Meet The Explorer: Jordanov Zheko

PHOTOGRAPHER | NATURE | TRAVEL

Jordan and I have been communicating back and fourth for the last several months. His travels, camera skills and love for adventure have always been encouraging to me get out there and fully live my life. I was excited to read through his responses and get a better understanding of what makes Jordan truly tick. I hope you enjoy the content and gain perspective from his incredibly positive attitude and way of living his life. Take it away, Jordan!

Short Biography

Zheko Yordanov is a 32 year old with a passion in photography, travel and all beautiful things around him. He is born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.  For 12 years his home was in Sofia, Bulgaria, but now he is located in his home town again. An engineer by a profession and a dreamer by calling. In past 3 years social media enthusiast as well. 

Zheko enjoys a good beach with almost white sand and turquoise waters, but he can also be found on hilly country roads in summer time and also when they are covered with ice and snow in the winter as well.

When there is a time and the open road is ahead and all the batteries are charged he is feeling free.

For a brief period of time, the everyday life had taken a peak and the days were kind of boring and monotonous, but Peter McKinnon returned things in the right direction and ignited the spark that it takes for a person to feel free by doing the things he loves and has a passion for it. So maybe here is the place to be said “Thank you, Peter McKinnon“.

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder

What do you do for a living, how did you end up in that field? 

I am a land surveyor by profession, but I am working now at a family company for a construction supervision. I think my family ends me here for now..

When did you first start enjoying the outdoors?  

Always. There wasn’t a time when I didn’t enjoy being outdoors. 

What is your favorite place to explore?

By the places I have visited till now it will be UAE. But in the nearest future I am planning to visit Iceland and this is my number 1 place that I want to explore in my bucket list. 

How many of the 50 United States have you visited? Favorite?

The answer here will be 0. I haven’t visited USA for now. Maybe some time ahead I will correct this. But for now I don’t have such plans. 

How many countries, where?

I have never counted them, but in first read I can say – Italy, Spain, Russia, UAE, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Monaco, Malta, England… etc. It seems that they are quite a bit.

Best hike you have ever had?

Still to come. I want to look forward to the best things, because if I sad that I have reached something which I can call “the best” it will mean that the game is over and will have to do something else. 😀

Essential items for summer hikes/winter hikes in your opinion.

For summer – water, water and water. This ups to a person. Hat, shades, sun cream.. etc. Normal stuff, but the hydration should be number 1. For winter preparation should be the number 1. The equipment for the certain hike should be prepared carefully.

Most comical hike/adventure story?

I can’t say some write now. There are many good memories, but I can’t label some with “most comical”

Scariest hike/adventure story?

I haven’t one yet and I hope never have. 

Upcoming trips planned?

Qatar and Thailand are next destinations for me. 

Favorite outdoors gear/lifestyle companies? Any local?

I need only my camera and my smartphone. So in this case the answer will be Sony and Samsung. Everything else is changeable.

What does conservation mean to you?

It is everything. But these days everybody is “chained” to a smartphone via social medias. And this isn’t right. The one and only one social media should be the conversation in person. This is the way you can make real friends and exciting memories. I hope more people to realize this, because we live once and it will be shame if we spend this time staring at our phones/tablets etc. The life is outdoor and with real people. 

What can we do to make sure our parks and wild lands stay clean and pure forever?

This is a hard question to answer. It has so many aspects. Politics, corporative interests, money and so many more things that we can’t control. But we can keep the nature by keep our trash away from it. This is easy and don’t cost a thing but many people leave their trash behind. You are going to some beautiful place to admire the view and when you pay to that view by leaving you trash behind is stupid. So the thing we can do is to be more smart and to appreciate the nature as much as we can. Politics, corporative interests, money, etc are things that will always pollute but we have to do small things to achieve bigger ones.

Jordanov, thank you so much for agreeing to take this interview and spread your positivity. I am looking forward to hopefully meeting you one day if you visit the US, if not we will take on another country and explore!

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