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.

This month we are back from a month-long road trip and a break, flush with new material. We've got travel tales from four distinctly different spots on the globe.

Award-winning writer James Dorsey is back with a tale from Jordan, a look back at when his quest for some Bedouin pillows led him down dark alleys into what may have been a militants' meet-up spot.

Julia Hubbel takes "going off the grid" to a point much further than any of us have experienced, going four weeks without a phone or internet connection in one of the most remote parts of North America: the Muskwa-Kechika Wilderness of British Colombia.

After first appearing in Perceptive Travel way back in 2011, Megan Eaves returns with a story about walking through the land of poets in rural England.

Making her debut with us this month is Heidi Siefkas, a writer who has visited Cuba dozens of times. On this trip she explores the wild area around Baracoa and Yunkue Mountain while learning to ditch the plans and go with the flow.

Susan Griffith checks out three new and noteworthy travel books, from a narrative on the Indus River to two guides about the "best places to visit" for very different reasons.

Your Backpack for the Digital Age

Kathmandu Transfer Pack

We give away something cool for travelers each month. In September we ran a retrospective issue with past stories, so no gear prize, but three lucky readers will receive a paperback copy of the 5th edition of The World's Cheapest Destinations, reviewed in this current issue.

Now we return to our usual kind of perk for subscribers. This month we've got a very cool 28L Transfer Pack from New Zealand gear company Kathmandu. What's unique about this pack is the removable compartment that holds what seems to be an ever-expanding collection of electronics, chargers, and cords when we take off on a trip. Throw your passport, earbuds, and eye mask in there and you're set for a plane ride across the ocean.

How do you score this 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 scored 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.

Let's take a trip!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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