people and culture

What Do Italians Eat? And Other Questions About Italy

It’s easy to misjudge a country based on preconceptions. You hear a lot, you see a lot, and your imagination naturally makes assumptions. Some of what we’re told about a country is true, of course—but much of it isn’t. It’s up to travelers themselves to seek out what’s beyond the clichés, and discover what’s truly authentic. Overcoming these becomes infinitely harder when the country in question is Italy—and countless works of art, famed history, world-renowned food, and a thousand other things come to mind.

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Gay Dublin: Pride Events and LGBTQ Culture

Ireland has come a long, long way since homosexuality was legalized in 1993. The positive outcome of the republic’s same-sex marriage referendum in November 2015 means that it’s easier than ever to be yourself, and not just in the capital city. From LGBTQ+ nightclubs to film festivals, here’s where to show your pride in Dublin.

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Why is Norway the Happiest Country in the World?

Norway regularly places in the upper ranks of annual surveys about quality of life, and this year’s World Happiness Report ranks us as the happiest country. It has made headlines all around the world but left many people asking one simple question: why?

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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.