Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven

Biography

Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven (a.k.a. "Vango") is an award-winning Belgian photographer who travels the world in search of great images. Jorn is based in the American West and he has traveled extensively in Europe, the United States, Canada and Central America. His latest road trip has taken him from the Gulf of Mexico up to the Arctic Circle in Alaska, and all the way south to the Panama Canal.

After graduating as a photographer from the New York Institute, Jorn started out as a wedding and portrait photographer in Austin, TX. Soon after, he focused on his true passion: wildlife and travel photography. His first book, "Follow Your Bliss: Road Trip into Central America," was published in 2014.

Jorn's photography has been featured in books, magazines and on websites. His photography is available for sale on shows and fairs, on this website and at book stores.

Smashwords Interview

How did you get into photography and travel writing?
Photography is my main passion in life. Combined with a strong sense of wanderlust, my wife and I quit our jobs and hit the road full-time to explore from Panama up to Alaska. Our first RV was a twenty-two foot Airstream travel trailer. On many occasions however with the Airstream, our rig length was a problem. For instance, when we spotted wildlife close to the road and wanted to stop for a picture, it was often difficult to quickly find a spot, and pull-over. Having the travel trailer meant we couldn’t simply stop anywhere. After that experience, we wanted a more flexible camping solution. When we decided to write a road trip book about Central America, we didn’t want to tow a travel trailer. First, the old colonial towns have narrow roads. Second, we wanted to explore remote areas and beaches. Our travel trailer wouldn’t work for this kind of trip. A truck camper was the perfect solution. It’s big enough to have all the comforts that you find in a travel trailer, and small enough to stick on the back of the truck. With the truck being four-wheel drive, we could explore everywhere we wanted to go.
How did you get the idea to go full-time?
My wife and I lived in Austin, Texas for eleven years with full-time jobs and schedules. Life is too short to spend on work alone, so we decided it was time for a break. We would use this break to see more of the big world we live in.

We thought about it for a few years before actually taking the plunge. Then, in the Spring of 2013, we quit our jobs, sold our home, and moved into our truck camper.
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Where to find Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven online


Where to buy in print


Books

Road Trip into Mexico
Price: Free! Words: 13,160. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
Photographer Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven takes a 6 week road trip into Mexico. This book includes the places he visited and resources he used to plan for the trip.
Follow Your Bliss: Road Trip into Central America
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,040. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
Photographer Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven (vangophotos.com) and his wife quit their jobs, sold their house, bought an RV, and hit the road full-time to explore Mexico and Central America. This book describes their experiences traveling with their two year old dog: from Mexico all the way south to the Panama Canal on a 150-day road trip.

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