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

This month we welcome back two past contributors and add a new one with a different perspective.

Garrett Fisher shows us Yellowstone National Park from the air in winter, the year of its 100th birthday, while taking photos out the open window of his vintage airplane that has no heat. Zora O'Neill gets a warmer experience while experiencing a locals' hamman in a back street of Marrakech, Morocco. Michael Buckley explores the Great Barrier Reef from several points in Australia and finds a great wonder in major man-made trouble.

Then as usual we spin some notable world music albums, this month with Graham Reid checking out tunes from around the globe. William Caverlee reviews new and notable travel books worth reading, including Lonely Planet's new pictorial guide to all the U.S. national parks.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

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We give away something cool for travelers each month and our most recent gear recipient is reader Karen P. from Minnesota. Her name came out of the randomizer to pick two pairs of Oofos Footwear flip-flops, slides, or clogs. One for her, one for a friend

We're ending our foot fixation this July and moving on to luggage. One lucky Perceptive Travel reader this month will score a super-versatile carry-on backpack from Standard Luggage. This one actually fits into those undersized luggage sizers at the airport counter and without the wheels, will hold more and will fit into a regional jet overhead bin.

How do you enter? Simple, just sign up for our monthly e-mail newsletter and watch for the entry instructions the first week of each month. Or just follow us on Facebook and pay close attention to our feed. The odds are so good some followers have won twice.

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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