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March is turning out to be an exciting month here at Perceptive Travel.

First, there’s the release of the March edition of Perceptive Travel webzine full, as usual, of fascinating travel stories from places that aren’t featured elsewhere.

In The River of Solitude in Brazil, Volker Poelzl and his girlfriend find more pink dolphins and caimans than people when they canoe down a remote section of the Amazon River.

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Then there’s Judith Fein’s article about experiencing Kishka and Kasha in the Ukranian Countryside. The Ukraine is, sadly, not a place to visit at present, but this mouthwatering article makes it one to definitely consider in the future.

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And in Micronesia’s Mysterious Nan Madol, Brad Olsen introduces us to one of the strangest sites found anywhere on Earth. Built on coral reef and featuring artificial water canals, early European explorers called this ancient ruin of a city the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ and the ‘Venice of the Pacific.’

In the monthly world music reviews, Graham Reid uncovers some new world music albums, including the new Rough Guides collection Arabic Café, a new one from the legendary Gipsy Kings, and the seriously random sounds of a Chinese band from the Yunnan province.

And Bill Caverlee’s travel book review column features, among others, yet another Lonely Planet coffee table book to the 80th anniversary edition of a beloved Footprint guide.

Then there was news that many of our regular Perceptive Travel contributors picked up Solas Awards for Best Travel Writing.

Darrin Duford took home a Gold for his PT story Dark Meat, Bright City: Feasting on Seal in Montreal, plus a Bronze for The First Astrotourists of Panama.  James Dorsey scored two prizes from the Solas Awards (including an overall excellence Bronze) as did other PT writers Jeff Greenwald and Michael Shapiro. And one our own PT bloggers – Brian Spencer – picked up a silver in the ‘Most Unforgettable Character’ category.

Editor Tim Leffel got Silver for his piece on touring Portugal by bike which, by the way, also won a Silver from the North American Travel Journalists Association.

And talking about the NATJA awards, Tim picked up another Silver for No One’s Too Sexy for Miami and new PT blogger Kristin Mock got a Bronze for her story on elephant mahouts in Thailand.

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And best of all, Perceptive Travel webzine picked up Silver as “Best Online Travel Magazine.”

granite-gear-150As for this month’s giveaway, here’s something almost any traveler can use: a new daypack from Granite Gear.

This Kahiltna 29 pack retails for $129. It’s rugged enough for hiking glaciers, with a padded waist strap, but weighs in at just one kilo.

If you’re already getting our monthly e-mail newsletter, watch your inbox to enter. If not, sign up for the newsletter here or if you spend your whole day on social media, follow us on Facebook. Remember, if you enter your chances are quite good. If you don’t, they’re zero. This one we can ship anywhere worldwide too, so no excuses.

 

 

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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.