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Max Hartshorne
Max Hartshorne at the GoNOMAD Cafe in South Deerfield, which for five years was a gathering place for locals and travelers.
Max Hartshorne at the former GoNOMAD Cafe in South Deerfield, Massachusetts


GoNOMAD Writer Profiles

Max Hartshorne: A Passion for Travel

The Art of Having a Great Time


"If you approach something with real passion and dedication and think about it all the time, and work on it until one a.m., eventually you're going to succeed."

Max Hartshorne has always had a passion for travel and travel writing and through hard work and bold initiative, he is now in a position to "live the dream."

IN 2010, he was awarded First Place in the International Journalism Awards sponsored by Cancun Tourism Development for a story he wrote titled "Ecotourism in Cancun: Wilder than we Thought".

Readuponit: Travel and voracious reading







 

WATCH A VIDEO of Max talking about using Social Media in 2012.

LISTEN TO MAX TALK TRAVEL ON THE RADIO

For five years, Max operated the GoNOMAD Cafe in the town where he lives, providing a space

Swimming in a cave in Hungary

to share community, travel photographs and great home-cooked food. Sadly, this venture closed in 2011, after struggling to gain traction in a tough economy. Still, he regards the experience as a great learning moment and a contribution to the vitality of his beloved New England village.

The latest development with the website is their new series of eBooks, called Plane Readers, which provide a portable selection of travel articles to get people excited about their upcoming trips. Already out are the Italy Plane Reader, Central America, Cuba, Naked Travel, California, England, Germany, France and many other destinations. 50 total ebooks will be created for the series-- PLANE READERS.

When he's home he enjoys publishing one of the country's top travel websites. Besides working with writers from prestigious publications like the Washington Post, the LA Times, the Explorer's Club and UK's Royal Geographic Society, he also helps aspiring travel writers get published for the first time. How cool is that?

Many aspiring travel writers have also gotten their start by working as interns at GoNOMAD, where they help work on the website, write articles and often take trips sponsored by local tourism boards. "Max is great to work with," said one student intern. "He's very motivated and he pushes you to do better."

In 2002 Max, then an editor at Transitions Abroad magazine, bought a travel website called GoNOMAD.com from its founder Lauryn Axelrod who lived in Vermont. At first GoNOMAD had its headquarters in Max's basement, where he worked on it part-time.

By 2005 the website had its own office in rural South Deerfield, Massachusetts and Max was working there full-time, along with Webmaster Joe Obeng and Associate Editor (and cousin) Stephen Hartshorne.

Max got his first editor's job at 21, when he helped start the Portland Chronicle in Maine. He worked in production, advertising sales, web design and editing for twenty-seven years.

His writing has been published in many newspapers and other publications including the Valley Advocate, the UMass Press, and Traveler's Tales Books.

Travel Articles by Max Hartshorne

Bordeaux, France: A Shining City by the Garonne

Bordeaux, France: A Shining City by the Garonne
Max Hartshorne visits Bordeaux France where he finds top quality wines, gleaming limestone buildings, a lively city and great daytrips to famous wine towns in Southwestern France

Visiting New Zealand: Off to My Favorite Land, Far, Far Away

Visiting New Zealand: Off to My Favorite Land, Far, Far Away
New Zealand | Max Hartshorne and Cindy Bigras visit New Zealand taking in the majestic scenery, the the fine dining, and the gracious, friendly kiwis.

Ecuador Photo Gallery

Ecuador Photo Gallery
Quito, Cuenca and Otavalo: An Ecuador photo gallery by Max Hartshorne.

Melbourne, Australia: A City of Arts, Sport and Fun

Melbourne, Australia: A City of Arts, Sport and Fun
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne visits Melbourne, Australia, and finds that the city's growing prosperity has a lot to do with the people and their passion for the arts.

Vietnam: A Women's Only Adventure

Vietnam: A Women's Only Adventure
Vietnam: Why it's on every traveler's bucket list. A woman-only trip from North to South Vietnam with Sights and Soul Travel for Women.

Naked in Vermont: A Clothing-Optional Resort

Naked in Vermont: A Clothing-Optional Resort
Max Hartshorne makes an October visit to the only clothing-optional inn in Southern Vermont.

Northern France's Secret Places

Northern France's Secret Places
Nord Pas de Calais is a region in Northern France bordering Belgium where Max Hartshorne finds a lot to like.

Australia's Great Ocean Road: From Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles

Australia's Great Ocean Road: From Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles
Max Hartshorne visits the West Coast of Victoria Australia, where he does a lot of hiking and biking and chatting with the locals.

Graz, Austria: Whimsey and Green Ideals

Graz, Austria: Whimsey and Green Ideals
Graz, Austria | Author and travel journalist Max Hartshorne visits Graz Austria and reports about travel conditions and information about travel to Austria.

Greenland: Recording a Trip on a Blog

Greenland: Recording a Trip on a Blog
Greenland | Author and travel journalist Max Hartshorne visits Greenland and writes about life in the main towns of Nuuk, Ilulissat, Sisimiut and Kangergueseag.

GoNOMAD Blogs From New Zealand

GoNOMAD Blogs From New Zealand
New Zealand | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne writes about his trip to New Zealand.

Blogging From Cyprus

Blogging From Cyprus
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne chronicles his trip to Cyprus on the blog ReadUpOnit.

Meeting the Maori in New Zealand

Meeting the Maori in New Zealand
Meeting the Maori people of New Zealand's North Island...a visit with three tour guides who provide tours of the Maori areas in New Zealand.

Blogging From Denmark: Compact, Cozy and Well Designed

Blogging From Denmark: Compact, Cozy and Well Designed
Blogging from Denmark | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne chronicles his trip to Denmark on the blog ReadUpOnit.

Blogging From Denmark: Page Two

Blogging From Denmark: Page Two
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne chronicles his trip to Denmark on his blog ReadUpOnit.

Bologna, Italy: Conversations and Blogs

Bologna, Italy: Conversations and Blogs
Bolgna, Italy | Max Hartshorne chronicles his visit to Bologna, Italy, on his blog, ReadUpOnIt.

Medellin, Colombia: From Fear to Hope

Medellin, Colombia: From Fear to Hope
Medellin, Colombia | Max Hartshorne visits Medellin, Colombia and sees a city that has come back from the brink.

Hiking the Alps Outside Torino, Italy

Hiking the Alps Outside Torino, Italy
Hiking in Italy's Piedmonte region, outside of Torino

max blogTRAVEL SOUNDS...

7 minute Interview segments
Listen to GoNOMAD editor Max Hartshorne talk travel:

Vancouver  
Lewiston, Maine,
Sevierville, Tennessee, 
Nord Pas-de-Calais France 
Nova Scotia with hosts Brad Shepard and Bo Sullivan on WHYN-AM 560.
Champagne France Portland, Maine Belize with Kevin and Sue McCarthy of the Travel Planners Show
Read New Travel Stories on GoNOMAD!

In a Gascony Palombiere, Traditional Fare and Hunting Lore

In a Gascony Palombiere, Traditional Fare and Hunting Lore
Gascony France | Max Hartshorne visits a Palombiere or bird hunting lodge, in Gascony, southwest France, and learns about how they hunt palombes using ancient methods and decoys and enjoys escargots a ...

Travel Gadgets to Entertain & Put You to Sleep

Travel Gadgets to Entertain & Put You to Sleep
New gadget reviews: Minx Go music system, SleepPhones, Sound911 personal alarm,Arka Lantern, V Moda headphones and many more.

Vermont Culinary Weekend: Cooking in the Country

Vermont Culinary Weekend: Cooking in the Country
Cooking in Vermont: In Brandon, Vermont, Max Hartshorne learns French cooking techniques and stays in a 1909 country inn.
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Mexico City: Biking in a Vast City

Mexico City: Biking in a Vast City
Mexico City: On any Sunday, you'll see bikers taking over the Reforma and other major boulevards.

Kitzbuhel, Austria: Designed for the Hiker, the Biker & the Skier

Kitzbuhel, Austria: Designed for the Hiker, the Biker & the Skier
Kitzbuhel, Austria: Designed for the Hiker, the Biker & the Skier

Bend and Mount Bachelor, Oregon

Bend and Mount Bachelor, Oregon
Bend Oregon, home of the Mount Bachelor ski area, located on the hight desert of central Oregon.

Mexico City: Thriving, Cosmopolitan and Green

Mexico City: Thriving, Cosmopolitan and Green
Mexico City, a city that's endured a lot of hardship, is now cosmopolitain, cleaner and even has bikes to rent short term.

Dordogne, France: Gastronomy and Luxury Lodging in France's Dordogne Region | GoNOMAD.com

Dordogne, France: Gastronomy and Luxury Lodging in France's Dordogne Region | GoNOMAD.com
Gastronomy in Dordogne, France: A visit to a boutique hotel in the French countryside called La Thuiliere, as well as visits to local gastronomic sites such as foie gras, strawberry and liqueur produc ...

Champagne France: Perching in the Faux

Champagne France: Perching in the Faux
Champagne France: Exploring the open country, Champagne houses, and ancient cities Troyes and Reims.

Dijon and Champagne Photo Gallery

Dijon and Champagne Photo Gallery
Dijon, Champagne photo gallery by Max Hartshorne. A golden part of France.

Malaysia Melds Three Cultures

Malaysia Melds Three Cultures
Malaysia | Max Hartshorne visits Malaysia and finds three cultures melded into one.

Plano Texas Hotels: Three Reviews

Plano Texas Hotels: Three Reviews
Plano Texas, reviews of three top ranked hotels in this city near Dallas.

Pittsburgh, PA: Nature, Culture, Rivers, Arts and No Steel Mills

Pittsburgh, PA: Nature, Culture, Rivers, Arts and No Steel Mills
The author searches for the best aspects of the city of Pittsburgh... history, culture, the arts, the rivers and many fine restaurants he discovered in this cosmopolitan city of just 650,000.

Travel Gadgets for 2013

Travel Gadgets for 2013
Travel Gadgets 2013 | Hercules laptop backpack, iTwin Connect, Phiaton Moderna earphones, Sensu artist brush and stylus, braven wireless HD speaker and phone charger

Rhode Island's South County: Quirky Cuisine, Great Fishing

Rhode Island's South County: Quirky Cuisine, Great Fishing
South County, Rhode Island, offers travelers fishing, local markets, historical sites and a whole lot of beautiful beach.

An Alabama Man-cation: Hunting, Fishing and Cheering on our Team

An Alabama Man-cation: Hunting, Fishing and Cheering on our Team
Alabama | Max Hartshorne visits Alabama for hunting, fishing and cheering on the football team

Louvre-Lens Shines Bright in a Once-Sad City in France

Louvre-Lens Shines Bright in a Once-Sad City in France
Louvre Lens in Northern France: New hope new art in a depressed city.

Cool Lodgings: Living Like Royalty at Chateau le Val, Brix, Normandy

Cool Lodgings: Living Like Royalty at Chateau le Val, Brix, Normandy
Normandy France | Max Hartshorne stays at a 13th century chateau in Normandy called the Chateau le Val and samples an exotic local liqueur called 44 made from calvados, oranges and coffee beans.

Lewiston, Maine: The Exciting Center of the Pine Tree State

Lewiston, Maine: The Exciting Center of the Pine Tree State
Lewiston, Maine: A revitalized city full of optimists and vast mills.

Riding in Montana's Mountains at the Triple J Ranch

Riding in Montana's Mountains at the Triple J Ranch
Riding in Montana's mountains | Max Hartshorne visits the Triple J Ranch in Montana, which is calls a summer camp for grown-ups.

Eastern Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Eastern Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Sevierville, Tennessee. Max Hartshorne visits the Great Smoky Mountain Nat'l park & many outdoor attractions of Eastern Tennessee.

Recommended Travel Footwear

Recommended Travel Footwear
Hiking boots | Reviews of Vasque, LOWA, Birki and Wolverine hiking boots and shoes.

 
 


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