Sam Lugtu

“Pulling a Hemingway”: The Idea of Living Abroad

In light of the current economy and unpromising job market, many people are turning to the idea of living abroad because they’re more encouraged to make this change knowing that they’re not missing out on many job opportunities if they leave—in other words, riding out the recession as an expatriate. This seems to be an attractive venture for young people in particular, especially recent college graduates. Our intern, Sam Lugtu, discusses the possibility of moving abroad.

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Napa Valley on a “Semi-Funemployed” Budget

In an aim to explore her own backyard, our intern Sam Lugtu consulted Moon California’s Wine Country section. She had previously been to the Napa Valley with family, but those visits were mostly parent-funded. So along with a friend, she decided to tackle Napa on her own terms, using her own wallet.

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Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.