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 you won't normally find in that glossy magazine in your dentist's office. We try to dig a little deeper, travel a little further, and even get a little uncomfortable now and then.

One place you don't read much about is the Turkish territory of Northern Cyprus, partly beccause nobody recognizes it except Turkey. Darrin DuFord is back with the scoop. Kirsten Koza expounds on gypsy scams and curses, as well as horrid bathrooms, on her story about visiting Romania over a 12-year period. Lydia Carey is back with another Mexico tale, this one on the canal system that's been in what's now Mexico City since before Aztec times, and its role in keeping the metropolis alive. I return to the Himalayas of Nepal, hiking the mountains I spent three weeks trekking some 20 years ago.

We top things off with Bill Caverlee's reviews of new and notable books that are at least somewhat related to travel, including a Shakespear troupe that set out to perform in every country of the world.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

Deuter travel pack

We give away something cool for travelers each month. Regular reader Lisa A. of Maryland was the last one to enter last month, but her name came out of the randomizer to win a travel hammock and two collapsible camping cups from Sea to Summit.

This month another lucky reader will score, this time with a convertible backpack from one of our favorite brands: Deuter. They'll be shipping out a Transit 40 backpack that zips up into a suitcase or duffle bag and it meets the carry-on sizing for major airlines. It holds 40 liters of your goods, weighs less than five pounds, and retails for $149. See the details here: Deuter Transit 40 Backpack.

How do you enter? Simple, just be a part of our monthly e-mail newsletter community and watch for the entry instructions near the beginning of each month. If you're too late for this month, in the meantime you can follow us on Facebook and pay close attention to our feed.

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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