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Places to Do Dogsledding This Winter Season
31 Oct 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

To skydive, bungee jump, ride a helicopter or hot air balloon, or to swim with whale sharks — these are the usual things included on an adrenaline junkie's bucket list. These really are exciting activities to try, but if you're down for a unique experience this holiday season why don't you try dogsledding?

Dogsledding is a thrilling ride that lets dogs pull a sled across the snow. It is surely a fun way to experience a winter holiday, so, here are 4 destinations where you could best do it:

1. Lapland, Finland

Whether you're in it to see reindeers and moose out in the wild, to catch the Northern Lights in person, or to simple have a fun ride with 12 Alaskan huskies, Lapland could be a good option for dogsledding in the Arctic wilderness. It may be a challenge to control the sled if you intend to, but rest assured that the dogs are well-trained enough. There are tours here that offer accommodations in cabins where you could stay or stop by.

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2. Alaska

As a common means of transportation, dogsledding or dog mushing has become both an attraction and sport in Alaska. After the Trail Sled Dog Race every March, you could avail of dogsledding tours in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Skagway.

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3. Ely, Minnesota

Dubbed as the "Sled Dog Capital of the U.S.", Minnesota is home to a stunning scenery that makes a dogsledding experience even better. There, you could find a lodge that caters to visitors who would like to try this activity. Even as a first-timer, you will surely enjoy the ride because the well-trained dogs, together with a sled dog guide, would tell you what to do and could even let you maneuver your sled.

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Going through snow-covered trails in sleds pulled by mighty Alaskan dogs may not be the usual extreme activity that everyone hopes to experience, but it is definitely an adventure worth remembering. If you'll be taking a trip to experience dogsledding soon, take a SweetEscape photographer with you to capture the best moments on your holiday trip.

On your first SweetEscape booking, use the code FIRSTESCAPE to get $50 OFF.

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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.

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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!

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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!