Happy 2012. Will the world end this year?

Probably not, but we’ve got a review of the Moon Handbook Maya 2012 and a┬áMundo Maya story about Tikal from the author in the January issue of Perceptive Travel. Known as the home of the best travel stories from book authors on the move, Perceptive Travel comes out monthly, edited by yours truly, and we’re celebrating our 5th birthday this month!

I was so happy about this milestone that I got my butt in gear and contributed a feature of my own. It’s about an organized guided tour in Mexico that was neither guided nor organized: My Chiapas Misadventure.

Jessica Lee, author of many guidebooks on places everyone is scared to visit right now, gets out of the Middle East to tell us a story about religion, acronyms, and bus preachers in Kenya: Not the One in the Bible.

Plus we’ve got world music reviews from Graham Reid.

Last month we gave away two backpacks to newsletter subscribers and Facebook followers who were paying attention and took a few minutes to enter. This month we’re giving away what may be the toughest travel pants the world has ever seen. See the Perceptive Travel home page for details. The newsletter has already gone out, so you’ll have to follow us on Facebook to get in on the action.