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

Last month we dipped into the archives for a "You Weren't Going to Go There Anyway" issue. Now we're back to publishing new material as places start to open back up to tourists. Our online magazine puts out narrative stories anyway, not destination round-ups or 18 things you must do in 48 hours in this city or that. We try to dig deeper instead of just showing you the surface.

This month we start off with a topical story from Norm Bour. When told to go shelter at home, he asked what many nomads did: "What if I don't have a home? He took his chances on a flight to Mexico and the two of them had a jumbo jet to themselves.

Dave Seminara makes his debut this month with a story about the strange Greek landscape of Meteora. He had a magical trip there 15 years ago and met a monk that made a strong impression. Now returning with the kids to a much more popular place, would he find the magic again?

Stephen Bland has previously checked out obscure ex-Soviet republics on the fringes and this time he heads to a fast-changing area still part of Russia, despite an ugly history of uprisings: the North Caucasus Republics of Ingushetia and Chechnya.

Since the whole world has gone from boom to bust in a matter of months, it seemed an appropriate time to look back at some towns in Montana that hit the motherlode of riches in the 1800s and then just as quickly went into decline. Could their stories be saved? Did any come back and thrive again?

Last, we get back into the travel book reviews—and don't tell us you don't have time to read right now! Susan Griffith checks out a compendium of world maps with clever visuals, one on 37 vanished places, and a book that treats bike touring as a philosophical statement.

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

Who needs some new summer sunglasses?

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With new material this issue, we are also returning to our normal monthly giveaway of outdoor gear and traveling items.

This month we're giving away a pair of the gold-plated aviator sunglasses above from The Wright Brothers Company based in the brothers' original home of Dayton, Ohio. This is a $155 value prize. Click the photo to see details.

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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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