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Travel is Back-TSA Facts

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The United States Transportation Security Administration has been clocking record numbers at the airports, many headed for domestically located vacations. International travel is also on the rise. Check out the facts we collected from TSA’s website.

Puerto Rico is open for international travel again

22 straight days of one million passengers nationwide

8 million passengers each week experience expedited screening

The TSA Screens 2 Million Passenger Per Day

Veterans comprise a large percentage of TSA's workforce
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May 10, 2021

Marriott CEO Predicts Good News for Hotels

Original Article Published by CNBC and Kevin Stankiewicz Marriott International CEO Tony Capuano told CNBC on Monday the distinction between business and leisure travel is fading, a welcome development for…
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May 7, 2021

Travel Confidence Increases

Have you been chomping at the bit to get out and travel? Perhaps, after being stuck inside for longer than we all thought, you're feeling more adventurous than usual. Either…
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May 3, 2021

5 Tastiest Summer Snacks

Here at JIFU, we are excited for all the adventures that summer brings. Keeping this in mind, it is important to stay energized and healthy, no matter where your exploration…

5 Must Visit Seaside Locations for 2021

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Looking for somewhere warm, sunny, and sandy to spend your 2021 summer days? Check out this list of five of the best beaches to visit and let jifu.com help you save money on the way!

Sunset Beach-Hat Pramong, Thailand

This gorgeous beach is found along the coast of Thailand. Sunset Beach is called this because of the stunning colors that spread across the sky each night as the sun falls below the horizon. This is beach is a quiet, less-visited location that is excellent for relaxing and getting away from everything.

Herring Cove Beach-Provincetown, Massachusetts

Herring Cove Beach is situated on Cape Cod Bay and offers calmer and warmer waters perfect for splashing around in the summer. It’s about a 10-minute drive from Admiral’s Landing bed and breakfast or about 30 minutes if you bike.

Franklin Point Beach-Pescadero, California

Franklin Point Beach is a beautiful wide sandy beach in the northern portion of Ano Nuevo State Reserve. The trail to the beach follows a sandy path and a couple of long boardwalks across the plateau through natural vegetation

Lizard Beach, Australia

As the northernmost resort on the Great Barrier Reef and a luxury lodge of Australia, Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. This is just one wonderful Lizard Island fact that makes it like nowhere else- no long boat rides are needed to enjoy one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.

Bora Bora Island

Undoubtedly the most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s leading lady. Her beauty is unrivaled and her fame, unwavering. Bora Bora is one of the few places on earth that everyone hopes to witness in their lifetime—and once you see it, you are forever enamored.

4 Packing Hacks to Lighten Your Suitcase

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As we gear up to travel and explore, let’s begin thinking about how to pack efficiently. These tips are courtesy of Travel and Leisure.

Pack for a week

“McAlpin suggests packing a week's worth of clothes, even if your trip is longer, and washing necessary items along the way.”

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 Pack around one basic color

“Whether it’s black, navy, or olive green, McAlpin recommends choosing one basic color to pack around. "It's an old rule of thumb, but it really works," she said. But even if you're simplifying your clothing choices to save space, you don't have to completely sacrifice style. McAlpin suggests taking the opportunity to use accessories to mix up your outfits”

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Don’t pack any more than three pairs of shoes

“According to McAlpin, people often overpack shoes, but setting a maximum of three pairs will help you pare down your wardrobe and avoid overpacking. Always pack shoes at the bottom of your suitcase near the wheels in order to distribute weight evenly and reduce strain on your back and shoulders.”

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Use compression cubes and bags

“Packing cubes are a popular travel accessory, although cubes that involve compression technology will not only keep you organized, but they'll also help you save space in your luggage. Similarly, compression plastic bags that remove excess air are perfect for storing puffer jackets or other bulky gear. McAlpin also recommends using one compression bag for laundry at the end of your trip in order to keep dirty and clean clothes separate and to lock in odors.

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5 High-Rated and Epic Greek Activities

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It is never to early to start planning and saving for your first vacation after 2020! JIFU is here to help make your wanderlust adventures come true, and cheaper than ever before! We have gathered some of our favorite things to do in Greece! Stay tuned into our social media to learn how to potentially earn a trip here! All of the activities chosen have been selected from the top rated opportunities on the JIFU Travel Portal. Click the button below to book your first activity and save big.

All-inclusive Day or Sunset cruises on a luxury Lagoon catamaran 44

Our first adventure begins in Mykonos, South Aegean, with an all-inclusive day or sunset cruise. Relax and enjoy the sea breezes, and take snaps of the views as your catamaran cuts through the waves of the Aegean Sea. As you sail, enjoy homemade wine or our traditional homemade drink that is popular in Crete island. After a short sail across the north part of the island, pass by the small island of BAOS, the Pirate’s Island, then sail to the archeological site of Delos island. As you arrive you will have a short stop in front of the site of Delos where you can take pictures of the archaeological site from the catamaran as our hostess will explain to you some history of the island. Take pictures and enjoy the moment as the sun unravels into evening.

Small-Group Santorini Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour

Taste the award-winning volcanic wines of Santorini as you move between the most legendary wineries of the island on a small-group Santorini wine tour of three traditional wineries. Learn about the ancient vineyard of Santorini, the history of the island through the centuries, and how the volcanic soils influence its wine-making. Visit 3 traditional wineries dotted around the picturesque island and taste a selection of 12 different wines served alongside local cheese and snacks.

Cook like a Local Greek in Mt Pelion Greece

Volos, Greece-Learn the insider tips and special techniques to make handmade pita bread, traditional Greek tzatziki, Greek salad, and the baking secrets for a good “Souvlaki”. Be welcomed with hot mountain tea or homemade sour cheery drink. During this workshop, guests will have the opportunity to taste traditional small snacks “meze” with the famous local drink “Tsipouro” and learn about the Greek culture behind the Greek food. Souvlaki will be served on the table accompanied with seasonal salad and Greek beer. At the end of the lesson, leave with small gifts and a participation diploma.

North Side Beaches Tour

The tour is perfectly suited to anyone who desires to visit the beaches on the northern coastline of Milos without the hassle of having to rent a car. You will be able to enjoy the famously gorgeous coasts of Greece while simultaneously learning about the area from a professional tour guide. Take the time to relax and soak up the beautiful Greek sun or explore the nearby coastal cities. 

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5 of the Best Things to Do in Mexico

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JIFU loves Mexico and our Mexican affiliates, so we thought that we would put together some of the best activities and adventures to have in the amazing country of Mexico. Be sure to click the links to be taken to our Travel Portal.

One of the best cities to visit is Mexico City. It has some of the most interesting history and tourists often have access to the rich culture of the area. One of the most fascinating and often overlooked sights in Mexico City is its street art. Put on your walking shoes and prepare to see some beautiful murals and learn some historical context along the way.
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Cancun, Quintana Roo

 One of the most popular tourist attractions in Mexico is Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is worth it to take a guided tour of the area. Relying on professionals will offer any visitor an in-depth look at such a valuable historical site. You will discover a city that was key in the development of the Mayan civilization and learn about the captivating history of the area. 

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Mexico is famous for its beaches, and one of the best beaches to relax and explore is in Puerto Vallarta’s Colomitos Beach. The beach is one of the smaller ones in the state, but this is a hidden jewel that should not be skipped over. There are hiking and snorkeling opportunities, but it is also the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. 

Vacation!Vacation!

Cabo San Lucas is always a popular spot, but many people forget that there is so much to see and do. Securing a private whale watching tour will be sure to result in unforgettable memories and an awe-inspiring experience. Be sure that time is taken to see the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, a distinctive rock formation at the southern tip. The pacific ocean offers stunning views and incredibly rich marine life, something that Mexico is very proud of. 

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 Whenever visiting Mexico, it is imperative that you take the time to appreciate some of the country’s most famous exports; tequila. One of the most interesting and enjoyable ways to do this is

by booking a tequila tasting in Guadalajara, Jalisco. The state is Mexico’s premier blue agave producer. Throw in a little bit of Mezcal, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave. Not only is the tequila tasty, but the tasting is a true educational, cultural, and friendly experience.

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It is never too early to begin planning your next epic travel adventure. As you can see, Mexico has many beautiful opportunities to create the experience of your dreams. Stay tuned for JIFU’s special promotional chance to live out your wildest dreams…..and it may or may not have something to do with Mexico! Follow our social media to stay up to date!

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Exploring Winter Wonderlands

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JIFU knows that it’s never too early to start planning vacations for 2021, and that sometimes the best form of travel is through your computer screen. We wanted to share some of our favorite places to visit in the wintertime. These are places that shine most brilliantly in the colder months, from snow capped mountain peaks to stunning icicle-covered landscapes. Snuggle in deeper to your comfiest blankets and prepare to be wowed by the beauty of our natural world.   

Queenstown, New Zealand

The first stop on our remote winter wonderland journey is down under. Queenstown is known for its incredible skiing and snowboarding on the Remarkables Mountain Range, which is located near the gorgeous Lake Wakatipu. If you are not much of a snow bunny, the view of the mountain range from the lake is enough to take your breath away (if the freezing air doesn’t first).

Gullfoss, Iceland

Gullfoss is an Icelandic waterfall that is in the canyon of the Hvítá river and is one of the more popular destinations in the region. The two tier waterfall descends 32 meters (105 feet) down. The freezing cold water comes from the great Langjökull glacier, so the mist that sprays from the waterfall is truly refreshing. Because of this, visitors are urged to bring waterproof clothing in order to fully experience the magnificence of Gullfoss. 

Lake Baikal, Russia

Our adventure brings us to the frozen tundra of Russia. Despite the stereotypes that are foisted upon this area, there are many gorgeous natural features that should not be overlooked. One such a place is Lake Baikal, which is known for being the oldest existing freshwater lake on Earth, as well as being the deepest continental body of water. The lake teems with flora and fauna due to the fact that the climate in the area is relatively more mild. 

Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan

Perhaps one of the most unique and well known of our featured destinations is Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan. You may be familiar with the images of Japanese Macaques bathing in the hot springs, but the park has quite a bit more to offer. The juxtaposition between the steaming springs that exist because of volcanic activity and the bright white snow that comes along with the park’s evaluation of 850 m (2,800 ft) is truly a sight to behold.

Midway, Utah, USA

Nestled in the Western United States, Midway is your gateway to what seems like another world. From here, visitors can easily access the incredible Homestead Crater. It is a “geothermal hot spring that was created over 10,000 years ago as melting snow went deep into the earth and percolated upward from being heated by the earth’s interior.” You really just have to see it to believe it, and there are many different ways to do so. Additionally, Midway is known for its incredible “ice castles”, which bring fairytales to life. 

Comment below which place you are most amazed by, or any other places that must be explored and experienced in the winter months.

 

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What is a JIFU Buddypass?

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Unsold inventory hurts the bottom line. Empty seats, unsold rooms, and unrented cars must be sold, even if it’s at prices well below retail. Travel providers secretly share their unsold remnant inventory to online travel providers.

How can JIFU offer average discounts of 33-44% savings on hotels compared to the big name websites? It’s simple, we all get access to hotels, condos, excursions, activities, cruises, and rental cars from the same place at the same prices. To make a profit and pay for advertising, other “discount” travel sites mark the prices up. At JIFU, we take those savings and pass them directly on to you, our members.

If JIFU doesn’t mark up the prices like the other sites, how does JIFU and its Member Affiliates make money? Instead of marking your prices way up like the other sites, JIFU is a month-to-month membership with prices as low as $25 for unlimited travel benefits and full access to hotels, condominiums, theme parks, excursions, rental cars, cruises and more.

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The Road Less Traveled

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Here at JIFU, we want you to explore your world and expand your own epic life, and its never too early to start planning. Here are ten of the most incredible places that are often overlooked or skipped over because they can be more difficult to get to. However, as any wanderlusting person knows, the road less traveled often leads to the most astonishing locations and experiences.

1. Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa

Tsitsikamma National Park is part of the greater Garden Route National Park in South Africa. This hidden gem has everything an adventurer could ever want. There are forests that back themselves up to a gorgeous ocean view where you can watch a variety of marine wildlife. The Otter Trail is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world, full of breathtaking views.

2. Sarandë, Albania

This location is full of historical sights and stunning views. Though it is a quintessential Mediterranean town, the beaches and sights are secluded and private, a far cry for the crowded touristy Greek island of Corfu, which is more well known. Explore ancient ruins or lounge near the blue waters of the Mediterranean sea. 

3. Anguilla

The island of Anguilla offers everything that the other Caribbean Islands do…except the massive quantities of people who flock there. Anguilla is the perfect place for the individuals who want to dive off the beaten path, but also enjoy their fair share of pampering. The beaches are gorgeous, but the people are even better! 

 

4. Valparaíso, Chile

If you’re a bigger fan of exploring cities, rather than the great outdoors, Valparaíso is ideal for you, though there is plenty of nature to enjoy as well. This is a city full of historical, colorful architecture which is sure to inspire joy and fascination. Check out the famous seafood and relaxed surfing culture.

5. Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, Japan

If you are looking for a get-away that really is off the beaten path, look no further than the historic and remote villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama. These villages are located in the Shogawa River Valley near the daunting Northern Alps. The rustic architecture, incredible historical lore, and stunning landscapes make the journey well worth it. 

6. Ladakh, India

Welcome to another mountainous get-away, this time located in India between the Karakoram and Himalayan mountains. The craggy cliffs make it a perfect location for mountaineers, but the rich culture of the people, who are mostly Tibetan Buddhist. In fact, JIFU offers several deals on tours of the gorgeous temples that abound.

7. Oedo Botania, South Korea

Oedo Botania is located on a once barren island that was transformed into a majestic and diverse botanical garden. The island is covered in gorgeous foliage that fills the air with the sweet smell of flowers. This unique spot is truly a hidden gem, accessible only by a 20-minute ferry from the nearby Geoje-si island.

8.Assateague Island, Virginia and Maryland, United States

Assateague Island is a 37 mile long island along the coasts of both Maryland and Virginia. The island is a preserved National Seashore was created to protect the coast, meaning that the white sandy beaches are pristine and nearly untouched. Aside from outdoor recreation and incredible bird watching,  Assateague is known for its wild ponies who have survived on the island for centuries and bring an interesting flair to the otherwise nautical landscape. 

9. Island of Gozo, Malta

Part of the Maltese archipelago, Gozo is full of interesting history if you can look past the idyllic waters and white beaches. The island is full of sleepy towns people and quaint beach towns, but Gozo is actually Calypso’s Isle that is described in Homer’s Odyssey. Visitors are able to go scuba diving and snorkeling, but, since the location is only accessible by ferry, it is far less crowded than the bigger islands nearby.

10. León, Nicaragua

Though Leon is Nicaragua’s second largest city, world travelers often skip over the beautiful art and history that can be found there (much to their detriment). The city and people are known for being authentic, which, of course, translates into a very special authentic experience for any lucky visitor. The gorgeous people, stunning architecture, and jaw-dropping landscapes make for a perfect adventurous vacation hidden in plain sight. 

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Sanitary Stay: Cleaning Policies in Hotels

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When traveling, for leisure or professionally, a hotel room is supposed to be our safe haven and offer respite from a long work day or many hours full of adventure. You expect the best because you deserve the best, and your standards have probably risen in reaction to the global pandemic. 

In turn, the largest hotel corporations have also enacted strict sanitization policies to protect their guests. JIFU partners with the most trusted in the business to bring you great deals on incredible places to stay, even in these times. 

 Marriott International works closely with trusted organizations like the CDC and WHO to make sure they are following guidelines. Out of this has sprung their “Commitment to Clean” manifesto. As Marriott puts it, they are “committed to providing you with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols.” 

Another hospitality company that JIFU offers discounts on is Hyatt, who have also created a new set of cleanliness standards. This is their “Global Care and Cleanliness Commitment,” where they promise enhanced levels of sanitization. 

Many hotels are increasing accessibility to contactless check-in. As Hilton details in their April 2020 press release, guests are able to check-in online and get a mobile room key. Specifically, Hilton has created what they call “Hilton CleanStay with Lysol Protection.” This is a partnership  with RB, makers of Lysol® & Dettol®*,  in an effort to maintain a high level of cleanliness. 

Hotels and hospitality venues have expanded and strengthened their sanitization protocols and policies to put your worries to rest. The way that we travel has changed, but adventure still awaits those who yearn for it.

 

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JIFUtravel Will Save You Money

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Don’t think JIFU Travel can save you money on your next vacation? Think again!!

 

This video introduces us to Savannah and Ashley, two adventurous ladies who love to travel. They share the same passion for exploration, but they have one massive difference….Ashley is a JIFU member. The two went on the exact same vacation, but Ashley saved 40% as compared to Savannah, who thought that JIFU’s deals were too good to be true(big mistake). 

Here’s how it works:  when a hotel, rental car, airline or cruise ship has vacancies, they upload them to a database at a huge discount. Then the travel sites, including JIFU, get special access to these highly discounted rates. The big sites mark the prices up for their customers, JIFU doesn’t. 

With a JIFU monthly membership, members access that SAME inventory with NO markup. JIFU members score with deals not available to the public. This way, members know they are getting the best deal out there with no surprise markups at the end of the checkout process. 

Ashley saved enough money to stay another three days, all thanks to JIFU. Don’t be like Savannah and get started FREE with JIFU today!