For me, nothing is as awesome as traveling the world. From the unique cultures to the food varieties to the ever-changing natural world, when I find myself in a new place, I revel in it. I get into the culture by staying with locals, often by way of couchsurfing, or by simply planning a meet up with a one-on-one tour of the place with others in like fields of work or with like interests. I try and fully explore the local culinary styles whenever I get the chance, starting first with my hosts and then I wander and stop whenever something catches my eye (or nose, rather).
Traveling in and of itself is amazing.
You get to experience new things, places, people, and culture. You see sights you only thought existed on the travel channel.
You’re in awe with every new experience. Every new happening. It’s all new. All exciting. Endorphins firing on all cylinders.
You come home from your first trip and your energy is palpable. You’re ready and willing to do it all again. And soon!
So you do. You save up and plan out another adventure on the road. Again, and again. It’s amazing being able to have such incredible experiences.
Until one day…
Although incense has had a long history within many cultures throughout the world, each society has had it's own unique take on the ancient tradition.
Vietnam is no different, and they have many of their own traditions regarding incense.
Incense, known as either “Hương” or “Nhang” in Vietnam, is an integral part of the Vietnamese identity and you will find it burning everywhere, from pagodas, to storefronts, private houses, and even on the streets. It is also commonly burned as a religious offering.
In addition to everyday use, there are also many festivals in Vietnam where incense is often burned. These festivals are important to the Vietnamese people and I would like to share a bit about them.
Camping is a favorite activity of mine, for not only does it relax me and helps me escape the stress and anxieties of the modern hustle and bustle, but it lets me to disconnect from technology and to reconnect with the natural world from whence we came. There is something profoundly bad about how we run ourselves ragged in a 9-to-5 job, as well as for how we are constantly on the run. It runs me down and makes me feel exhausted, even after a full night’s sleep.
The holiday season is here once again. It presents the perfect opportunity to pack your bags and travel to places that you have always wanted to visit. But, do you know that you can travel without leaving behind a carbon footprint? Whenever eco-friendly traveling gets mentioned, the first thing that comes to many people’s minds is “green” activities such as cross-country biking and camping.
Capturing the beauty and the memories of a moment is what I’ve thrived on for well over a decade, and so in this line of business, you have to be ready for anything. When you see something and take the best photo to share that memory with others, where you nail the light, the angle, the mood and the story, then there’s little else that feels that damn good.
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