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How to Decide Where to Go For Your Next Holiday
03 Aug 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

Life is sometimes ironic. When you are stressed and exhausted with work or daily routines, all you can think about is going on holiday. Yet, when it is just around the corner, you have no idea where to go! You haven’t booked any tickets or planned anything, so you are left with spending that “holiday” at home.

One of the easiest ways to quickly decide your next vacation destination is to ask yourself: what do you want to see? Pick a landmark, whether it is a building, a bridge, a mountain, or whatever you wish. Here are some examples.

SweetEscape in Paris

If you are feeling romantic, then Paris is the place to go. You might be thinking, “The Eiffel Tower?” Well, there are actually countless of equally enticing and crazy romantic places in Paris for you such as The Louvre, Jardin Du Palais Royal, etc.

Not really into Paris? Hop over to a nearby city, you can see historical European buildings from the time of kings and queens. There are old castles, majestic museums, and iconic townhouses, which will all make you want to go Dutch.

SweetEscape in San Francisco

For those of you who’ve been dreaming of the American Dream, it’s the right time make it come true! San Francisco is one of the cities you have to visit. Hopping on and off cable cars is fun and Golden Gate Bridge is awesome, but you’ll understand why we claim this city, that surrounded by water and distinctive skyline, is made for love.

SweetEscape in Shanghai

Let’s move on to a place in the middle of the world, called Asia. In the North there is Shanghai, where you can see a mix of Chinese and Western influences in the landmarks offering endless romantic spots and activities that will really sway the heart.

SweetEscape in Hong Kong

For food lovers out there, Hong Kong might be a good option to satisfy your inner foodie. But maybe you're the type of traveler who attracts to hustle and bustle of daily life, then you should go to the vibrant city of Tokyo, home to an array of activities and great outdoors for couple and family to make your holiday super exciting, if not romantic!

Actually, any place could be fun and romantic, because you're going on a vacation with your loved one(s). Now you know a glimpse of our favorite destinations, and you can imagine yourself spending your holiday at one of those cities, therefore the next step would be to book the tickets. To make travel planning even better, you need to find a good deal, which means you cannot miss the HSBC - Cathay Pacific Travel Fair!

HSBC Travel Fair will be held simultaneously in 3 cities (Jakarta, Mall Central Park; Surabaya, Pakuwon Mall; Bandung, Paris Van Java) from August 3 to 6, 2017. Get fantastic fares to 190 destinations and special deals for HSBC Credit Cardholders. So, what are you waiting for? Visit HSBC Travel Fair now and enjoy special deals!

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THE LION KING: 5 Most Beautiful Savannas In The World
20 Jun 2019PLACESBY SweetEscape

At the mention of the word ‘savanna', your mind probably wanders to the vast grassy plains of Africa. But do you know that there are actually a few savannas in the world that are worthy of your attention? Even more surprising, some of the best ones are located in Indonesia, ready to be explored to your heart’s content. To celebrate the release of the new Disney's Photo-Realistic Animation THE LION KING, let's unleash our inner Simba or Nala, it’s time to roam here in our 5 picks of the most beautiful savannas in the world:

1. Real Life Lion King

Serengeti (Africa)

by Chelsey for SweetEscape in Cape Town

Said to be a major inspiration to the movie Lion King, the Serengeti which is located near Cape Town in South Africa, goes as far as the eye can see- and then some more. The seemingly endless grassland is located in Tanzania, Africa and is one of Africa’s most classic safari destinations. It’s the home of the Big Five, over 500 species of birds and Africa’s most well-known great wildebeest migration.

With countless tour packages available for your choosing, more and more attractions are introduced including hot air balloon, camping, walking safaris and so on. Excitement aside, nothing beats the tranquility of just sitting and waiting for sunset or admiring the landscape up close.

2. The Stunning Jewel of Sumba

Puru Kambera, Sumba (Indonesia)

by Virgians for SweetEscape in Sumba
by Virgians for SweetEscape in Sumba

Home to East Sumba’s savanna, the grassland expanse is an iconic jewel that will struck any traveler with an awe-inspiring wonder. Just a 30-minute drive from Waingapu, the open stretches of grassland gets even more dramatic with backdrop of rolling hills at one side and oceanic stretch at the other. Cue in the galloping sandalwood horses and there you have it, the best nature scene one could ever wish for.

In fact, the golden-yellow savanna and blue skies have made the screen plenty of times in the movies. It’s also a highly-requested prewedding location, all thanks to the beach that is adjacent to the meadow with the same name.

3. The Soothing Colors of Nature

Palouse, Washington (USA)

by Fredy for SweetEscape in Seattle

The Palouse is the most serene and pastoral of the seven wonders of the state of Washington. Located in the South-Eastern area of the state some four hours drive from Seattle, the grassland boasts a unique landscape that is also a designated wheat and barley plantations. As the produce matures from time to time, the Palouse changes in colors too, from lush shades of green in Spring to crispy harvest brown in summer.

The meadow is a gem that captivates the hearts of many photographers, ready to hunt for the next most picturesque memory under the sun. One thing is for sure, with such wonderful sight to see, any shot is going to be as good as it gets.

4. Savana Selo

Mount Merbabu National Park, Salatiga (Indonesia)

by Hakim for SweetEscape in Yogyakarta
by Hakim for SweetEscape in Yogyakarta

We’re not kidding when we say some of the best savannas in the world is in Indonesia. Just check out our next contender, Savana Selo that is nicknamed after the pathway to reach it. With the majestic Mount Merbabu near Semarang as the backdrop, you can expect to find a few savanna spots, all with the same exotic yet carefree panorama. The beauty often stops hikers in their tracks, inviting them to take a long rest while absorbing the fresh view it has to offer.

Plenty of other mountains in Indonesia also share the same geographical feature of mountainous savannas. To name a few, there are Mount Sindoro, Mount Lawu, Mount Bromo, Mount Argopura and the list continues! So if you are yet to step foot in Africa or other foreign countries, Nusantara beckons your savanna visit anytime of the day.

5. Pretty in Pink

Nari Park, Seoul (South Korea)

by Hendry for SweetEscape in Seoul

Nothing gets more instagrammable than the stretch of lovely pink savanna in the form of one endless park. Nari Park in Seoul is one of the most visited places in Korea during autumn, the pinkish and violet grass sway dreamily like one huge fluffy carpet.

The pink sea of flowers is not the only thing that you get to enjoy, because Nari Park also houses many different other floral species that share one thing in common : extra prettiness! Just get your camera ready and prepare to experience a day of natural beauty at its finest height.

by Virgians for SweetEscape in Sumba

Whichever savanna you decide to experience the "Circle of Life", let SweetEscape make those festive colors and joyful memories last a lifetime in print! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is to create your memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! (Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first SweetEscape booking to get USD50 off and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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