Every year Israel sees literally millions of visitors. Some travel to this amazing country in the Middle East on business while others visit historical sites and others arrive on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
No matter what your reasons are for spending time in any part of the nation, the one thing you really must do is take a dip in the saltiest sea on earth. Here are just four reasons why you must.
1. THIS IS THE LOWEST SPOT ON EARTH!
Through the centuries many climbers have dreamed of reaching the top of Mount Everest because it is the highest elevation on earth at 29,035 feet above sea level. The same holds true for those who wish to take a dip in the Dead Sea. As the lowest place on earth at almost 1,411 feet below sea level, you wouldn’t expect to dip that far below the surface, but at least you could say you were there!
2. EFFORTLESS FLOATING
Many visitors say that this one takes some getting used to! It’s a bit disconcerting to even try sitting in the water near the shore because the water is so filled with minerals it literally holds you up. This is an experience unto itself and if you are a photo buff, this would be one for the family journals – a picture of
you bobbing around in the water without any flotation devices. It does make for a memorable photo journal.
3. AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS
One of the biggest oxymorons in life is that the Dead Sea is said to have innumerable health giving benefits yet is still called the ‘Dead’ Sea. The reason for both is the high salt and mineral content of the water. While it is much too saline (salty) to support life of ANY kind, those minerals can offer a number
of benefits when applied topically. Some can even be ingested after being processed.
Sea Salt is preferred over mined salt in most areas of the world, so you can imagine what a short soak in such mineral-packed water could do for the body. Also, do take the time to look up Dead Sea mud packs!
Looking for the fountain of youth? You may have just found it!
4. DEAD SEA IS RICH IN HISTORY
Whilst you already know that the Dead Sea is a body of water rich in salt, it is also rich in history. In fact, it is nearly three million years old, first spotted by Herod the Great.
It has also been said that the asphalt produced by the lake was used to help Egyptians mummify pharaohs, and Cleopatra was a fan of the mud for its beauty benefits.
There is no body of water quite like the Dead Sea, so whether you are looking to visit one of earth’s greatest natural wonders, stopping by on a holy pilgrimage or looking for the healthy benefits it offers, taking a dip in the Dead Sea is an absolute must for those seeking amazing firsts to check off their bucket