Triumph at NomadMania Travel Awards

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Houston Vandergriff at NomadMania

Journey to Recognition

Recently I was honored with the “Against All Odds Traveler” award from NomadMania, a recognition that celebrates not just the miles I’ve traversed but the personal hurdles I’ve overcome and the barriers I’ve shattered in the process.

The Essence of NomadMania

NomadMania connects independent travelers, encouraging deep, meaningful exploration beyond the conventional paths. As a travel photographer, this ethos resonates with me profoundly. Their commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and sustainable travel mirrors my own principles, making this award even more special.

Among Inspirational Company

Sharing this stage with other inspiring travelers like Grandma Joy, a 93-year-old who visited all US National Parks, and adventurers like Odette Ricasa and Mikael Staffas, I am reminded of the boundless nature of travel. Each story echoes the essence of exploration – pushing boundaries and collecting life-changing stories.

Defying Odds with Every Snapshot

My journey across over 25 countries, 49 U.S. states, and all of Tennessee’s counties, is a story told through my lens. Living with Down syndrome has never been an impediment; rather, it’s given me a unique perspective. Photography is more than my passion; it’s my voice, sharing my view of the world and inspiring others.

Join Me on an Adventure: Down & Towns

Now, I’m thrilled to invite you to join me on a 9-Day Peru Adventure, departing in Spring 2024. This meticulously crafted tour is an action-packed journey through the heart of Peru. We’ll explore the panoramic cityscapes of Lima, taste empanadas at Pisac Market, marvel at the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and experience a private visit to Machu Picchu. This trip is more than a vacation; it’s an unforgettable adventure where you’ll learn the secrets behind capturing the perfect shot and live like a local in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. For more details, visit Downs and Towns: Peru Adventure.

Continuing the Journey

This accolade from NomadMania is a milestone, not a final destination in my ongoing journey of discovery. It reinforces my belief that the world is an endless canvas of possibilities, and I’m eager to keep painting it with my camera and my experiences.

A Call to Explore

The NomadMania Travel Awards are a testament to the unifying power of travel. As my journey continues, I invite you to join me, whether through my photographs or alongside me in Peru. Let’s explore the diversity of our planet and celebrate it through our adventures and the connections we make.

NomadMania: Against All Odds Traveller Awards 2023, Houston 
NomadMania: Against All Odds Traveller Awards 2023, Houston

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