It’s an issue of superlatives this month with Perceptive Travel webzine featuring three entertaining travel stories from around the world.

Laura Gough ponders happiness in Bhutan while trekking the ancient Druk Path through alpine wilderness and discovers a country that takes nice to a whole new level.

(flickr photo by domenicomarchi)

On the other side of the world, in Brazil, Bruce Northam wanders away from the beach resorts into Rio’s maze of favelas to discover  an unexpected world record holder in Rio.

And further south, Shelley Seale heads for the world’s highest and driest place on earth and discovers life in the past tense in Chile’s Atacama Desert.

Laurence Mitchell”s world music reviews covers everything from a Yiddish witch drama, a funky Belgian outfit, and music from the historic crossroads of Europe and Asia.

Sarah Griffith’s travel book reviews covers reluctant backpacking in Central America and historic travel in Paris.

And given it’s the festive season, Perceptive Travel has two prizes to giveaway this month.

Guerrilla Packs is kicking in two bags to go out to two lucky travelers: a large Voltij backpack for long journeys or an Airporter backpack (pictured) that’s small enough to be a carry-on for U.S. flights.

To win, you’ll have to watch your inbox for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook. If you’re not on our monthly e-mail newsletter list, click here to sign up .

And don’t forget about the annual Passports with Purpose fundraising drive now on. It’s a great way to do some real good in the world and actually get far more than your donation back in prize value, thanks to some great sponsors.

Check out this recent perceptive travel blog post to learn more about Passports with Purpose – how it works and this year’s goals. This year, we have joined with Hyatt Hotels, who sponsored the prize of  a two-night stay at the lovely Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Bastrop (near Austin.)

That’s just one of the many great prizes that travel bloggers from around the world have organized. You can  see the full run of prizes (many of them in international locations) on the donate page . And it all starts with just $10 from you…

So far the response has been tremendous – $5,000 raised in the first few hours after it’s launch.

But don’t wait to donate  – it all ends in two weeks!

 

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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.