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How To Make Friends Anywhere
16 Jan 2018IDEASBY SweetEscape

Travelling is another way to make friends with people from all over the world. It is much easier because people are more open these days. Chances are even after you have gone your separate ways, you will still be friends on social media.

1. Join an open trip

If you don’t have anyone to go travelling with, never fear. How about joining an open trip where you can meet new people? You will definitely develop new friendships after spending some time having fun and laughing together.

2. Spark conversations

After a long day of sightseeing, why don’t you hang out at a local pub instead of just staying at your hotel. Sit at the bar and start conversations with people who are also sitting there. Most likely they are also tourists who will be more than happy to exchange exciting and interesting travel stories with you or you will meet locals who can be of help the next time you visit.

3. Open up, don't be shy

Don’t be shy to strike up a conversation with the locals whether it is a shopkeeper, a hotel staff, or even an elderly sitting on a bench at the park. A five-minute conversation can be an enjoyable moment. You might learn something about the place you are visiting such as the culture, the food, and some tips that can make your trip all the better. In the meantime, you can drink, dance, and laugh!

4. Hang out with a SweetEscape photographer

Lastly, book a SweetEscape session so you can meet up with the local photographer and hang out after the session. Who knows, they might take you to cool hang out spots! Not only that, they might also give you great tips, and we can never be tired of travel tips!

Making new friends gives you the best feeling when travelling because it gives you a sense of being well connected with the world. There are so many things you can learn and fun to be had. Don’t be shy. All you have to do is to start with a smile and a simple ”hello”.

by Wei for SweetEscape in Melbourne

by Ana for SweetEscape in Vienna

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Sidney and Etha Mohede: Christmas Tradition in Our Family
12 Dec 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.

by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Priscilla for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

1. Tell us about Christmas in your family!

We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.

Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.

2. Any particular Christmas dinner tradition?

Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.

However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.

by Donny for SweetEscape in Bali

3. Where will you be spending Christmas this year?

This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!

4. We know you travel a lot, especially Sidney. Do you take photos of your trip?

Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

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!