Moon Publications

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Moon Publications
Parent companyAvalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group
Headquarters locationBerkeley, California
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsTravel Guides

Moon is a travel guidebook publisher founded in 1973 in Chico, California as a collective of world travelers and writers. The company started with travel guides to Asia and later became the top publisher of guides to the Americas. Moon was an early advocate of independent travel, and their authors often live in the areas they write about. The company is now based in Berkeley, California and published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group.


Moon Handbooks[edit]

Moon Handbooks are offered for many domestic and international destinations and are written by authors who either live, or have lived, in the area they are writing about. They offer travel tips, trip strategies, and information on local restaurants and hotels.

Moon Metro[edit]

Moon Metro books cover 18 cities throughout the world and offer laminated fold-out maps and insider travel info. Moon Metro books divide a city up by neighborhood, allowing travelers to get a sense of their surroundings.

Moon Outdoors[edit]

Moon Outdoor guidebooks (formerly Foghorn Outdoors) provide adventure travelers, day hikers, cross-country RV campers, and weekend campers with information, advice, insider tips, and tools for heading outdoors.

Moon Living Abroad[edit]

The Moon Living Abroad series provides information on the practicalities of relocating and the realities that one faces upon arrival.

Moon Spotlight[edit]

Moon Spotlight guides are lightweight guides covering smaller geographic regions than the Moon Handbooks or Moon Outdoors guidebooks. The travel content in Spotlight guides is pulled directly from the individual chapters of larger Handbooks or Outdoors books, with no introductory information, no indexes, and fewer pages. The result is a compact guide that gives travelers what they need to explore a specific locale.


  • Guidebook of the Year, Travel Publishing News Awards, Tahiti-Polynesia Handbook, 1990
  • Bronze Lowell Thomas Award for Best Guidebook, Moon Belize, 2005
  • ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, Honorable Mention, Travel Guides (Moon Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos), 2006
  • Best Travel Series of the Year, Booklist 2007
  • Bronze, Lowell Thomas Award for Best Guidebook, “Moon Colombia, First Edition,” 2015


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