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Gretchen Parlato at the Montreal International Jazz Festival

A Great Live Music Value: The Montreal Jazz Festival

Officially known as the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in French-speaking Quebec, the largest jazz music festival in the world is one of the best-organized and best-sounding ones I’ve ever been to. Plus most of the events are free. I
Iran travel story and photo by Richard Bangs

Praying to Judas, Life With Cod, and Americans in Iran

Yes indeed, it’s time for another collection of strange and offbeat stories from Perceptive Travel, with tales from wandering book authors. This month we travel to two places in North America, one in South America, and one that’s not exactly teeming
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That Time We Got Meditative With our Travel Stories

The latest issue of Perceptive Travel online magazine is out and just because of pure coincidence, three of the stories ponder what happens on the road when we think deep thoughts. Or just wonder what the heck we’re still doing in
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The Cheapest North American Cities for Travelers

If you’re traveling in the USA, Canada, or Mexico, which destinations will cost you the least? The cheapest cities are probably not the ones you would expect. I write a lot on here about the cheapest places to travel internationally, but
trekking in Nepal

Cargo Ship Karaoke, a Nepalese Funeral Fest, and Eeyou Istchee Internet

When I launched Perceptive Travel a decade ago the goal was to publish the most interesting travel stories on the web and get away from all the same old same ole I was seeing in the few surviving magazines month after