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

Michael is the first to coin the term ‘travel psychology.’ As such, through his doctoral studies, work and life experiences, and world travel, he has become the world’s first and perhaps only travel psychologist.

His travel guide series shows travelers how to sightsee the top 50 visitor attractions in the world’s most popular cities easily and cheaply by public transportation.

Through his monthly magazine, Travel Tales Monthly, and The Travel Psychologist Travel Tales Series, Michael Brein regularly publishes the best travel tales of just about 1,750 world travelers and adventurers that he has interviewed during the last four decades of his own travels to more than 125 countries.

“You wouldn’t believe the incredible stories people have told me about their travels,” says Michael when he talks about the nearly 10,000 travel tales he has amassed over the years in this way.

Stories run the gamut of the good, the wonderful, and the magical, as well as, indeed, the bad, the horrible, and the truly horrific!

You’ll find Michael Brein’s collection of travel tales to be mesmerizing and riveting, because he has done something that no one else has done before: as The Travel Psychologist Michael retells the travel stories with a particular, unique psychological bent–there is a lot of travel psychology behind everyone’s sharing of their experiences.

With deftness and persistence, Michael hones in on and ferrets out the usually, heretofore, unexplored and untold true psychological netherworld that lurks just below the surface of most people’s travel experiences, bringing them into full transparent view.

To learn more please visit www.michaelbrein.com
or http://www.facebook.com/michael.brein

Michael Brein resides on Bainbridge Island, WA. You may email Michael at michaelbrein@gmail.com.

“Thanks to Michael Brein … to be the pioneer of this field …” 
–Shawn K. 07.18.2013

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Ted Keller, Illustrator


Ted Keller’s artistic mediums range from sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, watercolor, and poster design. Ted also produced sports awards and has had an art and diving history with the International Swimming Hall of fame in Fort Lauderdale.

Ted’s travels and experience, coupled with his flair for the creative and unique, has landed him the dubious distinctive title of ‘Illustrator’ of Michael Brein’s eBook series of travel tales of which this eBook is a part. Ted’s sketches also appear throughout this website and blog. I came to know Ted in Ashland, Oregon.

7 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi,

    I work for a travel magazine based in the UK called Wanderlust. I’m doing a feature in an upcoming issue called ‘Getting over Post-Travel Blues’ and as a psychologist I wondered if you would like to take part with some advice and tips to people once they return home from their trips. If you’re interested, I can send a list of questions via email.

    Many thanks,


  2. Hello,
    I am very interested in traveling the world and working to get my degree in psychology, and I was wondering how I could combine the two. While doing my research, I came across your blog and the apparent answer to my question. What you do, traveling aroubd the world, researching the psychological effects of travel, and publishing travel advice, seems like the best set up imaginable. I just have some questions about the career of a travel psychologist, and I don’t think I could get better answers from anyone else. I understand if you don’t have the time, but if you do, please send me an email.

  3. I would like to let my readers know about your travel guides to Los Angeles and Chicago, using public transportation. I write an online column, “Car Free Journey,” where each month I spotlight a city or vacation destination that can be enjoyed without needing to drive. Is it possible to get review copies of those 2 books? Also, perhaps Michael may be interested in doing a guest columnist for one of my future columns. Past columns can be viewed on 2 websites: http://ecocitiesemerging.org/category/columns/car-free-journey/ for recent columns, and http://www.pubtrantravel.com/carfreejourneys.html for older columns. If any of your readers are interested in helping me with a future column, they can visit one of the 2 websites and contact me.

  4. Hello, I have a water color picture that is signed Ted Keller Ashland Oregon 1991. On the back of it is a card that says Barnyard Beasties Country Water Color Sketches Ted Keller.
    Then it has Ashland a phone number and Ft. Lauderdale. While trying to learn more about the artists I discovered your Ted Keller and the connection he had with art and Ashland and Ft. Lauderdale. I am just trying to find another signed picture of something he has done to see if this may be the same Ted Keller you knew. I don’t want to misrepresent my water color if I decide to sell it. Do you know of any pictures of his that he has signed that I can compare with? Thank you for your time.

    Valerie Whelan

    1. Valerie,
      I’m so sorry that your email to me got lost in the shuffle. I am going to suppose that this is indeed Ted Keller, the artist. Ted passed some years back, and his wife returned to Pennsylvania to live with their daughter. They were wonderful people, the Kellers.
      Michael Brein

  5. Greetings Michael!
    I am the host of the Passion for the Paranormal Podcast (4 years running) and a retired Air Force Reserve Officer.

    I caught part of your interview on C2C and wanted to inquire about having you join me for an interview on my show, possibly as early as Thursday evening.

    I’ve had many great paranormal related authors, researchers and investigators on my show and I think it would be great to have you on a guest.

    You can find out more about me and my podcast on my website listed below. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Curry E. Stegen, Lt Col (ret.), USAFR
    Host: Passion for the Paranormal
    Website: passion4theparanormal.com
    CP: 801-388-4520

    1. Curry,
      Thank you for your recent email and invitation to be a guest on your podcast. I would very much enjoy being a guest on your show. If you will please email me to my main email address I would be very appreciative, and we can work out the details of my guest appearance on your podcast.

      The email address to use is: michaelbrein@gmail.com

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