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

As summer gives way to autumn, we're taking another trip around the world to bring you some offbeat and interesting new travel stories from book authors on the move.

Kirsten Koza has served as editor of an anthology on travel mishaps. She makes her debut here with a story about a trip gone dangerously wrong, one that also has an element of unsolved mystery. Michael Buckley returns with a tale from Australia, about the stunning but dangerous cassowary bird of New South Wales. Luke Maguire Armstrong is back again with a story from his adpopted home of Guatemala, where he gets roped into being an actor on a "reality" TV show.

Then as usual we spin some notable world music albums, this month with Graham Reid checking out tunes from multiple continents. William Caverlee reviews new and notable travel books worth reading, including one featuring several stories that have appeared here in Perceptive Travel.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

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We give away something cool for travelers each month and our most recent gear recipient is long-time entrant, first time champ John M. from North Carolina. His name came out of the randomizer to pick up the stylish Erice polarized sunglasses from Serengeti Eyewear. (A $180 value.)

This month's prize is a surprisingly lightweight but tough travel bag to haul your gear on your next adventure. Coming to you from one of my favorite gear brands, Eagle Creek, it's the Cargo Hauler Duffel. (A $109 value.) It holds 90 liters and is water-repellent, but weighs less than 2.5 pounds.

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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