Perceptive Travel Back Issues - 2018

December 2018

The Life of a Backpacker in Asia in the 1970s By Kevin Kelly
A writer and speaker best known as a futurist talks about his early travel years in Asia, when backpacking meant cutting yourself off almost completely from the home you left.

In Greece, Things Happen by David Lee Drotar
Pondering life, death, and what we make of what comes in between while touring Karpathos Island in Greece.

The Kidnapping of Edward the Maasai by Claudia B. Flisi
A scary encounter on a shepherd boy's route alters his future—and that of a few dozen family members.

Hunting Wild Boar in the Brazilian Cowboy Country of Pantanal by Madelaine Triebe
After getting the luxe treatment at a nature lodge on a previous Pantanal visit, meeting the Brazilian boyfriend's farm family is a different story.

Travel Book Reviews by Susan Griffith
Three cracking reads by adventurers who refuse to be cowed by what they read in the media. From Somalia to South Dakota, the West Bank to the Western Sahara, preconceptions unravel as these writers encounter (almost) nothing but friendly assistance.

November 2018

An Unobscured View in Iceland By Glen Retief
A midnight sun on an island near the Arctic Circle finally banishes the author's fear of the dark.

Two Degrees of Separation: An Introvert's Travel Encounters in New Zealand by Cynthia Trenshaw
A confirmed introvert discovers how to find Kiwi friends and hospitality on a six-week solo journey in New Zealand.

The Shape-shifter and the Architect by Tony Robinson-Smith
How to impress the ladies, West Papuan style! Two Canadian travelers witness curious courtship rituals among the showy birds of West Papua.

Kayaking Around Specks in the Ocean in Belize by Tim Leffel
An off-the-grid camping base on Glover's Atoll of Belize offers a way to completely unplug the electronics and watch an underwater show instead.

Travel Book Reviews - by William Caverlee
A delightful compendium of travel facts and wisdom, a collection of travel stories from dicey road trips worldwide, and a miniature coffee table book highlighting important architecture from around the globe.

October 2018

Meeting Reggie By Judith Fein, photos by Paul Ross
A chance encounter with clarinet player in Columbia, South Carolina leads to deep insights about growing up in the segregated south of the Green Book guide era in the USA.

Seeking Enlightenment at the Golden Rock by James Michael Dorsey
Venturing into Burmese Buddhist temples, a writer encounters two ascetic holy hermits who have tuned out the modern world.

Finding Narnia in Czech Bohemia by Tim Leffel
Just two hours north of Prague, the Bohemian Switzerland National Park offers quiet nature hikes and strange rock formations where parts of The Chronicles of Narnia were filmed.

Tasmania's "New" Ancient Walkabout by Bruce Northam
A journey of rediscovery on a new walking route led by the original inhabitants on the shores of Tasmania trades the wounded past for a mended future.

Travel Book Reviews - by Susan Griffith
Three women writers explore destinations that reflect their own states of mind: an expat Bulgarian in the Balkans where borders are blurred, a Briton who examines nature struggling to survive against the odds in her own industrial backyard, and a Californian chasing distraction and solace.

August 2018

Worshiping Mixed Mexico: Rebirth, Resurrection and Sacred Spaces by Lydia Carey
Mexico's religious traditions showcase the country's incredible cultural blending, as well as its dark Colonial past.

Assignation with An Assassination by Wanda Hennig
The excesses of a sublime Polish dinner lull the writer into a state of python-like sedation. Into this ricochets the shrapnel of a South African nightmare.

Searching for Music in Rural Rwanda Story by Ian Brennan, photos by Marilena Delli
A music producer seeks out isolated musicians in the inland African nation of bad memories, but in a country where you are 78.5% less likely to be murdered than Louisiana.

Tanna: The Isle of Curious Cults by Stephen M. Bland
On a once-isolated volcanic island in the South Pacific, the followers of a legendary visitor from the 1930s still wait for his return... and their promised riches.

Travel Book Reviews - by Susan Griffith
A plea to travel slower, a heartwarming true story of a low-caste Indian man journeying across Asia and Europe to marry a Swedish backpacker, and one woman's autobiographical account of facing down her fears as a traveler and a human being.

July 2018

Blowing Through the Lower Florida Keys by Tim Leffel
After Irma came through like an unwelcome guest and trashed the place, Key West has mostly moved on. Further north, the whims of the hurricane winds left damage that man and nature will surely push past as they have over and over again.

Three Walnuts, Three Pomegranates in Morocco by Zora O'Neill
A spontaneous hike in the northern Moroccan mountains yields magic, of a kind.

Wining, Dining, and Cattle Driving in Uruguay by Claudia B. Flisi
The word "gaucho" is not exclusive to one country in South America. In the farmlands of Uruguay, you can stay at a working cattle ranch and ride horses with the men working the herds.

Coconut Mafia Friendship Club by Luke Armstrong
When a foreigner moves down Lake Atitlan to a new village, he finds that switching vendors comes with a sack full of emotional baggage.

Travel Book Reviews - William Caverlee
Lasting postal evidence of vanished countries, a collection of John Muir's writings, and an anthology of gripping stories from a regular contributor to our publication.

June 2018

Moving Beyond the Bullet Holes in Bosnia and Herzegovina by Tim Leffel
A quarter century after the bloody Bosnian conflict ended, splitting up the former Yugoslavia, tensions still simmer just below the surface of the pockmarked buildings in Mostar and Sarajevo.

Finding my Way in a Goan Village by Debi Goodwin
A place to call home in Goa that sounds idyllic in theory can require some adjustment after arriving on site in India.

The Way of the Octopus in Galicia by Beebe Bahrami
Pilgrimage and pulpo take the author on a many-armed adventure into kindness and the unexpected along the sacred landscape and coastline of northwestern Spain

The Dharma Buddies of Auroville by Camille Cusumano
A sanctuary in southern India is perfect ground for old and new spiritual friends from around the world to reunite and flow together like the water.

Travel Book Reviews - Susan Griffith
Some comic riffs on traveling to undesirable destinations with a reluctant partner, a grassroots look at contemporary Iran, and an idealized compendium of sacred places that (allegedly) seep into your soul.

May 2018

A Modern Story from Old Africa - James Michael Dorsey
A Maasai boy about to become a man confronts the task of facing down a snarling lion in order to become a man, following the old tribal ways of the bush in Africa.

Sulfur Clouds and Sacred Sites: A Journey through the Debed Canyon - Stephen M. Bland
Visiting a historic town in Armenia where history was made and two UNESCO World Heritage sites stand, a visitor finds caustic air and a depressed population—except for two fresh-faced missionaries.

And Out Came the Lions (Clubs) in Remote Malaysia - Marco Ferrarese
Piggybacking a Catholic aid expedition to remote aboriginal villages, a travel writer realizes that sometimes, far-flung places and peoples are better off remaining out of help's way.

A Guatemalan Town Rediscovers Its Identity Through Art - Shelley Seale
A town on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala injects new energy in the community by making its buildings as colorful as its traditional clothing.

Travel Book Reviews - William Caverlee
Around the world with craft beer, a life of birdwatching, and 10 years of award-winning travel writing stories.

April 2018

A Hedgehog Hospital in Italian Wine Country - Claudia Flisi
The lowly and low-slung hedgehogs of Italy face many threats. One vet is single-handedly saving the injured and giving them sanctuary.

The Darker and Wetter Side of Bergen, Norway - David Nikel
Despite the colorful façade of Norway's Bergen, the city's shadowy corners hide many dark stories. So when the clouds roll over Scandinavia's rainiest city, what better theme to explore?

Kayaking the Calusa Blueway in Florida - Tim Leffel
While tens of thousands of motorboats ply the Gulf Coast of Florida waters each day, moving along at a slower pace will reveal a lot more details along the shores.

Trying to Find the Real Dubai - Debi Goodwin
After the garish ultra-luxe hotels and manufactured fun of a custom-built tourist city, then what? A visitor to Dubai tries to see what's below the sheen in this shiny city in the UAE.

Travel Book Reviews - Susan Griffith
Two books that demonstrate that the glorious age of exploration on land, sea, and air is not quite dead and a third that charts the making of a travel writer.

March 2018

Village of The Dolls in Skikoku - Judith Fein
Heeding the advice of "Don't believe everything you read," a traveler who goes to the source finds that the narrative written and repeated about an artist on an island in Japan is far from the truth.

Thailand on Three Wheels—With and Without an Engine - Bruce Northam
On a return trip to Thailand, a writer gets to know the country's iconic three-wheeled modes of passage, rolling with the tuk-tuk and trishaw troops in and near Chiang Mai.

Travels with Tarzan in the Amazon Jungle - James Michael Dorsey
Entering the rainforest along the Amazon River with a local guide, a traveler gets a deeper insight into this mysterious world and its magic with a man of the jungle.

The Road to Shimla: Adventures in Northern India - Candace Dempsey
On a sumptuous tour of the best of northern India, a land of palaces, polo ponies, and pampering recalls the glory days of the British hill stations.

Travel Book Reviews - William Caverlee
Travels to untouched places, a how-to for solo travelers, and a story about journeying to a galaxy far beyond our front door.

February 2018

An Overdose of Adrenaline in the Copper Canyons of Mexico - Tim Leffel
Can a man-made adventure park really scare the bejesus out of "been there, done that" experienced world travelers? When they buckle in and hug a cliff face high above the canyon floor, they find their adrenaline meter turned up to 10.

Sicily, With Cherries on Top - Susan Van Allen
When visiting the rebuilt Baroque Sicilian town of Noto, an Italian sweets fan makes a beeline to where the island's master dessert maker performs magic in Caffe Sicilia.

Bring Your Daughter to the Torajan Slaughter in Indonesia - Marco Ferrarese
In the highlands of south Sulawesi, a fake bloodline helps a couple find more gore than they can stomach.

Learning to Walk Fully in Thailand - Luke Maguire Armstrong
A man dealing with chronic pain travels to a Buddhist temple in Thailand and looks for peace in the monks' life of mindfulness and simplicity.

Travel Book Reviews - Susan Griffith
Paeans to small islands, to Greyhound bus travel, and to not allowing parenthood to stop you in your travel tracks.

January 2018

One in a Billion in India - Jim Johnston
When detailed plans for India's capital go awry, a spontaneous trip to Rajasthan yields unexpected rewards.

Isolation and Empanadas in the Desert of Northern Argentina - Tim Leffel
In the northern Salta Province of Argentina, a dirt road journey into the desert leads to a sparsely populated land of canyons and beehive ovens.

Khmer Mozart in the Jungle - James Michael Dorsey
While touring the less famous Khmer temples of Beng Melea, a musician blinded by violence shows the juxtaposition of music and art in a land that's known two millennia of strife.

Cures for Tuberculosis or Ulcers in the Steaming Waters of Bhutan - Tony Robinson-Smith
A collection of curing hot springs off a footpath in remote Bhutan offer as many questions as answers about the society's social norms.

Travel Book Reviews - William Caverlee
A mad hunt for half the world's birds in one year, a graphic novel about hiking Spain's Camino, and an author's dive into "dark tourism" spots on multiple continents.

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