Got Stories?

“I can always use another story!”
–Michael Brein

Got Any Great Travel Stories for this Series?

“You wouldn’t believe the incredible stories people have told me about their travels.”


For more than four decades I’ve interviewed just about 1,750 world travelers and adventurers during my own travels to more than 125 countries.

I have been collecting nearly 10,000 of their best travel stories (including my own). These tales contain the good, the wonderful as well as the bad and the truly horrible of what can and actually does happen to you when you travel overseas.

You know, the U.S. State Department’s travel advisories and warnings . . . these things really DO actually happen to travelers. I know–I’ve interviewed them–I have their stories!

 Booth6In interviewing travelers, I probe to explore the psychology behind their experiences.

While the stories are often humorous, reflective and even mystical at times, many intriguing tales show how travelers deal with life threatening and often very dangerous experiences–and still manage to live to tell about them!

Sad to say, some stories are about travelers who didn’t make it.

More than 200 different travel themes weave their way throughout these stories, creating a psychology of travel – an endless mosaic of the true travel and adventure tales of not just a few people, but of many – in fact – ultimately  about 1,750 people!

These tales are not travelogues; these are not the tales of tourists and how they spend their summer vacations–these are the true accounts of life, of the wonders of peak human experiences, of struggle–and in some cases–of the death of travelers!


So, come on and join us by our virtual, proverbial African campfire and share some of your best travel stories with the rest of us!

We want to hear your stories!

Nearly 10,00 travel stories
collected so far from . . .
travel tales contributors
as of July 1, 2014

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


4 thoughts on “Got Stories?”

  1. After reading shirley mclaines book about her trip across Spain on the santiago I immediately wanted to go. The first time, I had planned to fly to Spain on 9/11/2001. Some strange feelings and things evolved which resulted in cancelling my flight around 730 eastern that morning. (I would have been in the air when the buildings were coming down). Then I scheduled another trip in 2003; I flew into Madrid, and took a clean modern train into Pamplona an arrived just as the station was closing for the night. The story continues, but I decided to go to Lloret del Mar through Barcelona. Back at Madrid: The train they said I should board appeared to be a dusty train with red velvet drapes perhaps from a prior era. Nothing happened to me per se; however, the whole train experience was very weird and I was very frightened. The smell was indescribable except, it did smell like a funeral home. And the smell continued all the time I was in Lloret el mar (a tourist trip I had taken while working for the Air Force a few years earlier). The experience is difficult to explain, but it did remind me of maybe an Outer Limits episode. I was dehyrated so that might have something to do with my experience. Added note: I was one of those persons who dreamed of 9/11 a few weeks before it happened.

    1. Irene,

      Wow! That’s quite the story! Thank you for sending it. It sure has the makings of wanting to be in my next book on strange stuff (with your permission) (and maybe with a few questions I’d like to ask you more).

      Please email me at, as this would be more convenient.

      Thank you,

      Michael brein

  2. I have a story, and a series of stories related that I think you would be interested in. I can write out the first one if you like. Do I send it through here on the website or do I email you? Thank you.

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