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Nomads on the Road - Yael in the Middle East

ISRAEL | Monday, 21 November 2011 | Views [3513]

Yael Gaffney works in the Customer Service Centre at World Nomads and recently returned from adventures on the road. 

Where did you go? 

Israel and Jordan. I grew up hearing stories about the time my mum lived on an Israeli kibbutz in the late 70’s and my name came from a close friend she made there. I also studied the crusades in high school and always wanted to go and visit the crusader sites. And of course, Indiana Jones inspired my trip to Petra in Jordan.

What was your best cultural experience? 

Sitting on the beach at Tel Aviv, sun is shining, sea sparkling and eating the best teriyaki chicken salad I have ever had with a fresh juice.

3 tips for other travellers?

1.) Arrive early to airports and border controls and expect delays. Their immigration and security checks are thorough. Especially if you are travelling on an Australian passport.

2.) Female travellers should expect extra attention from men so you need to be firm with peddlers who are a bit aggressive with their sales techniques.

3.) Do your research, I wish I had read up on the best places to go for nightlife in Tel Aviv. Instead we spent most of the night back and forth in taxis and following the directions and suggestions given by hostel workers and people on the street which led us on a goose chase of finding an mystery night club hidden behind a yoghurt bar. 

What was the highlight of your trip? 

A little birdy told me of an incredible vantage point from which to see Petra’s famous treasury from above. What they neglected to mention was the fact that I had to be built like a mountain goat to reach it and it is virtually inaccessible without a local guide who’s happy to climb in the 40 degree heat. Unperturbed, I flagged down a passing horseman, swallowed my fear of heights and bravely edged along cliff ledges which were only slightly wider than my feet. It was all worth it in the end when I was finally rewarded with the most magnificent view (albeit at the cost of torn pants and heatstroke).

And finally, what makes you a world nomad?

I have a passion for travelling. I love every new experience that I gain from travel, whether that be learning about a different culture, or finally going on the adventure that I dreamed of as a child. New foods, new smells and new sights are what motivate me to explore the world.

Related Articles: 

The Complexities of Israel Visas

A Girl's Guide to the Middle East

Tags: israel, jordan, nomads on the road, staff, travel

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