When I arrived in Palestine for the first time in 2017 I felt ill-equipped. I had been unable to find any adequate information about traveling in Palestine prior to my departure.
As I traveled around Palestine I realized I was far from alone in this frustration. It was clear that one of the Israeli Occupation’s many tools in controlling the narrative was through their fear mongering and tourism chokehold over the Occupied West Bank. So we – a group of foreigners and Palestinians – decided to do something about it.
We created this website to serve as the platform we wish had existed prior to our first travels. On this website you will find information about safety, airport/visa information, cultural norms, volunteering options, bus/taxi information, budgeting, city guides, and much more.
Note: this website is a completely volunteer and pro-bono endeavor; we do not take any commission or request any form of payment. The purpose of this website is only to help more foreigners benefit from everything Palestine has to offer, and to mitigate some of the Israeli governments control over ethical travel information to Palestine.
Anna, 21, American
“My family and friends had me terrified before I came to Palestine for the first time. They actually had me convinced I had to write a will before coming here, and multiple people told me ‘don’t get bombed’ and ‘don’t get kidnapped.’ These racist lies about Palestine couldn’t have been farther from the truth that I found here. Everyone welcomed me, and people on the street are so kind and friendly. I made lifelong friends who I will continue to return to see.
The violence of the Occupation is no lie, but the idea that Palestinians would hurt or attack a foreigner traveling here most certainly is. I’ve benefitted from the most outstanding hospitality all across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the only times I felt unsafe in Palestine were in the presence of Israeli soldiers.
Barry, 37, Scottish
“Having recently returned from my second trip to Palestine, I would encourage anyone who has an interest in learning about what’s really going on to visit and see for themselves what life is like. You’ll be met with smiling faces, warmth and generous hospitality.
I’m already looking forward to my next trip! I’ll admit that I was a bit nervous prior to making my first visit, but as soon as I arrived I encountered locals who welcomed me, offered me coffee and invited me to sit down for a chat before helping me find my accommodation. I’m very fortunate to have made numerous Palestinian friends who I’m looking forward to seeing again next time.”
India, 19, Australian
“To be honest, before arriving in Palestine I had no idea what to expect. From what I was told in Australian media and by those around me, traveling, living and working in the West Bank would be dangerous and difficult. When I arrived however, I was welcomed with open arms. I found I was never without someone offering me directions, help, food, or lots of tea and coffee.
Staying in Aida Refugee Camp was also incredibly different from what I had imagined. While crowded and suffering from Israeli restrictions on water, the camp was also well established with access to electricity, wifi, air-conditioning and heating (things which I am embarrassed to admit I wasn’t sure they would have). Staying in a camp provides you with an incredible sense of community as you are immediately welcomed and you always feel surrounded by friends. Palestine is one of the most welcoming, beautiful and historically rich countries I have ever visited, and I would recommend to everyone to go and see it for yourself.”