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For Every Cultural Wanderer Out There
15 Jun 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

It’s almost safe to say that the majority of people love traveling. Very rare will you find someone who doesn’t take pleasure in going to new places or having a leisurely time with their loved ones. Still, each of us is built with different taste and preference when it comes to traveling.

Have you taken the quiz yet? If you have, what's your result? What kind of escapist are you? Are you The Cultural Wanderer, The Thrill Seeker or The Bon Vivant?

As the this article’s title suggests, we’re here to find out if you belong into the first category of escapist aka “ The Cultural Wanderer”. And to know if you are indeed one, simply check out these cues below:

You emphasize on experiencing life within a foreign culture, rather than from the outside as a temporary visitor. You want to immerse yourself wholeheartedly in local history and cultures, aiming for cultural exploration and discovery rather than the popular touristic spots. You’re obsessed with insider tips and cultural insights and meeting the locals because you’re always looking for an authentic experience. You’re likely to cheerfully explore the beaten paths of every city.

If you say yes to at least 3 of the above questions, then no doubt you’re a true Cultural Wanderer!

Lucky for you cultural lovers, each city in the world promises a bountiful of heritage and artistic culture that you can explore to your heart’s content. Still, if you want to begin your hunt for impressive culture, these top 3 cities must definitely be on your list : Amsterdam, Kyoto, and Paris.

The ever vibrant & diverse Amsterdam

With over 180 different backgrounds of population, arts run in the vein of this rich and multifaceted international city. Beneath its village-like charm, there’s a broad range of historic arts, culture, music, film and theatre waiting to be unearthed.

Visit the The Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum which are both the most grandest and popular museums with its vast collection of iconic arts or the Huis Marseille - the photography museum showcasing all genres of photography.

The cultural depth of Kyoto

Two things that already represent the heart of Japanese culture can be found only in Kyoto. First is the prevalent temple, shrines and preserved Japanese buildings and second is the fact that kimono is still a thing of common garment. As the Imperial capital city of Japan for more than a thousand years, Kyoto is the place where you can drown in the feeling of authentic and ancient Japan at its finest.

Don’t miss out the chance to don a kimono, have a Zen inspired tea ceremony, or try your hands in Kanji calligraphy lesson. Stroll down the magnificent Gion district where you can learn more about Maiko. If you have time to spare, an Ikebana or flower arrangement session is guaranteed to make your trip even that much sweeter.

The dominantly culturistic Paris

The word “ culture” itself comes from French language, so there’s no second guessing how much more culturistic your trip can get when in Paris. With the mix of influences from Celtic, Germanic to Roman era, culture is still a present way of learning, interacting and living for French population.

As for places to visit, there’s hardly a place in French that is void of a historic value. From the Le Marais, Montmartre, the Quartier Latin the Louvre, the Museum of Modern Art, the Picasso Museum, to the Grand Palais - each of this place is a promise of cultural wonder that will satisfy the heritage hunger in you.

Where's your next culturally rich vacation going to be? Wherever it is, don't forget to book a session with SweetEscape to capture your moment when you're getting lost in new cultures.

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Real Stories from Real Clients: What Makes You Love SweetEscape?
28 Nov 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

The idea of getting someone professional to take your photos might not appeal to everyone, but here in SweetEscape we firmly believe that once you tried a SweetEscape session, you'd immediately fall in love with it and would want to book more. No, this is not a marketing campaign, it's a fact! Don't believe us? Check out these real stories from our real clients on why they love SweetEscape so much!

1. The First Timer

Our very own Creative Director, Jalu, wasn't really a big fan of being photographed. However, after 8 months of working in SweetEscape and (naturally) getting exposed to SweetEscape's beautiful photos in a lot of beautiful locations around the world, Jalu started to feel that maybe being photographed isn't such a bad idea after all.

by Grece for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, for his family holiday in Tokyo this year-end, Jalu booked his first-ever session. What impressed him the most is how easy the booking process turned out to be–just through the app. His interesed was piqued even higher when he met the photographer who was very friendly and easy to converse with.

"I also noticed how professional their cameras and gears were! So it made me even more convinced that my photos would turn out to be great!" said Jalu.

by Mizuki for SweetEscape in Tokyo

When Jalu received the photos, he was surprised at how beautiful the photos turned out to be. His wife loved the session and the photos, his young daughter–which he feared wouldn't enjoy the shoot–also absolutely loved it, even he himself looked good in the photos!

"The photographers really know how to find the perfect angle for you, I never thought my photos would turn out these great!" said Jalu. "I absolutely love it, and I'd definitely book more sessions when I travel to other interesting locations in the future."

2. The 'Seasoned' Lovers

Sheena Buraga and her husband Daniel are truly one of the most unique clients SweetEscape had recently. Their 'Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept is really inspiring, and SweetEscape is proud and honoured to be a part of their love journey from the very start when Daniel first proposed to Sheena in Tokyo (spring), to their pre-nup shots in Nami Island (autumn) and Niseko (winter), and finally to their final pre-nup shot in Siargao (summer).

by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao
by Bren for SweetEscape in Siargao

"Between May and June 2018 after the proposal, we started planning for our wedding. At first we thought that the photos in Tokyo would be our proposal / engagement photos, and we wanted to capture another pre-nup photoshoot, not with SweetEscape. But when seeing our proposal photos shot by SweetEscape, everybody said that our pre-nup shoots will look less beautiful compared to the super-beautiful photos of our proposal taken by SweetEscape! Considering this, and since we were travelling to Nami Island, South Korea in the autumn, we decided to create this 'Four Seasons of Love' pre-nup concept with SweetEscape!" said Sheena when asked about what made them keep taking their pre-nup shots with us.

3. The Reporter

TV reporter Najla Hilabi always puts an extra care for her Instagram feed; she wants it to look extra neat and beautiful, and this was her initial reason to use SweetEscape. After knowing about us from an Instagram ad, she decided to book her first session for her trip to Prague.

"I don't know if I'd ever go back to Prague again, so I thought it was important to capture my moments there with a proper photography service," said Najla.

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

What impressed her was eventhough there were some language barrier with the photographer, the photos still turned out beautiful, and the photographer brought her to the hidden gems of the already enchanting city. This, in addition to the beautiful photos she received afterwards, made her book another session for her recent trip to Tokyo.

"I feel that SweetEscape always maintains their standard of quality. You don't just get your raw photos, you get perfectly curated and professionally edited photos, and this careful production process really makes me love SweetEscape!"

by Michael for SweetEscape in Tokyo

So, don't let anything make you doubt us! SweetEscape connects you to thousands of local professional photographers in more than 500 cities around the world, so you can capture every moment and get beautiful photos directly to your devices in just 48 hours after your session. This holiday season, capture more with SweetEscape's JINGLE DEALS, where you can get sessions starting as low as USD 50! Download our app, book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!