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

We know it's still a bumpy and mysterious road ahead for travelers, but our online magazine puts out immersive stories anyway, not destination round-ups or how-to guides. We try to dig deeper instead of just showing you the surface of a place or its people.

Richard Sterling, who now lives in Cambodia, looks back on a chance encounter in Saigon that brought back memories of a glorious past romance. All through a street cart hot dog.

Tony Robinson-Smith is back with another tale from a three-week trip in Papau New Guinea, this time trying to gear up for a trip down a treacherous river in the hinterlands.

Jeremy Bassetti makes his Perceptive Travel debut with a story of a thwarted hiking trip adventure on the GR7, a trek through the Spanish villages of the Alpujarras region.

Another newcomer, Michelle Lawson, travels to rural Ukraine to find her late father's relatives in the homeland, only to end up with some scattered in-laws.

As usual, we have a new round of three travel book reviews. Susan Griffith checks out a Brit's voyage across America, another's voyage to some remote Scottish islands, and the latest (on Mexico) from Paul Theroux.

Click on stories at the top of this page or See them all here.

New Earbuds and a Charger for the Road

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First up, congrats to reader David from Las Vegas. He's got a sleek water bottle with a UV purifier cap from CrazyCap bottles coming his way.

This month you've got a shot at upgrading your on-the-go electronics. One lucky follower will get a new pair of Octane Bluetooth earbuds and a high-capacity phone charger from Crave Direct. The combined retail value is $90.

These people who keep winning just did one thing to start: they got on our monthly newsletter list to have a regular shot at luggage, clothing, or shoes for their explorations. Join our free e-mail update community. Then watch for the entry instructions near the beginning of each month. You can also follow us on Facebook and watch our feed for instructions. We are not a giant publication, so your odds are quite good!

Looking for some more good armchair travel reading while you dream about future trips? Dive into the Perceptive Travel story archives, where you can find everything that has appeared here since our debut nearly a decade and a half ago. In between new online magazine issues, check out the award-winning Perceptive Travel Blog for shorter takes on the weird and wonderful around the world.

Thanks for reading,

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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