A Forgotten Capital, Pilgrim Salt Shakers, and a Goat Turned Into a Harp

Canada's first capital

The latest issue of Perceptive Travel is out now, with great travel stories from wandering book authors. This month we travel to Massachusetts, Ontario, and Uganda, plus we check out some noteworthy books and world music.

Plymouth Rock tourismTo get you in the mood for Thanksgiving next month, Becky Garrison checks out her ancestry by visiting the tourist town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, the place where the Mayflower ended its voyage and a good portion of the people on it ended up dying. Her family tree survived and it turns out those branches also extend to George W. Bush. See Exploring My Pilgrim Past at Plymouth.

I head a bit west of there to Kingston, Ontario. This is a small city with plenty of claims to fame, with its hometown hero being on a national bank note. But you’ve probably never heard of it, eh? See In Canada’s Forgotten First Capital.

Luke Armstrong swore he was not spending any more money on bulky musical instruments…until he saw a goat skin harp for $25 in a Kampala market. But then he had to get it past the pocket-lining Egypt Air manager. See our Goat Skin Harp Uganda story.

As always we check out some interesting new music from around the globe and noteworthy new travel books to consider for your reading list.

solar panel and battery

We also give away gear each month to readers who take a few minutes to enter our contest. Last month two readers got a nice Adidas Outdoors travel shirt and an inflatable solar lantern. This month we’re going solar again, with a cool Guide 10 Plus Kit from Goal Zero. This would could you more than a hundred bucks if you wanted constant power when off the grid yourself, so sign up for the monthly newsletter to get in on the action!

  1. Jules

    Love the goat skin harp story! I’ve bought a few great things like that and it seems the airline employees hate musical instruments with a passion. I’ve started to feel like they wish musicians would go back to traveling by ship with steamer trunks – they go out of their way to make it difficult to transport them.

  2. Nick Othen

    Always difficult of take an instrument on any airline, each one has a different criteria and the rules seem to change each day!

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