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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.

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Things To Do With Your Kids in Amsterdam This Spring
18 Mar 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

As every parent would tell you, travelling with kids can be extremely tough! There are tons of tiny details and preparations that need to be ironed-out before you even set out of your home, not to mention that a lot of times the things and places that the parents want to do and visit are not the ones favourable to the kids'. Don't worry, we're here for you! Here's a list of activities you and your kids can do together during your spring travel to Amsterdam, and rest assured, you will find these activities equally exciting!

1. Sailing Through The Canals

by Andy for SweetEscape in Amsterdam
by Andy for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

The best way to experience the wonders of the canals of Amsterdam is by hopping on a boat and taking a boat tour. The beautiful and unique canal houses along the canals makes great setting for your family photo session. Your kids can also learn about the Netherlands' famous canals system from the guides!

2. Take A Bike (with Bakfiets) to Vondelpark

by Dennis + Dewi for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

A very Dutch way to get around Amsterdam is on bakfiets, a large bucket attached to the front of a bike, which your kids will definitely love! Let your kids to sit safely inside the bakfiets and cycle through Amsterdam's numerous bike-lanes to many interesting spots in and around the city, including Vondelpark, the largest park of the city with lots to offer for kids such as The Melkhuis, Kinderkookcafe (where children can cook little dishes while you enjoy a cup of coffee), and a lovely paddling pool. Check out these other great spots for cycling too!

3. Visit Museums

by Danny for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

The Netherlands produces some famous painters throughout history, and you can start to spark some creativity in your kids by taking them to some of these famous museum. The Van Gogh Museum is pleasantly light and modern, with paintings that are very colourful and accessible to children. The 17th Century Rembrandt House is also very interesting, giving us a glimpse of how Rembrandt (and other well-to-do Amsterdam inhabitants) lived in the ‘Golden Age’. Start nurturing the future artist in them!

4. Eating Pancakes at Nine Streets

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The Nine Streets is another interesting place to visit. These nine little streets are filled with small and unique shops, ranging from fashion boutiques, to art stores, and even a toothbrush shop! One of the best places to take your kids to in the Nine Streets is Pancakes Amsterdam Negen Straatjes, a pancake shop that offers a world-wide variety of pancakes, including Dutch's famous pannekoek!

5. King's Day!

by Danny for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Unique to Spring, The King's Day is a festival to celebrate the birthday King Willem-Alexander, the current ruling monarch, and is held every April 27th. Cycle past the spectacle with your kids on the Bakfiets (see number 2!) and let them take it the explosion of bright orange colours throughout the city, or take part in a plethora of activities and fun games in the many carnivals and pop-up markets around Amsterdam and many other cities!

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by Andy for SweetEscape in Amsterdam

Make your Amsterdam visit with your kids memorable this Spring with SweetEscape! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you and your children have to do is to create 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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