perceptivetravelOffbeat is only way to describe this edition of Perceptive Travel magazine. Featuring small change, alien races, and spiritual retreats, readers are drawn into worlds often not visited by the majority of travellers.

In A Dollar and a Dime in Vietnam, Richard Sterling reminds us of the importance of always carrying small change when travelling. But more than that, he reminds us of that we should never make assumptions about someone else –  human nature is guaranteed to surprise. Sterling, a Saigon resident who writes about food and travel, offers a real slice of Saigon life, at least Saigon life for an ex-pat.

On the other side of the world, in Quebec City, David Lee Drotar looks at Signs of Alien Life Among Us with a review of Extraterrestrials: What If? at the Musee de la Civilisation exhibition, Cirque du Soleil show Les Chemins invisibles, and the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships at Mont–Sainte–Anne, followed by a late night visit to the Image Mill. This is Quebec City, but possibly not as you know it.

And in New York state Rachel Dickinson, in Cliff Notes from Beyond, decides to check into a Spiritualist Camp in her hometown and get in touch with her dead Grandfather.

Plus as usual, there’s an eclectic collection of  travel book reviews by David Farley (author of the offbeat An Irreverent Curiosity) and editor Tim Leffel rounds up some great world music worth having a listen too.

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