How expensive it gets for solo backpackers?

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Dec 1st, 2011, 03:52 AM
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How expensive it gets for solo backpackers?

Hi there!
I’m working my plans for visiting Israel, and I wonder how cheap/expensive it gets for backpacker style.
I’m not talking for the absolute minimum record, basically for an average low budget-conscious way
(Sleeping in dorms/ simple rooms, eating at simple restaurants and some street food, travelling by public buses, etc)
Guidebooks set the low budget cost at US$ 20-40 (pppd), or NIS 80-150, is this really easy around the country?
I read other posts, that Israel is not really a backpacker destination. Hmmm…
Costs can vary for each traveller of course, but what should I expect as a rough idea?
Also: can you really enjoy some good sightseeing in low budget level, or need packages somewhere?
Many thanks- happy travels to all!
Nikolas
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Dec 2nd, 2011, 12:09 PM
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www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/israel/tel-aviv

www.virtualtourist.com www.hospitalityclub.org

Good sites for this pretty easy to do...

Bell Tel Aviv Abraham Hostel Jerusalem Masada top 3 for most.

Happy Travels!
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Dec 3rd, 2011, 02:29 AM
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many thanks!
I 'll check on them
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Dec 4th, 2011, 12:29 PM
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I do not know what guidebook you are looking at but it is way inaccurate. Hostels in Israel are not cheap. Even something like the Abraham hostel--if you go 8 in the room will cost upwards of $40 a night. ( and other hostels are more expensive) You then need to eat--street food will still run a minimum of another $15 a day. Add the cost of buses--even if you do lots of walking, you are still riding buses to get from city to city. Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is approx. $5. There are admissions to many "do not miss" sites. If you bumped your budget to $75 a day you maybe could do it--but it would be difficult. Israel is not an inexpensive country to visit.
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Dec 5th, 2011, 09:33 AM
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Many thanks Elkaz, you gave very insight info!!
The guidebook is lonely planet's last edition.
Probably it's a case of updating only the cover of the book!?
These costs you say are definately so much higher than what they mention there.
I now understand that Israel is not the budget destination I thought.
I think I got a good idea of what to expect.
I'll certainly plan my moves more carefully to stretch the budget as much as it takes!
Happy travels!!
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Dec 5th, 2011, 12:08 PM
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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. BTW Lonely Planet is not considered an accurate book when it comes to israel ( it may be for other locations) The inaccuracies go way beyond telling you how much it will cost to travel there.

Hopefully you will be able to afford to still come.
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Dec 6th, 2011, 10:48 AM
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It has happened to me with LP some times in the past.
They can do from great job to total disaster.
maybe you could suggest me a reliable one for Israel?
perhaps Fodors, or..?
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Dec 6th, 2011, 01:40 PM
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I really like the Foder's book. I do know some who like Frommers. Right now the current Foders has a later publication date.
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Dec 6th, 2011, 09:01 PM
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According to its website, the Abraham Hostel starts at NIS 72 per night, so a little more than $20. That's not Thailand, but it's not terrible. But it is true that Israel is an expensive country. IF you have a student card, that will save you a little on admissions, and a shekel or two on bus tickets.
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Dec 7th, 2011, 04:37 AM
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I just went back and rechecked. Playing around with dates I was able to get a 10 person room for 72NIS. I did't see that when I checked out the website the first time. A lot depends upon when you are going. Nikolas--when do you want to visit Israel---and then we can talk real numbers, not random dates
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Dec 7th, 2011, 08:52 AM
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Many many thanks guys!!
great help
I'll see for the final considerations and I think I 'll do the trip and stretch the budget as much as it could go!!
all the very best!!!!
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