MY name is Vincent Van Patten, I’m twenty-five-years-old, and I currently call Del Mar, California home.

I’m a writer, photographer, and co-host of The Dare to Dream Podcast. Most importantly, I’m an inspired citizen of the world. I’m fascinated by every inch of this planet and its diverse ideas.

Three years ago I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo — a university nestled in the hills of Central California. I embarked on my writing career as an undergrad journalism student. I learned a great deal about myself and the future I want to create; after four years in journalism, I knew I didn’t want to be a news reporter.

I discovered my profound passion for writing when I graduated and created a blog on Medium.com.

Writing became a means of better understanding our modern world. 

 I live to inspire others through my words and actions. I dream of living a life I truly love, day in and day out. When I started writing freely about what I’m interested in — travel, spirituality, health, history, philosophy, and personal development without striving for a passing grade — my inspiration flourished.

That’s why one of my best friends and I created The Dare to Dream Podcast and the Dare to Dream Medium publication, because we believe every human deserves to live an inspired life. 

Every day I become more motivated to write. I wake up in the morning and want nothing more than to grab the pencil and pad next to my bed and get to work. I publish much of my work on my Medium publication: The Commonplace Book. Writing helps me appreciate that we’re here together on this spinning rock with many of the same problems, victories, doubts, and blissful moments.

It’s my dream to fill my day-to-day with exploration and creativity — to write, take photos, and experience all this world has to offer. It’s a blessing just to be alive.

I’ve always fostered a love for travel and a deep appreciation for nature. Some of my most iconic childhood memories include cruising up and down the California Coast with my family to support my older brother in his surf contests, or spending summer days basking in the Pacific Ocean with my best friends.

When I was young, cooking and travel shows, especially Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, made me believe that truly experiencing a city as it should be experienced is an art form. It comes from living as the locals do, which often means staying in one place, observing the world, and simply being. 

I don’t think I would be who I am without Bourdain’s influence. I still love the show today and continually watch reruns. In fact, it’s essentially the only thing I’ll watch on TV.

Bourdain’s life has inspired me to go after the lifestyle I want. I feel like I can be an explorer of this progressive planet. My journey is just beginning; I can’t wait for what lies ahead.


IMG_0574 2
Black shirt headshot