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

In our latest issue we take you beyond the beaten path in four destinations: Armenia, Guatemala, the Malaysian side of Borneo, and where the Maasai tribes roam in Africa.

Stephen M. Bland makes his Perceptive Travel debut with a story on the Debed Canyon region of Armenia, a place where visitors endure extra-strength industrial pollution to see a couple UNESCO World Heritage sites.

James Dorsey is back with a story on a boy becoming a man in the Maasai way, but with a tweak that has evolved to give the great lions another day.

Marco Ferrarese journeys to the West Malaysian side of Borneo, joining a humanitarian mission that turns out to be more about photo ops than cultural understanding.

Shelley Seale returns with a story from Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, where one village is revitalized thanks to many buckets of paint in the right colors.

Then William Caverlee reviews three new travel books on beer, birds, and award-winning narratives.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

endangered species collection

We give away something cool for travelers each month. Subscriber Chad L. from Washington State was the April winner, scoring a $199 portable Orca Podster soft cooler with backpack straps.

This month one lucky Perceptive Travel reader is going to be showing their support for endangered wildlife with the Rhino Collection from The Mountain. Besides the Be My Voice T-shirt, mug, and tote bag pictured above, the winning reader will also receive a trucker hat. Keep a couple things, use the others as a gift for another nature lover.

How do you enter? Simple, just be a part of our monthly e-mail issue update community and watch for the entry instructions near the beginning of each month. If you're too late for this month, in the meantime you can follow us on Facebook and pay close attention to our feed. The odds are so good that some readers have scored two times.

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 more than a decade ago. In between new online magazine issues, check out the award-winning Perceptive Travel Blog

Let's take a trip!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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