The last month of 2012 and with it comes another edition of the Perceptive Travel webzine.

Discover the Astrotourists of Panama with Darrin DuFord.  At the Astronomical Observatory of Panama, Darrin checks out distant galaxies and talks with Panama’s first astrophysicist about the 2012  ‘doomsday paranoia’.

Further north, Nial McCRae examines rust and ruin in Gary, Indiana.  It’s not exactly your usual tourist stop but Nial was interested in seeing first hand the effects of globalization on former industrial cities.  As he discovers, it’s not a pretty sight.

And in We’re the Greatest! Our Quest to Be the World Capital of…Anything, Chris Epting examines some of the unique ‘world capitals’ around the United States. Take, for example, Beaver, Oklahoma. I bet you didn’t know that that it’s the ‘cow chip throwing capital of the world’.

In the travel book review column, Susan Griffith continues the off the beaten track theme, reviewing Peter Robb’s Street Fight in Naples, Ken Budd’s The Voluntourist, and Roger Lovegrove’s Islands Beyond the Horizon

Laurence Mitchell, meanwhile, has put together a truly eclectic collection of world music reviews, checking out the likes of Colombia’s Bomba Estere, Norwegian based Jessica Sligter,  the Sephardic Spanish songs of Ana Alcaide, and  ending with a compilation of yoga music from around the world.

As for this month’s prize giveaway, editor Tim Leffel has come up with a new GPS system for your car.  The  Magellan RoadMate 5265T-LMB GPS has lots of cool features, including the ability to plug in directions by landmark instead of street address.

To be in to win, all you have to do look out for our newsletter when in arrives in your inbox and follow the instructions.  If you’re not on our monthly e-mail newsletter list, click here to sign up.

Alternatively, you can enter the competition by heading to our facebook page and follow us on Facebook.

Unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to North American readers.

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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.