Professor Dan Ariely takes his fame in stride. Professor Dan Ariely takes his fame in stride. Professor Dan Ariely takes his fame in stride. (Photo: Courtesy Dan Ariely)

2 friends are embarking on the hike of a lifetime – and you're invited

Superstar behavioral economist Dan Ariely is about to walk across Israel, and he’s asking a few lucky strangers to come along.

Not everybody's interested in both hiking and talking about human decision-making. But for those who are, a marvelous vacation plan has just sprung up: Renowned behavioral economist Dan Ariely is inviting people to join him in a hike around Israel this April.

The Israeli-American Duke University professor has grown famous for his studies and books on human irrationality. A hike with him would probably lead to a number of interesting conversations on human nature. Or maybe he'll just talk about local animals or something.

A view of the cliffs at Mr. Arbel National Park in the northern section of the Israel National Trail.A view of the cliffs at Mt. Arbel National Park in the northern section of the Israel National Trail. (Photo: Steve Lagreca)

Either way, it might be worth it for the hike alone. Ariely will be going with his best friend Ron Weisberg, a fellow economist from Israel. The two will both be celebrating their 50th birthdays. The two plan on hiking the Israel National Trail, a 620-mile path across the country that covers cities, mountains, lakes and nature reserves.

Ariely and Weisberg created an application for people to join them, which contains a number of important questions, such as "What would you do if you saw Bigfoot?" Visitors can join them for a maximum of two days and one night.

Ariely (pictured left) and Weisberg playing on the beach when they were kids.Ariely (pictured left) and Weisberg playing on the beach when they were kids. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Ariely told From the Grapevine that, in addition to meeting new people, the travelers are looking forward to hanging out with old friends. For Ariely, the hike is a way to both relive his childhood and reflect on his growth "in the country we grew up in," Ariely told From the Grapevine. "We used to hike a lot."

Dan and Ron’s excellent adventure will probably be a pretty good time. At least, a better one than Bill and Ted's.

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