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

We know it's still a bumpy and mysterious road ahead for travelers, but our online magazine puts out immersive stories anyway, not destination round-ups or how-to guides. We try to dig deeper instead of just showing you the surface of a place or its people.

In This Issue

What do we do when we can't hop on a plane to another country whenever we want? Marco Ferrarese decides to explore the wild side of Penang, walking across the whole island in Malaysia.

Beebe Bahrami looks back on her first magical journey to Provence, where the great river road of the Rhone transforms travelers into pilgrims.

Stephen M. Bland travels to northern Azerbaijan, to the town of Quba. There he discovers holiness mixed with a history of bloodshed, bootleg goods, and ganja.

The word "overtourism" has dropped out of the lexicon, replaced by rare opportunities to see famous places without the crowds. I look back at my inspiring visit to Machu Picchu in 2005 and the chance to create that serene experience again now.

As usual, we have a new round of three travel book reviews. Susan Griffith checks out one on the historic lost land of Lotharingia, a memoir of a self-sufficient life on an island, and 100 Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up.

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Looking for some more good armchair travel reading while you dream about future trips? Dive into the Perceptive Travel story archives, where you can find hundreds of travel stories from around the globe, everything that has appeared here since our debut nearly a decade and a half ago. In between new online magazine issues, check out the award-winning Perceptive Travel Blog for shorter takes on the weird and wonderful around the world.

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- Tim Leffel, Editor

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