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Viewing the geysers in Chile's Atacama desert. Paul Shoul photo.
Around the World: Stories of Great Places

GoNOMAD's Destinations and Travel Guides


Been there? Done that? So have we. That's why GoNOMAD researchers scout the ends of the earth in search of interesting, unusual and off-the-beaten-path destinations that offer a wide range of outdoor, cultural and alternative activities.

Our original Guides go beyond standard guidebook descriptions to bring you accurate information on places, unusual activities, attractions, alternatives, lodgings and happenings.

If you've got a suggestion about a place you think we should feature, please send the editor an email and we'll see what we can do. Check back here often, as we are adding new stories, features and guides every day.

Poland's Sopot Spa: The Pearl of the Baltic Sea

Poland's Sopot Spa: The Pearl of the Baltic Sea
Poland's Sopot Spa: Agata Chabierska visits Sopot, a famous Polish health resort, during the off season and takes a bracing dip in the frigid waters of the Baltic Sea.

Pori, Finland: Where the Finns Go

Pori, Finland: Where the Finns Go
Finland: Isadora Dunne experiences the old Finnish traditions of sauna and avanto (ice swimming) in Pori, Finland, famous for beautiful Yyteri beach and the Pori Jazz festival.

Port Antonio, Jamaica: Not Your Typical Seaside Town

Port Antonio, Jamaica: Not Your Typical Seaside Town
Port Antonio, Jamaica: Sarah Banks Hartshorne visits Port Antonio, Jamaica, and reports on the exquisitely beautiful waterfalls, hidden coves, blue lagoons, friendly people and great restaura ...

Portland, Oregon: Keeping It Weird

Portland, Oregon: Keeping It Weird
Portland Oregon: Vern Hobbs takes a one-day tour of Portland, Oregon, and finds a pet-friendly, bike-friendly city with great public transportation, friendly neighborhoods and a festive Saturday Mark ...

Porto, Portugal and the River of Gold

Porto, Portugal and the River of Gold
Porto Portugal: Paul Shoul visits Porto, Portugal, the original home of port wine, as well as a number of other cities in Portugal.

Portsmouth: New Hampshire's Historic Seaport Page 1

Portsmouth: New Hampshire's Historic Seaport Page 1
Portsmouth New Hampshire: Esha Samajpati visits the port city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for a weekend trip and enjoys the local flavor.

Portsmouth: New Hampshire's Historic Seaport Page 2

Portsmouth: New Hampshire's Historic Seaport Page 2
Portsmouth New Hampshire: Esha Samajpati visits the port city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for a weekend trip and enjoys the local flavor.

Portugal: Amazing Azores Adventures

Portugal: Amazing Azores Adventures
Azores Portugal: Wendy Hammerle writes about visiting the Azores with tips on fishing, diving, biking, hiking and just enjoying these uncommonly beautiful islands.

Postlingberg in Linz, Austria: A Journey to Fairyland

Postlingberg in Linz, Austria: A Journey to Fairyland
Linz Austria: Larry Zalatel and his wife visit her family in Linz, Austria, and they take the train to the fairyland known as Postlingberg.

Providencia, Colombia: A Guide for 'Making Lazy'

Providencia, Colombia: A Guide for 'Making Lazy'
San Andres Colombia: Mark Robertson visits the Colombian archipelago of San Andres and Providencia 137 miles east of Central America and 442 miles north of Colombia, where he learns to 'make lazy.'

Qatar: Capturing the Magic of Arabia

Qatar: Capturing the Magic of Arabia
Qatar: The author provides a detailed guide to the attractions, hotels, restaurants and markets in Qatar.

Santa Catarina: A Quiet Corner of Brazil

Santa Catarina: A Quiet Corner of Brazil
Santa Catarina, Brazil: Susan McKee travels to Santa Catarina, Brazil, a quiet corner, where she celebrates Octoberfest with the German community, visits an Italian glassmaking factory, and enjoy ...

Sardegna, A Prized Gem of an Island

Sardegna, A Prized Gem of an Island
Sardinia: Richard Frisbie visits Sardegna, off the coast of Italy's Tuscany province to find great wines, rosted piglets, delicious cheeses and a 7000-year-old culture.

Sardinia: Serene in Autumn

Sardinia: Serene in Autumn
Sardinia: Lucia Byttebier visits Sardinia in the Autumn and finds tranquility, serenity, inspiring scenery and delicious seafood.

Scotland's Scone Palace: A Wealth of Regal History

Scotland's Scone Palace: A Wealth of Regal History
Scotland Scone Palace: Barnaby Davies takes a tour of Scone Palace in Scotland. He finds a water nymph in the tartan maze and admires the famous Stone of Destiny.

Shanghai: On the Cutting Edge of China's Economic Miracle

Shanghai: On the Cutting Edge of China's Economic Miracle
Shanhai China: Steenie Harvey reports on the economic boom in Shanghai

Shinugu Matsuri: A Little-Known Festival in Okinawa, Japan

Shinugu Matsuri: A Little-Known Festival in Okinawa, Japan
Okinawa Japan: Michael Lynch attends the Shinugu Matsuri a little-known festival in Okinawa, Japan.

South Africa: Top Ten Day Trips From Nelspruit

South Africa: Top Ten Day Trips From Nelspruit
Petro Kotzé writes about ten fun-filled day trips from the World Cup host city of Nelspruit, South Africa.

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South Africa: Top Ten Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in Cape Town

South Africa: Top Ten Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in Cape Town
Capetown South Africa: Petro Kotzé lists ten exciting activities in Capetown, South Africa, that cost little or nothing.

Springfield, Illinois: Relearning the Legacy of Lincoln

Springfield, Illinois: Relearning the Legacy of Lincoln
Springfield Illinois: Relearning the legacy of Lincoln.

Sri Lanka: In Search of the Perfect Cup of Tea

Sri Lanka: In Search of the Perfect Cup of Tea
Sri Lanka: Barnaby Davies journeys to the tea plantations of Sri Lanka in search of 'the perfect cuppa,' but learns that it just might be waiting for him back in Britain.
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines: A Pirate's Dream

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: A Pirate's Dream
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Kent E. St. John discovers his inner pirate while sailing in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Syria Unveiled: A Country of Hidden Treasures

Syria Unveiled: A Country of Hidden Treasures
Syria: Annika Dash visits Aleppo and Damascus in Syria, as well as the Crac des Chevaliers, a famous Crusader castle.

Tagong: The Wild West of Sichuan Province

Tagong: The Wild West of Sichuan Province
Sichuan Province China: Daniel O'Sullivan braves deadly landslides in China's Sichuan Province to visit Tagong, a town inhabited largely by Tibetans.

Salem, Massachusetts: Witches Everywhere, Real and Fictional

Salem, Massachusetts: Witches Everywhere, Real and Fictional
Salem Massachusetts: Zalina Alvi visits the witch stores and museums of Salem, Massachusetts, and has a consultation with a second-degree priest of the Cabot Kent Hermetic Temple.

London England on the Very Cheap

London England on the Very Cheap
London England: The author finds himself in London for six days and finds cheap ways to enjoy the city's museums and other attractions

Ephesus and Gokova: Two Turkish Treasures

Ephesus and Gokova: Two Turkish Treasures
Ephesus & Govoka Turkey: Jessica Hayden visits the ancient Roman ruins at Ephesus and enjoys the beaches in Gokova.

Portland, Maine: A Stalwart Seafaring City

Portland, Maine: A Stalwart Seafaring City
Portland Maine: Kent St. John describes the successful architectural revival in Portland, Maine and lists the areas many attractions.

Taiwan's New Year: Welcomed Like Royalty

Taiwan's New Year: Welcomed Like Royalty
Taiwan: the author visits Taiwan and is stunned by the warmth and hospitaly, along with the interesting food and the lantern festival

Tajikistan: Following the Ancient Silk Road

Tajikistan: Following the Ancient Silk Road
Tajikstan: David Rich travels the ancient silk road through Tajikistan, along the border with Afghanistan into the Pamir Mountains.

Tallinn, Estonia: The Medieval Capital City in 24 Hours

Tallinn, Estonia: The Medieval Capital City in 24 Hours
Estonia: Isadora Dunne takes a ferry from Finland to Estonia and enjoys the sights of the old city of Tallinn and the distinctive local cuisine.

The Azores: Nine Green Islands in the Atlantic

The Azores: Nine Green Islands in the Atlantic
The Azores: Max Hartshorne visits the Azores, nine beautiful green islands in the middle of the Atlantic, where he enjoys whalewatching and horseback riding and samples fresh local seafood.

The Berkshires: Keeping It Local in Western Massachusetts

The Berkshires: Keeping It Local in Western Massachusetts
The Berkshires: Joanna Eng visits the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts and enjoys farm-to-table cuisine, outdoor recreation and top-notch art museums.

The Desert City of Yazd: Where Iranian Couples Go for Their Honeymoons

The Desert City of Yazd: Where Iranian Couples Go for Their Honeymoons
Yazd Iran: Marziyeh Ebrahimi takes us on a tour of Yazd, a city more than 3,000 years old with ancient aqueducts, ingenious wind-catchers and cypress trees nearly as old as time.

Pulau Bumbun, Malaysia: The Island I Carry With Me

Pulau Bumbun, Malaysia: The Island I Carry With Me
Malaysia: Alice Driver writes about her month-long homestay on Palau Bumbun, a small island in Malaysia.

Rediscovering Newfoundland and the East Coast Trail

Rediscovering Newfoundland and the East Coast Trail
Newfoundland: Candice Walsh and her friends hike a section of the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland from Quidi Vidi Village to Logy Bay.

Roopkund, India: A Week-Long Trek to Skeleton Lake

Roopkund, India: A Week-Long Trek to Skeleton Lake
Roopkund, India: S. Saiganesh takes a week long hike high in the Himalayas to visit the mysterious Roopkund lake, where hundreds of skeletons were discovered in 1942.

Sacred Trees of Western India: Mumbai's Green Ambassadors

Sacred Trees of Western India: Mumbai's Green Ambassadors
Mumbai India: YD Bar-Ness takes us on a tour of Maharashtra, seeking out famous trees and studying the landscapes, wildlife, forests, and rocks of the country.

Senegal: Smiling with the Diola in Western Casamance

Senegal: Smiling with the Diola in Western Casamance
Senegal: Federico Arrizabalaga Sandoval visits Casamance in Senegal where he finds unspoiled beaches, friendly villagers, and a welcome escape from the fast pace of modern life.

Serbia: Meeting Sponge Bob in Belgrade

Serbia: Meeting Sponge Bob in Belgrade
Serbia: Laszlo Tikos writes about his visit to Belgrade, Serbia, the capital of the former Yugoslavia.

 
 


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