BRAD OLSEN's passion for travel goes far beyond his seven currently published travel books. As a professional writer, artist, photographer, event producer, and publisher, Brad Olsen wears many hats and enjoys the challenge. When it comes to extensive world travel, few in the business have the "on the road" experience he has acquired, for example, he visited 21 countries in 2004 while researching the book Sacred Places Europe: 108 Destinations, and has been to over 50 countries in his lifetime. Branching out into new territory, Brad Olsen is now buisy launching the "Esoteric Series" of books -- one to roll out in 2013 and another in 2014.
PUBLICATION CONTRIBUTOR Brad is currently submitting images and writing scripts for online podcasts with Visual Travel Tours, and is contracted to soon produce iPhone travel guide apps. He is also a Contributing Editor for World Explorer magazine. Brad Olsen also does freelance writing, including a recent contribution to the Rough Guides' World Party travel guide.
BOOK PUBLISHING Brad Olsen has been a published artist since he was 14 years old. Starting in 1979 as a political cartoonist for his high school newspaper he continued his craft five years later at Illinois State University's college newspaper. His comic strip was renowned for its witty satire and biting criticisms. A decade later he founded Consortium of Collective Consciousness Publishing in San Francisco, the city where he lives. The company has produced a dozen travel books including In Search of Adventure: A Wild Travel Anthology, featuring 80 different authors. His first book World Stompers: A Global Travel Manifesto, now in its fifth edition, was lauded by film director Oliver Stone as a "subversive masterpiece of travel writing," and Publishers Weekly deemed it a "quirky pleaser." His travel web site relating to the book (www.stompers.com) was the MSN "Site of the Week‚" and continues to rank as a "Top 5%" Lycos site.
BOOK SERIES His critically acclaimed "Sacred Places: 108 Destinations" series added author Karen Tate in 2006 with her Sacred Places of Goddess title. Brad's first book in the series Sacred Places North America: 108 Destinations was released in January, 2003 to rave reviews, and the second, Sacred Places Around the World was reissued as a second edition in February, 2004. His latest book release is Sacred Places Europe: 108 Destinations. Brad is also the author/illustrator of the "Extreme Adventures" series of adrenaline-pumping guidebooks. Extreme Adventures Hawaii and Extreme Adventures Northern California were both released by Hunter Publishing in 1998. In July, 2005 he completed an interview for the Outdoor Life Network on the subject of extreme sports called "The World's Wildest Rides."
MEDIA SPOTLIGHT Brad Olsen has developed a proposal for a television series highlighting the wonder and mystery of worldwide sacred places. His commentaries have appeared on National Public Radio, CNN and the Travel Channel. Brad enjoys public speaking on journeys to sacred places and extended global explorations. His other websites and life projects can be seen here: