Valencia on Fire, Greek Grottos, and a Field of Dragons in Thailand

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It’s the dawn of a new month and time for the latest issue of Perceptive Travel, the best online travel magazine for quality stories from published book authors.

We’ve got a slate of returning writers on tap, starting with Debi Goodwin, author of Citizens of Nowhere. Full of great photos like that one at the top, this takes place during a noisy and fiery Spanish festival meant to mark the end of the cold season. See An Explosive End to Winter in Valencia, Spain.

David Lee Drotar finds a trip to the Greek Islands to be even more complicated than usual when it comes to history. On top of thousands of years of battles and migrations, then a recent debt crisis, now the ferries plying the islands are hosting a stream of refugees. See Uncovering Greece, Underwater and Underground.

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When I picked out a post-trip in Thailand to follow my speaking gig at the Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) Asia conference, I chose Satun and Trang and pictured myself lounging on gorgeous beaches with limestone cliffs rising around me. Instead the highlight turned out to be a self-taught artist making sculptures from tree roots. See A Man and His Dragons in Southern Thailand.

As always, we take a look at some noteworthy new travel books and tell you which ones are worth adding to your Kindle list or your bedside table. Susan Griffith checks out Can We Live Here?, Walking Away, and Naked at Lunch: The Adventures of a Reluctant Nudist.

We also spin some music from around the globe worth streaming or downloading. Laurence Mitchell reviews two sets of left-field Latino groups, a folk string quintet with vocals, and Rumi poetry set to music.

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Last month we didn’t do a giveaway and instead directed everyone to Passports with Purpose. Thanks to everyone who donated because we raised more than $20,000 to bring e-books to five libraries in western Kenya. Also thanks to our Perceptive Travel partner ExOfficio for donating a gift certificate and this blog’s partner Clothing Arts, maker of Pickpocket Proof Pants and shirts.

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