Category Archives: Travel Tales

Travel tales are what this blog is all about–the psychology of travel as revealed through the incredible stories that more than 1,600 world travelers and adventurers have shared with me throughout my own travels to more than 125 countries over the last four decades. Sometime the stories included in this blog will be those that appear in the Travel Tales Monthly Magazine or in one of more than 200 or so forthcoming ebooks containing travel stories on particular subjects, countries, or themes. The point to remember is that these are the incredible stories shared by people just like you and me about their travels far and wide around our globe. They are the most magnificent of experiences as well as the most horrific. They mirror life and the trials and tribulations that we all pass through in our travel-life journeys. Enjoy and be amazed!

A Travel Story

Bocca della Verita
(Mouth of Truth)

I’ve written an ebook and audiobook in my Travel Psychologist Travel Tales Series on the best of my own collected personal travel stories of my extensive life of travel. I’m so proud of this ebook. Why not have a looksee or a listenhear to Travel Tales of Michael Brein: My Best 100?

An Excerpt from
Travel Tales of Michael Brein: My Best 100

When it comes to stretching the truth once in a while, telling occasional white lies or seeing what we can get away with in our travels, we are not necessarily corrupt, evil beings: we are often just people stretching and expanding our boundaries a bit to see what more and how we can be.

Below is one of my best travel stories in my collection involving my visit to the famed “Mouth of Truth” statue in Rome. Not only have I placed my hand in this infamous mouth (and fortunately managed to retract it as well), but I spent a few hours one day observing others and came to a few interesting conclusions.

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A Travel Story

Looking for Lions in all the Wrong Places!

I’ve written an ebook and audiobook in my Travel Psychologist Travel Tales Series on the best of my own collected personal travel stories of my extensive life of travel. I’m so proud of this ebook. Why not have a looksee or a listenhear to Travel Tales of Michael Brein: My Best 100?

An Excerpt from
Travel Tales of Michael Brein: My Best 100

When it comes to experts and authorities, Americans, for better or worse, tend to rely upon and defer to so-called bogus ‘experts’! To read more about tainted travel advice, please see my recent post elsewhere on this site  http://michaelbrein.com/in-the-news-today-57/ Continue reading A Travel Story

A Travel Story

Taxis from Hell!

I’ve written an ebook and audiobook in my Travel Psychologist Travel Tales Series on the best of my own collected personal travel stories of my extensive life of travel. I’m so proud of this ebook. Why not have a looksee or a listenhear?

Taxicabs From Hell

An Excerpt from
Travel Tales of Michael Brein: My Best 100

When it comes to taxicabs, negotiate! negotiate! negotiate!

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A Hint of What’s to Come

A New Travel Tales Series

Introducing
The Travel Tales

Adventurer Series

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Over the last four decades, I’ve interviewed nearly 1,750 world travelers and adventurers in my own travels to more than 125 countries throughout the world. I am weaving their 10,000 or so fantastic travel tales — as well as my own — into a psychology of travel as revealed by these very telling stories.

These are travelers I’ve met on planes, trains, buses, ships, tours, safaris, and in campgrounds, cafes, and pubs or occasionally through other travelers. These travelers and adventurers have freely shared their most personal travel tales with me, which I, in turn, get to share with you now through my Travel Psychologist Travel Tales Series, in general, and my new Travel Tales Adventurer Series, here, in particular.

Each ebook and audiobook in my new Travel Tales Adventurer Series will feature a selection of noteworthy travel tales on a particular, specific country or travel theme, including complete stories and briefer vignettes. (See the accompanying photos of examples of some of my forthcoming titles in the series.)

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Travel tales are told here — but with this one unique difference — with my being the world’s first travel psychologist, you’ll get more of the psychological pay dirt behind the incredible travel tales told to me by these truly adventurous travelers.

Ebooks will be available soon through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google, and Apple Ibooks as well as in my own ESTORE on this website.

Similarly, audiobook versions will be avaie through Audible, Amazon, and Apple iTunes.

Expect upwards of as many as 100 forthcoming titles in The Travel Tales
 Adventurer Series.

About the Author


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I am Michael Brein, aka The Travel Psychologist. I am an author, lecturer, travel storyteller, adventurer, and publisher of travel books and guides. I regularly appear in newspapers, magazines, blogs, and radio programs on the psychology of travel.

I am the first to coin the term travel psychology. As such, through my doctoral studies, work and life experiences, and world travels, I have become the world’s first — and perhaps only — travel psychologist.

I publish travel tales ebooks and audiobooks — collections of travel stories on very specific travel subjects, themes, and countries of interest. I also publish a travel guide series on sightseeing by public transportation.

I reside on beautiful Bainbridge Island, off of Seattle in Washington state.

You can view ‘The Travel Psychologist’ blog and website at http://www.michaelbrein.com.

You may email me at michaelbrein@gmail.com

I invite you to visit my ESTORE by clicking here ESTORE or in the navigation links above.

An Example

Travel Tales

Close Calls & Great Escapes!

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Travel Tales: Close Calls & Great Escapes, part of my new Travel Tales Adventurer Series, is a collection of very scary true travel tales of coming close to serious trouble in your travels, but managing to just barely escape in time.

Fearful things can and do happen in travel, but the odds are mainly in your favor: mostly these terrifying occurrences will not happen to you, but they could.

And when and if they do, you get to experience what real, raw fear is all about. These are almost always very unsettling occasions that can potentially pop up now and again in your travels.

This travel tales collection is the place to hear about some close calls and great escapes that have unfortunately happened to others. I hope they don’t happen to you in your own travels, but if they do, I sincerely hope you manage to escape as these travelers did. And, hopefully, you’re at least all the wiser for reading about them in these very pages.

A Hint of What’s to Come

The Story of Heine

An Excerpt from  
Travel Tales Monthly No. 12 June 2015

Heine Look-Like

I’m about to complete a new ebook and audiobook in my Travel Psychologist Travel Tales Series on the best of my collected travel stories so far on the paranormal and the strange. It’s interesting as hell! I’m so proud of this ebook. Why not have a looksee or a listenhear? 

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A Hint of What’s to Come

The French Waiter!
(In General)

An Excerpt from  
Travel Tales Collection No. 11 June 2015
Travel Tales of Paris & France

The French Waiter

I’m about to complete a new ebook and audiobook in my Travel Psychologist Travel Tales Series on the best of my collected travel stories so far on Paris and France. It’s interesting and funny as hell! I’m so proud of this ebook. Why not have a looksee or a listenhear? I even have a special offer for you this summer to help pave the way for you (see below).

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Strategic Temper Tantrums

 

Strategic Temper Tantrums

Do they Ever Work?

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Top: Temper tantrum tried to avoid long customs lines arriving in Italy from Greece. Result: abject failure. Cost this guy 4 extra hours!

Bottom: Temper tantrum exercised in a Madrid luxury car dealer-ship. Result: they fixed his car immediately! Saved at least a day!

The Speed Trap

Italian Riviera, 1964
by Michael Brein

(Reproduced from the Audible audiobook version of
Travel Tales of Michael Brein: My Best 100!
Written by Michael Brein; narrated by Gary Roelofs.)

Your Papers Please!

Your Papers Please!

The Dreaded Syndrome!

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This has happened to me more times than I like to remember. It is the single most dreaded authoritarian command you just don’t ever want to hear. You’ve just crossed the border into this next banana republic country and you’re very anxious and tense because of all the scary stories you’ve recently heard about this place.

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Almost Anywhere

You really just want to turn yourself right around and go back to where, minutes before, you just came from, but it’s far too late for that or regrets. You are now caught between a rock and a hard place–in a no-man’s land of sorts–a damned if you do and damned if you don’t scenario.

Your palms are wet, your armpits are soaked with sweat, your mouth is dry, your knees are knocking, your cheek is twitching, your eyes are darting, your face is fraught with guilt, and der Herr Comandante–actually a low-level functionary working his way up–is not only leering at you–but he is actually looking right THROUGH you!

You may be a smuggler or you may be completely innocent. Or you may be hiding something as innocuous as a white lie, or you cannot know or imagine what, even. YOU ARE GUILTY OF SOME THING! You know this, but you know not of what. Again, this is the one command that you and all other travelers fear with a passion and loathing, and now you just have to deal with it! 

Whether innocent or guilty, YOU KNOW HE KNOWS! And, if there’s really nothing at all for him to know, you must realize this: he knows you know he knows, anyway! And you can be sure the he WILL FIND SOMETHING. You are sure he is operating on a well-developed sixth sense!

You’ve heard that perhaps you should slip him something, maybe a $10 bill inside your passport, or maybe just a $5 bill to grease his palms to ease his pain. But you know it’s wrong for him to expect something like this. And who knows, maybe you could land in jail for attempting a bribe, a far worse scenario than you ever expected. 

[You’ve tried this once before with a cop who stopped you for a burnt-out taillight in New Jersey. You offered to buy tickets to the Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast. But you failed miserably at it. ]

He stood there silently and sternly for seemingly an eternity, and then he gave you a severe tongue lashing, how that bordered on being a felony.]

What to do? Attempting to bribe simply goes against your grain. It’s just not done in America (hah!). Call it being headstrong or self-righteous. You just won’t do it; you stand on circumstances. You later are told it was naive of you!

This is true and happens all the time. The difference between you, the tourist, and all the others–the more seasoned traveler-adventurer types?–is that, for some unknown reason, they always seem to just walk right on through without the least bit of a hassle, while you will waste dreadful hours of blatant, fearful bureaucratic threats, perpetual bickering and cowering, and finally, anyway, winding up forking over the ultimate, inevitable cash, baksheesh pay-off!

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