Once you have decided to celebrate Passover in a beautiful place far away from home, then you should also know the travel tips for Jewish people. Sometimes, Jewish people face problems while traveling during holidays. These problems can ruin their whole vacation mode. Here, in this article, we are going to discuss a few tips and tricks that every Jew must consider for traveling during Holidays. Here are some tips for celebrating guilt free Passover programs 2022.
Save Contact Info Of Local Chabad
Whether you are traveling to a completely Jewish or non-Jewish environment, it is a good idea to save the contact info of Local Chabad. You can join them at your vacation destination. Saving the contact details of local Chabad can protect you from various other problems.
Do In-Depth Research
It is very important to make sure that the place where you are going will offer kosher food. In some cities and countries, kosher food is easily available. But in some countries and places, kosher food accessibility is difficult. Mostly, Jew people face problems related to the availability of 100% kosher food. We recommend you plan your vacation with the help of tour operators who organize Passover programs. They will make arrangements for three times kosher meals.
The tour operators will make arrangements for everything. They will even provide matzah to the Jews travelers who are traveling during the Passover vacations. But, to fulfill the need for the mitzvah, a special kind of handmade shmurah matzah is required. Sometimes, hosts forget to serve this type of matzah. Therefore, you should carry this one with you.
You should clean your house thoroughly before leaving your house for vacation. During the time of Passover, Jewish is not allowed to own chametz (leavened bread). Therefore, before leaving your house it is recommended to clean your house properly and get rid of chametz. You should sell the chametz to the local rabbi before start traveling. Make sure that you do not owe chametz during the Passover.
Book In Advance
Preparing a Seder meal at home, shopping for Passover and thorough cleaning of the home for Passover is one of the tedious jobs. Therefore, most Jews want to spend their Passover at a beautiful destination where they do not need to worry about anything. It means there will be a heavy rush at various popular destinations because most Jews will be traveling during Passover or Pesach. Therefore, you should do your planning and booking so that you do not face any problem at the last moment. Last minutes bookings are quite expensive. Therefore, we recommend you to do your booking in advance to save money.
Research Pesach Hotels
Most cities and countries have transformed their hotels into Pesach hotels to welcome their Jewish guests. But we still recommend you to research travel. You can personally call the property owner where you are going to stay. It will help you to clear your doubts.
Crossing International Date Line
It is recommended to avoid crossing the International Date Line between the 2nd day of Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. It will affect the date for celebrating Shavuot. Well, it is possible to travel to the same place by choosing the long routes. For instance, if you are traveling to Australia from the US, then you can choose the eastward route instead of westward. But, the Jewish traveler should not cross the International Date Line between Passover and Shavuot. In case, it is necessary to cross this Dateline, then we recommend you consult a local rabbi. He will describe the step you should take to avoid problems.
The biggest reason for not crossing the boundary line is described here in brief. There is no specific date for Shavuot mentioned in Torah. All Jews count 49 days from the 2nd day of Passover to calculate the exact date of Shavuot. In case, anyone crosses the International Dateline, then that person will either gain or lose one day. If that person will travel eastward then he or she will gain one day. On the other hand, if someone traveling westward, then he or she will lose one day. It means that the traveler’s count will be different from the local one. Ultimately, it will lead to Shavuot one day earlier or later.
Carry Some Kosher Food With You
You should carry some non-perishable kosher food with you even if you can easily access it at your destination. If you will carry some with you, then it may prevent you in those situations when you are hungry and not able to find any kosher restaurants or pastry shop.
These are few tips for Jewish who are planning to travel during Passover. If you want to take your family with you on Pesach vacation, then you must organize your trip with the help of Passover programs’ tour operators.