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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Meet Jayson and Ariel, our newly-engaged couple who are both cheerleaders. Yeap, you read that right. Of all the unique passions that we’ve encountered, who would have thought these two lovebirds share this rare and passionate sport to the heart.
Their romantic engagement took place in London and SweetEscape is just lucky enough to have their personal insight about the little “cheerleading” love story these two have. We fired Jayson with more questions and his answers are just as cute as we thought it would be!
Just as you probably have predicted, Jayson and Ariel met through cheerleading. They both had been cheering for the same team for years.
"Cheerleading has always have a special place in both our hearts. It’s a sport that makes you realize that nothing is too big nor too difficult to overcome. It’s about sportsmanship, friendship and teamwork that counts. As long as we work towards the same goals, whether as a team or as a couple, I believe there is nothing that we can’t overcome. It’s all about hardwork and determination as well.
For me, having met Ariel is one of the best thing about cheerleading too. It’s like having your own personal supporter and life cheerleader, isn’t that just awesome? During our cheerleading days and more, we have supported each other by being there for each other in all of our ups and downs.
Cheerleading often leads to sport injuries too. So when we face obstacles together, whether fall injuries, failing goals or even other things in life, it’s comforting to know that she is there for you and yes, cheering for you. It’s truly something special for both of us.
This trip is also a special thing for us! It’s the first time we’ve traveled all the way to London as a couple. It’s a new experience that we will treasure for many years to come, that’s for sure. And what made it extra special is of course our engagement too! It’s a double whammy.
Needless to say, hiring SweetEscape along to eternalize our engagement in London is the best decision ever. It’s not everyday that we can do this, so having professional photography service along is definitely a travel must-have!"