israel – Travel Travails and Tips

wingWell, we were finally on our way to Israel – my brother and I – our carry-ons stowed efficiently under the seat in front of us, just beginning to relax and settle in for the duration. But just as the fascinating depiction of a tiny airplane crawling over a map indicated that we were flying over Boston, we heard the dreaded announcement.

“We are experiencing technical difficulties and will try to find somewhere to land,” pronounced the voice on the PA system, with fake calm. The landing equipment was in a dubious state and the Boston airport didn’t want to deal with us. What followed was a shaky ‘U-turn’ in the sky, and now we were truly on our way … to my very own nightmare. (more…)