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Social Media Influencer Cecil Xu Shares Her Los Angeles Travel Hacks
11 Feb 2019STORIESBY SweetEscape

Who would ever travel to a city that's probably more than a thousand miles away from her hometown? Well, if you've got spare time, budget, and a penchant for unique and interesting experiences like Cecil Xu, then, why not?

As someone who's lucky enough to be able to set foot in Los Angeles for three times already, Cecil Xu, an Indonesian social media influencer, gives us a hint: It's a totally different feeling compared to Europe — the sight of the Hollywood sign alone makes a trip to this southern California city worthy enough to save up for.

Instagram-famous for her hashtags #thewayxulives and #xutravelingdiary, Cecil shares with us her top travel tips that best apply to your first or next trip to Los Angeles:

1. Pack neutral-colored clothes.

Especially if you're going on a long vacation, avoid bringing too many clothes and pack neutral-colored clothes instead. Just as how Cecil does, she wears nude, white, or black clothes that may be paired with other pieces of clothing. In that way, people may not notice that you've repeated them, especially if you're that conscious of your fashion style.

2. Don't bring too many coats.

For winter, it's best to bring a versatile and comfortable coat. Bringing too many may eat up your luggage space. Besides, you don't need a bulky coat to hide your OOTDs, right?

3. Shop on your last day.

You don't want a travel photo ruined by shopping bags on your hands, right? Save yourself from the hassle of carrying too much stuff as you roam around the city. Cecil, on her travels, does shopping at the end of her trips, including buying new luggages.

Especially for your trip to Los Angeles, the city of stars:

4. Never miss Santa Monica Beach.

If you're looking for a place to chill for downtime, this one's for you. Cecil, together with her family, enjoys sunsets in Santa Monica Beach, which is a famous spot in LA. Everything's here — hotdog stands, lively beachside, classic carnival rides, snack shacks — which give romantic and fun vibes at the same time.

5. Be touristy — take photos in famous tourist spots.

If you're ever too shy to strike poses in known landmarks in LA, then what else did you fly for? Well, admit it, photos make the experience more memorable. As Cecil suggests, her top LA spots that you should also visit are Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the famous palm tree-lined streets of Beverly Hills, and the OUE Skyspace.

6. Always bring a travel buddy.

For Cecil, it's her sister, Isable, who she usually travels with. For her, it is really important to bring someone who you enjoy being with and who you trust because you will never worry about where to eat, which places to visit, or on which angle you look better in.

To inspire you more, here are a few snaps from her recent trip to Los Angeles:

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by Bryan for SweetEscape in Los Angeles

For this trip, SweetEscape has joined Cecil Xu as she explored the cinematic cityscapes and vibrant neighborhoods of LA. If you're planning to visit this city as well, book a session with us and never worry about saving all those priceless memories — let a SweetEscape professional photographer do that for you.

Book using the code FIRSTESCAPE and save $50 at checkout.

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In Honor of Earth Day : 5 Ways to Be an Eco-Conscious Traveler
22 Apr 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

On 22 April annually, we celebrate Earth Day. Why? Simply because good planets are hard to find. Earth Day represents our support to the biggest living organism in the world, mother nature, and how we should protect her at all cost.

Humans and all the industries that follow, unfortunately, are the biggest source of waste - and tourism is no exception to that. Luckily though, we can do our parts to minimize the damage and maybe even lead an exemplary life, including during traveling. If you hope to be a more eco-conscious traveler, then let’s strive to these 6 ways from us below :

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1. Don’t Litter

There is no easier way to start being a more environmentally adept traveler than this one : Do Not Litter. Any waste that might come from your traveling, be it a single receipt paper, a used food container, or any trash that you produce should always end up in the proper disposal units.

The act of littering goes beyond personal irresponsibility, but also has economic, legal and environmental impacts that follow. So before you dismiss the importance no littering, think about the damaging effects to animals and plants that can cause loss to local tourism industry, or how millions of dollars spent in cleaning up could be put to better use. You’d change your mind for sure.

2. Reduce Plastic Use

Do you know? A plastic cup can take 50-80 years to decompose. An estimated of 13 billion plastic bottles are disposed each year, while more and more animals on land and water suffer directly from plastic garbage.

We know how easy and convenient plastic material is in human’s life, but it is highly advisable that all travelers think twice before using it and opt for a more environmentally friendly materials if possible.

Some of our favorite ways to reduce plastic use when traveling include not using plastic straws, bringing our own drinking bottle, and storing our shopping purchase in personal bags. What’s yours?

3. Hotel is Home

Will you only use fresh towel daily at home? Do you take extra long showers at home? Or do you leave your TV, aircon or lights on all the time at home? Probably not.

While we understand that it’s normal to indulge in luxury after spending money for your stay, adopting the “ hotel is home” concept when traveling is a great way to help save the energy that is hurting the environment and the tourism business. Bringing your own toiletries and skipping daily cleaning also help by miles.

4. Travel Light

Every kilo counts when flying, that is why they charge extra for baggage!

The more weight trains, planes, and cars have to carry, the more fuel will be used and the more greenhouse gases are emitted into the atmosphere. Packing light solves the problem, while also is a great solution to saving more money in the process. There’s no need to always maximize your baggage allowance - the environment will thank you for that.

5. Wise Transportation Choices

When it comes to traveling, transportation cannot be avoided but there are a few smart ways to work around it. If at all possible, try cutting back on the number of your flights by selecting direct flights or other mass transportation mode. It is also recommended to go for a walk or selecting the public transport, rather than hiring your own cab. Afterall, immersing with the locals or exploring on foot is what a true travel is all about. \

Whenever you want to go and start to be eco-conscious travelers, make it memorable with SweetEscape! 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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