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!

Humor at a Cost: Urban Travel Myths?

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Crapper!

 The Airplane Loo: A Room with No View!


There was once was a man named Donald who was using an airplane restroom, seated on the john, but who FORGOT to lock the door!

VERY large buxom woman, presumably from an Eastern European country, now proceeded to open the door and back her way into the restroom–the only way she figured she could–in order to be able to use the commode–for it would have been exceedingly difficult for her to negotiate turning around in order to do so.

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A Chilling Trilogy: Just Plain Bad Luck!

Just Doing the “Right Thing”


An American couple and their child were driving in a Eurasian country when a little girl darted out in front of their vehicle. She was hit, but not seriously hurt. To do the “right thing,” the American man drove the little girl to a doctor in a neighboring village. To “show good faith,” he left his wife and child behind. He later returned to find that they’d been hanged by villagers who’d grossly misunderstood what happened.

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Travel Story


Mayhem on the Metro*

Madrid, Spain, 1995


Reprinted from‚ Travel Tales Monthly, Issue No.1, JUL 2014

Tourist 8 copy

Sketch by Ted Keller

“I was riding the Madrid metro, standing in the center part of the car. I was loaded down with an attache case, a backpack, rolled up posters I had stuff in my hands and in all my pockets. I was, shall we say, oblivious. In sum, I was a mess! an accident ready to happen a perfect victim in waiting!”

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Wanted / Reward!



Got Any Great Travel Stories for this Series?

I’ll reward you with a gift copy of any ebook(s) your stories appear in. And I’ll credit you for your contribution.

Or to protect the guilty, the innocent, or the embarrassed, I’ll keep you anonymous if you like!

If so, please leave a reply below. And I’ll contact as soon as I can.

“Thanks to Michael Brein . . . to be the pioneer of this field “

–Shawn K. 07.18.2013

What Kinds of Stories?


People ask, “What kinds of stories are you looking for?”

Here’s a couple hundred subjects and themes that I’ve interviewed just about 1,750 world travelers and adventurers about over the last four decades. Might I have missed something?

Scan the list, and I’m sure story ideas will jump out at you. The funny thing is, that once we’re doing an interview, you’ll be surprised at what comes to the surface!

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