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.

This month, several regular writers return with tales from their jaunts around the world and we welcome one new contributor.

On the heels of authoring a new Moon Handbook guide to walking the Camino, Beebe Bahrami hikes the less traveled rural French part of the trail. Unfortunately, it turns out to be hunting season, when most everything shuts down.

Claudia Flisi travels to Tanzania and finds out the meaning of "flycatcher" when a local guide works his magic to turn a few setbacks into a great adventure in the end.

Julia Hubbel has a story on the healing power of travel, with the tale of a man who takes a boat tour through Indonesian islands, walking and snorkeling while trying to recover from surgery.

I spent a few steamy July days in Montreal last summer, checking out one of the hottest jazz festivals in the world. It's a civilized, perfectly mixed series of shows, with plenty of heritage in the city that gave us the gramophone.

William Caverlee handles the travel book reviews this month. He looks at books on quasi-countries you didn't know existed, the golden age of extreme explorers, and a guide to living in China as an English teacher.

Your New Travel Dress or Pants

Royal Robbins travel dress

We give away something cool for travelers each month. Our February champ was Lloyd P. from Washington State. He's getting some Live Lite Pants from Duer.

Are you ready for some new threads to pack for your next vacation? Thanks to Royal Robbins, if a man's name comes out of the randomizer, he'll get the Active Traveler Stretch Pant, which retails for $85. If a woman wins, she'll get the Spotless Traveler Tank Dress pictured above.

Do you feel lucky? Well you might be if you join our 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. More than 100 readers have scored a prize since we launched, some 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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