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Coca leaves on the Inca Trail in Peru

The Good/Bad Coca Leaf in Peru

If people make a plant product into candy, chocolates, and tea, can it really be all that bad? Well, if you’re U.S. Customs, yes, but for people in the Andes, the coca leaf is life. If you don’t process it into
cheap hotel Nepal trekking teahouse

Where Two Can Still Bunk Down for $15 or Less Per Night Around the World

Back when I took off on my first round-the-world trip in the early 1990s, the two of us had a budget that averaged out to $15 a day. For two. That meant our lodging was often between $4 and $7 a
Beer prices in Panama

Cheap Place to Booze it Up: Panama

Panama is not one of the world’s cheapest places to travel. It’s right in the middle in terms of tourism costs in Central America. It is noticeably cheaper than Costa Rica, but far more than Guatemala or Nicaragua. With its economy
Tanah Torajah Sulawesi travel story

Sweet Sicily, a Slaughter in Sulawesi, and Meditating with Monks in Thailand

A new month, a new issue of Perceptive Travel, home to the best travel stories from wandering book authors. As always, we try to dig a little deeper, travel a little wider, and write a little longer about in-depth traveler experiences.
Petra in Jordan

Where People Are Traveling in the Middle East and North Africa

What do you think about traveling to the Middle East and North Africa? Before you jump to the immediate reaction of, “It’s not safe to travel there,” consider this. The U.S. city of Chicago had 650 murders on its streets in