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arctic hiking story

After a hiatus publishing our first most popular travel stories issue, we’re back with a batch of new travel stories from Panama, western China, and Arctic Canada. Plus reviews of new travel books and world music.

This issue marks the debut of Canadian writer Jerry Kobalenko, a many who thinks its fun to hike across snow-blown plains in sub-zero weather with an expedition partner he just recently met. See his story here: Crossing Labrador by Foot with Noah.

western China travelLuke Armstrong is back with a tale of getting roped into hiking Panama’s highest mountain at sunrise and seeing a killer with a knife at the top. Then having no ride when he got to the bottom. See The Horror Movie Atop Panama’s Volcán Barú

Can travelers make a positive difference in the local cultural attitudes? James Dorsey and his traveling partner find a way to do their small part with one ancient vendor in an Ughur area of China. See Giving Face in China.

Susan Griffith is back with a batch of interesting new travel books, including the latest on Africa from Paul Theroux. Laurence Mitchell reviews new world music albums that are all a mash-up of one culture and another.

Perceptive Travel newsletter subscribers get a shot every month at scoring a new travel gear item. Last month reader Kim from Pennsylvania won a cool Bluetooth portable speaker from NYNE. This time someone will get a pair of great $130 shoes from Vasque that are so new they’re not even out yet. Here’s where you can get on the list. You’ll get an e-mail only once a month when we put out a new issue.

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Please come inside…

Perceptive Travel Webzine launched on January 1, 2006, which means we have been cranking out great travel stories for eight years now. Just saying that makes me tired, so this month instead of putting out a batch of new material, we’re looking back, highlighting the most popular articles and some of the notable award winners.


Always a bit off-kilter…

For the first few issues eight years ago I basically called or e-mailed travel authors I knew and said, “Will you help me launch?” Thankfully I knew some people with a following—before there was much of anything called social media. The first few issues included authors like Rolf Potts, Bruce Northam, Jen Leo, David Farley, Peter Moore, and Jeff Greenwald.

On the issue page I’ve highlighted the most popular stories since we launched way back then, after some 2/3 of a million readers have checked in to check us out. Not surprisingly, the top two articles have the word “sex” in the title, including a story from that very first issue in 2006: Rolf Potts’ Tantric Sex for Dilettantes. The other, from 2009, had that word and Burning Man, which is apparently an irresistible combination for many web searchers. (Unfortunately, some didn’t stick around to read the articles as they were not quite what the searchers had in mind…)

The other 8 most popular Perceptive Travel stories run the gamut by geography and subject matter though, from a burning devil effigy in Guatemala to a musing on whether Sedona is a big hoax to Burma’s purpose-built capital city of Naypyidaw. Others are from Mexico City, Thailand, Jordan, New England, and Hawaii.

We’ve won dozens of “best travel writing” awards since we started and gotten a bunch of stories into anthologies of great writing. So I also highlighted a few of the most decorated articles. Maybe not the most clicks, but the most kudos from the judges. These are from Benin, Mexico, France, El Salvador, and the USA. See them all here.

Are you on the list?

nullIf you’re on the Perceptive Travel e-mail newsletter list, you only bugged by us once a month, but you have a good-odds shot at winning something cool to take along on your journeys.

This month one winner will snag a portable null. It even comes with clips to secure it to a bike, a stroller, or a pole. Watch your inbox for how to enter, or if you’ve missed the boat on signing up in time, you can follow Perceptive Travel on Facebook and watch for the contest announcement.

Thanks to all of you interested in more than shallow top-10 lists and best beaches slideshows who have supported good narrative writing over the years. Tell a friend!

Bornholm travel

It’s the last issue of the year for Perceptive Travel, which has been bringing you the best travel stories from authors on the move for seven years now. (January is our birthday.)

This month’s webzine issue is a special one as I’m welcoming a neighbor to the ranks and welcoming back a writer who hasn’t appeared for many years. My friend Tony Cohan lives a ten-minute walk from me in Guanajuato, based here after being largely responsible for the expat boom in San Miguel down the road. Back from Bornholm Island, he’s got a story on a part of Denmark that’s quite unknown and has a bit of edge to it. Denmark al Dente.

Robert Reid set off for rural France to walk in the shoes of Robert Louis Stevenson when he wrote the book Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes. There’s a signposted trail to guide travelers trying to find themselves or the meaning of travel. See How to Accept Your Donkey.

hot chocolate ski resortLast January I joined the crowds in a much higher tax bracket than me to ski the three elite resorts of Park City, Utah, with a break for snowshoeing, bobsledding, and whiskey. See From Miners to Movie Stars in Park City.

Gillian Kendall takes the reins this time on the travel book reviews, with one on chocolate, one on the global making of a coat, and a tame account of tales from a guidebook writer.

Laurence Mitchell breaks down some new world music albums and notable reissues, from jungle cumbia to Cuban klezmer to Roma rock.

No gear giveaway this month as we’re highlighting the three of them mine sites have going on with Passports with Purpose. Sign up for the newsletter though so you can be sure to have a shot at January’s prize.

Check it all out in the new issue of Perceptive Travel Webzine.

It’s time for another collection of the best travel stories from wandering book authors. This month’s issue of Perceptive Travel (just crowned with another “best travel writing” award), journeys to Japan, the Maldives, and the Peruvian Amazon.

We’re happy to have Edward Readicker-Henderson back, spinning a tale that’s strange even by our off-kilter standards, looking back through a warped lens on his time teaching English in Japan. See Osaka in the End.

Michael Buckley has swam with whale sharks and gone paragliding with hawks in Nepal. This time he goes Freediving with Manta Rays. At the top is a video he shot with a GoPro.

James Dorsey has visited all kinds of people who find ways to connect to the world beyond ours. This time he visits a remote village in the Amazon jungle to find the female Shaman of San Regis.

As usual we run down some interesting new travel books you might want to put on your wish list (via William Caverlee) and some notable new world music albums you might find intriguing (via Graham Reid).

Tifosi travel sunglasses

Our regular readers always have a chance to win some cool travel gear and last month a reader from Ohio took home a Goal Zero Guide 10 solar charging kit that folds up and packs easily. This month we’re giving away some sporty sunglasses from Tifosi Optics. If you’re on the newsletter list, check your bulk folder if you didn’t see the message. If not, go follow us on Facebook and you’ll see the contest announcement with how to enter.

Get in on the action next time around by hitting that newsletter sign-up button on the right side of the home page.


travel writing award

A reader I met by chance a few weeks ago asked me, “What else do you do besides that Cheapest Destinations book and blog?” It was a reminder that I could probably stand to post my writing life outside this blog more than once every few moon cycles, so here goes.

First of all, I run a webzine called Perceptive Travel and there’s a blog attached to it putting up new material all the time. A very good blog in fact. So good it just won “Best Travel Blog” in the most prestigious awards of its kind: the Lowell Thomas awards from the Society of American Travel Writers. Sweet! I just pop by once in a while to post there, otherwise being the man behind the curtain. So the real congrats go to Sheila Scarborough, Brian Spencer, Alison Stein, Kerry Dexter, and Liz Lewis. See their work here: Best Travel Blog in North America.

best hostels EuropeAfter this announcement, I got invited to appear again on the podcast This Week in Travel. You can listen to it here or download it from the iTunes store. The other guest was Kash Bhattacharya, who runs and has a great free guidebook you can download: Luxury Hostels of Europe. No, it’s not an oxymoron and these well-designed places are very reasonably priced for what you get.

I still write for one print magazine on a regular basis, Global Traveler, and am currently working on a Machu Picchu story for them. But I’ve got a feature story in the October issue about Panama. If you’re near a newsstand or in a United Airlines lounge, check it out to see the pretty print version. But here’s the online one: Unexpected Adventure in Panama.

The Flight Network, a booking site in Canada, is syndicating some of my past narrative stories on their “Let’s Roll” blog and the first one is up now. It’s a Mexico City piece that won a few awards when it came out originally: “Unbalanced in the Sinking City.” Read it here.