Welcome to the May 2010 issue of online magazine Perceptive Travel, the home of great travel stories from book authors and the latest notable travel book and world music reviews. Here's what we've got in store for you:
Thai Voluntourism for All the Wrong Reasons - Gillian Kendall
With noble plans to help the poor abused elephants in Thailand, Gillian Kendall learns that voluntourism works best when it reshapes your ingrained perceptions.
The Enfield Diaries - Mikey Leung
When a Bangladesh guidebook writer tries to return from Nepal on the back of a Royal Enfield motorcycle, he discovers obstinate customs officials, flooded highways, and routes where the only river crossing is on a bamboo bridge.
An Ugly American One Year, a Pretty One the Next - Theresa Dowell Blackinton
We individual traveling citizens have very little control over our elected leaders, our country's bilateral negotiations, or our immigration policies. For the American traveler, however, all those outcomes land in a foreign place well before us and set the stage for how we're seen.
Two men of different eras toss comfort out the window and face risks to feel alive through traveling and exploration. A new collection of great travel writing from women is not afraid to explore the shadows around the next bend.
It's the Latin America edition, with Chico Trujillo, Very Be Careful, and Putumayo's new Latin Party collection.
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