before you go

Before Traveling to Vietnam

As always, being prepared is the key to enjoying your travels to a foreign country. When heading to Vietnam, the most important thing is to ensure your travel documents are in order; officials take regulations on visas and passports extremely seriously. Otherwise, here are some tips on what to pack to make your stay smooth, advice on getting to and around the country, and vaccination information.

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Planning a Trip to the Virgin Islands

When planning a trip to the Virgin Islands, there’s a lot to take into account: your budget, when to go, how you’ll get there, and what necessities to pack. Fortunately–and unlike the question of what to do once you get there, considering all the excellent activities and opportunities to relax–those questions are easily answered with this travel advice.

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Planning a Trip to Havana: Before You Go

Thanks to lightened travel restrictions, U.S. citizens are now permitted to visit Cuba as participants in “people to people” programs, and a trip to Havana is a travel opportunity not to be missed. To make the most of the trip, plan ahead for seasonal weather and be certain before you go your passports, visas, and other travel documents meet Cuban requirements.

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Planning a Trip to El Salvador

Volcano hikes, national parks teeming with birds and butterflies, and a rugged Pacific coastline dotted with secluded getaways make El Salvador an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Here’s how to plan a trip to this small country, including when to go depending on your interests, transportation, and visa requirements.

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Visiting Ontario: When to Go and How to Get There

Ontario has distinct seasons, with pros and cons to visiting in each. It’s best to schedule your visit around events or activities you’d prefer to experience, such as summer’s theatre season or winter’s cold-weather sports. Ontario is home to the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and one of its biggest cities, Toronto, so there are a few options for getting to and around the province.

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Plan a Trip to Bermuda: When and Where to Go

Bermuda is farther north than the Caribbean hot spots, so don’t expect perfect weather all year round. You may want to plan your visit around cultural and sports events, or maybe there’s a specific parish or two—all with their own unique charms—where you’d like to spend the majority of your time.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

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.