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Your Next Vacation Destinations As Recommended by Heart Evangelista
25 Nov 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

You probably know her for her appearances on prestigious fashion shows or you've watched one of her TV flicks in the Philippines. Heart Evangelista is a celebrity, fashion icon, author, philanthropist, and artist with a jet set lifestyle that you could really recognize just by taking a scroll down her Instagram feed.

Despite her flight anxiety, as she mentioned on her recent blog post, this real "crazy rich Asian" flies to many countries in a year as part of her work, and of course, for leisure. Her travel photos alone could inspire you to work hard to be able to reach your dream destinations. But now that she's also into vlogging, you'll even be more motivated to hustle harder as she spills details of her travels.

In case you're wondering which cities and countries she enjoy the most, here are Heart's travel recommendations:

1. If you're looking for the best food, fly to Italy.

"Italy - hands down! I love all the quintessential Italian dishes like pasta, pizza, risotto, and of course, the gelato!" she shares. One of her best food memories in Italy was when she, together with her husband, Senator Chiz Escudero, and a couple of their friends rented a villa in Como where they learned how to cook classic Italian dishes with the help of Italian chefs. If you need a detailed review, check out her Florence and Milan vlog that'll surely make you book for a flight to Italy, STAT.

by Tigran for SweetEscape in Como
by Tigran for SweetEscape in Como
by Tigran for SweetEscape in Como

2. If you're a beach bum, visit the Philippines.

Bias aside, Heart swears by the pinkish-white sand beaches of Matnog, Sorsogon. We could tell she's set foot in luxurious islands and resorts, but it is Matnog's beaches that she recommends. She even describes it as "some kind of dreamland", where she could really feel at home.

3. If you are looking for a laidback but chic destination, Paris is for you.

Heart loves traveling to Paris because of its soul and spirit that reflect its architecture, culture, and people. Besides both the classic and new fashion boutiques lined up along Paris' streets, it is a city that she wished to visit in her childhood years — but now, she flies to Paris regularly, as we all see from her IG posts.

by Alina for SweetEscape in Paris
by Alina for SweetEscape in Paris
by Alina for SweetEscape in Paris
by Alina for SweetEscape in Paris

4. If you're down for exotic and unique adventures, book for a flight to Egypt or South Africa soon.

Like Heart, include Egypt and South Africa in your travel bucket list now because she believes these two have the most amazing landmarks, culture, and histories that set it apart from other tourist spots around the world.

Aside from traveling for leisure, Heart also loves flying to different major cities around the world including Paris and New York for the Fashion Week. Being a fashionista herself, she loves the fast-paced activities — shows, fittings, and events.

by Olga C for SweetEscape in Florence
by Wini for SweetEscape in New York

Join Heart in her fashion escapes in Paris through her youtube video here.

Having all these opportunities to fly from one country to another, you sure wouldn't miss taking selfies or candid photos, just as how Heart does. "I just love looking back at them and remembering everything about the photos - the time, place, people I was with, laughs that were shared, and so much more. Life is just so full of beautiful moments, why not make them last forever through photographs?" Heart expresses.

Save those priceless memories with SweetEscape, an online platform that lets you book for a professional photographer for your travels all around the world. Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first booking to get $50 USD off.

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7 Things To Do Before 2019 Ends
03 Dec 2019IDEASBY SweetEscape

SweetEscape is an on demand photography platform. Tired of hearing the overused new year, new me slogan from your circle of friends and acquaintances? Believe it or not... we are too! It's great and all in the sense that people would like to change within the new year (hopefully) for the better. But think about it, why wait for the new year to improve yourself as a person? At least, SweetEscape would like to (if we may) propose that improving, re-vamping and enhancing yourselves shouldn't be a yearly thing - if anything, it should be an everyday thing! "What? Are you serious?" You're probably asking. Life is short, escapists, and it's definitely too short to not make any changes in our lives so that we better ourselves for others as well. With that said, here are 5 things that you could do before the year finally ends:

by Bruna for SweetEscape in New York
by Bruna for SweetEscape in New York

1. Give Your Home/Personal Space A Fresh New Appeal - Declutter Your Life

As humans, we don't stop growing throughout our lifetime. The things we enjoyed doing when we were younger may differ from the things we now enjoy, and that's because we don't get any younger. Perhaps you adored your toy/figurine collection when you were in your teens, and was your number 1 prized collection in your entire room. Or maybe, you were the type to hang posters of your favorite bands and role models on the walls of your room, much like that of a late 80's or early 90's teen bedroom. Surely you've gone a long way from there, and if you haven't transformed your room that much... now is the perfect time to do so! Rearrange your furniture, or maybe even Feng shui it up - it won't hurt! You'll feel a thousand times better in a freshly organized room.

by Tina for SweetEscape in Rovaniemi
by Tina for SweetEscape in Rovaniemi

2. Get Rid of Old/Worn Out Clothes - New Wardrobe Time!

A whole year is a long time, 365 days long to be exact. When the same clothes are worn repetitively even over a period of 1 year, they can still become over-worn if worn too often. It's now time for you to, if not get a whole entire new wardrobe, re-vamp your closet and outfits. Do your clothes still fit properly? Are they still wearable in the times ahead? Can you still see yourself wearing your current outfits? If you answered no to all or most of them, then chances are that you need to toss them in the bin and purchase new ones. For future reference, go shopping for clothes that are more durable and timeless - that way, you wouldn't need to re-vamp your closet too often (hopefully). If your closet is mostly filled with bright and youthful colors, then try to balance it out by adding more neutral colors to your collection of items.

by Freddie for SweetEscape in Melbourne
by Freddie for SweetEscape in Melbourne

3. Throw Out Items From The Past - Time To Move On

Have a careful look of your belongings, and recall whether were personally purchased or given by a certain person in the past. Perhaps you were in a committed relationship that just didn't last, and that's totally fine! People grow together while some just grow apart instead. In the case that you still have those belongings from your previous partner, or simply any item that brings back memories of your time together - let those items go and head on to a new chapter of your life. It could also be items that remind you of a certain time way back when, and perhaps you were a lot happier then than you are now. Having those items could really make you stuck in the past and eventually hinder you from moving forward. You wouldn't want that, would you? SweetEscape believes in you!

by Albert for SweetEscape in Kyoto
by Albert for SweetEscape in Kyoto

4. Give Thanks, Share With Those In Need

One of the most important things people tend to forget, is to pause for a moment and reflect upon what they have received in life. Often times we would forget about the things we have in life, and even the little things that matter are often missed. We don't blame you, life can get really tough at times... and during those times it's especially hard to sit back and be thankful for perhaps anything. Clear your mind and start from the smaller things. Do you have a roof over your head? Put aside the fact that your toilet is often clogged, or that your wooden floor is not the kind of wood that you prefer. Be thankful that you actually have a home - be thankful you aren't homeless! Do you have access to enough food and water on a daily basis? Then that's another simple thing to be thankful about. Remember, start with the little things. You'll be surprised as to how fortunate you are compared to many lives out there.

by Zhanna for SweetEscape in Zermatt
by Zhanna for SweetEscape in Zermatt

5. Review Your Failures, Learn From Them

For as long as we're living on this planet, we will be making human errors - and it's inevitable. Mistakes aren't bad because you're expected to make them to be able to grow as a person. The more mistakes you made, the more you learn to avoid repeating the same mistakes again. If you have siblings, you probably have memories of their toddler days. Babies are curious beings, and chances are that you and your siblings were as well. Perhaps your parents told your kid sibling to not touch fire, but as expected, they did anyway. What happened next? Your sibling screamed in shock and pain, and your parents would give them the "I told you so" reaction. After this incident, we would like to believe that your sibling never repeated that same mistake again.

by Alina for SweetEscape in Paris
by Alina for SweetEscape in Paris

6. Take A Solo Trip Somewhere

Growing up is hard, we'll give you that. But adult-ing is even harder! Think about it, first it's the school, then your first job, afterwards fall in love with your special someone, but you forgot to learn about taxes, then you'd have to learn about taxes, and don't forget the bills - electricity, water, and your groceries. We're not even half way done listing all of the adult-ing activities, but you generally get the idea. Since adults live such stressful lives, it's necessary for them to relieve from stress, de-stress and escape from the usual burden-some routine. Not to mention, adult lives seem to attract so much nuisance and irritating people almost on a day-to-day basis. For you and yourself alone, you should remember to take some time for yourself. In this case, we suggest for you to take a solo trip somewhere nice and serene where you can be free of all of your worldly problems for just a little while. It'll help you refresh your mood before the end of the year and beginning of a new year.

by Bruna for SweetEscape in New York
by Bruna for SweetEscape in New York

7. Release/Let Go of Negative Feelings, Grudges And Resentments

Last but not least (pay very close attention to this one) is you should release all feelings of anger, grudges and resentment towards anyone who have wronged you. It ain't easy, we know! But the thing is, having all of those pent up negative emotions are far from good for your mind, body and soul. You might not realize it now, but you'll slowly start to see how everything unravels as you prolong those feelings within you. If you'd like to let go of those negative feelings, try activities such as yoga and mediation. They're highly beneficial for your well being. If that happens to not be your cup of tea, then you could start a journal of all the things you feel. Trace it back, and find out why you feel those things. Once through, ask yourself, "Is all of this anger worth my time and energy?". Chances are, the person whom you have pent up emotions towards have long forgotten about their bad deeds to you, so why waste your time? They too, will get their taste of life later on. Life is short, don't waste it on negativity!

by Yunika for SweetEscape in New York
by Yunika for SweetEscape in New York

Doing something special before the year ends? Whether it’s a little solo trip somewhere beautiful, or as simple as spending some time with those in need, book a session with SweetEscape to capture those memories for you. 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!