"It's Expensive!" Israel Favorite Tip by jadedmuse

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by jadedmuse

Favorite thing: This isn't exactly a favorite thing!

Many people don't realize how expensive the cost of living is in Israel. State security commands a high price, and it's reflected in the nation's economy. Seems you don't get a break anywhere. Sure, you get 4 or 5 Israeli shekels to the US dollar which sounds great - but then you get hit with U.S. dollar type prices on anything from grocery store items to hotel bills.

It pays (pun intended!) to keep this in mind when you arrive in Israel so that you're not taken by surprise when you find yourself hitting up the ATM machine (your card will work at any Israeli ATM machine which will dispense back to you in shekels.)

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 26, 2005
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