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

This month our writers are going beyond the obvious to dig up different stories and check out offbeat places. We travel to three continents and also bring you the latest notable travel books and tunes.

James Dorsey ventures to the top of a rocky outpoint to find a gifted Greek monk creating religious masterpieces in obscurity. Michael Buckley, another frequent contributor, finds that ziplining in Thailand and Laos may not be the worry-free soft adventure pursuit it is in countries that have been doing it a lot longer. Judith Fein goes traveling in order to put aside the recent death of her mother, but keeps finding reminders when she explores the swamps of Louisiana.

William Caverlee checks out two new travel books on long-term journeys and one on the rape of Tibet. Graham Reid spins some new world music albums from Mali to Mongolia to Scotland.


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We hand out cool travel gear and other prizes each month to our loyal readers. Congrats to readers Sharon, Sue, and Maryann. They'll be receiving a mixed case of 25 Strong and Kind delicious savory bars to power them through their hikes or travels.

This month we're giving away a terrific piece of multi-use luggage: the 22-inch Wheeled Carry-on Duffel from Granite Gear. It's a rolling suitcase that holds plenty, or you can pop out the straps and carry it up 50 steps or to that guesthouse down a rutted dirt path.

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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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