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

This month, several regular writers return with tales from their jaunts around the world and we welcome one sort-of-new contributor.

Marco Ferrarese travels from Asila to Chefchouan in Morocco with a Chameleon rescued from a market. He strolls around the Blue City with a lizard on his hat until it's time to return the mutating creature to the wild.

Tony Robinson-Smith is back with a tale of trekking through the jungle to what appears to be an isolated village in Papua New Guinea. First impressions don't always tell the full story, however.

I have grand plans to bike from city to city along the path or the original Erie Canal in Upstate New York, but have to be satisfied with a short jaunt and a dive into an important epoch in American history.

Antonia Malchik contributed to the Perceptive Travel blog for years, but on the heels of her new book, A Walking Life, she brings us a longer story on a winter return to her ancestral lands in Russia.

Susan Griffith handles the travel book reviews this month. She checks out an author's exploration of Russia through staying at homes of its residents, as well as a story of packing up everything and moving to Venice.

New Shoes for Your Summer Hikes

Royal Robbins travel dress

We give away something cool for travelers each month. Our May champ was Denise F. from California. She's getting a nice new Spotless Traveler Tank Dress from Royal Robbins.

Are you ready to hit some hiking trails this summer? Well if you're lucky, you might pick up the best pair of hiking boots or shoes you've ever had, thanks to Oboz Footwear. Our next entrant who gets pulled out of the randomizer will get his or her choice of Sawtooth II rugged footwear for the mountains.

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 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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