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Best Places to Enjoy a Sunny Christmas
08 Nov 2017PLACESBY SweetEscape

How do we get different seasons in different places? The answer is that Earth’s orbit is a bit lop-sided. As the Earth spins around the Sun, the part closest to the Sun is hot and the farthest, cold! In the Southern Hemisphere, summer takes place during the end of the year until the beginning of the next. Here are where to go for that summer Christmas.

Melbourne

by Wei for SweetEscape in Melbourne

by Wei for SweetEscape in Melbourne

Paying homage to the name of its state, Melbourne is recognised for its mix of modern architecture which intersects with an extensive range of nineteenth and early twentieth century buildings. You can find historic building almost anywhere you go, making them elegant backgrounds for your photos. Although not in Europe, but Melbourne certainly feels very Victorian. Visit Collins Street, Princess Theatre, Carlton Gardens, and Flinders Street Station to name a few.

Cape Town

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by Marcel for SweetEscape in

A coastal city in South Africa, Cape Town receives 3,100 hours of sunshine per year. You can definitely enjoy a hot Christmas because summer lasts from early December to March. Places to visit and take photos (with SweetEscape of course!) include Cape Town CBD, Strand, Table Mountain, Port of Cape Town, and Cape Town City Hall. The most famous beach is Clifton that has 4 beaches with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean where you can get your tan on.

Auckland

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by David for SweetEscape in Auckland

If you are looking for another cityscape, Auckland is a nice choice. It is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. You can visit the iconic Sky Tower, Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes, Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park and is based around an extinct volcano, and Mission Bay Beach with its seaside promenade.

Chiang Mai

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by Patpong for SweetEscape in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is a picturesque city in mountainous northern Thailand that still retains vestiges of walls and moats from its history as a cultural and religious center. Which is why it is home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples, including 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and 15th-century Wat Chedi Luang. This is a place to relax and recharge your batteries with fabulous food and leisurely wandering.

Bali

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by Aldo for SweetEscape in Bali

by Aldo for SweetEscape in Bali

For some beach fun, Bali is always the best place to go. But Bali is more than that. You can see its forested volcanic mountains and iconic rice paddies. The island is home to religious sites such as Uluwatu Temple, Besakih Temple, and Bat Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars. You can also try yoga and meditation retreats to clean your mind, body, and soul.

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5 Ways To Make The Most Out Of The Month Of Love When You're Single
19 Feb 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

Watching other couples get lovey dovey in the month of love with romantic dinners or fancy gifts when you’re single can bring you down. But only if you let it! You can make this month of love still be about the love you deserve, even when you’re not in a relationship. This month can still be about the love for yourself. Check out these ways to make the most of this month of love when you’re single.

1. Treat Yourself

Single ladies, when you have no partner to share your valentine’s day with, it only means there’s more for yourself! This is a great time to splurge on whatever you have been wanting to get. Maybe a simple diamond ring from your hard earned salary? A little bag reward for your hard work? Or maybe some luxurious facial and massage session that will soothe your tire away. Just remember, single or not, love yourself first!

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2. Spend time with your parents

We don’t think it is lame at all to spend Valentine’s day with your parents. When is the last time you show them some extra love for being an awesome #couplegoals for you? So make that reservations and get ready to have a great meal together with literally the most important persons in your life.

3. Get some besties’ love.

Your BFF can be that special someone who never fails to make you feel extra loved and happy. So round up your girls and make a plan to go spend time together in the most fun and special way. You can even arrange some “Secret Valentine’s” or a random gift exchange among yourselves. Follow up with a long doll-up session where you can play makeup and dress up for fun. When you’re all ready to go, have the best girls’ night out and we promise, you’re going to with that everyday is Valentine’s with your squad.

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4. Spread some love

Valentine’s day is not all about receiving love, but also spreading it. How about doing some charity work that will not only make you feel more grateful, but also help others in need? Plan your visit, donation or any kind of social participation you can think of and commit to it. You’ll soon find out that giving love is actually way more satisfying than just receiving.

5. Your own SweetEscape

This Valentine’s day, make the most of it by going on a little getaway to learn more about yourself. Hopping on a plane to a faraway place is a great way to have your own personal time, evaluate your life and figure out what you want out of it. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to get in touch with a local photographer at your destination. With a SweetEscape photographer, you’ll not only feel less stranded but also have your own personal keepsakes of the time when you’re super adventurous, carefree and life-loving.

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SweetEscape is online platform that connects you with local photographers around the world. Our mission is to capture your life precious moments, anywhere in the world. SweetEscape is available in over 300 cities around the world. Book today and save $50 on your first session! Enter the promo code: FIRSTESCAPE at checkout.

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