3 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your First LDS Israel Vacation

A tourist location found in Israel

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page,” says St. Augustine of Hippo.

So you’ve read that quote, and you now want to travel the whole world. Plus, everyone is telling you LDS Israel vacations are the in-thing. So you packed your bags, and off you go to the Holy Land.

Well, it is true you can never visit the Land of the Bible and return home the same, but it’s until you’re back from your first tour that you would wish you knew this:

1. Some basic geographical layout of Israel

This tip may seem unnecessary at first, but you would have appreciated the biblical significance of the historical sites better if you knew where you were and heading next. You can use a good Bible atlas to study Israel’s geography and mark a few biblical references such as Galilee, Judea, Samaria and the Wilderness. With the Bible atlas, you can also map the route to help you visualize the whole tour.

2. How to better prepare for the tour

You might get overly excited that you would be walking on the streets that Jesus walked on, too, that you forgot to carry your Bible with you. Well, not that large Bible in your study (you don’t want it to wear out that fast) but a smaller one that you can conveniently read on-site. A digital tablet can also suit this purpose, which you can use to take photos and journal your experience, as well.

Additionally, do not forget to carry a hat, sunscreen ointments, good shoes, modest clothing, and 220v adapters for your phone charger and hairdryer. Before you set out for the tour, it will also help if you’re physically fit so you enjoy an easy time during the vacation.

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3. How to prepare yourself spiritually

LDS Israel vacations are spiritual journeys, and most probably, these tours will have an impact on your spiritual life. So, pray, pray, pray, and use your quiet time to meditate on the biblical significance of the sites you will be visiting.

You would not want to return home only to wish you would have done more things to enjoy a fuller experience in your Israel tour. These three tips will go a long way to help you prepare for your next vacation in the Holy Land.