Gavin Brennan

Writer, Copywriter

Professional Freelance Writer

I'm a professional freelance writer who specialises in physical and mental wellbeing, psychology and travel.

On top of writing I've spent years travelling, studying and working as a teacher, and I bring my skills together in writing expertly-researched, informative and insightful articles that reach people, as well as being highly-skilled at academic-style writing and research.

I'm a Masters student in Psychology and Well-being and have a passion for helping people improve their physical and mental well-being.

I'm an experienced travel writer having lived in five different countries and travelled to many more - I've spent months travelling around Vietnam by motorbike and prefer travelling slowly through the great outdoors to hitting resorts and queuing up to insert my face into the same old Insta-snaps.

I'm looking for people to collaborate to create great content that reaches out to people.

Content Types
Article, Ebook, Blog Post, Website Copy
More Information
Dublin Business School, B.A. in Psychology
Univeristy of Limerick , L.L.B. Law and European Studies
Dublin City University, Masters in Psychology and Wellbeing
Clare, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland|English, French, Irish, Vietnamese

Published Content

Welcome to my place . . . Hanoi

A travel article I wrote for the Irish Times about life in Hanoi, the chaotic and charming capital of Vietnam, which has become one of the must-see destinations for world travellers. I lived and worked there for several years, and this article provides insights which casual visitors and guidebooks usually overlook.

July 28th, 2019
What A Meditation Retreat Actually Teaches You

An article about what I learned from a ten-day silent meditation retreat in Japan earlier this year.

June 11th, 2019
Travelling on Foot — Why I Travel by Running

An article about why I love running, and how this combined with my love of travelling led me to compete in the Vietnam Mountain Marathon in Sapa, Vietnam

June 12th, 2019
Hanoi City Guide

A unique take on Vietnam's unique food and drinks scene, with info on leisure activities and culture, that you won't find anywhere else. A traveller's guide to Hanoi written by an expat who lived there for several years, this guide gives the perfect mix blend of advice for those who have things they want to 'tick off' on their visit to Vietnam's fascinating capital, but with a more authentic and adventurous flavour.

May 29th, 2019
Getting into hot water – the joys of Japanese onsen

In which I try to convey the joys and positive mental health benefits of bathing naked with a bunch of other men

February 27th, 2019
Jiro Dreams of Work – ikigai and having something to live for

An article about the Japanese cultural concept of ikigai, as reflected in the cult documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. In this article the author reflects on the pervasive conscientiousness witnessed while travelling in Japan, and how having something to live for is the essence of happiness and therefore longevity.

April 16th, 2019
Blog Post
The Sauna’s the New Pub

The benefits of the sauna are not just physical and mental, but social. And Irish people being Irish, the communal atmosphere created in them is like that in your local pub.

June 4th, 2019
Blog Post
Regions of Mongolia

A travel guide to Mongolia's various different regions, with information and advice for travellers looking to plan their itinerary. Includes real-life personal experience and insight into activities, sights and Mongolian culture.

May 29th, 2019
Blog Post
5 Lesser Known Road Trips in Vietnam

A travel guide for backpacker's who want to explore this amazing country's less-travelled reaches. Vietnam is a paradise for those looking for adventure and unique culture, and its legendary two-wheeler culture makes it one of the most popular travel destinations for young people right now.

May 30th, 2019
Travelling Mongolia

A guide to travelling Mongolia, featuring practical information on how to go about organising a trip, along with cultural insights and real-life experience from a recent trip. Includes information on tour company practices, the practical side of travelling in Mongolia, cultural insights and advice you won't find in other by-numbers how-to guides.

May 28th, 2019
Ulaan Baatar City Guide

A travel article about Mongolia's capital city, with a mix of travel advice and experience and cultural insight

May 29th, 2019
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