TAJIKISTAN: You’ve Got a FriendIn the Pamir Mountains of Central Asia is the Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region of Tajikistan. Sparsely populated, its wide-open spaces can be tough on its people. Expat teacher Cathy Raymond sets out to understand the place her students call home.

SLOVENIA: Exploring Triglav National Park. In his running-the-world’s-trails series for Outpost, Robert J. Brodey heads to the Julian Alps to traverse a land that’s as stunningly beautiful as its history is complex.

Anthony Bourdain’s NEW JERSEYThe Garden State is not what you think it is—if your impression comes from from cheesy TV shows. From Long Beach Island to the newly-inaugurated Anthony Bourdain Food Trail, it’s a destination worthy of any list. Local Killian Meara paints a profile of affection.

EXCERPT: Chasing Lemurs. My Journey into the Heart of MadagascarIn this compelling memoir, then-graduate student Keriann McGoogan recounts her experience in a remote forest in Madagascar, where she’d planned to study lemurs. What could go wrong? Just about everything! Studious, disciplined and able to self-correct as her journey goes from bad to worse, she must use all her skills to control a situation going dangerously off the rails.

+ Down the Overland Lane. Our senior correspondent reflects on the earlier days of overland travel, and realizes he may be older than he thought.

++ Find out the WINNER of our “Spread The Word To Win Peru for 2” contest! A big thanks to our grand-prize sponsorsPeru, Mountain Lodges of Peru and Goway Travelfor this adventure-for-two to explore spectacular Peru, from the Andes to Cusco, to its culture and its people.

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