Captain Kirk’s Birthplace, Broken-down Cuba, and Giant Rodents in New Orleans

What do those three things have in common? They all factor into the March ’09 issue of Perceptive Travel. One of our contributors this month—Luke Armstrong—is making an appearance for the first time, with his tale of riding a breaking bike through a beautiful valley in Cuba.

The other two writers are returning, fresh off travel writing prize wins in the Solas Awards, sponsored by Travelers’ Tales Publishing. Darrin DuFord has a very different take on New Orleans, riding around with a SWAT team tasked with trying to keep giant canal rats in check. Chris Epting visits some of the subjects in his upcoming title The Birthplace Book: offbeat, often hard-to-find spots where something important happened. (Or in Captain Kirk’s case, will happen.) Laurence Mitchell reviews some cool world music releases and I review two books. Hint: one has three verbs with a common in between them, but this one definitely won’t become a ladies’ book club staple.

See the home page of Perceptive Travel for links to our four stories that racked up writing awards. (I picked up an honorable mention for an essay of mine in Imbibe magazine.) You can also drool over the cool Outdoor Research travel jacket we’re giving away to a lucky newsletter subscriber this month. If you have already signed up, look in your box for the questions to answer in your entry. If you’re not in on the action, sign up here. Next month we’re giving away a nice Casio digital camera.

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