Welcome to the new August issue of Perceptive Travel online magazine, home to the best travel stories on the web from wandering book authors.

In this month's issue we explore places that get very few visitors, striking into the wilds in Africa, Anatolia, and the South Pacific. James Dorsey explores the Dogon tribal cities in Mali, where the structures blend into the landscape but the people say they came from the stars. Another regular contributor, Michael Buckley, goes paddling around the islands of West Papau for six days among the coral gardens and the island people. Marco Ferrarese finds himself in a Turkish prison, or at least a small-town jail, after trying to set up camp in a remote town in the countryside.


Susan Griffith checks out a diverse set of travel books covering Italy, Tibet, and "radical architecture" in poor parts of Latin America. Laurence Mitchell spins some new world music albums from around the globe, all combining at least two cultures to create a new hybrid sound.


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We hand out cool travel gear each month to our loyal readers. This past month, Keith W. from Oregon scored a nice $140 STM Drifter pack for carrying all his gadgets and gear.

This month we're giving away the latest pick-pocket proof pants from Clothing Arts: their new Nylon Business Pants. You can go to meetings or go sightseeing in these without sticking out, but your wallet, phone, and other valuables will be safely tucked away. Men's versions only on this one, but open to our subscribers around the world.

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Looking for a travel story that appeared in a previous issue? Dive into the Perceptive Travel back issues where you can find everything that has appeared here since our debut.

For some new material between issues, see the Perceptive Travel Blog.

Happy trails!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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