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

We're back with a new issue for November, with offbeat tales from Cambodia, Myanmar, and Oregon.

James Dorsey is back with a story on what may be the most minimalist rail lines in the world as he rides the Bamboo Train for an inflated price dollar in rural Cambodia. Bruce Northam returns to Myanmar for the fourth time and finds a country where rapid progress and a tourism explosion makes the rural villages with no roads even more special. Becky Garrison finds that it didn't take Portland long to take advantage of Oregon's legalization of cannabis as she joins a pot-themed bike tour.

Then as usual we spin some notable world music albums, this month from Grahamn Reid. William Caverlee checks out new books from Don George, Lynsey Addario, and the tireless Lonely Planet compilers.

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Passports with Purpose

We give away something cool for travelers each month and congrats to reader Tabby of California who scored a fancy new Convertabrief from Eagle Creek.

This month we're pausing for a purpose. Instead of giving away one free travel item, we're asking everyone to go plunk down $10 (or more) for a chance at winning something from Passports with Purpose starting November 8. The Perceptive Travel Blog has teamed up with >ExOfficio to offer a $100 gift certificate for there. You can also bid on dozens of other things like luggage, clothing, vacation packages, and hotel rooms. Even if you don't win, you'll be helping to fund five libraries in Kenya with Kindle e-readers and electronic books via the organization Worldreader. See the details here.

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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

Happy trails!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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