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

We welcome two new writers this month, starting with Thomas Swick, the recipient of many "best travel writing" awards and anthology appearances. His is a tale of a cuisine you don't hear much about as he attends a food festival geared to locals in Portugal. Madelaine Triebe takes a long road trip through a barren landscape to an abandoned city on the coast of Patagonia in Argentina. Tom Coote returns with a story on the sometimes conflicting priorities of the police force in the safer but still sometimes unsettling country of Colombia.

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 one collection on town squares.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

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We give away something cool for travelers each month and our most recent gear recipient is Gretchen B. of Wyoming. Her name came out of the randomizer to pick her perfect pair of shoes from Ahnu..

Since it's hiking season, we're sticking with footwear and this month one lucky reader will get a pair of Oboz Sawtooth hiking shoes for men or women. I've hit the trails in multiple countries in Oboz models and they've never let me down.

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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