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

We hope you had a nice holiday season and are glad you're joining us to kick off the '20s!

Acclaimed travel author Rory MacLean helps us start the new decade by looking at the past few decades in the former Soviet bloc capital of Budapest and asks, "What happened?" How did authoritarianism and one-party rule take hold in Hungary, in what's now the middle of Europe?

Beebe Bahrami has written about pilgrimage routes here and in several books. This issue she goes to Cornwall, in southern England, for the St. Michael's Way trek that's full of mystery and legends.

Guidebook writer Madeleine Triebe heads into the Andes Mountains of Argentina with a few gauchos who are not big on planning, itineraries, or small talk.

Novelist Laura Resau makes her Perceptive Travel debut with a journey deep into the jungle in Ecuador, with an aged stranger traveling companion who makes "high maintenance" seem like an understatement.

Bill Caverlee checks out three new and noteworthy travel books. We get a look at the rugged and wild coasts of Canada in photographs, the latest book about Italy from Frances Mayes, and a guide to voluntourism.

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Warm up With Some Flannel

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We give away something cool for travelers each month to one of our readers. Congrats to Kim S. from Pennsylvania. She scored a pair of Hoka One One Challenger ATR shoes with Gore-tex waterproofing.

This month, somebody is getting a high-quality flannel shirt to warm up with this winter. Thanks to Royal Robbins, one Perceptive Travel reader will get a men's or women's MerinoLUX Flannel Shirt made from a blend of materials, including merino wool.

How do you score this $110 heavy-duty travel shirt 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 some sweet traveling gear or clothing 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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