Welcome to the new July issue of Perceptive Travel online magazine, home to the best travel stories on the web from wandering book authors.

It's appropriate we have one from Carolyn Heller in this new issue because her last one for us just won an award from the Travel Media Association of Canada. Going Where No Roads Go in Ontario got an honorable mention in the category of stories about Canada. This month she looks at isolation of a different kind while encountering a North Korea soldier on the border with China.

Luke Armstrong is back with another tale from his adopted home of Guatemala, following an amateur scientist with exploration in his blood who is looking for a rare butterfly first discovered by his great-grandfather. Steven Crook, author of several books on Taiwan, takes us deep into a strange blood ritual there in a Taiwanese temple.


William Caverlee checks out a few soul-searching travel books from Frances Mayes, Donna Leon, and Esther Woolfson. Graham Reid covers new world music albums from around the globe, including a great collection of Indian classical music and the return of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars.


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We hand out cool travel gear each month to our loyal readers. This past two people who took the time to enter just went shopping at the Samsonite USA luggage store with their gift certificates.

Could you use a cool, well-made laptop backpack with loads of pockets? This month we're giving away a $140 STM Drifter pack like you see here, great for the road or just bopping around the city.

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Looking for a travel story that appeared in a previous issue? Dive into the Perceptive Travel back issues where you can find everything that has appeared here since our debut.

For some new material between issues, see the Perceptive Travel Blog.

Happy trails!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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