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

We've been at this for 12 years and have racked up a few virtual shelves of awards for our contributors. The latest to score is Melissa Adams. Her story, She Called Me Bindass, won two Silver awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association. One was for writing, in the very competitive Destination Travel category, the other for photography, in the Overall Excellence category. Darrin DuFord—who has won multiple awards for his PT stories—was a finalist for The Concrete Corpses of Cyprus. Congrats!

Just by chance, three of our stories are from Asia this month, but apart from that they've got nothing in common. Judith Fein visits a delightfully strange village in Japan that now has more life-sized dolls than real people.

Bruce Northam heads back to Thailand and sees a tuk-tuk in a different way: by getting driving lessons and taking one onto the open road outside of Chiang Mai.

Candace Dempsey explores the glory days of the British Empire in northern India, seeing the opulent side of the colorful country from Amritsar to Shimla and points between.

James Dorsey is back with a tale of traveling along the Amazon River and going into the jungle with Peru's equivalent of Tarzan.

Bill Caverlee reviews three new travel books: a National Geographic coffee table book, one on solo travel, and one that may give us some insight into the challenges of future space travel.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

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We give away something cool for travelers each month. Long-time reader Jessica S. of Connecticut was the February champ, scoring a Upcycled Messenger Bag from Diamond Brand Gear.

This month one lucky Perceptive Travel reader is going to be set on socks for a while. He or she will get more than a week's worth of different pairs from The Comfort Sock brand.

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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