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Where To Travel This Year? Five Favourite Up-and-Coming Travel Destinations for Filipinos!
05 Apr 2019PLACESBY SweetEscape

Travelling is one of the most favourite ways to spend a holiday. While we used to go on holidays simply to take some rest, spending time with our family, or exploring new destinations, with the social media culture we currently live in, many people take 'instagram-worthy' spots into consideration when planning their holidays, and Filipinos are no different.

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SweetEscape recently conducted a survey with 2,000 participants, which found that over 90% of millennials share photos on their social media while travelling. This shows only one thing--the importance of great photos during travels. Travelling milennials like to bring cameras, laptops, or even drones to create and post beautiful contents from their holiday directly to their social media platforms.

by Helena for SweetEscape in Cape Town

According to the study, 6 out of 10 Filipinos travel at least twice a year for leisure, while 77% of Filipinos prioritize on visiting instagram-worthy destinations. Many consider Siargao as the go-to local destination for holiday, while Hong Kong and Seoul still rank high on the list of foreign Asian countries to visit during holidays, mainly because it offers considerably affordable entertainment, great food, and tourist spots. As for Western destinations, New York and Paris are also among the most popular cities for many Filipinos. New York boasts a number of world-famous, instagram-worthy spots, while Paris, well... is beautiful in itself.

Many are familiar with these aforementioned destinations, but do you know that there are several other instagram-worthy places? Before they got too famous and touristy, you might want to check this list of up-and-coming popular and beautiful destinations we've compiled for you!

1. Cape Town, South Africa

by Helena for SweetEscape in Cape Town

Hearing the word Africa surely makes you think about safari trips with elephants, giraffes or lions casually walking around. We know how picture-perfect that moment would be, but when in Cape Town–also known as South Africa's "Mother City"–don't miss destinations such as Signal Hill, Chapmans Peak and Camps Bay. Table Mountain, which can be conveniently accessed via a cable car, the bike and hike trails of Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, and the breathtaking Cape Point must also be on your list.

2. Cappadocia, Turkey

by Kursat for SweetEscape in Cappadocia

Once you step out at Cappadocia, you'll surely have your jaws dropping with the stunning views of mushroom-capped fairy chimneys and towering carved stones. Among the tourist spots that you should visit to get the best photos is the Love Valley, Lover's Hill, Urgup Old Town and Ihlara Valley to get great photos. Of course don't forget to soar above the beautiful mountains in one of the hundreds of colourful hot air balloons decorating the skies of Cappadocia!

3. Maldives

by Mohamed for SweetEscape in Maldives
by Mohamed for SweetEscape in Maldives

Maldives is a beach lover's paradise. In Hulhumale, you can find most of the city spots and restaurants mostly run by the locals. Maafushi is one of the biggest islands in Maldives, and is also one of the most popular destination. But if you're looking for a really stunning view, visit Villingili and book a tropical villa in the middle of its turquoise waters.

4. Tuscany and Florence, Italy

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Italy is known for its stunning landscapes. When in Italy, we suggest visiting Chianti in Tuscany, where you can walk along the vineyards and olive groves, and Val D'Orcia, a UNESCO heritage site with a picturesque view of low rolling hills. In Florence, walk along the Uffizi Gallery, across the bridge at Ponte Vecchio, and visit Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore to marvel at its' amazing architecture.

5. Shanghai, China

by Kevin for SweetEscape in Shanghai

Aside from being a haven for retail therapy, Shanghai boasts numerous tourist spots like the Bund, a Instagram-worthy waterfront area in central Shanghai. In Tianzifang, you can find traditional lanehouses and artsy areas with craft shops, cafes, galleries and boutiques, while sycamore tree-lined walkways, cozy restaurants and French bistros can be found in the Shanghai French Concession.

by Kursat for SweetEscape in Cappadocia
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SweetEscape wants to make sure that you'll only have the best shots of your travels to post on your social media! Selfies may look good, but wouldn't you want someone to tell you which pose looks good, or which angle suits the lighting for a photo? You deserve to have those memories taken and saved beautifully! SweetEscape connects you with 2000+ photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is create memories, while our photographers capture great photos of your every moment! Download our mobile app today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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Ready To Go Back To School? Here Are Some Motivations For Your First Day!
12 Jul 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

When it comes to going back to school... you've got to admit it, you either hate it or love it! SweetEscape is here to help our fellow Escapists–whether it is you or your kids who are about to start a new school year–to get up and motivated for school!

by Dalvin for SweetEscape in Melbourne

1. Upgrade Your Wardrobe: When You Feel Good... You Look Good!

That's right, one of the main keys to feeling good is to look good! There's actually a lot of benefits that you can reap from a new or upgraded wardrobe. As many of us know, humans get bored easily, and maybe those worn out clothes of yours are the cause of the no-excitement-whatsoever feeling that you have. So do yourself a big favor and go to your favorite mall for some shopping-spree fun! Make a list of all the things you need and needs replacement.

by Natasha for SweetEscape in London
by Natasha for SweetEscape in London

A fun tip, google "school closet staples" for a complete list of the things you need to be ready for school. While you're at it, give your closet a little makeover and do some Marie Kondo intervention to it. That way, it'll be so much more convenient for you to pick out your outfit for school in the mornings.

by Natasha for SweetEscape in London

2. Do Your Hobbies While You Can!

Holidays are bittersweet, we love it because we have all that freedom... But it's bitter because it's usually over in just a flash. Therefore, our tip for you is to make the most out of your holidays is to really make use of that short time!

by Agik for SweetEscape in Bali
by Agik for SweetEscape in Bali

Whether it be traveling, taking a pottery class, or perhaps trying out instruments that you've never played before... this is the time to do it. This way, you won't feel so bummed when school commences, because you know you've had a ball during that break.

by Agik for SweetEscape in Bali

3. Lock and Loaded: Get New Stationaries!

Another tip that helps (believe it or not) is to to get yourself some new stationery for your new classes - and yes, all of that good stuff; pens, pencils, books, binders and everything to your liking. Not to get too deep in it, but it's even psychologically proven that school stationery can actually help motivate you in school.

by Deby for SweetEscape in Tokyo
by Deby for SweetEscape in Tokyo

Once you get your school stationery organized, we assure you you'll be more than ready to go and conquer the new school year.

by Deby for SweetEscape in Tokyo

4. The School of Rock: Make New Playlist For Your New School Year!

Create a new playlist, and listen to all your favorite songs that are potential candidates to be put in that playlist. Specifically, add those songs that can turn any of your days downside up. Once you have that all set, you're more than ready to take over a new school year with some great motivating tunes!

by Janos for SweetEscape in Siargao
by Janos for SweetEscape in Siargao

Music playlists are unique to every individual, and it's one of the things that make you... you! Go all out with the music in your playlist, and be sure to play those tunes daily before school.

by Janos for SweetEscape in Siargao

5. Catch-Up With Your Friends!

What is school without your bestfriends and buddies? Let's be honest... without our friends, we would feel some sort of emptiness lingering within us. But a big special thanks to our friends, school seems to be a tad bit better and more bearable to go through! With that said, could you think of an even better idea than to gather your closest friends for a little get-together before the new school term?

by Hisham for SweetEscape in Singapore
by Hisham for SweetEscape in Singapore

Host a little barbeque at your house, or if possible and financially able, book a room or villa with Airbnb with your besties for a day or two and have a sleepover. Otherwise, opt for a mini roadtrip somewhere together and have an adventurous bonding time as a group. This way, you'll be even more motivated as you are reminded that you have your besties to get through another school year!

by Hisham for SweetEscape in Singapore

Whether you would like to capture special moments alone or with your closest friends, don't forget that SweetEscape is always ready capture the moment for you! We capture any occasion, any time, anywhere. We connect you to a growing network of photographers in 500+ cities around the world, and your photos will be ready for download in 48 hours after the session via the SweetEscape app and our website. Book your session today and let's #MakeLifeMemorable!

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