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Last issue we announced that one of our stories was a double winner in the annual North American Travel Journalists compeition. This month we have more awards news. In the annual Solas Awards from Travelers' Tales, Dustin Grinnell won a Gold for Walkabout Love in China. I got a Bronze for this Balkans biking adventure plus two honorable mentions. Michelle Bigley and Darrin DuFord also got honorable mentions. James Dorsey scored multiple awards and our blogger Kristin Winet was also recognized.

In our latest issue we take you beyond the beaten path in four countries: Italy, Norway, Dubai, and the USA.

Claudia Flisi makes her Perceptive Travel debut with a different kind of story from Italy's wine country, one on rescuing little creatures that need some wild spaces for running around.

Norway guidebook author David Nikel is back with a story on one of the country's best-known cities—but one where you're liable to need rain gear when you visit.

I get onto the Gulf of Mexico waters of Florida to paddle along a different kind of traveling route: the 190-mile Great Calusa Blueway kayaking trail around an archipeligo.

Debi Goodwin follows the traveling marketing blitz to Dubai, looking for native soul beyond the bright lights and ostentatious skyscraper hotels. Then Susan Griffith reviews three new travel books on exploration and discovery.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

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We give away something cool for travelers each month. Subscriber Gail D. of Florida was the March champ, scoring a week's worth of different socks from The Comfort Sock brand.

This month one lucky Perceptive Travel reader is going to be getting ready for summer early. This month's score is a $199 portable Ocra Podster soft cooler with backpack straps.

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 travel story that appeared in a previous issue? Dive into the Perceptive Travel 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

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- Tim Leffel, Editor

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