Have you had a chance to read the great articles that won the Solas Best Travel Article Contest and the Intrepid Travel Writing Contest?

If not, I’d recommend you take some time and check them out. But be prepared, they will all just add to that constant urge to travel that you are already feeling.

And for those who are looking for even more great travel reads, check out the latest edition of the Perceptive Travel magazine. As always, editor Tim Leffel has done a great job rounding up three new articles for our reading pleasure. 

Darrin DuFord goes varmint hunting in New Orleans in  Showdown at the West Esplanade Canal .

Luke Armstrong takes to the bike and finds out that strong rum and stronger patience can eventually work out most problems in Cuba’s Port of Hope, on Hopeless Machinery .

Chris Epting goes in search of some of the lesser known places in the United States where important things  first came into being in  Born in the USA: an Apple, a Taco, and a Doctor’s Soda Syrup.

Tim Leffel gives his take on some new travel books  ( Quest For the Kasbah and Drink, Play,F@#k: One Man’s Search for Anything Across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand). Plus Laurence Mitchell gives his take on the newest World Music albums. 

That’s a whole lot of great weekend reading for you to relax with.

But wait, there’s more. 

Want to find out more about one of your favorite Perceptive Travel bloggers? 

Then check out this great interview with our Sheila over at Austin Woman magazine.

And if you’re going to be in Austin, Texas this coming week, why not head on over to the travel blogging  seminar called Blog Highways: Travel Blogging for the Wanderer that Sheila (along with Pam Mandel from Nerd’s Eye View) will be holding at the SXSW ’09 on March 14th between 3.30- 4.30pm.

Would love to see you there but unfortunately, it’s a little to far away from New Zealand for me . Maybe next year…

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Liz Lewis is a New Zealand based writer who favors wine tasting and food markets over bungy jumping and mountain climbing.