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

In our latest issue we take you to the South Pacific, to Mexico, to rural Rwanda, and to a story that finds ties between Europe and Africa.

Stephen M. Bland heads to the Pacific Island of Tanna, where the locals worship cults based on strange white-skinned visitors from many decades ago.

Lydia Carey encounters a different kind of religious mash-up during the spring solstice at Teotihuacan and a Catholic church that is more Mayan than Roman.

Music Producer Ian Brennan heads into the countryside of Rwanda to hear musicians who perform off the grid, without much to call their own besides the audio.

Wanda Hennig makes her debut with a story about a visit to a top restaurant in Poland, where she hears about a grisly connection to her homeland in South Africa.

Susan Griffith covers three new and noteworthy travel books that may be worth adding to your reading list.

Our Latest Gear Giveaway

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We give away something cool for travelers each month. Subscriber Bonnie S. from South Carolina got on the winners board for the first time in July, scoring an Expedition Chill travel shirt and a sun hat from Royal Robbins.

This month one lucky Perceptive Travel adventurer is going to be ready for any weather on the road. With Eagle Creek and National Geographic we're giving away a Guide Travel Pack 65. Yes, this rugged backpack holds 65 liters for you to take what you need and although it's rugged and weatherproof, it's PVC-free.

How do you enter? Simple, just be a part of our regular 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 for instructions. The odds are so good that some readers have scored two times.

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 more than a decade ago. In between new online magazine issues, check out the award-winning Perceptive Travel Blog.

Let's take a trip!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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