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.

Stephen Bland returns with a story from an obscure area of Georgia near the Russian border, a place where mountain beauty mixes with a lot of distrust, resentment, and neglect.

Camille Cusumano travels to Varanasi, India at a time when the big Kumbh Mela pilgrimage is going on nearby and the city is filled with sadhus.

Award-winning writer James Dorsey is back with a story from Kanas, an area where the nomadic horsemen of Genghis Khan's army rode and stone monoliths now stand.

I travel to Mexico City and then leave it the next day, striking out into the countryside just a couple hours away for hiking, sweating, and hang gliding.

William Caverlee checks out three new and noteworthy travel books, on Asian elephants, "vanlife," and a history of the great American road trip.

Some Fun Travel Games for Your Next Trip

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We give away something cool for travelers each month to one of our readers. This past month, Natalie G. from California scored a nice 28L Transfer Pack from New Zealand gear company Kathmandu.

This month it's time for fun and games. In November, just in time for holiday travel delays, one Perceptive Travel reader will get a set of dominoes and the Backpack 5-in-1 Game Set from Outside Inside Games. The champ will have six ways to have fun without recharging on a future journey, in a package that goes into a mesh bag with a carabiner.

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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