New York is not my most preferred city. You might say that I have a cognitive bias against it, a well-known phenomenon in psychology and behavioral sciences. It is human tendencies to think in certain ways, that causes illogical judgments and perceptions. Even intelligent people are biased and tend to create conclusions suiting their preferences rather than objective thinking. Why, when I discovered that prices are skyrocketing in New York in September and keep rising as the time approached, I didn’t check what events are scheduled in New York in September, as I did when we wanted to visit Key West? I do know how to draw conclusions: I drew the right conclusion in the episode of the knocks in the middle of the night and changed hotels?
Hotel prices, as I disclosed in a previous post, have a “life cycle” of their own. This raises the question: when is the best time to find the best prices? The city of New York, with which I have an ongoing romance, will function in this post as an example.
Each time that we travel abroad as tourists, not to stay with family, we have to decide where to stay; Should we look for one central point from which we can go back and forth? Or perhaps we should sleep every night in a different place, and then we’ll be a bit like gypsies? As opposed to flights, where the price range is quite clear, accommodation rates vary immensely – whether you prefer an expensive hotel, a budget one, a bed and breakfast or a room at Airbnb?
The Internet created the phenomenon of “independent tourism”, where people are planning their own trips; They buy flights, rent cars, and reserve hotels all by themselves, without the help of travel agents. No more organized tours that are mostly bus rides along incredible distances, or remote hotels that have a secret deal with travel agencies. Thus, nowadays, a conversation about traveling starts with the sentence: “Were you already in…?” Indeed, we are all excited by breathtaking views, historic sites, and welcoming cities, so much so that with time, a list of mandatory sites for travelers, part of which is based on “herd mentality” has been created. Sometimes the sites that are considered mandatory provide the goods, yet sometimes… (Public relations people have to make a living, too). Continue reading Tourist sites that must be visited (or not)
The markets in Thailand are an amazing phenomenon. You’d think Thailand was one huge market. In the evening many streets, that in the morning are regular, gray and steaming, turn into night markets. As if by magic, for miles on end, on both sides of the road, stalls are arranged to display all kinds of goods. Just imagine, every evening to arrange an endless number of beads and every night to pack it. The goods are varied: clothes, cosmetics, shoes, belts, bags, scarves, food cooked at the site, drinks of all kinds etc. Continue reading Thailand – A combination between past and future
Of all seasons, I like spring best, although, in Israel, it’s a season characterized by heat waves (Khamsin). While in autumn, heat waves are very hot and unpleasant, in spring time they are not really awful, just a moderate reminder of the coming summer, and there’s always the chance that a swift rain will come and wash away the dust and sand and clean up the air. The fun part is to see the trees begin to bloom, growing flowers in all colors, temperatures are mild, and humidity in Tel Aviv is bearable. After the freezing winter this year (everything is relative Darling), shortly before spring bursts, I search for places in which we can unfreeze a little. Last year we went to South Italy because it is considered a hot place, but it was windy and cold. This year I have come to the conclusion that a tropical climate is the hottest, so why not Thailand? Continue reading Thailand – How to get there and where to start?
The renovation to our flat, that took place some years ago, was so full of small insights, little incidents and a lot of stories so that when I shared them with my friends I was ordered to go and start writing a blog. I opened this blog in Hebrew and, looking back, I can see that I wrote quite a lot. I wrote about the renovation, about current experiences and events and about my travels. While all these subjects are relevant to my friends in Israel, some are interesting to my English-speaking friends too. So, I decided to turn this site into a bi-lingual one. I don’t promise anything but I’ll try to write regularly in English too.
The last word: welcome to my English blog!