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

For our birthday last month we gave ourselves a present: a new home page and a mobile responsive design. We hope you like it and if you're the kind of person who doesn't mind reading long form articles on your phone, it'll now be easier to check out ours.

We won't be switching to Buzzfeed-style headlines and listicles though just to please those with short attention spans. This issue we've got another round of interesting stories from interesting places. Marco Ferrarese brings us a Couchsurfing story from a place you don't read much about: Tajikistan. You've probably read about or seen photos of the Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, but Debi Godwin checks into what's locked up inside. James Dorsey examines one of the most famous pieces of street art in Berlin, a city that's chock-full of it, a painting that comes with plenty of historical baggage.

Then as usual we spin some notable world music albums, this month with Laurance Mitchell doing the honors. Susan Griffith checks out new travel books worth reading and sharing.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

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We give away something cool for travelers each month our January champ was reader Mark H. of Washington State. He scored a $100 gift certificate from Amazon, enough to buy 10 e-books for our 10th birthday or to pick up to buy a Kindle Fire tablet, or a regular e-reader

This month we back to physical goods you can pack for a road trip with this very cool waterproof Bluetooth speaker from ECOXGEAR. A $129 value, the EcoCarbon will crank up the sound with a built-in subwoofer on the back. It also has a built-in flashlight, a phone charger, and it floats!

How do you get in on this action? 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 hit the road!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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