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.

This month, we have four traveling tales from three continents plus we check out three new books hitting the shelves.

Gillian Kendall spends reluctant time in the American Midwest prior to boarding a multi-day train across the country, but finds her heartland predjudices challenged in small-town Illinois.

Marco Ferrarese travels to a very remote area of Sabah in North Borneo, where the small population wrestles with the conundrum of the progress and the problems that come with welcoming tourists.

Susan Van Allen visits her least favorite Italian city of Milan, but warms to the place much more after eating and learning to make the signature dish of Risotto alla Milanese.

I return to the natural adventure playground of Baja, Mexico to stay at a desert island camp next to a gray whale breeding and birthing ground.

Susan Griffith handles the book reviews this month, checking out two books on great train journeys plus a very detailed one on the "liberation routes" of Europe after WWII.

A Tough Flashlight for Your Next Decade of Adventures

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We give away something cool for travelers each month. Our July champ was Dave M. of Alberta, Canada. He's getting a weatherproof 45-liter duffel bag from Sea to Summit.

Is your wimpy phone flashlight not cutting it when you need to see in the dark on your adventures? Well if you're lucky, you might score a heavy-duty 1600 lumen rechargeable metal flashlight from Fenix Lighting. Even on high it'll run for nearly six hours.

How do you score this or future gear? 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 scored a gear prize 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.

Let's take a trip!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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