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.

This month, several regular writers return with four tales from three continents plus we check out three new books hitting the shelves.

Claudia Flisi heads to a national park in Ethiopia where a singular species of monkey with a lion-like mane wanders the hills in tribes.

Julia Hubbel saddles up for a multi-day horseback ride in rural Iceland and finds the tundra and freezing streams can be treacherous even in summer.

Debi Goodwin takes on her own personal challenge, hiking around the huge Mount Ngauruhoe in New Zealand, known in a famous movie trilogy as "Mount Doom."

James Michael Dorsey looks back on a visit to the mud city of Timbuktu in Mali, where he encounters a muezzin who is the last of a dying breed, singing the call to prayer as he walks through the streets and alleys.

William Caverlee handles the book reviews this month, checking out another long bike quest, a photo-heavy guide to wildlife viewing, and a collection of strange tales from travels around the globe.

A Tough Duffel for Your Next Adventure

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We give away something cool for travelers each month. Our June champ was Jennifer R. of Texas. She's getting an awesome pair of Oboz Sawtooth II hiking boots or shoes.

Are you going on a great adventure soon? Well if you're lucky, you might score that great 45-liter duffel bag pictured at the top from Sea to Summit. It's got theft-proof zippers, can be carried like a backpack, and will keep clothes dry in a drizzle.

Do you feel lucky? Well you might be if you 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 a gear prize 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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