cost of living

The Cost of Living in Italy

Renting a home in the largest Italian cities is doable when compared to New York or San Francisco, but the longer you stay, the more hidden costs you will find. Author and expat John Moretti talks about the cost of living in Italy—and wage expectations—for those hoping to work abroad.

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Living in Paris: Housing and Transportation Costs

Both renters and buyers will find good housing values in France, but it’s très cher (very expensive) to own a car in France, particularly in the big cities where forking out €50,000 for a permanent parking spot is not unheard of, plus maintenance, fuel, and insurance. Alternative transportation is a must.

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Cell Phones in France

Whether you’re on vacation or making the move to France, getting set up with a cell phone, or “mobile” (as it’s called there), poses challenges for Luddites and techno-wizards alike. Aurelia d’Andrea breaks down the different types of services and options for those who want to stay connected abroad.

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Cost of Living in South Korea

“How much does it cost to live in South Korea?” is one of those questions like “How long is a piece of string?”—the answer is, it depends. Here’s a look at typical monthly expenses from expert Jonathan Hopfner.

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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.