People Say

And I Really Do Want to Believe Them!


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About me:

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

People who have bought my travel guides:

  • “I love these guides so much I keep giving them away!”
  • “Your genius maps were so helpful for me before in Amsterdam and Berlin.”
  • “Michael Brein’s London guide is simply brilliant! There’s nothing like it in the market place!”
  • “I just returned from London, using your London map all the way. It is the most superb transit map in existence. Everyone was borrowing it from me–especially the Concierge at the hotel where I was staying!”
  • “I swear by your guides and recommend them to everyone I know making a trip to Europe.”
  • “We own (and love) your Paris by Metro guide. The large print metro map is great for my “mature eyes!”
  • “Your Metro Map was the envy of my entire tour group. It made underground travel easy,  and I certainly wouldn’t leave home without one on any future trip.”
  • “Your maps are the greatest. I recommend them all the time.”
  • “My original Paris map is about in shreds.  Several minutes’ study in the morning will get me to just about anywhere in Paris in 15 minutes or less.”
  • “BTW your maps are the GREATEST!  I have an ancient one that is literally falling apart. I used it in Paris recently but wanted to get a replacement . . . think I could find one?  All the news stands that I approached were most impressed by it and wanted to know where I’d found it. I had tried here in California before I left, to no avail.  Do you have reps or sales people?  They’re not covering the market! The world needs to know about them!!”

Someone who  bought one of my travel tales ebooks:

  • “I just finished listening to the Audible version of the top 100. I listened cover to cover and I really enjoyed the stories. You have inspired me to, one day, join the TCC. I am up to 20 countries and counting. I’m 30 years old, so I think I have a good shot!” —Timothy T. 08.08.2014″

A student aspiring to become a psychologist:

“A couple of minutes ago I read your blog and found your work to be very interesting. I am from India and am aspiring to become a psychologist. I have completed my graduation and am soon to begin with my college for masters in psychology. However, i wish to know more about travel psychology and are there any courses offered in it. I am an avid traveler and a trekker and have been leading camps at a variety of places in India. I wish to combine both my passions and pursue it as my career. I would be obliged if you could provide me with some guidance regarding the same.” —Rucha G. 06.13.2014

A college student contemplating his career.

“I stumbled across your page while attempting to research the possibility of doing something within the psychological field that pertained to travel. I think we all love those 3 am fleeting ideas, however this is something I am seriously considering. I will be ending my undergraduate career at Ohio State within the next few months (hopefully) and must unfortunately (thank you, student loans) choose a career path. I would love to study psychology, but I do not want to end up in an office day-in and day-out . . . I strive for and seek adventure in my life, and will do so within my career.

Which leads me to my present dilemma, are there any jobs for travel psychology? Particularly, I am interested in the lives of sojourn/nomadic globe travelers. How long can one keep up such a life-style? What drives them to lead solitary, nomadic lives outside of there cultural normative? Can one really “escape” given the technology of today? Can one really “find themselves” through travel? I would love nothing more than to make a career out of exploring and writing about these questions. Albeit, can this line of study be achieved in graduate school? Any advice you can offer on the subject would be greatly appreciated. As Elizabeth Eberhardt said, “Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” —Michael J. 04.20.2012

A college student thinking about her career in psychology:

“Hello, my name is Danielle and I am a third year college student. I am having an extremely hard time figuring out what I want to do with a degree in psychology. However, I recently decided that I love social psychology, and I just wished I could find something I wanted to do with my life. I don’t want to be a therapist, I don’t want to be a teacher, and I’m not really interested in business or communication . . . but I love to travel. I love reading about places to travel, and thinking about new cultures and places I could visit. It’s strange, but I found your site and travel psychology by accident . . . I just typed in “travel, psychology” and discovered it. The thing is, I love the idea of travel psychology! It seems like such a fascinating topic and I am interested to learn more. I did want to ask, though, how do you BECOME a travel psychologist? If I was interested in becoming a travel psychologist for people transferring overseas (for example, in the military) how would I go about doing this?” —Danielle L. 12.04.2011

An interested reader:

“Just stumbled across your site and am amazed at how my thoughts on travel are being mirrored in a logical sense. I was wanting to find out where, if you already have, covered the psychology of compulsive travel, i.e., Just wanting to hop onto  a plane. Much appreciated.” —Fazil C. 12.20.2010

A college student research her doctoral dissertation:

“I am a 3rd year undergraduate psychology student at York St John university, UK. I came across your website while researching for my dissertation; my dissertation is on travel and communication self-efficacy. As a pioneer of the psychology of travel I was hoping you could advise me on where to find resources relating to psychology and sojourning?

I have read articles on your website and they are all very inspiring and interesting. I am an avid traveller, once I finish my degree I hope to travel the world and would like to think that whatever job I end up in has plenty of travel! Researching the benefits of travel (I am taking a look into the positive aspects of travel) has shown me that there are many benefits of travel which reiterates my beliefs of travel.

I hope this email finds you well and I am looking forward to reading your forthcoming book!” —Kathy A. 03.07.2015

An invitation to write for, a major travel blog:

“Hi Michael, we’d love to have you write for us. Your insights are terrific. With your permission, I’d like to connect you with my editors and we can get you started.” —Christopher Elliott 07.04.15

Response of a travel blogger to my interview with him:

Hi Dr. Brein,

“Wow! I can’t thank you enough for such wonderful and well thought out answers to my questions! I knew you would be the one to ask about this. I am so happy you were able to relate travel to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The day I learned about the pyramid was the most memorable of all of my psych classes. I remember hoping that someday I could reach the feeling of self-actualization, and only travel has shown me the briefest snippets! Some of those stories are on my website already, with many more to come. You are free to use any and all of them. I will continue writing other articles as well but any time I write a story I will update you so you can read it/decide to use it in your eBook. I’m excited to read that by the way! Please let me know when that comes out and I will send you my final article when it is completed.

I am also truly honored to have helped inspire the interview section of your website! I can’t thank you enough for your time and support. Let’s stay in touch :)” —Tommy Dale 09.10.15

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