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5 'Summer-Vibes' Cities to Visit On Your Holiday
26 Jun 2019PLACESBY SweetEscape

Sun’s up, glasses on! Now, turn up the volume, because there’s no party like a summer party! When people say that summertime is always the best of what might be, they are definitely not kidding. Life is just better when the sun is shining, water is calling, and paradise is waiting. If you’re ready for an epic summer holiday, check out our 5 picks of the best summer cities to visit :

1. Miami, USA

by Andrew for SweetEscape in Miami

The nights are long and the parties are longer. Miami’s sublime beaches and happening nightlife is living summer like no other cities’ business. This city is always celebrating food, art and entertainment, representing the best cultures from every corner of the world. You can expect beach hopping, endless shopping, food tasting, Latin dancing, sightseeing, and the list goes on.

by Andrew for SweetEscape in Miami
by Andrew for SweetEscape in Miami

SInce this part of Florida enjoys a subtropical climate, the weather is usually warm all year-round. It can be a bit rainy or light showers, but nothing overwhelming in nature. The best time to visit Miami is between March and May when the sun is shining and the temperature is low. There’s also the annual Ultra Music Festival around late March where some of the world’s best DJs are ready to get your blood pumping!

2. Bali, Indonesia

Yes, you know it. This list wouldn’t be accurate without our very own tropical paradise island : Bali. It’s beach-weather everyday with a side of stunning views, even when it sometimes rains briefly between November to April.

by Marcel for SweetEscape in Bali

Beyond beaches or natural beauty, Bali is an experience of magical temples, exotic culture, friendly locals, and endless opportunities to discover the old and the new at the same time. You can be enjoying the thriving Bali art markets or performance by the day, and dancing in high-end beach clubs by night.

by Marcel for SweetEscape in Bali
by Marcel for SweetEscape in Bali

Anytime you change your mind about the beach and want to have a change of scene, there are other adventures in nature already waiting for you ( hiking or waterfall hunting anyone?). Just know that you’re going to have the best summer stories, whether you are alone, couple or even family with kids!

3. Nice, France

by Fred for SweetEscape in Nice

Summer in France is made for the storybook, and the best setting we can recommend is in Nice. Located in the South of France on the famous French Riviera, Nice is a wonderful destination filled with the promise of wine, cheese, pastry and adventure. With an average of 300 days of sunshine annually, there’s no going wrong with the weather in this beach town.

by Max for SweetEscape in Paris
by Max for SweetEscape in Paris

During summer months ( July - August), Nice is a hot tourist attraction, both figuratively and literally. It’s common to be extra-packed and prices tend to go up. Still, it’s simply the best time to really enjoy the city’s summer vibes when even the locals are slowing down for some summer appreciation. Festivals are lining up too, from music, food, arts, you name it and they have it!

4. Melbourne, Australia

by Dalvin for SweetEscape in Melbourne

As one of the cities encircling the Port Philip Bay, the city of Melbourne consists of many beautiful attractions for you to indulge on. First, the city is basically lined with the infamous Brighton Beach, bars, clubs, restaurants, coffee shops, all waiting for your summer memories. Next is the excellent public transportation system, giving you the chance to travel affordably and efficiently. From great seafood cuisines by the beach, to the actual beach, you will find yourself never wanting to leave the place.

by Dalvin for SweetEscape in Melbourne
by Dalvin for SweetEscape in Melbourne

Melbourne is highly diverse in terms of lifestyle, giving you plenty of chances to catch up with their art or music scene, local community and nightlife. With a laid back summer vibe, the festival galores in Melbourne is guaranteed to blow your mind as well. From great seafood cuisines by the beach, to the actual beach, you will find yourself never wanting to leave the place.

5. Barcelona, Spain

by Lena for SweetEscape in Barcelona

A relaxed pace, endless sunshine, glorious food - Barcelona offers everything that is most anticipated about enjoying summer in Mediterranean cities. There are countless summer things to do in Barcelona, especially for you beach lovers. With endless coastline stretching along the province, go with your suntanning mission in Barceloneta Beach, Nova Icaria, to Mar Bella Beach.

by Serena for SweetEscape in Barcelona
by Serena for SweetEscape in Barcelona

When you’re done with the sea and sand, you can either continue strolling for the beautiful natural landscape through bike tours or sampling tapas in local cuisine. You can also have a picnic in the park, have beer in the square, or rock out at a music festival. Primavera Sound and Sonar are the two best known, but there are plenty more!

by Marlon for SweetEscape in Melbourne

For whichever destination you choose for your summer-city getaway, let SweetEscape make your trip memorable and long lasting 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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Capturing Triumph Through The Eyes of A Breast Cancer Survivor
17 Oct 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Back in early 2001, Maritoni Fernandez, a Philippine cinematic gem, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. At the time, Maritoni was very busy with her acting career and during a brief visit to the US to get a second opinion for her mom’s medical condition, Maritoni was surprised to find out that a lump she had noticed years prior, which she thought was benign, turn out to be positive for cancer. It’s 20 years later and she still tears up when she recalls the moment that turned her life upside down. But as surprising as the diagnosis was, her year-long struggle with a disease that could have taken her life, soon came to an end with her on top. Feeling very strongly about paying-it-forward, she’s been an iCanServe member for 19 years and has made sharing her story a personal advocacy; “The day I stop sharing my story is the day I’m no longer brave and I hope that never happens.”, she says.

Maritoni grants us an afternoon to share her inspiring story with the hopes that it gives others, going through the same experience, strength to overcome it.

by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City

Looking back, she feels blessed that she followed her instincts to have herself checked again despite getting initial medical advice that she had nothing to worry about. Admittedly, she was hesitant to bring it up again as having the thought of a possible sickness is something she didn’t want to verbalize. Being the strong and determined person that she is, soon after confirming her diagnosis, Maritoni set her mind to overcome the biggest hurdle in her life. “In hindsight, it felt like a wild roller coaster ride. It’s also a test of patience and grit.,” said Maritoni. She decided to create a relationship with her cancer to help prepare her for the long journey she had ahead of her.

by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City
by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City

During treatment, she went through 4 Chemotherapy sessions followed by 26 sessions of radiation therapy. She was then put on oral medication and was instructed to stay on it for 5 years but with the help of her medication complemented by natural supplements, her body recovered in just 3 years and was blessed with a miracle of being pregnant with her second child.

Despite the terrifying experience, her faith got her through the ordeal. She says “I knew the fight was not mine. I physically had to fight it, but the fight was really HIS. I was allowed to get sick because a lot of people are gonna learn from it. “ Her lovely daughter, Lexi shares the same sentiment saying that “The world can get to me but having faith keeps me grounded. And this is something I’ve learned from my mom’s journey.”

by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City
by Kristine for SweetEscape in Quezon City

Ever since she was declared cancer-free, Maritoni has taken it upon herself to share her experience and inspire people to keep the faith and to not look at cancer as the end of one’s journey. Her advice to those who’ve been diagnosed? “Have faith, don’t lose hope, and pray as God is a mighty healer. Breast Cancer is not a death sentence. Follow what your doctors tell you to do but don’t be scared to get a second opinion before getting aggressive treatment. At the same time, don’t just leave your prognosis to your doctors. Do something about it and research. Keep your chin up, keep going, and find something to live for everyday - for me it was my daughter Lexi. If you do get healed by the grace of God, pay it forward.”

For this shoot, Maritoni prepares for a charity ball which she supports. She believes this is worth remembering because she attended with her daughter and SweetEscape is the perfect partner to capture this moment in this warrior’s life.

SweetEscape connects you to thousands of photographers in more than 500 cities around the world. Get your photos within 48 hours of your sessions directly to your devices through our mobile app. You can also share and download them directly from the app, so book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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