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The Travel Psychologist Is in the News Today:

Michael Brein, aka ‘The Travel Psychologist,’ is often interviewed for articles appearing in such media outlets as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Canada Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune,, Christian Science Monitor, Fox News, Huffington Post, MSNBC,, the New York Post, the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, as well as numerous other media outlets such as Budget Travel, Elite Meetings, the Harvard Independent, and many other magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, Internet, and travel blogs.

As an expert on the psychology of travel, Michael Brein is often requested to participate on a variety of travel-related panels and is a consultant from time to time on the psychology of travel.

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

In the News Today: Condé Nast Traveler

The Travel Psychologist Is in the News Today


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What Exactly Is the Wanderlust Spirit?

In case your Spanish is not quite up to snuff, here’s the part quoted of me (first in Spanish, then in approximate English):

“Hay más expertos que han estudiado el espíritu wanderlust y sus orígenes. El doctor Michael Brein, uno de los primeros en especializarse en la “psicología de viajes”, ha recorrido medio mundo en busca de respuestas, pero admite que éste es un tema complicado y que deberíamos estudiarlo más bien como un elemento psicológico. “Es difícil enlazar la personalidad de un individuo con un gen. Pongamos el ejemplo de los pintores: ¿nacen con un gen que les convierte en artistas naturales o son simplemente personas que han aprendido de los elementos que les rodean?”. Según Michal Brein, “la condición humana es compleja” y existen decenas de elementos sociales, culturales, biológicos y fisiológicos que juegan un papel importante. Por lo tanto, según este punto de vista, es más fácil hablar de un espíritu wanderlust que de un gen en sí.”

(Now a semblance of English): “There are more experts who have studied the wanderlust spirit and origins. Dr. Michael Brein, one of the first to specialize in the “psychology of travel” has traveled halfway around the world in search of answers, but admits that this is a complicated issue and we should study it more as a psychological element. “It is difficult to link the personality of an individual with a gene. Take the example of painters: born with a gene that makes them natural artists or are simply people who have learned the elements around them? “. According to Michal Brein, “the human condition is complex,” and there are dozens of social, cultural and physiological elements, which play an important biological role. Therefore, according to this view, it is easier to talk about a wanderlust spirit rather than of a gene per se.”