Welcome to Perceptive Travel online magazine, home to the best travel stories from wandering book authors.

We don't make that claim lightly: for more than 10 years our writers have been racking up awards. The latest to score is one of this issue's contributors, James Dorsey. He recently won the Grand Prize in the prestigious Solas Awards from Travelers' Tales Publishing. In case that wasn't enough, he also pulled in five other awards in five categories! Congrats also to our own Darrin Duford, who also won in multiple categories. See the full list here.

In this current issue James takes us to a man's driven labor of love in the California Desert, the man-made pilgrimage site of Salvation Mountain. Michael Buckley returns to Bhutan and hikes the wild east of the country, where Yeti legends live. Becky Garrison is back with another look at religious history filtered through 500 years, on the anniversary of Martin Luther's grand act in Germany. J. Jaye Gold makes his debut here with a story on venturing deep into the Sahara Desert for several nights of complete silence.

We top things off with Susan Griffith's reviews of new and notable books, including two very different ruminations on trails.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

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We give away something cool for travelers each month and reader Susan P. of Florida won for the second time. She scored some gear in 2015 and then came out of the randomizer again this month. She's getting undies for herself from Columbia Sportswear, as well as a set for a lucky guy in her life. We keep telling you the odds here are good...

We've got another his and hers combo this month, thanks to sibling companies Aventura for women and Ecoths for men. The winner will get set up with two $100 gift certificates—one for each brand.

How do you enter? Simple, just be a part of our monthly e-mail newsletter community and watch for the entry instructions the first week of each month. Or you can follow us on Facebook and pay close attention to our feed.

Looking for a travel story that appeared in a previous issue? Dive into the Perceptive Travel Archives, where you can find everything that has appeared here since our debut. In between new online magazine issues, check out the award-winning Perceptive Travel Blog

Let's take a trip!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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