Departures / Arrivals:
Time to Exit the Travelers Cocoon

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Departures: Time to Insulate

According to Merriam/Webster, Online, a cocoon is

“something suggesting providing protection or in producing isolation, e.g., wrapped in a cocoon of blankets”

 And, Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, defines cocoon as:

  “an attempt to disguise it from predators”

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The Airport Experience as a Rite of Passage!
or, The Air Travelers Survival Guide to the Airport Nightmare! 

Travel Psychology 103

You are about to depart on your dream trip of a lifetime, this summer. But instead of anticipating the excitement and adventure of your grand vacation, you find yourself focusing, instead, on the dreadful reality of having to face and deal with one of the roughest summers of air travel in recent history namely the airport departure nightmare!

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Developing a Sense of Self through Travel
Fear / Exhilaration of Self

Travel Psychology 102

Sometimes we don’t really know who we are until we truly put ourselves to the test. Living comfortably, safely, and securely in our own cocoons, never taking chances, never venturing out, can we truly have a sense of who we truly are?

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The Psychology of Travel Primer

Travel Psychology 101

“We don’t have to be the originators of these treks; we merely need to repeat them in order to reap the psychological bennies that fuel the human psyche . . .” –Michael Brein

There is no known theorized body of psychology that explicitly addresses questions of the psychology of travel. Of course there are some fundamental Psychology 101 concepts that do apply, and these you will read below. Psychology, although a social science, still remains today an ‘art’ by which lay and scientific practitioners weave and create their explanations. Below, I weave my own fabric of explanations of the psychology of travel as they apply to the pop psychology of everyday travel and adventure.

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In the News Today

The Travel Psychologist Is in the News Today:

On the Road with John Clayton


Have you ever thought about all the different ways there are to see a city? D’you think you’ve tried every one there is? Next up, news about one of the most unusual, yet most intriguing guides, ever. . .

In all my years in travel, I’ve seen some offbeat things, but when I got a copy of Sightseeing by Public Transportation written by Michael Brein, I was hooked, fascinated and wondered why no one’s done this before.

He’s got lots of different titles, but London by the Underground is an excellent example. The brochure comes with a huge map of the Underground on one side, and on the other, diagrams and maps of unique places, plus tons of other equally nifty ideas on things to see and do. It’s VERY clever . . . and worth triple its $5 investment . . .

In the News Today

The Travel Psychologist Is in the News Today:

Travel Guide Series Reviews

Steve B., September 27, 2004

Your Metro Map was the envy of my entire tour group. It made underground travel easy, and I certainly wouldn’t leave home without one on any future trip.

HemispheresMagazine United Airlines Hemispheres, May 2002
Travel News
Sightseeing like the locals. U-Bahn, Tram,      Underground, metro, bus . . . . sometimes the best way to see a city is by public transportation. Michael Brein’s maps include public transit routes and directions to the top 50 points of interest in cities around the world. Guides currently available include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Honolulu, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Vienna, and Washington, DC. 

AmericanWayAmerican Way, April 15, 2000
Sojourns/Travel Journals/Pack These Pages. This public-transportation guide plots fifty sites in Madrid. The map series, available at www.michaelbrein.com, also includes Paris, London, Berlin, Sydney, and Amsterdam.

New York Times, January 16, 2000
Travel Advisory: Taking public transit? These maps will help. For those who want to know where a subway will take them, there is a new series
of public transit maps packed with information.

San Jose Mercury News, January 16, 2000 
Know Before You Go with $5 Transit Guides. Detailed maps of public transit systems are often hard to come by until you reach a destination. The guides cost $5 each and include a list of a city’s 50 most popular places, as well as walking maps. The big maps are the schematics used by the cities themselves. The series began with the Oahu bus system. The publisher, Michael Brein, has added London, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Madrid, Munich, Prague and Sydney. Amsterdam, Washington, D.C. and Vienna will be added this spring.

ConsumerReports Consumer Reports Travel Letter, November   1999 
Subway Series
The Metro, U-Bahn, Underground, and other modes of public transit star in a new series of guides created by Michael Brein, Ph.D. in social psychology with an interest in affordable travel. Each fold out city map directs travelers to 50 or more points of interest — the Paddington Bazaar in Sydney, or the Planetario in Madrid, for example, all accessible from public transportation. Individual diagrams on each map help you find the attractions, with directions for the best walking routes to take once you’re off the bus or train.

New York Post, August 24, 1999 
Off the Map. If you want to get to know a city like a local, it helps to travel like one, and free public transit maps don’t tell you how to get to the fun stuff. For $5, try one of Michael Brein’s double-duty city transit maps.

On the Road with John Clayton, July 16, 1999 
Another most unusual and also very clever guidebook to come into the marketplace, is “Sightseeing by Public Transportation.” In all my years in travel, I’ve seen some offbeat things, but when I got a copy I was hooked, fascinated and wondered why no one’s done this before.

San Francisco Examiner, August 9, 1998 
Sightseeing by Public Transportation Map Series. Assiduous and budget-minded trip- planners might want to include these maps as reference materials for their next trip



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Putting the Passion of Psychology Back into Travel