We recommend that you unplug as much as you possibly can. But we also understand you may have young families or issues that come up at the office. Your trip should have 1-2 times built in for you to check in at home if you want to. The first time you deal with calling internationally can be intimidating, so we will explain some options to take out the sting. Costs have dropped dramatically in the last 15 years!
1. All of our hotels will have wi-fi access, so you can access calling for free each evening/morning if you use a calling app or video calling service.
2. Most people arrange with their phone company to call home on your regular number & plan at about $10/day that you access the service. (You don't have to use it every day & you are only charged for the days you use it. Its best to keep the phone on airplane mode in country if you don't want to accidently use the service one day.)
3. If you want a fun and bit cheaper option and have an Unlocked Phone (You would have had to ask for this feature when purchasing your phone & it would have cost more), you can buy an Israeli SIM card ($15) and 30-day phone plan ($ varies). Prepaid Israeli SIM is the service I use when I am in Israel. If you're going this route, buy your SIM at least a month in advance and they will mail the SIM card to your home address. The third option on their plans list [30 Day Unlimited Calls & SMS + 30₪ + 80GB data (+$43.00)] is probably a good option, and if you need more international calling credit, you can top up at the same website while you're in Israel.
Israel's country calling code is 972.
US country Calling code is 1.
Calling/texting home from Israel:
+11(area code) 7 digits
Calling an Israeli number from home:
011-972-(1 digit area code)-7 digits. or
011-972-54-392-7854 using example below.
Dialing in Israel from an Israeli number:
(054 designated which service you use, not an area code.)