Author Spotlight: New Audio Books Released During the World “Pandemic”

Today, we have an opportunity to talk to Patrick Warren. Patrick has written the book, “Just Go Man: Hiking and Wild Camping in a Foreign Land During the Worldwide ‘Pandemic’”.

First, let me thank you for joining me. I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.

Patrick Warren - Just Go Man Hiking and Wild Camping in Foreign Lands...

Author: Patrick Warren


Just Go Man: Hiking and Wild Camping in a Foreign Land During the Worldwide “Pandemic”

buy link: Amazon Kindle, Audio Book and Paperback

genre: non-fiction travel/adventure

That is great. Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?

I started writing non-fiction recently during my world travels. With everything going on in the world right now, it seemed like the right time to start recording my observations and sharing my experience with others using the written word.

Do you write full-time or around another job? How do you schedule your time to write?

I don’t write full-time but it’s definitely an essential part of my job as an online entrepreneur. I tend to write blogs and sales copy for various websites that I run. While that might seem unimportant to the casual observer, writing sales copy teaches you how to concentrate on making everything- every word- matter to the reader.

For the book I would sit down and write 1500 – 2000 words in a session, which usually took me about an hour. I really liked writing directly after I finished hiking for a few hours. With all the blood pumping, your brain spits out more ideas than you know what to do with.

Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?

My inspiration comes from the thought that maybe sharing insight or the details of one of my daily experiences might positively affect a single soul out there. My YouTube channel has taught me that even the smallest thing can have an impact on someone else’s life. As someone who watches videos myself from content creators around the web and rarely tunes into mainstream news or typical television, I know it’s true for me from a viewer standpoint as well.

For me, writing is all about hooking your audience with curiosity, making a promise, then delivering value and making good on your promise. Having respect for your audience’s time, their attention and potential interests keeps you grounded and focused on the point you want to make as you tell your story. It guides you and keeps you honest.

I drew upon “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger and “Roughing It” by Mark Twain for the format and style of my book specifically. I appreciate how these books impart a slight feeling of dread as you tag along with the writer during their journey. The minor and seemingly mundane details really add to the feeling that you’re there with them, which I think is essential for making what you write come to life. People can relate a little bit to suffering and vulnerability, but not too much of it, and it often helps if you smooth it out with some humor.

Please tell us about your current book release.

This book is about a period of time during my current perpetual world travels which began long before the “Coronavirus Crisis”, but continued throughout and still do to this day. I was in Germany when everything started to lock down, so ever since March of 2020, it’s been a game of hot potato for me, having to find countries that will actually allow an American to enter and hopefully not overstaying my VISA.

I chose to go to Croatia because they were one of the few countries allowing in Americans and it was a short train ride from Germany and Austria where I was in August of 2020. In addition to this, my income post-pandemic from my online business decreased dramatically during 2020, so I wanted to experiment with living in a tent to save some money while hiking down the coast.

Free exercise hiking through a country. Wild camping (hopefully I won’t get caught). And buckets of sweaty hot sunshine with free baths in the Adriatic Sea.

Book Excerpt

“Hiking along the Croatian coast is like walking through a cemetery with a breathtaking view. I’ve walked by more roadside memorials and tombstones for the departed than in any other country in the world or scenic coastal drive, and I’ve spent a fair share of time driving along Highway One in California, as well as some winding roads in the mountains near San Diego.

I’m assuming most, if not all, of the memorials are for people who died in car or motorcycle crashes. Whose fault? I don’t speak Croatian, but I’m sure it’s probably not written on their grave. That would just be tacky, I suppose. After you’ve seen about 15 – 20 of these makeshift grave sites, you kind of become desensitized to them.

Some of them even have pictures of the deceased on them- one even had a picture of a dude and a separate picture of his motorcycle, which as they say, is worth a thousand words. On one memorial, let’s call it a mass grave since it was for 2 people, they put up the photos of the guys who died and the pictures were maybe just a little too telling. They kinda looked like scumbags, maybe not school shooter or terrorist level, but they definitely had the look of dudes with attitudes, and not good ones either.

Sometimes the roadside memorials have fresh flowers and candles, or maybe they’re plastic, battery-operated fake candles, and I’ve checked the date of death just to see how long people are still honoring the memory of the lost. I’ve seen it go as high as 15 years into the past.”

Who are your favorite authors?

Shakespeare, Orwell, Dickens, Twain

One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?

On Amazon, the book can be purchased through this link

An American’s Adventures in the 3rd World

Lots of Americans and Westerners think that leaving their country and living abroad will result in a better life. Lower cost of living due to a beneficial exchange rate on the currency as well as other factors play into people trying to answer the question: Should I leave America/Europe/Australia/Canada?

Should I go live in a “developing nation” somewhere, i.e., what is often referred to as a 3rd world country? After all, if I am a minimalist and don’t require many things, don’t mind working from a laptop, living out of a backpack or suitcase, and like paying less for things, wouldn’t that be better?

What Exactly is a 3rd World Country?

The term “3rd world country” originated from the post-WWII era where the USA and the Soviet Union were the two main power blocs in the world. America and its allies like Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand as well as a few others were called “1st world” nations. Then, Soviet Russia was considered the “2nd world”.

Any countries that aligned themselves with the Soviet Union were considered “2nd world”, and any countries that didn’t associate with either were deemed “3rd world”. That would mean countries like Thailand which neither sided with Washington D.C. or Moscow, Russia.

Eventually the term took on a meaning of its own over the years where “3rd world” meant that a country had some serious issues in general areas, or acute problems in specific areas. High crime, corruption, pollution, civil unrest, sanitation and running water- all played into today’s definition.

This could be due to many nations that didn’t participate in the “Cold War” not actually being all that developed anyway.

All Nations are Technically Developing, Are They Not?

This is where the politically correct term of “developing nation” really does a disservice to language. It’s a “the glass if half-full” viewpoint.

Some countries may not in fact be making real moves to develop, so is it fair to give them unearned credit for something they’re not doing? Many “3rd world” countries have a reputation for being so because once you set foot there, it’s kinda hard to ignore: low-trust environments where corruption is commonplace or the norm, poor infrastructure, low innovation and group acceptance of mediocrity, water you can’t always drink from the faucet.

Stuff like that.

Some “1st world” countries may in fact be starting to resemble undeveloped nations in parts as well. We can’t think this concept of “American Exceptionalism” or the Western World Standard will just continue to exist without actual work and adherence to values and ethics.

Without that, every country is technically developing, but not actually developing.

Devolving. It’s technically a development, you know.

Another victim in the war on language and the battle against mediocrity.

And here, a memorial for its legacy.

Watch: How Much Food Does 20 Bucks Get You in the Third World?

So is 3rd World Living for Everyone? Or is it just for the 3rd world

This is an interesting concept I’ve considered throughout my time traveling and living in countries like Thailand and Serbia. Is the money you might save worth dealing with the daily challenges and struggles?

That’s something everyone has to decide for themselves. There’s definitely a list of pros and cons to consider, as well as unexpected realities awaiting the daring adventurer.

Can you change your environment without being changed yourself? And what if that change is not for the better? During my travels I’ve experienced the most anxiety and stress in 3rd world countries when it came to basic stuff like being able to trust others are not trying to rip you off. You might gain a financial benefit from lower living costs, but you might lose it in a police roadblock in Thailand one afternoon, or you might have someone try to take advantage of you, even if it foolishly loses them a potential long-term customer.

It only makes sense that you do good for yourself and others, and people will like you and trust you. In high-trust societies, this is why there’s low crime and corruption. These countries tend to have higher GDPs and greater economic and political freedoms.

One thing I have found to be quintessentially 3rd world and a little ironic, and that is all the resentment towards America while at the same time, so many of the same people trying to move there, or their extended family already did.

One of the most common observations I have on the ground in the 3rd world is a lot of excuses made by people  as to why they don’t exercise, or why they work at a job they see as a dead-end, people who think of success in America as an automatic condition received at birth, or who want to move there or would rather live there themselves- both spend time playing games on their phones when they have free time.

I’m sure it’s fun, but if you have time to play video games, then you have time to at the very least be a decent person or pull out something to study that relates to your life goals. This is the actual “1st World” mentality that made the “1st World”, the “1st World”.