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.

Don't just take it from us though. Fresh off from our editor picking up his two Gold awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association at their banquet last month, this month we've got another winner. Luke Armstrong picked up a Bronze in the Solas Best Travel Writing Awards for his Perceptive Travel story Learning to Walk Fully in Thailand. Regular contributor James Dorsey also picked up a few prizes for stories he published elsewhere.

This month, several regulars return with tales from their jaunts around the world. James Dorsey is one of them, with a story on Djenné, a city rising out of the desert in Mali.

Claudia Flisi wants to get out of the glitzy tourist and business district of Ho Chi Minh City, so she hires a guide to dive into a part of Vietnam that's well off the normal travelers' route.

Guidebook author David Nikel boards the Norwegian Hurtigurten tour during the coldest and darkest time of the year, but does get to see moonscapes and the flickering Northern Lights.

After years of being in Florida, I finally make a trip to the oldest settlement in the USA—St. Augustine—to find the once-embattled city now showing a happier, more welcoming face.

Bill Caverlee handles the travel book reviews this month, checking a book on great train journeys around the world and two narratives on global travel.

Get Ready for Spring Sun

Obraz sunglasses for travelers

We give away something cool for travelers each month. Our February champ was Sue G. from California. She's getting a $99 water purifier bottle from Lifesaver Liberty.

Are you looking forward to the return of warm and sunny months? Well in a month we'll be sending one lucky reader a pair of great sunglasses for traveling: the Ombraz Armless Sunglasses that retail for $140.

Do you feel lucky? Well you might be if you get on 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. 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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