The May edition of Perceptive Travel Magazine is now online.

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In Thai Voluntourism for All the Wrong Reasons, Gillian Kendall writes about participating in an Elephant Stay program. Setting out with noble plans to help poor abused elephants in Thailand, Gillian soon finds herself reshaping her perceptions about elephants, captivity, and voluntourism programs.

Mikey Laung discovers that while purchasing a Royal Enfield motorcycle (the Indian version of a Harley Davison) is easy, getting it from Nepal to Bangladesh was another story. The Enfield Diaries tracks how Mikey, hindered by flooded highways and obstinate customs officals, has to resort to crossing Bengal’s bamboo bridges to complete the journey.

In An Ugly American One Year, a Pretty One the Next, Theresa Dowell Blackinton  looks at how national politics at home reflects on American travelling abroad

Plus three new travel books are reviewed by Amy Greimann Carlson and  editor Tim Leffel’s world music reviews feature albums from Central America and South America.

And don’t forget to subscribe to the Perceptive Travel newsletter for your chance to win the monthly giveaway.

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This month’s giveaway is two 30 Words Language Guides. They come in two versions of Spanish and four other languages. Follow this link for a 30 Words product demo.

For over four years, Perceptive Travel Magazine has offered up some of the best travel stories around.  Check out the Perceptive Travel archives to discover any travel stories you might have missed.

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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.