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Yosemite Wellness Retreat

Yosemite Wellness Retreat

Hello! If you are here, I am assuming you are looking for something a little more than your current life is offering. Maybe it’s more vitality? Maybe it’s a health kickstart? A deeper sense of self? Clarity? Inspiration? Maybe its just some time to unplug […]

Costa Rica February 2020

Costa Rica February 2020

February 15th – 21st 2020 It looks like I am going back to Costa Rica for the 4th time! 😱 Mostly because Jolee is begging me to take her AND because a couple of my favorite people on the planet are wanting to go and […]

The Holy Land

The Holy Land

JESUS WALKS PLUS THE DEAD SEA & SURROUNDING AREA

June 9th-17th 2020 – 8 nights & 9 days

ONLY 6 SPOTS AVAILABLE! Registration closes when spots fill or on August 1st 2019, whichever comes first.

Sunset skyline in Jerusalem

DAY 1 June 9th – Arrive in Tel Aviv & Transfer to Jerusalem
You will be taken by shared taxi* to our Hotel Jerusalem accommodations.
Evening at leisure in Jerusalem.

DAY 2 June 10th(FULL DAY) – Private group day trip to Nazareth, Tiberias and Sea of Galilee
We will enjoy a flexible itinerary and have the undivided attention of our own guide on this private tour. We will visit the holy sites of Nazareth, including the Church of the Annunciation, built where the Virgin Mary was told of Jesus’ forthcoming birth by the Angel Gabriel we will also board a boat (included in the price) on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus walked on water. We will then see the Church of the Loaves and Fishes, the location where Jesus fed the 5,000. Lastly, we will drive on to Yardenit, where the Sea of Galilee flows into the Jordan River, and Christian pilgrims come to be baptized. Take in the sights here and, if you want to be baptized (own expense), talk to your guide to see if it can be arranged during your stop.
Not included: Toll and parking fees, food and drinks, Baptism service (additional cost), Gratuities
Jordanian visa on arrival possibly needed at baptismal site. Approximately $56USD

The Sea of Galilee

DAY 3 June 11th(morning) – Via Dolorosa
The Via Dolorosa is a 14 station processional route in the Old City of Jerusalem, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. Starting at St. Stephens gate(the lion’s gate) and ending at Church of Holy Sepulcher, the place of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. The distance is about about 600 meters & takes about 1-2 hours with all of the stops. It is a celebrated place of Christian pilgrimage
Transportation to/from the first station not included, ride sharing or walking recommended.

DAY 3 June 11th(after lunch) – Chapel of the Ascension & Gethsemane
The Chapel of the Ascension is a Christian and Muslim holy site in Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives that is believed to mark the place where Jesus ascended into heaven.
Gethsemane is an urban garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. It is the place where Jesus underwent agony in the garden and was arrested the night before his crucifixion. He also went there often to pray with his disciples.
Transportation not include. Ride sharing recommended.

Trying to imagine Jesus here(Gethsemane), the night before he was crucified, crying out to our Father is almost more than I can bear emotionally.
I can’t image what it will feel like in person . . .

DAY 4 June 12th – Bethlehem
Depart Jaffa Gate at 8:15am & return at 12:30pm – Afternoon/evening at leisure in Jerusalem.
Bethlehem is a Palestinian town south of Jerusalem in the West Bank. The biblical birthplace of Jesus, it’s a major Christian pilgrimage destination. The birth is marked by an inlaid silver star in a grotto under the 6th-century Church of the Nativity, which shares Manger Square with the 15th-century Church of St. Catherine and the 1860 Mosque of Omar.
Our day begins when we get picked up near Jaffa Gate. Ride sharing or walking to the tour start location is recommended. All Bethlehem tour transportation from that point forward is included.
Our first stop is one of the oldest churches in the world, where it all began; The Church of the Nativity, the birthplace of Jesus. Next we will visit the Franciscan Grotto of the Lady Mary and learn how the ‘Milk Grotto’ got its name. A large underground cave with a Franciscan chapel built directly on top, this is the site where it is believed that Mary and Joseph took Jesus for refuge from King Herod, before fleeing across the holy land to Egypt. Our final visit for the day in this ancient city, is to the Shepherd’s fields on the outskirts of the city. Believed to be the location where the Shepherds sited the Star of Nativity before venturing to visit Jesus, these fields hold a number of stunning shrines and a beautiful chapel, drawing pilgrims from around the world.

Let’s walk the streets of Jesus’ birth place and reflect together.

DAY 5 June 13th – Mount Zion (suggested) or day at leisure
Mount Zion is the highest point in ancient Jerusalem, a hill just outside the walls of the Old City. The term Mount Zion has been used in the Hebrew Bible first for the City of David and later for the Temple Mount, but its meaning has shifted and it is now used as the name of ancient Jerusalem’s Western Hill.
A few Options during our time on mount:
House of Caiaphas – Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu
Room of the last supper
Tomb of King David
Ride sharing(short 8 minute drive) to Mount Zion is recommended to those going. We will definitely be going if anyone wants to carpool with us.

DAY 6 June 14th – Travel to the Dead dead Sea by taxi van/bus*
Depart Jerusalem at check out and arrive at Isrotel Ganim Hotel Dead Sea, Ein Bokek in the afternoon.
Days 6 (after check in), 7 (all day) & the morning of 8th (prior to check out) at leisure. Below are a few options to consider.

A few options for our time at the dead sea:
Dead sea and dead tree – Float in the dead sea, apply a natural mineral dead sea mud mask or try your luck swimming to the dead tree! Bring water for drinking and eyes , sunblock & water shoes.
Ein Gedi National Park(21.4 miles from hotel) – A nature reserve with wildlife and waterfalls. The second largest oasis in Israel. Also the place where David hid from King Saul. aprox 27 min from hotel
Masada National Park(10.9 miles from hotel) – Ancient fortress in the Southern Judean desert overlooking the dead sea. Among many ruins, it is also home to King Herod’s palace & a roman style bath house. Approximately 17 minutes from Hotel

Feel free to tag along with me, Jolee and my dad to carpool taxis to all of the above locations during our days at the Dea Sea. We plan to visit all of them. Of course we can only fit so many people in our cab, so the first to ask can share with us. I encourage you all to ride share if possible! 🙂

The lowest place on earth, the Dea Sea
You’ve heard of the Dead Sea, but have you heard of the dead tree?
David’s waterfall in Ein Gedi National Park
Ein Gedi National Park trek
Masada – Aerial image of the ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel
View from inside the ruins

DAY 8 June 16th – Deapart Ein Bokek and travel to Tel Aviv by tax*
Arrive Cucu Hotel for our last night in Israel
Time at leisure after check in at hotel and on the morning of the 17th.

DAY 9 June 17th – Check out of and depart Cucu Hotel in Tel Aviv
Thank you for joining us in the Holy Land! God bless you & keep you!
Transportation to Ben Gurion Airport included.*

Tel Aviv has been called the “Miami” of the middle east.
I guess we shall see what we think of these claims.

Included:
Accommodations in Jerusalem, the Dead Sea & Tel Aviv noted above
Breakfasts on 10th, 11th, 12, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th)
Private guide for our full day group tour on June 10th
Boat ride tour on the Sea of Galilee as part of the tour on the 10th
Dinners at our Dead Sea accommodations on the 14th & 15th
Tour of Bethlehem on June 12th, including roundtrip transportation from Jaffa Gate and entrance to all sites.
Transportation from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv to Hotel in Jerusalem (up to $50 per person)*
Transport from Jerusalem to Dead Sea (up to $28USD per person)*
Transport from Dead Sea to Tel Aviv (up to $116USD per person)*
Transport from Tel Aviv to Ben Gurion Airport(up to $50USD/per taxi/vehicle)*
Wifi at most accommodation locations

Not Included:
International airfare
Travel insurance(required)
Meals not noted above
Tolls & parking for tour day on the 10th. To be split between all group members.
Entrance to all site not mentioned above when applicable
Transportation in and around Israel, the West Bank &Gaza not mentioned above(cabs, etc.)
Vaccines if applicable
Tips/gratuities
Jordanian visa on arrival at baptismal site or dead sea IF needed (Approximately. $56USD)
Souvenirs

NOTES:

  • There is no Uber in Israel, the West Bank & Gaza, we will need to download and use the Gett app or utilize taxis & public transport
  • For entrance into Israel, the West Bank & Gaza, we will need a passport valid for at least 6 months.
  • All routine vaccines plus Hep A & Hep B if not included in your routine vaccines & typhoid.
  • Possible Jordan visa on arrival at jesus’ baptismal site and dead sea, approximate $50-$60USD fee
  • Please note that taxi prices were quoted to me based on todays current rates and are subject to change.*

$2364 PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

PAYMENT PLAN:
$788 Non refundable deposit due no later than August 1st 2019
Save my spot! Sign up ——> HERE
Payment 1: $788 due November !st 2019
Payment 2: $788 due February 1st 2020
Payments plan dates for payments 1 & 2 are slightly flexible. Please inquire prior to booking if you need to arrange minor adjustments.
Contact Hilda at Hilda@worldworthwandering.com

Please note the room set up you prefer at time of deposit.
Options below:

Jerusalem Hotel:
2 single twin rooms available (2 beds)
1 full bed room available (1 bed)

Isrotel Ganim Hotel Dead Sea
2 single twin rooms with sea view available (2 beds)
1 double bed room with sea view (1 bed)

Cucu Hotel
3 Double bed rooms with balcony available

Want to go but don’t have a roomie? Let me know and maybe I can room you with another solo traveler!

DISCLOSURE: This itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as unpredictable weather, tour company/hotel issues or errors or any other factors outside of my control. I always strive for the best possible experience and will substitute anything that must be changed with something equally or even more awesome!

I look forward to experiencing this life changing land with you!

A 10 year old with a mission

A 10 year old with a mission

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Past Group Trips

Past Group Trips

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All the reasons you don’t travel, solved.

All the reasons you don’t travel, solved.

Excuse #1 – I can’t afford it.

Solutions – 1. Stop frivolous spending! Have you ever calculated how much you spend on coffee drinks, energy drinks and/or alcohol? Go ahead, add it up, do it for a whole year, I’ll wait . . . Shocking right? $4/day for 365 for caffeine alone in days = $1,460!!! Shall we calculate the boo’s in now?

Now figure out how much you spend eating out unnecessarily or shopping for designer clothes, shoes and bags? They don’t actually even have to be designer! If you don’t NEED them, then, honestly, it’s wasteful spending. I don’t even want to know what that number adds up to. Now add up the cable tv services with alllll the channels, monthly memberships to fun box subscriptions, etc etc.

I can already tell you that with these items mentioned above, you could have taken a REALLY COOL trip this year!

2. Now lets talk about saving. You don’t have money to put in an actual savings account? What about a change jar? Can you commit to putting ALL of your change in a jar and saving it for however long it takes to be enough money for one whole day of food while on a trip? Maybe an uber from the airport to your destination hotel, a fun tour while abroad, or even for a night or two of accommodations? It ALL adds up!

3. Another way to save money is to travel during shoulder season. Avoid peak season for two reasons. One, crowds, crowds, crowds and two, you’ll save money not going during peak season. Off season isn’t always ideal weather and quite honestly can even be dangerous BUT shoulder season can be rad!

4. Sign up for Discount travel clubs like Trip Valet. You can save up to 80% off on hotels, tours, cruises and more! Another great and FREE membership is Hotels. com, I like them not because they have the best deals(they oftentimes don’t) but because of their rewards program! For every 10 nights your stay, you get 1 night FREE! Follow my link below to sign up and start racking up those free nights!

5. Early bird sign ups for retreats and group trips. Don’t waste time coming up with excuses when a trip you’d love to go on comes up. Take advantage of the early bird specials that many companies offer.

Excuse #2 – It is not safe

My response to that is this. Did you know that if you look up the top 10 most dangerous cities IN THE WORLD, our sweet ole America takes THREE of those spots?!?!? THREE!!! That’s not ideal.

Also, at any given time, I invite you to go to the department of state website From another country to see where we rank. We are usually a level 1 or 2, during 9-11 it was like a level 4 I believe. They also list a bunch of potential infectious diseases that can be caught while in AMERICA and natural disasters that can occur like floods, fires and earthquakes. That isn’t even the crime that occurs! Then check out travel levels for different countries that we would visit. I bet your didn’t know that traveling to France is a 2 but traveling to Rwanda or Botswana in Africa, Chile or Argentina in South America or Bhutan and Cambodia in Asia are ALL level 1’s. These are just to name a few. Before you decide that the world is a big, scary, dangerous place, please educate yourself.

In regards to air travel. You are 1000 times more likely to die in a car accident that you ever are to die in a plane crash. Enough said. IF you STILL don’t want to fly, go on a cruise or a road trip. Cruises depart from the West, East and South of the United states. If you are in the North, Road trip to Canada. Done.

If you still don’t feel safe, invest in travel insurance for that extra peace of mind. Not only will they cover basic things like lost bags, they also cover emergencies such as sickness, hospitalization and accidents while abroad. Including being airlifted to a place that can provide acceptable care or they will fly you home.

Excuse #3 – I don’t have anyone to go with.

Solution – Group trips and retreats. Find a reputable company who organizes trips to areas that interest you and join a group! This is not only a safer way to travel but also A GREAT way to meet new people and make lifelong friends! I always have Group trips/Retreats running. Feel free to check them out —> HERE

Excuse #4 – My job won’t let me go.

Well last time I checked, in America we are given time off every year from work for public holidays, personal reasons, etc. Most places also close for major holidays, so if nothing else, you have a long weekend to do something fun.

We were not born to pay bills and then die! Use your vacation time at work! It is YOURS, legally. Turn a long 3 day weekend into a 4 night/5 day trip just by take ONE of your vacation days off.

Excuse #5 – I have kids, it’s overwhelming.

Solution 1, don’t bring them, find a trusted babysitter, maybe family member or long time friend to do something fun with them back home. IF that is not an option, then solution 2 is bring them and go on a cruise or a road trip. Cruises are one of the most comfortable and EASY ways to travel. Especially for “beginning travelers” as I like to call them. Plus, most cruises have specials where kids sail for FREE several times per year! Cruises also usually offer complimentary childcare and lots of activities for kids so the parents can get away for a while and get some adult time. EVERYONE will have an opportunity to have a good time.

I realize some people have other reasons they are unable to travel, such as being extremely ill or caring for an ill loved one. My heart goes out to you and your family, I mean that with all my heart. I pray you(or they) are able to fully recover and explore our planet one day and that you have opportunities to venture out where you live, with loved ones to breathe the fresh air from time to time, even if it’s to a local park.

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Mystery Destination

Mystery Destination

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Where I have been

Where I have been

I have had quite a few people ask me where I have been so I thought it would be convenient if I just had it all written down in one place. 

I started traveling at a young age but as an adult, I went through “spurts” of travel depending on what was going on in my life.

Recently though(over the past 9 years), I have been fervorously checking off bucket list item!

States I have visited:

  1. California – born and raised
  2. Hawaii – lived here for nearly 5 years – Mostly Maui, some time on Oahu & Kauai as well
  3. Colorado – lived here for 1 year
  4. New Mexico
  5. Texas
  6. Arizona
  7. Utah
  8. Montana
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Massachusetts
  11. Rhode Island
  12. Washington State
  13. Oregon
  14. Nevada
  15. Alaska
  16. Wyoming
  17. Georgia
  18. Illinois
  19. Florida
  20. Iowa
  21. Minnesota

Countries I have visited:

  1. USA – Born and raised!
  2. Mexico – around 19 times. Yes, I LOVE Mexico.
  3. Costa Rica – 3 times
  4. Honduras
  5. Spain – 2 times
  6. Italy – 2 times
  7. France
  8. Greece
  9. Macedonia
  10. Canada
  11. Monaco – technically a sovereign city-state
  12. Vaticany City – technically a sovereign city-state
  13. Austria
  14. Belize
  15. Australia
  16. Vietnam
  17. China
  18. Icealnd
  19. Bahamas
  20. Fiji
  21. Slovenia
  22. Romania
  23. Croatia
  24. Turkey
  25. Madagascar
  26. Peru
  27. Indonesia(Bali)
  28. Malaysia(Borneo)

Continents I have visited:

  1. North America
  2. South America
  3. Europe
  4. Asia
  5. Australia
  6. Africa

Just ONE more continent left, Antarctica!!! It also happens to be the place I want to visit MOST for so many reasons!

I haven’t even begun to touch the tip of the iceberg of places I would like to visit! Sometimes I feel like I am just getting started.

Thank you for deciding to follow us(me & Jolee) on our journeys. We hope to possibly even MEET YOU on on of our group trips one day!

I would love to hear about YOUR favorite destinations and why you love them so much, so please feel free to comment here with stories and photos of your trips!

Keep wandering,

Hilda

Mexico 2019 – 1 Room Left

Mexico 2019 – 1 Room Left

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