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 we have a debut from Kevin Kelly, a noted author, Wired co-founder, and futurist. He goes back in time instead to talk about what it was like backpacking through Asia in the 1970s.

Claudia B. Flisi returns with a bizarre story heard from a chance encounter with an employee of an African safari lodge, an abduction that turned into a great opportunity.

David Lee Drotar returns to Greece, this time pondering life, death, and the march of centuries on Karpathos Island.

Guidebook writer Madelaine Triebe last reported on a ghost town in Patagonia. This time she goes to the Pantanal in Brazil, but sees the stark contrast between her conservation lodge trip and cowboy country farming.

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

Crank up the Tunes!

Mixcder noise canceling Bluetooth headphones

We give away something cool for travelers each month. Our November featured gear company, Clothing Arts, offered to ship worldwide to the winner of their pickpocket proof clothing and we ended up with Phoebe S. of Singapore. She's got $160 of items coming her way that will protect her valuables.

We know everyone has new gadgets on their mind for the gift-giving season, so we're joining the party with wireless Mixcder E7 Bluetooth headphones. These noise-canceling headphones are loaded with features, they fold into a case for travel, they sound great, and they even have a wired connection when your charge runs out.

Could you be the next recipient? 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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