This article first appeared on Sheknows with the title: “Studying in Israel as a teen gave me a lifelong love of travel:”
As a teenager, I was allowed to travel for nine weeks with 150 friends from Los Angeles on a summer Ulpan in Israel. We studied, we laughed and we learned about ourselves. That trip imbued in me a desire to travel that has never left. Because of that summer experience, I chose to study in Jerusalem during my junior year of college.
I never wavered. I decided to do it when I was sixteen years old and I followed through with a semester at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I lived in Israel during the first intifada and I did not worry. I knew I was where I was supposed to be.
After that semester, the feeling of living in another land became necessary for me. I chose to work at Club Med and on cruise ships and have traveled to six continents and over 100 countries.
In October 2015, I was invited on another journey to Israel. My life of writing about travel and creating videos of my experiences was leading me back to where it began. I was honored to be invited and thrilled that I would spend my birthday in Jerusalem during the adventure.
I highly recommend that you visit this amazing country. It will change your life.
Where to stay in Tel Aviv?
I absolutely loved the Brown Beach House. It is a new property just a block from the beach in Tel Aviv. The decor and atmosphere are inviting and inclusive. I loved the champagne in the lobby. It was the first time I indulged in a massage just after arrival at a property and this might become my new favorite ritual.
VIDEO: Brown Beach House
Another highlight of my trip was staying at the Ritz-Carlton Herzliya. The location on the marina is stunning. I loved walking on the beach for a windy sunset and returning to my two story sanctuary with a view. The Herbert Samuel is the first kosher restaurant at a Ritz-Carlton hotel and I loved the fully open kitchen which showcased many fresh seasonal ingredients. I loved the incredible tomato salad. I could have eaten a second and maybe even a third one. Breakfast was a buffet of fantastic tastes and I wish you could taste and smell the food on my video. It was remarkable like my room and the service.
Video: The Ritz-Carlton Herzliya
Enjoy all twenty-seven of my videos to see where we went and what we ate and feel like you were there with us!