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Places to Do Dogsledding This Winter Season
01 Nov 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.

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Still Can't Get Over Summer? Here are 6 Great Summer Flicks To Binge On
20 Jun 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

What happens in the summertime... may come again next summer! We know, for you summer lovers, summer always seems to be over with a blink of an eye. It's completely relatable, and it feels that way because we enjoy it (way too much, sometimes).

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So little time, so much to do. For those of you who just can't seem to get over summer just yet, here are 5 top flicks we highly recommend for you to binge on to keep that summer spirit going. A long day at work? Come home to one of these great movies to boost your mood!

1. Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants

SANTORINI, GREECE and BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO

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Don't talk to me, I'm tired and grumpy and i'll probably make fun of you. Remember that line? If you do... then this is the throwback summer movie for you! Since you're probably feeling bummed that the summer break is over, watching this flick will surely relive your summer days as if they had never left. For those of you who aren't familiar with this movie, don't worry! We'll give you a little preview. The movie centers around the lives of four bestfriends who are separated for the summer. One of of the exotic locations the movie was shot in is the village of Oia in Santorini, Greece.

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But wait.. It doesn't stop there! The movie was also shot in Baja California in Mexico, where the summer vibe gets even more intense as the story follows actress Blake Lively's character on her own summer vacation in the movie. The place, atmosphere, and landscape will definitely make you feel that summertime feeling all over again.

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2. 500 Days Of Summer (2009)

LOS ANGELES, USA

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You know what they say. One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter. If you're feeling a little blue and mellow, but also in the mood for some comedy and summertime fun, then we highly suggest for you to re-watch 500 Days of Summer. Shot in the city of Los Angeles, the movie will really give you those summer vibes in addition to an addicting lovestory of a young couple. Starring the beautiful and quirky Zooey Deschanel, you will even forget your post-summer blues and get caught up in this romantic summer-y flick.

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3. The Parent Trap (1998)

NAPA VALLEY, USA & LONDON, UK

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If you were born in the early 90's, then we assume you would be familiar with the all-time famous childhood actor, Lindsay Lohan. Known as one her best movie debuts, the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. The movie tells a story about two long-lost twins accidentally reunited at a summercamp located in California. Lohan, who portrayed both twins (we know what you're thinking... "How was that possible?", that's a story for next time!) lived in Napa Valley of California and London of the United Kingdom. Watching their summercamp adventures will relive that childhood side of yours, of those summer activities that you would do... and sometimes, reliving those memories in your head is actually enough to get by! Not to mention, the soundtrack of the whole entire movie is going to give you such a cozy warm feeling to drive those holiday blues away.

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4. Grease (1978)

VENICE BEACH, USA

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This one-hit-wonder movie starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, surely deserves to be on our list of binge-worthy movies. Set in the famous Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, we can all agree that it doesn't get more summer-y than that. From the boardwalk fun, to the endless fresh ocean breeze, Venice beach can truly give off the perfect idea of a summer getaway. If you happen to be saving for you next summer vacation, this retro flick will motivate you to the max so that you'll get the fullest out of your next holiday.

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5. My Girl (1991)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA

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I got sunshine, on a cloudy day... and with that said, this 90's movie starring Julia Roberts will surely turn your cloudy day to a day full of sunshine. The movie will keep your mind preoccupied by its sad storyline, leaving you with a mixture of different emotions... but mostly good ones! Moral of the story: there's a a rainbow at the end of every rain. If you're not feeling so great now, we totally understand. You're probably dreading another day of work, or maybe school. But at the end of the day, you'll be rewarded again with another vacation awaiting you.

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6. The Sound of Music (1965)

VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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Climb every mountain, ford every stream... We know, this movie goes even way back than you had expected. Despite the title of the movie, this movie is a must watch for you escapists who prefer a more European style of summer. As you watch the movie, the main actress, Julie Andrews (who is now of course much, much older), brings you in a semi sing-a-long journey throughout the whole movie making you feel like part of the movie (for real!). You'll be taken to beautiful, green Austrian hills and down to canals for the many adventures in the movie.

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The best part of the movie is that you will see the difference in the generation back then; what summer break was like, what activities were done, and you'll be surprised at how different it is to the present day. After watching this movie, a part of you will appreciate your summers so much more.

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For your next vacation, be it winter, summer, autumn or spring, 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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