How much money to bring...
Your 10 day trip is FREE and our program provides you with at least 2 meals a day. On the days you’re responsible for one of your meals, we will take you to the mall or an area with restaurants. The cost for a typical meal should be around $9 - $10 per day. You may occasionally want to buy bottled water (although the tap water is perfectly fine), snacks, drinks, etc.
Finally, in Israel, it is customary to tip both the tour guide and the bus driver at the end of the program. Our experience is that $70 is appropriate for a 10-day trip. Tipping is not mandatory, and if this is something that you cannot afford or in which you do not want to participate, do not be embarrassed to tip less or to refrain altogether. Please note that it is neither customary nor appropriate to tip the North American support staff or the Israeli guards/medics on the trip.
All in all, we recommend that you bring $150-$200 on the trip. If you plan on bringing cash, you can easliy exchange your currency at the airport in Israel. Israel Free Spirit will arrange for a guy to come to the bus and exchange your money. You can also exchange your money during your free time on the trip.
How to bring it...
The best money solution in Israel is to bring a credit card and/or ATM card. In terms of credit cards, Visa and Mastercard are accepted everywhere in Israel. It's a good idea to call your credit card company before you leave to let them know that you are travelling to Israel (otherwise they may think it's fraud and suspend your account). In terms of ATM cards, most will work in Israel, but you should definitely call your bank ahead of time just to make sure the card will work in Israel (note: Any ATM card with a Visa or Mastercard logo will work for sure).