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Traveling Off The X

Release Date: 10/19/2021


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As you turn the pages of “Traveling Off the X,” you’ll find yourself immersed in the rich tapestry of humanity and landscapes that most can only dream of visiting.

From Saudi Arabia’s deserts to the frozen vastness of Siberia. From the enchanting allure of New Zealand to the turbulent landscapes of Morocco. From the lush jungles of Borneo and Guatemala, to the perilous shores of Ascension Island in the South Atlantic—Jo’s journeys will widen your eyes and deepen your knowledge about people, their history and terrain.

Jo writes of ways to manage physical, emotional, and even spiritual risks while working in the conflict zones of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and Ukraine.

She articulates her unique coping strategies for enduring the agony of significant losses, including of her son, his father, her team members, family, friends and colleagues.

Traveling Off the X” is more than just a travelogue; it’s an exploration of the human spirit, resilience, and the enduring connection between people and the places they call home

Embark on a globe-trotting adventure like no other with Jo Patti Munisteri’s riveting non-fiction debut, “Traveling Off the X.”

“This incredible memoir takes us to places we are unlikely to travel to and gives us insights into situations we are unlikely to experience unless we worked in covert operations for government agencies. The book is written in first person, so despite when these events actually took place, the reader feels very much as if events are unfolding as they are being read. The author has a knack for highlighting and explaining things along the way, such as why communism doesn’t work. I also really appreciated her sense of irony such as this phrase, “the team posed taking pictures in front of instruments of torture and weapons displayed.” The book is filled with intrigue, information, and casts a light on human behavior. Loved it.” -Vanessa O’Brien, Adventurer and author of “To The Greatest Heights”

About This Author

Jo has been described as a unique individual who has lived a different life than most. She has been a professional in the performing arts, a teacher, an analyst, a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, a team leader, mentor, martial artist, a writer and a mother. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Massey University, and the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Jo was named a "Texas Artist for Life" in 1999, for her work in the fields of choreography, poetry and storytelling. She was selected and completed training with the Human Terrain System, a US Army program; chosen as a Specialist and Fellow with the US Department of State, was a project coordinator for USAID, Peace Corps, universities and ministries of education.  She has survived years of working in remote locations and conflict zones including:  Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, Iraq and Ukraine. Jo was invited to work and live with Indigenous communities in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Africa, and the USA.   
Jo's first non-fiction book, "Traveling Off the X" published by Defiance Press, draws from her first hand experience. She describes living and working while balancing family life, multicultural communication, political pressures, personal danger and coping with the loss of colleagues, friends, and her son and his father.  Jo's personal website is:  She is a regular contributing writer for Communities Digital News (CDN).

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