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

We've got another collection of interesting travel tales from multiple continents, the kind of real stories that turn over rocks to see what's underneath. In this issue we're bringing you a darker side of tourism than you're going to find in the likes of Frommer's or Travel + Leisure.

First up, Teresa Bergen checks out a historic mental hospital's museum, the same hospital where One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed. Frequent contributor Marco Ferrarese dives deep into Malaysian Borneo and finds out where all that garbage heading south ends up on the shore. Mara Gorman makes her debut talking about first impressions visiting Venice as a child and then returning twice more at different stages of her life. Judith Fein won't take no for an answer from her Bulgarian guide and makes him take him to an immigrant neighborhood and a refugee camp.

We top things off with Susan Griffith's reviews of new and notable books, including several on wandering alone.

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We give away something cool for travelers each month. Regular reader Amanda B. of California came out of the randomizer to win an Eagle Creek Expanse suitcase for her great next vacation.

Now that the weather is nice in the northern hemisphere, who wants to go camping? Or just lounge outdoors somewhere with a view? We've got you set up. Thanks to Sea to Summit you will receive a ridiculously lightweight hammock and two collapsible silicone cups you can use for your beverage of choice.

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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 more than a decade ago. 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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