It's this time of the year again. Is the good 'ol turkey ready to become the star of your Thanksgiving dinner?
Half of the people may be busy looking for new recipes to prepare for such a wonderful celebration, while the other half's trying to weigh the options on whether to go home or not for this holiday. As a kid, you might not have experienced thinking and worrying about what to do, what to wear, and when to finish your endless list of tasks for Thanksgiving, but now that you've grown up, decision-making becomes the hardest part.
If you're a thousand (or more) miles away from home, it's surely a tough call. With all of your friends' Instagram stories of doing groceries and running for last-minute errands, it's a major FOMO moment for you. This dilemma would only make your head and heart hurt, but come to think of it — Thanksgiving happens only once a year, so you better make the most out of it.
It'll sure be a warm and overwhelming feeling to go back home and to reunite with your family, friends, and of course, your pet. Topics to be discussed over the Thanksgiving dinner may seem awkward especially if you're in college, but that's the essence of it all — the fun, laughter, reminiscing, and the quality time spent together.
If you've got spare time, this holiday break may also be a chance to unwind and relax. Go to your favorite tourist spot as a child, visit your relatives, drive across towns, or spend a day at the beach. These moments, for sure, are the ones that you long for, so do not waste time, and save those memories so you could always remember them!
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Who would ever travel to a city that's probably more than a thousand miles away from her hometown? Well, if you've got spare time, budget, and a penchant for unique and interesting experiences like Cecil Xu, then, why not?
As someone who's lucky enough to be able to set foot in Los Angeles for three times already, Cecil Xu, an Indonesian social media influencer, gives us a hint: It's a totally different feeling compared to Europe — the sight of the Hollywood sign alone makes a trip to this southern California city worthy enough to save up for.
Instagram-famous for her hashtags #thewayxulives and #xutravelingdiary, Cecil shares with us her top travel tips that best apply to your first or next trip to Los Angeles:
Especially if you're going on a long vacation, avoid bringing too many clothes and pack neutral-colored clothes instead. Just as how Cecil does, she wears nude, white, or black clothes that may be paired with other pieces of clothing. In that way, people may not notice that you've repeated them, especially if you're that conscious of your fashion style.
For winter, it's best to bring a versatile and comfortable coat. Bringing too many may eat up your luggage space. Besides, you don't need a bulky coat to hide your OOTDs, right?
You don't want a travel photo ruined by shopping bags on your hands, right? Save yourself from the hassle of carrying too much stuff as you roam around the city. Cecil, on her travels, does shopping at the end of her trips, including buying new luggages.
Especially for your trip to Los Angeles, the city of stars:
If you're looking for a place to chill for downtime, this one's for you. Cecil, together with her family, enjoys sunsets in Santa Monica Beach, which is a famous spot in LA. Everything's here — hotdog stands, lively beachside, classic carnival rides, snack shacks — which give romantic and fun vibes at the same time.
If you're ever too shy to strike poses in known landmarks in LA, then what else did you fly for? Well, admit it, photos make the experience more memorable. As Cecil suggests, her top LA spots that you should also visit are Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the famous palm tree-lined streets of Beverly Hills, and the OUE Skyspace.
For Cecil, it's her sister, Isable, who she usually travels with. For her, it is really important to bring someone who you enjoy being with and who you trust because you will never worry about where to eat, which places to visit, or on which angle you look better in.
To inspire you more, here are a few snaps from her recent trip to Los Angeles:
For this trip, SweetEscape has joined Cecil Xu as she explored the cinematic cityscapes and vibrant neighborhoods of LA. If you're planning to visit this city as well, book a session with us and never worry about saving all those priceless memories — let a SweetEscape professional photographer do that for you.
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