As we enter 2017, it's our 11th year of publication. We started back in January of 2006, so last month marked 10 full years of bringing you interesting travel stories that go beyond the fluff you end up with in most other places in print or online.
Sometimes we think we're going a bit too strange, but as I pulled up our most popular stories for this month's special look back, strange won out over normal most of the time. Both in the top-10 of the past three years and our top-10 stories of all time, you all have some bizarre tastes. Top travelers' tales were about a serial killer in Panama, uranium poisoned mountain men, zipline accidents, Malaysian heavy metal, a burning devil next to a gas station, mystery temples on a small Pacific island...
In the present, author Lydia Carey makes her debut with a road trip piece on driving the length of Baja, while I return to the Philippines after having a lousy experience the first time around as a young backpacker.
Then we spin some notable world music albums, this month with Graham Reid checking out tunes from multiple continents. William Caverlee reviews three new travel books.
We give away something cool for travelers each month and our most recent gear recipient is reader Kevin G. of Colorado. His name came out of the randomizer to pick up the Nat Geo Response Compresslite jacket from Craghoppers we gave away in December.
Did you get any nice new socks for Christmas? Well if not, here's your chance. We're giving away a grab bag of four pairs of quality hiking and travel socks from name brands like Bridgedale, Smartwool, and Thorlo. With an estimated retail value of $60, this package is going to make one reader toasty and happy.
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 you can follow us on Facebook and pay close attention to our feed. This was Kevin's first entry and he scored. You could be next.
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Let's take a trip!
- Tim Leffel, Editor