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

Last year we took August off, but this year we're forging ahead. Take a break from the heat and check out some juicy new travel stories from book authors on the move.

Award-winning Darrin DuFord, who just released a new book, returns with a deep dive into the complex Mexican sauce known as mole, in the epicenter of Oaxaca. Gillian Kendall is back with a story about returning to a place in the Swiss Alps that changed her life back in her 20s. Will it still have the same impact? Tom Coote delivers on our strangeness quotient this month with a story about a tiny nation state that's an eclectic neighborhood within the capital of another country.

Then as usual we spin some notable world music albums, this month with Laurence Mitchell checking out tunes from multiple continents. Susan Griffith reviews new and notable travel books worth reading, three autobiographical travel tales.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

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We give away something cool for travelers each month and our most recent gear recipient is reader Mary Ann O. from Florida. Her name came out of the randomizer to pick up the super-versatile carry-on backpack from Standard Luggage.

It's sunny around the world right now so we're hooking one reader up with a pair of Erice polarized sunglasses from Serengeti Eyewear. (A $180 value.) This unisex model looks good on a variety of face shapes and comes with a hard carrying case for traveling.

How do you enter? Simple, just be a part of our monthly e-mail newsletter community 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 take a trip!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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