Welcome to Perceptive Travel online magazine, where we bring you some of the most interesting and unusual travel stories from around the globe each month, all from published book authors.

Sherry Shahan visits two towns along the border of Mexico and gets up close with fences, gates, and sometimes neither in Sasabe and El Paso.

Julia Hubbel gets more than a few surprises when she signs up for homestay with a rural farming family in Mongolia.

Heidi Siefkas returns with a story from hiking the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route between shrines in scenic forests of Japan.

Mark Aspelin makes his Perceptive Travel debut with a look back at a visit to a mysterious cave near the border of Kenya and Uganda, one that was once thought to harbor a deadly virus that jumped to humans.

Susan Griffith checks out three new and noteworthy travel books, including a look at Eastern Europe and Russia over the past 25 yeras from our occasional contributor Rory MacLean.

Some New Shoes for a Walk in the Woods

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We give away something cool for travelers each month to one of our readers. Congrats to Robert R. from California, who scored a set of dominoes and the Backpack 5-in-1 Game Set from Outside Inside Games.

This month, somebody is getting some new travel shoes. If you're a runner, you've probably heard of Hoka One One, but they've come out with some waterproof trail running shoes that are great for travelers. One Perceptive Travel reader will get a pair of these Challenger ATR Gore-tex shoes that come in men's and women's versions. With the thick cushioning that company is known for, these are great for walking for miles on cobblestones or doing some light hikes during your travels.

How do you score these and get a shot at future prizes? 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 won some sweet traveling gear or clothing 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.

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- Tim Leffel, Editor

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