Where Did You Go This Summer?

Being surrounded by guidebooks every day can definitely spark the travel bug. And this summer, Moon staffers took some awesome trips that ran the gamut from Paris to Paso Robles. Here’s a round-up of some of our summertime adventures.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have Winners!

Here’s what this week’s winners of our guidebook giveaway contest had to say about their favorite U.S. cities. We still have lots of books to give away, and will be choosing more winners next week. So keep the entries coming!

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Tell Us, What’s Your Favorite U.S. City?

With countless Americans looking for ways to save money, many are trading in their typical summer trips abroad for domestic adventures—opting instead to re-discover the good old U.S.A. To help inspire these summer adventures, we’re giving away 50 of our popular U.S. guidebooks in 50 days, and featuring all U.S. destinations on for the next two weeks, along with guest blogs from several of our authors talking about their top cities.

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National Park Service Announces Three Free-Admission Weekends this Summer

Yesterday, the National Park Service announced three weekends this summer where visitors and residents can explore their local National Parks, fee-free. The weekends are: June 20-21, July 18-19, and August 15-16. Of the 391 National Parks in the US, 147 charge entrance fees ranging from $3 – $25, and these fee-free weekends offer a budget-friendly way to get out and vacation with your friends and family, and help local businesses thrive at the same time. For a full list of participating parks, you can visit the National Park Service website. With plenty of content covering National Parks, is a great place to start researching your next trip to fee-free parks like, Yosemite, Glacier National Park, Zion National Park, or Big Bend. Here’s to some great fee-free weekends this...

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New 2009 Travel Requirements Begin Today

Changes to current U.S. travel requirements begin today, and we wanted to make sure our readers are informed. Currently all individuals traveling by air outside the U.S. are required to present a passport or approved travel document to enter/re-enter the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Beginning today, the requirement will be extended to those also traveling by land and sea. The new requirement is part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which is overseen by the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security. The government is encouraging people traveling between these regions to review the policies. The new requirements may also mean a rush to obtain passports. If you need a new passport, or to renew one, you should act soon to avoid long...

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Joshua Berman & Moon Nicaragua on the Travel Channel

Set your DVR. Moon Nicaragua author Joshua Berman—as well as the book—will appear on the Travel Channel’s highest-rated show, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, next Tuesday, June 2nd, at 10pm EST. In the episode, filmed last February, Berman accompanies Zimmern to several off-the-beaten-path places in the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes—including a Nicaraguan chicken bus and Berman’s old Peace Corps village of La Trinidad, Estelí. If you live in Boulder, Berman will be hosting a viewing party and fundraiser for the children of Empowerment International. Here are the details: June 2nd, 7-10pm at Namasté Solar, 4571 N. Broadway, Boulder, Colorado – Suggested $10 donation (or anything you can give) Browse and purchase pictures taken by the Nicaraguan children in EI’s photography program. At 8 pm EI Executive Director, Kathy Adams, will talk about the program and what it was like to come up with a menu for Andrew Zimmern, “The Stomach of Steel” himself. From 9 to 9:45 pm there will be a screening of the episode. There will also be a raffle for a handcrafted Nicaraguan guitar, made by Sergio Zepeda, who appears in the show as “one of the most famous guitar makers in Nicaragua” before taking Andrew to eat pig face. If you’re in Boulder, we hope you can make...

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Want to Delay the Real World?

There are only a few days left to submit an application for the Delaying the Real World Fellowship co-sponsored by Avalon Travel, the parent company of Moon. Each year one twenty-something is awarded a $5,000 grant to complete a life changing adventure, and delay the 9-5 grind. Past ideas include creating a community service project, building houses in a Mexican village, writing and producing a play, and working to help Cambodian children obtain bicycles so they can get to school. The fellowship is inspired by the Running Press book, Delaying the Real World, by Colleen Kinder. The book encourages recent college grads to think outside the cubicle and try something truly unique. To learn more, or get submission guidelines, visit the website. The deadline is May 30th, so get your application in...

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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, 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.