Bar Damti, our tour guide, weighs in with the five most significant “downsides” of her job.
It’s more complicated than it looks, you all. No job has ever brought the Israeli culinary scene closer to me than this one. I’m a simple girl and being able to taste delicacies such as Atalya’s food, Ruthenberg Michelin-worthy dishes, and Nadia’s extraordinary vegan dishes has been both a blessing and a curse, in the form of a few extra pounds.
People don’t realize the struggle of eating from day to night, as we did in the last couple of food tours.
One may say – “okay, but not all of your tours will be food tours! Eat up as much as you can now because this wouldn’t last for long!”
This statement is straightforward – every Israel tour is a food tour. The variety of cuisines, rich flavors, and constant culinary innovation are not reserved for food tours alone, and even world travelers or fancy fashionistas have to eat.
FOMO (fear of missing out)
A Vibe Israel tour is only one week long, and let me tell you one thing about this country: אhere is SO MUCH TO DO!
Planning this kind of week while trying to do as much as possible each day and keep a good balance is a real challenge.
As much as I try to squeeze in, some incredible experiences, people, and places will stay out of the itinerary, and as the millennial that I am, it creates a major FOMO to me.
Hanging around people with excellent (er) jobs
Meeting the people on the tours, both the Influencers and the Israeli “buddies” (how we call our Israeli participants), exposed me to such excellent jobs and people living their passions that my super excellent job could potentially get a little overshadowed.
Luckily, on my first tour, one influencer told me in all seriousness, “Bar, you surely have the best job in the world.” I looked at her surprised and answered laughing, “Well, you are a full-time food blogger who works for herself, travels the world, and has a massive following. I could say the same thing about you!”
It is not being excited to go abroad.
Being a tourist in your own country can create a big problem. Suddenly, going abroad isn’t so tempting anymore. As a traveler who was in 10 countries before the age of 12, I can say that it was a big shock to me as I’ve realized going abroad doesn’t excite me anymore.
Having a week exploring Israel with a group of influencers sure gives you a different perspective of the place you live in.
As cheesy as it may sound, saying goodbye to the people on tour is for sure the most challenging part. After experiencing so much together and being each other’s friends and family for a whole week, saying the final goodbyes always make me sob (in not a very appealing way).
It’s a good sob, absolutely, but it’s a big one nonetheless.
Bar Damti is Vibe Israel’s Certified Tour Guide.