I only lived in Tel Aviv for two weeks but I developed a routine similar to my time spent living in Medellin, Colombia
. Or the time I lived in London
. Instead of green mountains surrounding my apartment I lived 50 meters from the beach in Tel Aviv.
At times I worked from my balcony overlooking the beach but in reality it never worked that well. The view and weather was just too distracting.
Instead of playing tennis like in Medellin
, I rented a bicycle for the week where i’d ride up and down the boardwalk down to the old city of Jaffa
The scene was always interesting.
- I rented a furnished, short term one bedroom apartment in the low season for US$65/day. Its normally advertised at US$90 in the low season and as much as US$120 in the high season. The location was 50 meters from the beach but it also lay directly on the border between good and bad Tel Aviv. As in, I was a 2 minute walk from four star hotels but also a five minute walk from a strip club. The apartment came with air conditioning, cable TV,32 LCD, DVD, Wireless internet, full kitchen with utensils, double stove, microwave, refrigerator, electric hot pot, bedroom with one full bed for two people, and a convertible sofa to full bed for two people.
- Other costs were my 2 week bike rental which ran about US$150 for a nice bicycle. If you’re smarter you’ll buy one but time equals money.
- While I was able to cook I mostly ate out which isn’t cheap. Budget US$5-$30 a meal for cheapies like schwarma and burgers to sit down meals at sit down restaurants.
- Nights out can get really expensive without the right connections. Figure in a US$10 taxi ride to the port for the cities best taxi and your spending $20/night alone just for transport. If you’re lucky enough to be let in a nice club you’ll be out another US$10 entrance at least. Then figure US$5-9 per beer. I was lucky. A few of my local friends would pick me up from my apartment and we’d get into a handful of clubs for free which they were always on the guestlist for.
My spending is very difficult to track for my two weeks but I would estimate my expenses at US$100/day.
Sample Daily Routine:
Below is sample of what I do each day. Of course I don’t do these things every single day at the exact same time and I only actually stayed for two weeks. But on a longer term basis it would look like this:
- 10AM – Wake up naturally without an alarm
- 10-11AM – Shower/drink coffee/read emails
- 11-12AM – work
- 12-1PM – Go out for a quick lunch
- 1PM-2:30PM – Ride bike along the beach
- 2:30-5:00PM – work
- 5-6PM – Go out for dinner
- 6-7:30 – relax (TV, wander outside, etc.)
- 7:30-1AM – socialize (hang out with friends, bars, clubs, etc.)
That’s just a sample no frills day. Sometimes i’d go exploring a bit in Jaffa’s old city while another day I might hang out with friends during the day. It was pretty unpredictable because I hosted different friends for most of those two weeks. It was a great couple of weeks after non-stop travel in Israel
🙂 Sounds good. It’s really beautiful there. I’m glad you got to experience it without the hectic 385 schedule. I’d like to be able to do that.
The pictures are awesome, especially the sunset.
Locationless Living says
Thanks Alyssa I had a really nice few weeks. Definitely worth staying extra for.
Hey – really cool that you chose to stay in Tel Aviv for a little while. On my current RTW trip, I pretty much fell for the place immediately and ended up staying four months! It gets cheaper if you stay longer. I was living a little further away from the beach, but still just a short walk away!
Locationless Living says
Four months? Wow. By that time you must have been speaking fluent hebrew. Thanks for reading Adam.
haha not even close! I originally thought I’d try to learn some, but quickly gave it up for drinking and beach-bumming instead
tel aviv apartment rentals says
its really cool to share your experience. it can be a guide for us in how to live your experience. nice job dude. keep it up.
Alef Bet Jewelry says
Tel Aviv is great. We visit Jerusalem usually, all my family is there, but the country is wonderful.
I have just discovered your website ! I read you comments about Tel Aviv and I would like to know if it is fairly easy to communicate with English ? Also, do you think it would be a safe place for a woman traveling solo ?
Thank you and all the best in your journey !
Jason B. says
Most people in Israel seem to speak English in bigger cities. It is the kind of place where if the person does not speak English, the person next to him or her will. It is definitely a safe place for solo women travelers, depending on where you want to go. If you stay out of very religious areas you will be treated well. And if you want to wander around religious neighborhoods you can dress more conservatively and have little problem.