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.

Last month we took a break from new material and highlighted five "best travel writing" award winners from our recent archives. Now we're returning to normal with four new travel stories and reviews of three new books.

One of those award-winners, James Michael Dorsey, has another story from Southeast Asia, this one related to monks who seemed to rise above a human plane at Buddhist sites in Burma.

Bruce Northam goes on a journey of rediscovery on a new walking route led by the original aboriginal inhabitants of Tasmania, a walkabout along the shores and through the scrub.

We travel to the Deep South of the USA with Judith Fein, who stumbles upon a boarding house from the Green Motorists Guide days and hears stories from a man who grew up there, hearing legendary musicians play.

I get away from the throngs of tourists in Prague and head two hours north to a magical-looking land of spires, rock towers, natural labyrinths, and mossy canyons in the Czech Republic.

Susan Griffith returns with new and notable travel books to check out, from three women writers exploring destinations that reflect their own states of mind

Who Needs a New Jacket?

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We give away something cool for travelers each month, but in August we dialed things back a bit for a summer break. We gave away a gift certificate to Amazon Canada to our Canadian readers who often get left out of eligibility. Christine O. of Ottawa is going to be doing a little shopping on us.

This month we're stepping it back up again with new travel gear. One subscriber will score a jacket that's also doing some good for the planet. It's the Swift Parley 2-layer Jacket from Adidas Outdoor, made from recycled plastic water bottles. That link goes to the men's version, click the photo for the women's version.

Could you be next? Yes, if you just become a part of our regular 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. The odds are so good that some readers have scored 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 more than a decade ago. In between new online magazine issues, check out the award-winning Perceptive Travel Blog.

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- Tim Leffel, Editor

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