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

This month we're acting like Europeans and mostly taking the month off for vacation. During the worst months of the pandemic, when nobody was traveling, we did a couple of retrospective issues that highlighted past stories. One of them that featured obscure destinations was titled, "You Weren't Going to Go There Anyway."

This time we're highlighting some progress around the world, with more countries opening up to foreign travelers as vaccination rates rise. So the August one is the "Places You Can Go Now" issue, with a story each from four continents. Plus we do have some new travel book reviews for you to check out.

In This Issue

One of the world's most popular travel destinations, Thailand, is opening back up bit by bit. Since it's the only one to be doing so in a realistic way in Southeast Asia, we're highlighting an article from when Luke Maguire Armstrong went there to recover from an injury with the monks in a quiet place.

Greece is open again, so we're heading back to the beaches of Crete. It's a story from David Kalish about attempts to save baby sea turtle hatchlings on a tourist beach where lounge chairs dominate the landscape.

The Amazon jungle regions of South America are open to travelers again, so we dug out a fun essay from Laura Resau. She lands at her destination in Ecuador and finds a cranky old lady as her travel companion, one the author hopes is not her ghost of the future.

Belize is welcoming travelers back, including via the land border with Mexico, and those who are vaccinated can pass on showing up with test results. I look back on a glorious off-the-grid trip I took paddling a kayak around Glover's Atoll out in the Caribbean Sea.

Bill Caverlee is back with new book reviews. He checks out a foreigner's experience living in Tokyo, an account of visiting every Canadian national park, and one on scenic drives in the USA.

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

A Traveler Care Package Coming Your Way?

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Each month we give our subscribers a shot at winning something cool for their travels. Daryl L. from California just scored a packable double hammock from Bear Butt Hammocks, along with the Kodiak straps to attach it.

This month we're getting one reader geared up with a whole batch of goodies that you see in that photo above. Two cold/hot insulated travel mugs from Pelican Gear, a nice comfy facemask from Pacsafe, various accessories from Travelon, and some blue light filter glasses.

Readers who have scored a prize like this 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, travel 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 and not all that many readers bother to enter, 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.

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- Tim Leffel, Editor

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