Vincent Van Patten



My name is Vincent Russell Van Patten. I’m a writer, travel photographer, and host of The Dare to Dream Podcast, exploring what lights my soul on fire day-in and day-out.

I write about travel, life lessons, personal growth, literature and philosophy. Most of all, I write to inspire. I publish my on my website, on Medium, and on Substack.

I also write poetry and short stories — doing so soothes the soul. My mission is to inspire others through my words and actions. That’s why one of my best friends and I created The Dare to Dream Podcast.

I hope to be a light, an inspiration, and a helpful voice through whatever adversity you and I face. We can only go up together.



The book is part memoir, part travel story, part spiritual exploration, all a quest to find what lights my soul on fire. On this quest, I strive to help you do the same.

In 2022 I completed my master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Denver.

I simply want to learn; be it through travel, reading, writing, and most importantly, by getting out there to connect with other human beings. That, I’ll never stop doing.



One of my best friends, Gregory Russell Benedikt, and I created The Dare to Dream Podcast because we believe every human deserves to live a life that lights their soul on fire.

Something burns in me that I want to give to the world to move us forward. Writing and sharing what I learn along the way helps me appreciate that we’re here together on this spinning rock with many of the same problems, victories, doubts, and blissful moments.

I want to learn about who we are and how we’ve interacted since the beginning of time. Our cultures, similarities, and differences derive from our relationships with one another and the earth.

No part of the world, no person, no experience is uninteresting. It’s a blessing just to be alive.

When you think of Vincent Van Patten, I hope you think of discovery, adventure, connection, and learning.

Join me in this lifelong journey with my newsletter, Citoyens du Monde. I’m just getting started.



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