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Tips On Taking Better Care of Your Health While Vacationing Abroad

Cathy Chester | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel
Cathy Chester

Traveling can be tiring when you're disabled. Over the years I've put together a few rules that make traveling easier and less stressful.

5 Free Things To Do In The Middle East's Most Expensive City

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 06.07.2014 | Travel

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As a city regularly ranked the most expensive in the Middle East, you are going to have a hard time enjoying Tel Aviv's plet...

Don't Be Duped -- Travel and Talk to People

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Flying home, I'm pleased with what we learned and what we have to share. The montage to introduce our one-hour Holy Land special goes like this: "Whil...

What's Your Occupation?

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

While the Holy Land's troubles are no joking matter, sometimes a little humor can help defuse the tension. I couldn't help but chuckle at this joke: A...

The Hijab -- The Meaning of a Scarf

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

To show modern Palestine both in its people and its institutions, we popped into Birzeit University. Its campus, at the edge of Ramallah, has an enrol...

The Desolation of a Monk's Dreams -- The Monastery of St. George

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Hiding in folds of the Judean Desert are ancient monasteries which, since ancient times, have given hermits the desolation of their dreams. Orthodox C...

Bedouins in Palestine -- Nomads with a Permanent Address

Rick Steves | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The Judean Desert offers some of Palestine's most dramatic and evocative scenery. Vast and arid, it's home to herds of camels, raised for their milk a...

One Case Where an Arab Israeli Has More Rights than a Jewish Israeli

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

When filming, I spend a lot of time sitting in the car while the crew is getting a particular shot. In the Holy Land, there are fascinating things to ...

Hebron's Tomb of Abraham -- Tensely Shared between Jews and Muslims

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Hebron is the West Bank's biggest city, and is also home to one of the holiest sites in the Holy Land: The Tomb of Abraham, who is a revered figure am...

Battir: A Palestinian National Park

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Palestine is pretty brown and dusty. Especially in the late fall, it was tough to find a lot of green. And with a desperate economy, there's not much ...

Christians and Muslims Mingle in Bethlehem

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Both of my Palestinian guides helped me understand that here in the Holy Land, "religion" is a matter of both faith and culture. Muslims, Jews, and Ch...

Oh Crazy Town of Bethlehem

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Lots of tourists go to Palestine, but I'd estimate that 90 percent of them do it as a strategic strike from Jerusalem to Manger Square in Bethlehem (a...

Wear Thick Shoes When Touring Palestine

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

When traveling in rough lands, I always wear sturdy shoes. In my town, curbs at intersections are turned into ramps so people won't trip...and other c...

This is Palestine

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The West Bank is small (about 30 miles wide and 80 miles long). Every place we're visiting for this episode is -- barring delays at checkpoints or oth...

Getting Cozy with the Palestinian Authority

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

After a week in Israel, it's time to cross into Palestine. My goal is to show Palestine as a place that's exciting and educational to explore. We'll h...

Israel in 3,300 Words?

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

The great frustration for me as a TV producer is to condense everything I'd like to say into 30 minutes and about 3,300 words. This week in Israel cou...

Ultra-Orthodox -- Every Religion's Got 'Em

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

I'm caught up in how religions around the world are stoking turmoil, even though the teachings of those religions say "love your neighbor," and all of...

The Temple Mount: Is This God's Idea of a Joke?

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Imagine standing on the Mount of Olives, looking over at Jerusalem, and then looking into the camera to say, "The land Israelis and Palestinians occup...

Pondering Israeli Settlements in the West Bank

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Visiting several Israeli settlements (built over the border from Israel in Palestinian West Bank territory, and therefore controversial), I can see th...

It's Like Holy Land Monopoly

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

From my experience traveling here, I've learned that it's all about control of land. That's the crux of the problem between Israelis and Palestinians,...

The Sea of Galilee

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

After a busy day of filming the major Christian sites along the Sea of Galilee, I enjoyed this view from my hotel window in Tiberias. We worked a l...

Keeping the High Ground

Rick Steves | Posted 12.31.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

I wanted to give our viewers empathy for Israel's unenviable position: surrounded by threatening Arab states. That's why we filmed at the Gadot Lookou...

My Holy Land Shoot Finally Arrives

Rick Steves | Posted 12.30.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

For the last year, my usual laser focus on Europe has been diverted with preparation for our Holy Land shoot. With our regular TV production in Europe...

Exploring Israel and Palestine -- In Search of Understanding (and Some Great TV)

Rick Steves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

Earlier this month, my crew and I flew to Tel Aviv to film three new public television shows on the Holy Land: individual half-hour episodes on Israe...

5 Sacred Places for a Spook-Free Halloween

Joy Pecknold | Posted 12.21.2013 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

October's rife with talk of ghosts, goblins and ghouls, but not everybody's down with the undead. For those looking for the flip side to a haunted hotel experience -- more deities than demons -- here are five divinely-linked destinations for a more sacred sojourn.