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

As we get into our second month of our 11th year of publication, we're still racking up awards. We picked up some more medals recently from the North American Travel Journalists Association. Disconnected in a Land of Sand and Salt received a Silver, as did Tourism as a Force for Change in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere. Our blogger Kristin Winet snagged a Bronze for Josef and the Jaffa Flea Market in the Personality and Profile category. In the past we've won as "Best Online Travel Magazine" and we were named a finalist in that category this year.

In this current issue we welcome two new writers to our pages. Teresa Bergen finds out late in life she's got German roots and looks into the hardship early immigrants from there faced after landing in Texas. Kerry Hudson becomes and immigrant herself, escaping the high cost of London to move to a neighborhood of sunny Lisbon that's far from trendy. James Dorsey is back with a story on an elephant park in Laos, a place transitioning the great beasts from hard labor to a more bucolic life.

Then Susan Griffith reviews three new travel books and I do the honors on our very last world music reviews column. After 10 years of covering interesting new albums from around the world, we're facing the fact that hardly anyone is actually buying music anymore, sadly. So while this column has been an admirable public service effort, it's a dead dog commercially. Cue the last collection, then go support these bands live.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

carry-on suitcase

We give away something cool for travelers each month and our most recent gear recipient is reader Terah B. of Utah. Her name came out of the randomizer to pick up four pairs of travel socks to keep her feet warm and blister free, from Sierra Trading Post.

We ready to get someone else geared up for hitting the road, this time with some versatile luggage. One person who takes the time to enter will score a Granite Gear Cross Trek 22-inch wheeled carry-on duffle. This bag is ready for anything: it has heavy-duty wheels, can be carried with a handle, and part of turns into a detachable backpack.

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.

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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