I’m so excited to finally announce the details of my summer trip to Tel Aviv! Next week I’m flying out to my favorite Middle Eastern city to delve even deeper into the cool, hip city that it is. I don’t usually travel so publicly with a hashtag, but I’ve got a handful of sponsors and supporters—and the general nature of the trip is to promote the arts, culture (read: food) and nightlife in Tel Aviv. And for that I will need lots of tips! So if you have any stories or travel tips for Tel Aviv, be sure to tweet them at me with the hashtag #tlv4fun.

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I’ll be in Tel Aviv from June 5-10th and I’ve got a lot of exciting things planned. Everything from a food tour to discovering some of Tel Aviv’s best gay nightlife. I’ll also be in town during the gay pride which I’m really looking forward to. If you saw my recent feature in Vanity Fair Italia, you’ll know that Tel Aviv is sure to be one of the hottest destinations this summer. One of my favorite bands, The XX, is set to play a gig there at the end of the summer, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that the city will get some of Europe’s best DJs throughout the summer.

I’ve been promoting Tel Aviv as a destination ever since I first fell in love with the city in 2010. Sure, the city has its share of problems, but to this day it continues to be one of the most exciting city destinations. This trip is being supported by Out in TLV, Atlas Hotels, Steele Travel and AndrewChristian.com — companies I personally reached out to because I know and respect their products & services. Be sure to check out their websites or just keep an eye out for the #tlv4fun hashtag.

Tel Aviv summer

Discovering Tel Aviv’s Arts

For this trip I plan to really get into the arts scene of Tel Aviv. I’ve previously written about some of the city’s best museums (Design Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art) but this time around I’ll explore more of the street art and smaller, independent galleries. Plus, my hotel actually doubles as an art gallery with works by internationally-renowned Israeli artists.

Discovering Tel Aviv’s Culture

I’m no stranger to the food scene in Tel Aviv, but on this trip I’m going to make a better effort at discovering the city’s best cheap eats. I already have plans to visit my favorite place to get sabich, a hummus restaurant and more. Then there’s the coffee. There are so many great coffee shops in Tel Aviv and one of my favorite styles of summer drinks is the Israeli version of iced coffee. Essentially it’s a frappe, but it’s so so good!

Expect stories about Tel Aviv’s restaurants and highlights from some of my favorite Tel Aviv neighborhoods. I’ll also be adding new discoveries to my AFAR.com Wanderlist for Tel Aviv and my Foursquare Hipster Guide. And you can bet I’ll be enjoying the many Tel Aviv beaches and writing up a short guide on the best of ’em!

Tel Aviv Gay Pride

Almost Naked Elite BriefTel Aviv has been a gay travel hotspot for years, but only recently does it seem to have caught on with more and more tourists. That’s why companies like Steele Travel have set up package tours to Israel centered around the gay pride festival. And local tour operators, such as OutInTLV offer LGBT tours throughout Israel as a package or just for day trips. Plus, with their extensive local knowledge, the OutInTLV crew has some really great useful information about travel in Israel.

I’m planning to hit up the big Tel Aviv pride parade on Friday, June 7, though there are plenty of other festivities throughout the month as well (including a gay film festival). In fact, I’ll be at Tel Aviv Pride on Friday with a box full of underwear to give away to some lucky guys on the beach! I can’t tell you how excited I am to attend the pride, and the fact that I’ll be there promoting some of my favorite underwear just makes me smile even more. Here’s a sneak peak video of all that underwear:

Discovering Tel Aviv’s nightlife

Besides my old hangouts and a few other clubs I want to visit, I’ll be hitting up some of Tel Aviv’s newest bars. In January I visited The Container in Jaffa. It’s a fusion art space, restaurant, bar, gallery & music venue and it was one of the highlights of my short visit. With the help of some friends (and the always handy DIY Tel Aviv blog), I’m sure I won’t be lacking for cool things to do on this trip. Keep an eye out on the #tlv4fun hashtag to see where else I choose to explore!

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#tlv4fun

This trip to Tel Aviv is a little different than how I usually travel. I’m laying out all my travel goals in advance in the hopes that it’ll push me to make sure I visit the coolest and most hip parts of Tel Aviv. I’ll be publishing a handful of Tel Aviv stories before I depart and while I’m there you’ll want to watch me on social media for the live updates:

By the end of June, I should have collected a ton of great information on how to make the most of a vacation to Tel Aviv. I’ll collect as much useful information as possible and make it into a free ebook which I’ll give away on this website. Contact me directly if you’d like to be involved in that process.

I’m really looking forward to this trip and hope to make it a lot of fun by sharing my vacation in real-time. Stay tuned!

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