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John Early’s book, Tales of the Modern Nomad: Monks, Mushrooms and Other Misadventures, delves into a decade of global backpacking to more than thirty countries and captures all the travel insight you won’t get in a guidebook.
Mike Spencer Bown has been backpacking the world his entire adult life. His book The World’s Most Travelled Man: A Twenty-three Year Odyssey To and Through Every Country On The Planet tells an extraordinary story about a life lived on the move.
In this wild and colorful journey – veteran backpacker and travel host John Early blends his personal creative expression with insight and storytelling dedicated to all universal travelers and abstract thinkers. This is not your typical travel book. Modern Nomad captures the ridiculous and enlightening escapades of a decade’s worth of world travel among a myriad of cultures in a collection of prose, photos, lyrics and sketches. Not for the travel faint of heart, Nomad is a cheeky ride-from the awkward (…This Must Be A Monk Thing) to the sublime (The Fourth Dimension of Machu Picchu) to the terrifying (How to Get Robbed in Mexico) to the psychedelic and spiritual (The Call of Ayahuasca), John’s journeys will inspire, entertain and provoke you toward your own.
John Early is an award-winning author based out of his hometown of Saskatoon. His world travels, however, like his writing and projects in life, always define new territory. John’s wild new book, Tales of the Modern Nomad – Monks, Mushrooms & Other Misadventures delves into his decade of global backpacking over 30 countries through an eclectic layout of stories, photography, poetry and sidebar sketches. It captures all the travel insight you won’t get in a guidebook. John is currently calling Nicaragua his second home where he’s running a Circus Island Artist Residency with Momentom Collective. For more info on John and the book visit www.modernnomad.ca
Nonfiction: (Saskatoon, SK), Tales of the Modern Nomad
The World’s Most Travelled Man is an eye-opening account of the universal human experience as seen from each corner of the changing world. Blending a romantic connection to nature through solitude and the social examination of culture, Bown fully immerses himself in each experience, however diverse, dangerous or dirty, veering way, way off the backpacker circuit to see the world through an unparalleled perspective. The World’s Most Travelled Man is a journey of global proportions shared with the humility of a man who simply wants to satisfy his own curiosity and live life to the fullest.
Mike Spencer Bown was born in Ottawa and raised in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia, before skipping out of Canada entirely and backpacking the world for over 26 years and counting. After 23 years of backpacking non-stop, he reached the satisfying milestone of having explored every country to his satisfaction. He suspected he might get some media attention as a result of his free-style approach to backpacking war-zone countries, and propensity for jungle living with pigmies and other tribes, but, to his surprise, many knowledgeable reporters and other travellers decided he must also be the world’s most travelled man. Among the people who have seen the whole world, only Mike has kept at it his whole adult life, as opposed to the 4, or 8 years more typical of extensive travellers who have been to every country. Heretofore, it had been widely thought impossible to travel so long without burning out, as travel can become tiresome if the goal is collecting passport stamps. Luckily, he didn’t go on trips to collect stamps, but lived a life on the move, for love of the adventure and stories, and it made all the difference.
Nonfiction: (Calgary, AB), The World’s Most Travelled Man