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.

This month we head to Ethiopia, where a rise in tourism numbers is producing a whole host of other problems. In between a horse trek and visits to the country's two most famous attractions, Julia Hubbel looks at the impact on local society and traditional life.

Progress can be trouble, but it can also be a boon, as Claudia Flisi finds when she returns to Palermo, Sicily. It's been 25 years since her first visit, when the mob was ordering brash murders, including on a priest.

David Kalish makes his debut here this month, highlighting a visit to a busy beach town in Crete where a local group scours the sand between beach chairs to save the hatchling loggerhead turtles after mothers lay their eggs.

After spending most of the last few years in places where donning a jacket is a rare event, I embraced winter full-on by heading to Quebec City in January, sleeping in a room of ice and going out into the snow during sub-freezing days.

Susan Griffith reviews three new and notable travel books, from wild outposts to the Silk Road to how to spin a good travel story as a writer.

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We give away something cool for travelers each month to one of our readers. Congrats to Katie O. from upstate New York. She will be warming up in a MerinoLUX Flannel Shirt from Royal Robbins.

This month, the product we had scheduled got delayed a year because of Chinese shipping issues, so instead we're giving away four books that will inspire your wanderlust and get you on your way without spending a fortune. One lucky Perceptive Travel reader will get a package from Amazon with paperbacks of The World's Cheapest Destinations 5th Edition, The Affordable Flight Guide, Travel the World on $50 a Day, and the beautiful Comfortably Wild: The Best Glamping Destinations in North America.

How do you score all these and get a shot at future prizes? Join our e-mail issue update community. Then watch for the entry instructions near the beginning of each month. You can also follow us on Facebook and pay close attention to our feed for instructions. More than 100 readers have won something great since we launched, some twice!

Looking for a traveler's tale that appeared in a previous issue? Dive into the Perceptive Travel story archives, where you can find everything that has appeared here since our debut in 2006. 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.

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- Tim Leffel, Editor

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