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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.

Borneo: Climbing Gunung Kinabalu

Borneo: Climbing Gunung Kinabalu
Borneo: Michelle Perry climbs Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, which, at 13,435 feet, is the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia.

British Columbia: A Road Trip Through the Canadian Rockies

British Columbia: A Road Trip Through the Canadian Rockies
British Columbia: Jim Reynoldson takes a super scenic road trip through the Canadian Rockies in British Columbia, hiking and canoeing around glacial lakes, and dining on wild boar, caribou and buffalo ...

Bukhara, Uzbekistan: Modern Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road

Bukhara, Uzbekistan: Modern Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road
Uzbekistan: Jessica Hayden visits the ancient Silk Road city of Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

Burkina Faso: From Holy Catfish to Percusso Picassos

Burkina Faso: From Holy Catfish to Percusso Picassos
Burkina Faso: David Rich travels to Burkina Faso where he sacrifices three chickens to the sacred catfish (no kidding) and listens to eclectic percussive jazz in the capital of Ouagadougou.

Cambodia's Angkor Wat: Glorious and Inspiring

Cambodia's Angkor Wat: Glorious and Inspiring
Angkor Wat Cambodia: Bill Pfeffer visits the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which includes the temples at Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Bayon, Baphuon and Banteay Srei.

Cano, Ecuador: Surfing, Relaxing, Helping

Cano, Ecuador: Surfing, Relaxing, Helping
Cano, Ecuador: The author takes a bus eight hours out of Quito to the surfing village of Canoa, Ecuador and finds great waves, cool people and a chance to volunteer in a school teaching English

Capo Polonio, Uruguay: In Search of the Fabled Ombu Tree

Capo Polonio, Uruguay: In Search of the Fabled Ombu Tree
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay: Kelly Westhoff describes her trip to Capo Polonio, Uruguay, to view the rare Ombu Tree.

Captain Cook's Harbor: A Walking Tour of Whitby, England

Captain Cook's Harbor: A Walking Tour of Whitby, England
Whitby, England: Kimberly Engber takes a tour of Whitby, England, Captain Cook's home port, and visits the medieval ruins that inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Cayo Largo, Cuba: In Search of Piratical Adventure

Cayo Largo, Cuba: In Search of Piratical Adventure
Cayo Largo, Cuba: In a search for piratical adventure, Jennifer Wattam Klit takes a solo vacation in the sensuous, seductive atmosphere of Cayo Largo, a small island off the south coast of Cuba.

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

Chefchaouen, Morocco: A Magical Dreamscape

Chefchaouen, Morocco: A Magical Dreamscape
Chefchaouen, Morocco: Ann Banks visits Chefchaouen, a picturesque town in the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco where everything is painted different shades of blue.

Chengdu, China: Open for Business

Chengdu, China: Open for Business
Chengdu, China: Lucy Corne takes a trip to Chengdu in western China where she eats fiery soup made from chickens' feet, sings a Mdaonna tune at the Science Museum and meets a bunch of adorable pandas.

Chile's Torres del Paine National Park: Glacier Watching and Spectacular Scenery

Chile's Torres del Paine National Park: Glacier Watching and Spectacular Scenery
Chile: Mark Campbell hikes through Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile where he finds great opportunities for glacier watching and spectacular views of the three towers for which the park is named ...

China: Beijing for Beginners

China: Beijing for Beginners
Bejing, China: Jemima Price has some advice for first-time visitors to Beijing.

China: The Splendor of Anhui Province

China: The Splendor of Anhui Province
China: Bill Pfeffer visits China's Anhui Province, where he finds ancient villages, Taoist temples, bamboo forests, and mystical mountains.

Cinque Terre, Italy: A Beautiful Hike by the Mediterranean

Cinque Terre, Italy: A Beautiful Hike by the Mediterranean
Cinque Terre, Italy: Eleonora Dell'Aquila describes hiking in the five villages of Italy's Cinque Terre.

Cleveland, Ohio: A Great City to Visit

Cleveland, Ohio: A Great City to Visit
Cleveland, Ohio: David Wilkening describes the many attractions of Cleveland, Ohio including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Great La ...

Colombia: Hiking to the Lost City of Teyuan

Colombia: Hiking to the Lost City of Teyuan
Colombia: Dominic Degrazier hikes the long and dangerous path through the mountains of Colombia to the Lost City of Teyuan, with the help of his trusty guide Edwin.

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Concord, New Hampshire: A Capital Destination

Concord, New Hampshire: A Capital Destination
Concord, Newhampshire: Isadora Dunne visits Concord, New Hampshire, for the opening of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center and finds time for some spring skiing and a full-body massage.

Costa Rica: History, Geology and Pageantry

Costa Rica: History, Geology and Pageantry
Costa Rica: Terry Braverman recounts the tumultuous history of Costa Rica and lists the country's many scenic, historic, geological, and archaeological attractions.

Crete: Majesty, History, and Adventure

Crete: Majesty, History, and Adventure
Crete: Jennifer Wattam describes the many scenic, historical and recreational attractions of Crete.
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Crossing Mongolia, the Land of the Great Blue Sky

Crossing Mongolia, the Land of the Great Blue Sky
Mongolia: Rensina van den Heuvel travels across Mongolia in a Land Rover, on her way from Australia to Switzerland.

David Rich's Egyptian Photo Gallery

David Rich's Egyptian Photo Gallery
Egypt: David Rich makes a visit to Egyptian museums and historic sites including the Western Oases and includes his usual fantastic photographs.

Dogsledding in Finland: Silence Speaks Volumes

Dogsledding in Finland: Silence Speaks Volumes
Finland: Andy Buswell goes on a five-day dogsledding expedition in Finland, braving 30-below temperatures and 60-mile-per-hour winds.

El Salvador: Mayan Ruins and Scenic Landscapes

El Salvador: Mayan Ruins and Scenic Landscapes
El Salvador: Habeeb Salloum visits El Salvador and tours scenic landscapes and ancient Mayan ruins.

Emilia Romagna: The Heart and Soul of Italy

Emilia Romagna: The Heart and Soul of Italy
Emilia Romagna, Italy: Jennifer Kin describes the many attractions of Emilia Romagna in northern Italy.

England: A Timeless Journey Through Enid Blyton’s Dorset

England: A Timeless Journey Through Enid Blyton’s Dorset
Dorset, England: Rachel Rowe takes us on a tour of the places in Dorset, England, that figure in the books of best-selling author Enid Blyton.

Harrison County Indiana: Caves, Canoes, History and Wine

Harrison County Indiana: Caves, Canoes, History and Wine
Harrison County Indiana: Marcia Frost takes a weekend trip to Harrison County Indiana where she tours the Marengo Caves and local historic sites, as well as local restaurants and wineries.

Italy's Umbria Region: New World Threads in an Old World Cloak

Italy's Umbria Region: New World Threads in an Old World Cloak
Umbria, Italy: The author describes a visit to the Umbria region of Italy.

From Montpellier to Minervois: Touring France's Languedoc-Roussillon Region

From Montpellier to Minervois: Touring France's Languedoc-Roussillon Region
France: Ginger Warder tours the Langudoc-Roussillon Region of France visiting historic sites, restaurants, wineries, and even a gas station cafe.

Tunisia Will Seize Ya

Tunisia Will Seize Ya
Tunisia: David Rich visits Tunisia and describes the extensive Greek and Roman ruins, the succulent cuisine and the friendly locals.

The West of Ireland: Stories in Stone

The West of Ireland: Stories in Stone
The author describes the attractions of West Ireland as seen on a five-day cycle tour.

Montana's Spirited Southwest

Montana's Spirited Southwest
Montana: Kent E. St. John describes the many attractions of Southwest Montana.

Party in Paraty, Brazil

Party in Paraty, Brazil
Brazil: Kent E. St. John visits some of the 65 islands and 300 beaches in Paraty, Brazil, as well as many of the best restaurants and nightspots.

Hanoi Getting a Taste of Hanoi's Braised Fish Street

Hanoi Getting a Taste of Hanoi's Braised Fish Street
Hanoi, Vietnam: Graham Simmons describes the markets and the restaurants in Hanoi.

Hidden Hawaii : The Real Island Paradise

Hawaii: Kris Radish writes about finding the real Hawaii, away from the typical tourist traps, to enjoy the beauty and nature of the islands.

Kyrgyzstan: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

Kyrgyzstan: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
Kyrgyzstan: David Rich visits Kyrgyzstan and finds it to be a vanguard of Western permissiveness in the world of Islam.

St. Francisville, Louisiana: Spanish Moss and Southern Hospitality

St. Francisville, Louisiana:  Spanish Moss and Southern Hospitality
Francisville Lousiana: Kelly Westhoff visits St. Francisville, Louisiana, where she tours historic plantation homes and enjoys small-town Southern hospitality.

Donaldsonville, Louisiana: A Road Trip Back in Time

Donaldsonville, Louisiana: A Road Trip Back in Time
Donaldson, Lousiana: Kelly Westhoff reports on the many attractions of Donaldson, Louisiana.

The Exuma Cays: An Untrammeled Paradise

The Exuma Cays: An Untrammeled Paradise
The Exuma Cays: Steve Mirsky describes the many attractions of the Exuma Cays, a necklace of 360 small islands in the Central Bahamas.

 
 


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