Welcome to Perceptive Travel online magazine, where we bring you some of the most interesting and unusual traveling stories 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 narrative stories anyway, not destination round-ups or how-to guides. We try to dig deeper and tell some stories instead of just showing you the surface of a place or its people.

Contributor Marco Ferrarese got stuck in Peru for a while when the virus hit, but before that he talked his friends into hiking a rugged offshoot of the Lares Trek in Peru in a wild area where it's easy to get lost.

James Dorsey is back with a tale from Africa, that time when all it took to get to the Ethiopian village was crossing the Omo River in a dugout canoe. A river teeming with crocodiles.

Author John Wright makes his debut this month with a story from 2020 when we could still move about. On a grand driving tour of Croatia from end to end, a couple unwittingly gets their last look at paradise for a while.

We also welcome Patti Lefkos for the first time. She brings us tales of Tibet through the eyes of a local, stories of brutality, defiance, and survival.

Last, we have a new round of three travel book reviews—and don't tell us you don't have time to read right now! Susan Griffith checks out a quirky exploration of contemporary Britain through the lens of past writers, a collection of road trips to make you drool, and a slight little book of travel quotations destined for the bathroom shelf.

Click on stories at the top of this page or See them all here.

A Water Bottle You Can Take Everywhere

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First up, congrats to subscriber Matt M. of Florida. He's got a FlexSafe portable safe from AquaVault headed his way after coming out of the randomizer last month.

This month you've got a shot at a 3-pack of innovative water bottles to go from Nomader. These are full-sized water bottles that hold 22+ ounces (650ml) but will pack up small in your bag when empty. They're made of rugged BPA-free silicone and are guaranteed for life.

Get on the list so you'll have a regular shot at luggage, clothing, or shoes for your explorations. Join our free e-mail 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. This is the second time our winner this month has scored gear from us—your odds are quite good!

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 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.

Thanks for reading,

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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