Welcome to Perceptive Travel online magazine, where we bring you some of the most interesting and insightful travel stories from around the globe each month, all from published book authors. We kick off 2019 beginning our 14th year in operation, publishing quality, long-form narratives since 2006.

This month we start in the small hill town of Montone in Italy, where Debi Goodwin finds the sleepy streets transformed into a full-on festival.

James Dorsey returns with another story from Africa, this one on a hard-learned lesson in what happens when you try to bring "progress" to rural villagers.

Sherry Shahan makes her Perceptive Travel debut with an attempt to climb to the top of a 4,400-meter Rocky Mountain peak and back the same day, a 22-mile hike.

I had to drink my way across the Finger Lakes of New York state to dig into the farm-to-glass movement in the state, where wine, cider, beer, and spirits makers are using farm-fresh ingredients to produce beverages with a sense of place.

William Caverlee handles the travel book reviews this month, checking out three new and noteworthy releases to consider for your nightstand or coffee table.

Need Some Warm Traveling Socks?

Mixcder noise canceling Bluetooth headphones

We give away something cool for travelers each month. Our December champ was long-timer reader Kevin L. of Colorado. He scored a nice set of Bluetooth Headphones from Mixcder.

Do you come up empty on new socks this holiday season? Well you may be in luck because this month we're giving away your choice of $75 from quality socks from FITS. Made in the USA from the finest available ingredients, these are made to last.

Could you get lucky with us? Yes, if you just become a part of our regular e-mail issue update community. Then watch for the entry instructions near the beginning of each month. You can also follow us on Facebook and pay close attention to our feed for instructions. Unlike with Mega Millions, the odds are so good that some readers have scored twice.

Looking for a traveler's tale that appeared in a previous issue? Dive into the Perceptive Travel story archives, where you can find everything that has appeared here since our debut in 2006. In between new online magazine issues, check out the award-winning Perceptive Travel Blog for shorter takes on the weird and wonderful.

Let's take a trip!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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