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6 Travel Essentials For Your Cebu Weekend Adventure
04 Oct 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

Let's get things straight: Cebu isn't called The Queen City of the South for nothing. This charming destination located in Visayas, Philippines has been considered a consistent go-to place all-year round. With so many spots to visit, there's one thing we assure you: you will not run out of activities in here.

Aside from the basic things needed when traveling such as toiletries , wallet, IDs, hotel reservations, here are 6 travel essentials to prepare so you could have your bags ready for your Cebu trip. They may be small but hey, they might just be the deciding factor between a good trip and a really great one.

1. Sunscreen lotion or spray

Being a tropical country, the sun shines so brightly in this part of the world, even in the rainy season. Protect your skin from getting burnt by applying waterproof sunscreen so you could also be ready for island hopping tours and afternoon dips in Sumilon or Bantayan Island.

2. One-piece swimwear or bodysuit

A versatile bodysuit or one-piece swimsuit never disappoints. Pack a backless bodysuit that's stretchable and lightweight with a design or print which can match your denim shorts or culottes. It can double as a swimsuit if you're going to swim with the sardines in Moalboal or as a casual but classy outfit if you're going on a land tour around Cebu City.

3. Water bottle or tumbler

We all know that prices of food and beverages sold near tourist spots and in hotels are a little higher than the ones from convenience stores. If you're traveling on a budget, better bring with you a water bottle or tumbler to be refilled when you dine out so you can save money. It also makes you a better tourist by not patronizing single-use plastic bottles.

4. Extra cash

Aside from having enough cash for pasalubong (souvenir or take-home goods) such as dried mangoes, danggit (dried rabbitfish), peanut browas, handcrafted guitars, and lechon, you also might want to try activities which aren't on your itinerary when you visit rural towns or islands where there are no ATMs. Some tour guides also have tip boxes in their boats or vehicles where you could drop some coins, so better be ready with spare cash as a way to thank them.

5. Action cam

Cebu is also known to be a haven for adventure-seekers. If you wouldn't want your phone to get drenched when you go canyoneering to Kawasan Falls or as you swim with the whale sharks in Oslob, have an action cam ready for your adventures!

6. Powerbank

Travels should give you some time off of work, but a powerbank comes handy in case your gadgets run out of batteries! Even when you're in it for the experience, it's good to have those memories documented with a few Instagram stories or short footages from your action cam. Do not ruin a trip with a bad mood because of a drained smartphone battery!

by Maria for SweetEscape in Cebu
by Maria for SweetEscape in Cebu
by Maria for SweetEscape in Cebu
by Maria for SweetEscape in Cebu

Whether you'll be flying to Cebu for the Sinulog Festival or for a quick R&R in between work, it's always a must to be ready! It's not everyday that you'd be given the chance to visit such a beautiful destination, so make sure that you're prepared for the adventure to come your way.

And to make things even more memorable, how about having your moments taken by a professional photographer? Not all travel buddies are willing to take your photos because that seriously can ruin the moment! If you're aiming for the Instagram-worthy shots that's one for the books, let SweetEscape do the job for you. SweetEscape is an online platform that lets you book a photographer from over 400 cities in the world including Cebu, to capture your holiday memories without the hassle.

On your first booking, use the code FIRSTESCAPE at checkout to get $50 off.


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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. So without further ado, 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:

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 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 Agrica’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.

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.

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 Washington. Located in the Southeast area of the state, 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.

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 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.

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. It’s 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!