Bethlehem happens to be only nine kilometers south of Jerusalem, making it a natural and obvious destination to incorporate into your visit to Jerusalem. A trip to Bethlehem not only offers visitors a chance to see one of Christianity’s important historical sites, but also a tiny glimpse into life in the occupied West Bank.
People travel from across the world to witness and explore the numerous religious and historical sites of both Jerusalem and Bethlehem, of which there are enough to fill several days. Since Carrie and I had both previously visited Jerusalem (Bethlehem would be new for us both) we were free to explore beyond the standard tourist trail. Since we’re fans of craft beer and live with a limited offering in Amman, Jordan we explored the area in a way that was less traditional from your typical visit.
When you think of Nashville you immediately think of music, bachelorette parties, and hot chicken, but it’s also known for something else that you might not be aware of, craft beer. As supporters of local businesses, especially those connected to travel and tourism (we saw bachelorette parties stream through some of Nashville’s most popular breweries) we often check out the local craft beer scene when we travel. It’s a great way to meet locals, take a break from walking around, and support local businesses.
Iceland is best known for its stunning landscapes, the Blue Lagoon, and opportunities to catch the northern lights; and while those are great reasons to visit, there is yet another less known reason-craft beer. Chances are you have never had a craft beer from Iceland.
Mid last year, a friend and I (Carrie) hiked the iconic Preikestolen (popularly known as Pulpit Rock) in southwestern Norway. I travel to Oslo at least once a year for work and am determined to use these trips to see as much of Norway as I can.
The craft beer scene is the U.S. has exploded over the past decade. We at Backpacking with the Bonds often incorporate visits to local craft breweries whenever we travel, not only because we love craft beer, but because craft breweries offer a great way to support local businesses and ensure you have an impactful travel experience.
Back in February I blogged about the great time I had during my first visit to Colorado. During that trip I only spent a day in Colorado Springs and I was eager to return as I felt I had just scratched the surface. Luckily, I was afforded this opportunity as I offered to help a good friend move from Colorado to Washington, DC.
If you haven’t already noticed from my photos on Instagram, I love visiting local craft breweries. Visiting local craft breweries are great because they not only have a great selection of beer brewed by those who love what they do but are a great way to support local businesses and ensure you have an impactful travel experience. To put the impact into perspective, the craft brewing industry across the U.S., which is on the rise, contributed $55.7 billion to the U.S. economy and supported 424,000 jobs in 2014 according to the Brewers Association.