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

As always, this month we bring you some offbeat and interesting new travel stories from book authors that go beyond the ones you've already seen a hundred times.

James Dorsey says "Surprise me" to his newfound fixer in Laos and ends up having to make a hasty getaway from an illicit gambling den. Susan Van Allen retraces the steps of Ingrid Bergman's movie character on the live volcano island of Stromboli, Italy. I go to the land of the Swedish Chef and brain-burrowing pop songs to check out the coast of Sweden by bicycle.

Then as usual we spin some notable world music albums, this month with Laurence Mitchell checking out tunes from multiple continents. Susan Griffith reviews new and notable travel books worth reading—plus one worth skipping.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

ECBC backpack

We give away something cool for travelers each month and our most recent gear recipient is Neil D. of Calgary, Alberta. His name came out of the randomizer to pick up the heavy duty but lightweight Cargo Hauler Duffel from Eagle Creek.

This month's prize is a smaller daypack meant for storing your camera, laptop, gadgets, and cords. This month's champ will walk away with a ECBC Javelin Daypack. A $130 value, this is a premium bag that is TSA-friendly and weighs just 2.7 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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