The latest issue of Perceptive Travel contains, as usual, some of the best travel stories on the web. But this time they all focus on other superlatives.
Shelley Seale makes her debut with a story on the people of the Atacama Desert in Chile, living in what is reportedly the driest place on Earth.
Laurie Gough, author of Kiss the Sunset Pig, is back with a piece on what some studies have found to be the happiest place on Earth: Bhutan. Which makes her wonder: Can a country using happiness as a guiding principle really deliver—despite intrusions from the outside world?
Bruce Northam, author of Globetrotter Dogma, returns with a story on Rio in Brazil, but not the Rio you see in all the glossy tourism brochures. But it’s really about a happy dog…
Laurence Mitchell reviews a batch of new world music releases, including one that chronicles the music of Byzantium, I mean Constantinople, I mean Istanbul. Susan Griffith checks out some notable new travel books, on Paris and Central America.
See the whole December 2011 issue here.
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