Welcome to the new October issue of Perceptive Travel online magazine, home to the best travel stories on the web from wandering book authors.

First up, congrats to two of our writers who have been included in the new Tales to Go iPad collections being produced by Travelers' Tales Publishing. Our blogger Brian Spencer is in the current #7 one with a story on Thailand and regular contributor James Michael Dorsey is in #5. See more here and get it for a bargain price on iTunes.

Beebe Bahrani returns for another tale from Spain, when a promising seafood lunch doesn't turn out so well. After years of putting it off, I finally make it to the Mexican city that makes both foodies and craft buyers gorge: Oaxaca. Darrin Duford visits the Caribbean island of Martinique and tries to trace back the places music heritage while ignoring the smog in paradise.

Susan Griffith checks out new travel books on Asian food, motorcycling and memorable walks. Laurence Mitchell spins some new world music albums from Europe, the USA, and South America.


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We hand out cool travel gear and other prizes each month to our loyal readers. Congrats to readers Brenda R. and Mark G. who scored packages of A Better Life for Half the Price: How to prosper on less money in the cheapest places to live.

This month instead of appealing to your wallet, we're aiming at your stomach instead. Three winners from the USA or Canada will get a mixed case of 25 Strong and Kind delicious savory bars (5 bars of each flavor, like Thai Chili and Honey Mustard) from Be Kind healthy snacks. They're yummy, I promise, and they go well with good beer...

If you're already getting our monthly e-mail newsletter, watch your inbox to enter. If not, sign up for the newsletter or if you spend your whole day on social media, follow us on Facebook and watch closely for the contest announcement.

Looking for a travel story that appeared in a previous issue? Dive into the Perceptive Travel back issues where you can find everything that has appeared here since our debut.

For some new material between issues, see the Perceptive Travel Blog.

Happy trails!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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