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.

After announcing last month that a few of our stories won prizes in the prestigious Solas Awards sponsored by Travelers' Tales Publishing, we scored another prize. A past feature, Trying Isolated Farm Life on a Uruguay Estancia, won a Bronze in the Personal Essay category from the North American Travel Journalists Association. This is our umpteenth "best travel writing award," but it's always exciting to get that recognition!

After our retrospective "Outside in the USA" issue in March, we're back to publishing all new material in the April issue. Yes, we're looking back on old trips mostly—a very old one for one of these, but with the vaccinations happening at a rapid clip, we're feeling confident about new travels as the year wears on.

In This Issue

Julia Hubbel has written about the intersection of the environment and tourism in Africa before and this time she looks at two trips to Kilimanjaro and the special challenges faced when tourism recovers.

Lydia Carey had the hard job of researching a travel article about the home of mezcal—Oaxaca in Mexico—and stayed on her feet to bring us the story on the artisans creating this storied spirit.

We have run a few stories on Kyrgyzstan, despite its relative obscurity on the intenational tourism map. That's partly because the place has so much personality. Stephen M. Bland tries to figure it all out on Lake Issyk-Kul.

I take a trip down memory lane to three weeks in Morocco in the late 1990s, when trust in a local stranger resulted in a trip of a lifetime instead of a routine tour of the sights.

William Caverlee is back with some book reviews, including one from frequent Italy contributor Susan Van Allen, one on surfing, and one on slow travel.

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

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Each month we give our subscribers a shot at winning something cool for their travels, though in this case we should really say something warm. One reader will receive a Merino wool kerchief from North X North, plus a smaller handkerchief for good measure. You don't have to wash merino wool very often and the all-natural material is warm, so there are lots of uses for this in camping, backpacking, or just sleeping on a plane.

Readers who have scored in the past just did one thing to start that you can do now: they got on our monthly newsletter list. That gave them a regular shot at luggage, clothing, shoes, or other items 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 hundreds of travel stories from around the globe, 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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