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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


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".

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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.

readuponit-logo 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 Daily Hampshire Gazette, the UMass Press, and Traveler's Tales Books.

Travel Articles by Max Hartshorne

Haulover Beach, Florida: The Ultimate Nude Beach

Haulover Beach, Florida: The Ultimate Nude Beach
Haulover Beach | Max Hartshorne flees New England on a visit to Haulover Beach in Sunny Isles, Florida, one of the most popular clothing-optional beaches in the world.

York England Photo Gallery

York England Photo Gallery
Visiting one of Northern England's most beautiful cities, York

York, England: The Original York

York, England: The Original York
York England | Max Hartshorne travels to York, in Northern England, where he tours ancient ruins and archaeological excavations and takes a boat ride on the River Ouse.

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.

Wyoming: Viewing Wolves in Yellowstone Park

Wyoming: Viewing Wolves in Yellowstone Park
Max Hartshorne meets Rick McIntyre, a wolf expert who tracks the daily activities of the wolves in Yellowstone National Park.

A Mancation in Spokane: Unforgettable Thrills

A Mancation in Spokane: Unforgettable Thrills
Max Hartshorne takes a man-cation in Spokane, Washington, where he rides an ATV and flies in an ultralight aircraft.

Manchester England: The North's Groovin' Capital

Manchester England: The North's Groovin' Capital
Max Hartshorne visits Manchester, England and finds a groovin' place with new museums, historic sites and great attitude!

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.

The Azore Islands of Portugal: Steaming volcanic islands

The Azore Islands of Portugal: Steaming volcanic islands
The Azore Islands of Portugal: Steaming volcanic islands.

Sao Miguel and Santa Maria, Azores: Volcanic Islands of the Atlantic

Sao Miguel and Santa Maria, Azores: Volcanic Islands of the Atlantic
A visit to the Azores by Max Hartshorne, nine islands in the mid-Atlantic belonging to Portugal, where he goes horseback riding, visits a tea plantation, and has a dinner that's boiled in the ground.

Nelson, New Zealand: A Crafty, Artsy Coastal Community

Nelson, New Zealand: A Crafty, Artsy Coastal Community
Max Hartshorne visits Nelson, New Zealand and finds hundreds of artists, superb seaside dining and the glorious Abel Tasman National Park and the Kahurangi National Park

Travel Tips: 'I Wish I'd Thought of That!'

Travel Tips:  'I Wish I'd Thought of That!'
A veteran international traveler provides tips on things he wish he'd brought on trips.

Iquique, Northern Chile: Arid Land of Stark Beauty

Iquique, Northern Chile: Arid Land of Stark Beauty
Iquique, Northern Chile | Max Hartshorne visits Iquique in Northern Chile and meets native peoples at 12,000 feet, discovers Iquique's amazing fish and produce markets and lives life in the Alto P ...

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.

Cruising the Massachusetts Coast

Cruising the Massachusetts Coast
The author cruises the coast of Martha's Vineyard aboard a 42-foot Krogen trawler yacht and spends the night in Edgartown Harbor, where he spent summers as a child.

Normandy's D-Day Beaches and Museums

Normandy's D-Day Beaches and Museums
Normandy's D-Day beachs and museums| Max Hartshorne travels to the northern peninsula called La Manches, in Normandy, France, meeting with friendly locals and visiting historical sites related to the  ...

The NJ Coast: Finding Twilight Down the Shore

The NJ Coast: Finding Twilight Down the Shore
The New Jersey coast | Max Hartshorne and his family take a vacation at the New Jersey shore where they find amusement rides, sweeping beaches, kitsch and a singing ice cream shop.

Beaumont, Texas: Wildlife and Nightlife in the Heart of the Oil Patch

Beaumont, Texas: Wildlife and Nightlife in the Heart of the Oil Patch
Beaumont, Texas | Max Hartshorne visits Beaumont, Texas, and finds lots of outdoor recreation, wildlife education, fine dining, happening nightlife and lots of Texas hospitality.

max blogTravel Sounds

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

Vancouver  Big Bear Lake CA
Lewiston, Maine, Toulouse France
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!

Alabama Attractions: A WWII Battleship and a Classic Performance

Alabama Attractions: A WWII Battleship and a Classic Performance
Exploring Alabama's small towns including Monroeville, Foley, and Fairhope and Orange Beach on the Gulf Coast.

Alabama: Charming Small Towns and Downtowns

Alabama: Charming Small Towns and Downtowns
Mobile, Alabamba | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne takes a trip to Mobile, Alabama, where he takes in the historic architecture, the friendly people and the legendary Southern cuisine.

Ecotourism in Cancun: Wilder Than We Expected!

Ecotourism in Cancun: Wilder Than We Expected!
Cancun ecotourism: GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne visits Cancun, Mexico, and finds lots of interersting ecotourism activities like caving, ziplining and dining with a Mayan family.
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Hiking the Alps Outside Torino, Italy

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

Visiting Iran: Ancient Cities and Natural Wonders

Visiting Iran: Ancient Cities and Natural Wonders
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne is part of an historic tourism delegation to Iran where he meets with public and private tourism officials and receives a warm welcome from the people.

Iran: A Day of Freedom in the Desert

Iran: A Day of Freedom in the Desert
Iran: A day of freedom in the desert | Max Hartshorne takes a tour of Dasht-E-Kavir, the desert lands near the holy city of Qom in Iran.

The North of England: Where the British Go on Holiday

The North of England: Where the British Go on Holiday
The North of England | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne and his son Sam go hiking, biking, canoeing and pubbing in the North of England.

Colombia's Pacific Coast: Wild and Disconnected

Colombia's Pacific Coast: Wild and Disconnected
The author describes a trip to Colombia's Choco province, visiting the small villages of Nuqui, El Valle and Bahia Salono on the Pacific Coast of Colombia for jungle trekking and whale watching

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.

Sarawak, Malaysia: Adventures on the Island of Borneo

Sarawak, Malaysia: Adventures on the Island of Borneo
Sarawak,Malaysia | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne visits Sarawak, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo.

A Self-Catered Vacation in Tours, France

A Self-Catered Vacation in Tours, France
Self catering, renting an apartment in France where you can cook your own food

Melbourne, Australia: Where Footy is King

Melbourne, Australia: Where Footy is King
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne has a meat pie and some Aussie beer and watches an Australian football game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Centuries Meet in Tours, A Vibrant City on the Loire

The Centuries Meet in Tours, A Vibrant City on the Loire
Tours, France | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne rents an apartment in Tours, France and enjoys shopping and cooking like a local.

Centre Loire, France: An Ancient Valley Full of Fascinating People

Centre Loire, France: An Ancient Valley Full of Fascinating People
Centre Liore, France | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne extols the many cultural, scenic and culinary attractions of the Loire Valley in France.

Sardinia, Italy: Wild and Untrammeled

Sardinia, Italy: Wild and Untrammeled
Sardinia | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne visits the big, wild island of Sardinia, savoring the local food and wine and enjoying the friendly locals and the impressive ancient ruins.

Huntington Beach, California: Surf City, USA

Huntington Beach, California: Surf City, USA
Surfing in Huntington Beach, California: Max Hartshorne visits with surfers in Huntington Beach, the ultimate surfer's paradise

Centre Loire, France - Page Two

Centre Loire, France - Page Two
Centre Loire, France: Max Hartshorne extols the many cultural, scenic and culinary attractions of the Loire Valley in France. Page Two

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.

Quebec City's Carnaval: 400 Years on the St. Lawrence River

Quebec City's Carnaval: 400 Years on the St. Lawrence River
Quebec City's annual carnaval is described, a winter festival with games, music, cultural activities, snowball fights and a parade in the snow.

Quebec City's Carnaval: 400 Years on the St. Lawrence River

Quebec City's Carnaval: 400 Years on the St. Lawrence River
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne visits Quebec City during their celebration of their Winter Carnaval

Isola d'Elba: A Jewel Off the Coast of Tuscany

Isola d'Elba: A Jewel Off the Coast of Tuscany
Isola d'Elba | Elba, an island off Tuscany's coast in Italy, is explored by motorbike.

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.
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