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

This month we travel from a remote corner of China to a rare calm part of the Middle East to a schizophrenic U.S. beach town. Regular contributors James Dorsey and David Lee Drotar are back, with stories from Kanas and Jordan respectively. I hit a beach area best known for loud cars and loud motorcycles and find an active, well-funded art scene.

Then as usual we spin some notable world music albums, this month with Laurence Mitchell checking out tunes from around the globe. Susan Griffith reviews new and notable travel books worth reading, on trains, planes, and happiness through adventure.


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 Anne from Colorado. Her name came out of the randomizer to pick her perfect pair of Sawtooth hiking shoes from Oboz..

Now we're ready to swing into summer bigtime so we're giving away some of the most comfortable casual shoes known to mankind. For recovery after hiking or just some cloud-walking jaunts along the boardwalk, you can't beat the squishy Oofos Footwear flip-flops, slides, or clogs. They come in multiple styles for men and women and you could win both! This month it's "get one pair for you, one for a friend."

How do you enter? 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 take a trip!

- Tim Leffel, Editor






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