Health And Safety

Dear Friends,

As we prepare for our upcoming journey, I wanted to share some important health and safety tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience. While some of these suggestions may seem like common sense, others are specific to the region. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

  1. Sun Protection: Your destination may experience intense sunlight, especially during the spring and summer months. To protect yourself, it is crucial to wear lightweight clothing that covers your arms, shoulders, and neck. I highly recommend bringing along a good pair of sunglasses and a hat with a brim to shield yourself from the strong sun.
  2. Drinking Water: While the tap water in our hotels is safe to drink, it’s always a good idea to opt for bottled water. Dehydration is a common issue, particularly for those coming from colder climates. The combination of hot weather and dietary adjustments can contribute to dehydration. Remember to drink water frequently, and if needed, consider bringing salt tablets.
  3. Adapting to the Local Cuisine: Most restaurants serve food that is like what we’re accustomed to in Western countries. However, if you have a sensitive stomach, I suggest bringing over-the-counter medication to alleviate any potential digestive discomfort.
  4. Managing Jet Lag: Upon our arrival, it’s essential to rest as much as possible during the first couple of days to overcome jet lag and fully enjoy the pilgrimage. Please note that due to time adjustments and travel hours, we will usually lose a full day depending on our destination when flying from North America. Our tour leaders are working closely with Holy Steps Travel to ensure enough rest is built into our schedule. Remember to give yourself ample time to readjust once you return home.
  5. Restrooms: While there are limited public restrooms, nearly every church has restroom facilities. To be prepared, I recommend carrying wet wipes and antibacterial gel with you at all times.
  6. Passport Safety: Throughout the pilgrimage, it’s crucial to have your passport with you at all times. I suggest keeping it on your person or storing it securely in the lockbox of your hotel room, provided our guide confirms it’s permissible to leave it behind on certain touring days.
  7. Guarding Against Theft: It’s important to remain vigilant against pickpocketing. Always keep your wallet or purse securely fastened and close to your body. If someone tries to make unusual physical contact or you suspect theft, please inform me or our group leader immediately.
  8. Lost Items: Unfortunately, recovering lost items during the pilgrimage can be challenging. If you lose any insured items that require reporting, please inform me or our group leader promptly. Every Country should have tourism police units in all districts, and we will do our best to assist you.
  9. Regional Safety and Security: I want to assure you that the Holy Land and many other destinations are safe to visit, even during times of conflict. Tourists and pilgrims have visited the Holy Land without incident. Our tour organizer and Holy Steps Travel and Tours will continuously monitor the security situation and inform us of any necessary changes to the itinerary. Please be aware that the presence of armed police, soldiers, and security forces, as well as fortifications and walls, is a part of everyday life in the Holy Land and should not cause alarm.

I hope these tips will help you prepare for our pilgrimage and ensure your well-being throughout our journey. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us anytime.

 

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