By Julie Bort - August 17, 2015

Originally appeared here in Business Insider 

Israel is literally in the center of the never-ending turmoil of the Middle East. 

So it may surprise you that it's extremely easy and safe to travel there and it's an extraordinarily fun place to visit, even if you're an American traveling alone who doesn't speak or read Hebrew.

I recently spent a week in Israel meeting with the country's super hot tech startup scene.

When not in meetings, I spent some hours wondering through two of Israel's main tourist cities alone, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

I felt as safe (or safer) as wandering around San Francisco by myself. Read More