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5 Things to do in Cape Town

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When I think of a vacation, it’s not always the traveling that overcomes the thoughts in my mind. I will admit, I get caught up in the hope of adventuring too. To experience worldly ventures and live like a local may is just as much part of my plan as anything else. Sometimes it is nice to take a break from constantly searching for the best deals on travel (But look no further, you already found it), and think about how you want to experience the world. 

First thinking about Cape Town, I did not know what to expect in my research. I knew that it was going to bring some amazing opportunities- but never did I expect such results. I have always been a person to try new things, and boy am I ready to try these.

In this blog, check out 5 things to do in Cape Town, Africa. There are adventures for everyone, and each one in itself will bring on memories to cherish. Safe travels!

 

   1. Abseiling

 

Now don’t get me wrong- this is a big jump from the stereotypical vacation activity- but that’s what experiencing is all about! On this venture, you will be able to descend off of Table Mountain, 1,000 feet above sea level. You will begin abseiling into pure vertical space. But don’t forget to prepare the proper attire- and check the weather! Your adventure may be halted due to certain weather.

   2. Aerial Boardwalk

 

 

In this activity, you will walk where the birds fly. Set atop Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch Garden is a beautiful overview of Cape Town’s many indigenous plants. There are built in benches and even labels on the flora to learn more about its history. This is something you can take more time to appreciate, or even just make a quick stop to check it out. Check out the prices, they vary for certain ages.

 

   3. Beach Horse Rides

 

For a romantic night or a night out on the town, experiencing a horseback ride along Long Beach is an exquisite experience. An 8km ride along the beach, backed by National Park-Protected lands, it has a phenomenal view of Chapman’s Peak, and The Centennial. You may even be able to catch a glimpse of the Kakapo shipwreck- dating back to 1900.

 

   4. Kloofing… like canyoning!

 

If you are looking for an over the edge adventure- look no further! South Africa itself has some of the best kloofing spots, and the ones around Cape Town are magnificent. However, do not take this excursion lightly- this is a dangerous activity and should be taken very seriously with experienced guides. Some of the top routes around Cape Town are:

  • Suicide Gorge, located in Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, which overall includes a 9hr hike, a waterfall, and a  14m compulsory jump. However, this is an adventure best done during the season of summer.
  • Kamikaze Canyon, just 45 minutes from Cape Town to False Bay, this includes a 45-minute walk through crystal pools. Eventually, it leads you to a kloofing spot with a 23m cliff jump, and a 65m abseil across Thunder Falls. You need to have your Shark Zone guides with you however on this day trip. On the plus side if you make it through this you do get a picnic. So that’s pretty cool in itself (or maybe that’s just me).

 

 

   5. Biking

Just like any stereotypical vacation, getting a little exercise in while viewing the world is common. There are varying levels of expertise and distance offered, anywhere from 22km to 95km (don’t worry there is one only 7km), and they come on a variety of trails like hills, through the forests, and there are also a few races held in Cape Town. If I could offer any advice though, don’t forget a helmet! Safety first!

Your trip to Cape Town will be more than extraordinary when it’s customized for your wants, needs, and dreams. Discounts for almost all of these activities, and so many more, can be found using the Activities tab in your JIFU Back Office!

5 Things to do in Chicago

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With Chicago being a melting pot of culture, there are many things to do when in town. By using the JIFU Travel Portal and the Activities tab, discounts are available for almost all activities you could think of. By selecting the Lifestyle tab, even discounts for restaurants can be found! Now, let’s get into 5 things to do in Chicago.  

Chicago Theatre

The iconic Chicago Theatre is a must-do when in Chicago. Hosting Broadway shows, musicals, plays, concerts, comedy performers, and so much more, there is always something going on in the Theatre. There are options to see the show or even take a tour of the Chicago Theatre, which was built in the year 1921. 

Skydeck Chicago 

Skydeck Chicago, also known as the Willis Tower, is a lookout on the 103rd floor. Not only is this an extremely tall building, but the floor is clear! The Skydeck is not for those afraid of heights, but if you’re looking for a slight adrenaline rush, this is for you. With being this high up on a clear day, 4 states are visible from the Skydeck! 

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

Located at the Navy Pier, this 200 food Ferris Wheel is the perfect activity for the whole family. Overlooking the water, the views on a clear day are amazing! Also on the pier is a shopping center perfect for wandering for the day. 

Montrose Beach 

Being in the city can be chaotic, if you’re in need of a relaxing day or a getaway from the excitement, Montrose beach is the perfect place. Montrose is right outside of the city, with a short drive straight to a stress-free day. 

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field is the classic Cubs baseball field. Built in 1926, Wrigley Field is in the middle of a residential area, with no parking lot. Sticking to its old-school roots, Wrigley Field has remained a must-do activity in Chicago. If you’re traveling outside of baseball season, Wrigley Field tours are also available! These give another perspective into the history of the field itself.  

 

All in all, Chicago is a great place to visit. With its many different attractions and activities, it is not limited to these 5 things to do, although these are pretty great. Chicago has a little bit of everything and all sorts of things to do, meaning that this could be your perfect vacation.   

Top 5 Most Underrated Beaches Around the World

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Just about everyone loves going to the beach, but there’s nothing worse than driving up expecting a relaxing time, to find that its full of people all trying to do the same thing. A quick tip; choosing a beach that is less popular can nearly guarantee the relaxing day you’re looking for. Here are the top 5 most underrated beaches around the world. 

 

     1. Navagio Beach; Zakynthos, Greece

 

Navagio Beach is located in Zakynthos, Greece. Already, when someone thinks of Greece they usually envision Athens or Santorini, so beginning with a less popular island is a perfect first step. With Zakynthos being a less popular island, lodging can be much cheaper than other islands. Using your JIFU Travel Portal, you can find 4-star hotels starting at $47 per night. Navagio is a cove-like beach, that also can be referred to as “Shipwreck Beach”. Navagio Beach is the perfect, quiet getaway while on your vacation in Zakynthos. 

 

      2. Nakupenda Beach; Zanzibar, Tanzania

 

Although Nakupends Beach can be only reached by boat, this is the most beautiful day-trip, focusing on only your ocean surroundings. With its location, the water surrounding Nakupenda is bright blue and amazing, perfect for a relaxing day. With this beach being boat-accessible, it stays less crowded giving you nearly the whole beach to yourself. Hotels near Zanzibar stay at a lower rate, with a 4-star hotel being $30 per night using the JIFU Travel Portal. 

 

      3. Kelingking Beach; Bali, Indonesia 

 

Kelingking Beach is not for the everyday person, with a steep staircase leading down to this amazing view, the average adrenaline-junkie will love this beach. With one of the most beautiful sights in Bali, it is a must-see for those up for the challenge. With the JIFU Travel Portal discounts, lodging in Bali can be surprisingly cheap, with 4-star villas starting at only $20 per night. 

 

      4. Binalong Bay; Tasmania, Australia

 

With its beautiful rocky shore and gorgeously blue water, Binalong Bay is definitely an underrated beach. Although when we think of a beach we typically think sand, if you get the timing right, Binalong Bay can offer both! At low tide, the beautiful white sand is open to relax on. Lodging in Tasmania is not too expensive either, using the Travel Portal you can find a 4-star apartment to rent for $93 per night. 

 

      5. Noordhoek Beach; Cape Town, South Africa

 

Also known as “Cape of Good Hope”, this beach can be just that. With the beautiful shore and big rocks, Noordhoek Beach can lead to the most relaxing day. South Africa is amazing as it is already, this should be just one stop during your trip. Discounts on hotels using the Travel Portal can be found extremely easily. To stay in Cape Town, a 4-star hotel can be found as cheap as $60 per night. 

 

Overall, if you’re a beach person, exploring the unknown ones around the world can be easily placed on your bucket list and made even cheaper using your Travel Portal discounts.