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 Women  travelling  alone  –  Usual  Annoyances


 
Whether travelling alone, in a group or with a partner or friend in Israel, there are some typical annoyances that effect all travelers and need to be dealt with in such a way to ensure they do not spoil your day or your holiday atmosphere. 
 
Customer Service In Shops
Average wages in general stores and shops are not very high and do not always attract staff of the highest caliber. Training in customer service is also not usually offered. These factors mean often we do not receive the type of customer service we are accustomed to at home.
 
Do not get upset or offended if you are not acknowledged in the way you are used to at home when trying to buy your bread, milk or daily newspaper. It is quite common not to get any eye contact or individual attention from the staff member in these shops so just clearly state what you want when you walk in rather than wait for them to acknowledge your presence. 
 
Do not be offended that the boy or girl behind the counter continues their conversation on the phone while serving you. Annoying yes, but very common place. 
 
Having said this, service in restaurants and cafes is usually fabulous. These guys rely on tips to boost their low salaries and if you receive good service a tip is recommended. 
 
 
Orderly Lines and Queues
Standing in line is not common practice in Israel and for folks used to this orderly way of getting served, Israel can be somewhat frustrating. Here, it’s all about getting the servers attention and clearly shouting out what you want, so get ready to strategically plan your move to the front or simply shout out your request from behind. Either works fine. 
 
 
Taxi’s
As in most places in the world, taxi drivers can be a frustrating experience. Rudeness and deceitfulness are often common place and there is not a traveler on the planet who doesn’t have a bad taxi story to tell from their global travels. With that said, there are also many helpful, honest and genuinely kind drivers who want your trip with them to be a pleasurable experience. They just seem to be out numbered 100 to 1. 
To help avoid bad taxi experiences, try to find out the approximate cost of your fare from a local and how long it should take.  
 
Make sure the meter is on when you head off on the journey, many bad taxi tale has come from an argument over the cost. Always ask for the receipt in case you mistakenly leave some of your possessions in the taxi. With the complete information of the receipt you stand a much better chance of getting your belongings back. 
 
If possible have your destination written in Hebrew, and better still try to practice how to say it like an Israeli so you sound as if you been here a while. And in the cases where things don’t turn out to be fair or just, it’s easier to pay and walk away than cause a huge scene which will spoil your feeling for the day. 
 
 
Markets and touristic area hassle 
Again, as in most places around the globe, markets are a place for bargaining and negotiating the price. It is a game of show and if kept light hearted, can be a fun way to buy your trinkets.
 
It is not recommended to go along with suggestions to check the merchandise that’s inside the store in the markets- all merchandise available is usually displayed outside or near the door. Invitations may be particularly insistent, just firmly utter “I can’t, my husband’s waiting for me. I must rush’ and leave without looking back however long they keep calling. Rather than rude, this is the expected behavior if you’re not interested. This sometimes happens while bargaining. Bargain away by all means, there’s no reason to deprive yourself of this pleasure, just be in control of its end as expressed here.
 
Understand that when visiting popular tourist attractions like the old city of Jerusalem you will usually be hassled in some way by touts, guides and salespeople. Be firm with your NO, have no eye contact or ignore them completely and they will move onto the next person.
 
 
 


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