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

As vaccines get into more arms each month, we're hoping for a brighter travel future ahead. Meanwhile, we try to put out deeper, more thoughtful travel articles anyway, stories worth reading whether you're making plans for the featured place or not. We've got a few looks back to the past this month, plus one more recent adventure dispatch.

In This Issue

We kick things off with a debut from Sophia Erickson, about an African country we haven't covered before: Eritrea.

Madelaine Triebe returns to her childhood home of Sweden, where her longing to connect with nature gets her lost and wandering in a vast national park up north.

Heidi Siefkas moves to Maui and then gets stuck there, so she decides to explore the rugged north of the island that looks more like where she came from than the brochure scenes of palm trees and big waves.

The last feature is mine from where I was in February last year. Right before all the border closures and lockdowns, I was skiing without a care on the uncrowded slopes of Idaho.

As usual, we have a new round of three travel book reviews. Susan Griffith checks out a tale of cycling across five continents, a too-detailed description of an expat summer in Galicia, and a collection of travel puzzles and quizzes.

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

Stay Charged Up, Even Off the Grid

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Congrats to reader John M. from Maryland. He's going to be drinking a lot of good beer in the future with two D.C. versions of the PubPass. He'll also get a swag t-shirt.

This month we're helping a reader keep all their gadgets charged on the road or in the backcountry, with a Charge 80 portable charger from Biolite. It has two USB outlets, one USB-C one, and has a rugged design sealed against spills or rain. With 20,000 mAh of charging power, it'll keep your phone, GoPro, or tablet going for days.

These people who get announced as the winner each month 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, 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, 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.

Thanks for reading,

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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