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

Don't just take it from us though. Two of our stories won Gold awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association last month and our editor will be claiming the prizes at their awards banquet. The winners were Beyond the Bullet Holes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and this story about adventures in the Copper Canyons of Chihuahua.

Kelsey Timmerman makes his debut this month with a story about trying to find answers from a reluctant guru: the grandson of Gahdhi in India

Michael Shapiro's mother is itching to see rare collection of a 16th-century painter's work that almost never appears in one place. It's only available a short time...and in a wintry Vienna.

Bruce Northam is back with a traveling life story on finding the real pulse of a destination—in the local barbershop for a cheap haircut.

Like many indepedent travelers, the word "cruise" makes me run the other direction. But an adventure-oriented small ship with fewer than 50 passegers? That stops at hidden beaches every day? That could be interesting.

Susan handles the travel book reviews this month, checking out three new and noteworthy titles for explorers to consider.

An Alternative to Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

Lifesaver Liberty water purifier

We give away something cool for travelers each month. Our January champ was Sheryl T. from Minnesota. That seems fitting since she could probably use some warm socks. She's getting $75 worth from FITS.

If you want to cut down on the world's garbage and be healthy when you're hiking in the wilderness, we've got a great prize for you this month. It's a $99 water purifier bottle called the Lifesaver Liberty. It's a pump and a bottle combined, so only one thing to pack or carry into the backcountry.

Could you get lucky with us? Yes, if you just become a part of our regular 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. Unlike with Mega Millions, the odds are so good that some readers have scored 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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