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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


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".

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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.

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

Ventura, California: The Coastal Choice

Ventura, California: The Coastal Choice
Ventura California: A city of surfers, bohemians and dreamers where the weather is as perfect as the waves.

Dijon and Champagne Photo Gallery

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

Winnipeg, Manitoba Has Two Big Surprises

Winnipeg, Manitoba Has Two Big Surprises
Winnipeg, Manitoba: Two big new attractions, a human rights museum and a polar bear park will open in 2014.

Anaheim, California: Antiquing and Puttering in Old Town Orange

Anaheim, California: Antiquing and Puttering in Old Town Orange
Anaheim, California: Antiquing and Puttering in Old Town Orange

Argentina: A Women's Trip to BA and Iguazu Falls

Argentina: A Women's Trip to BA and Iguazu Falls
Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls: a women-only trip to Argentina is a perfect choice for many.

Dining in Sardinia: Mountaintop and on a Farm

Dining in Sardinia: Mountaintop and on a Farm
Sardinia: Two unique dining experiences, one with a lonely shepard, and one where everything came from 50 feet.

Winnipeg, Manitoba Photo Gallery

Winnipeg, Manitoba Photo Gallery
Winnipeg Manitoba photo gallery from February 2014, by Max Hartshorne.

Car Rental Made Easier: Enterprise

Car Rental Made Easier: Enterprise
Car Rentals made easy: Max Hartshorne gets out his stopwatch and is pleasantly surprised at Enterprise Los Angeles.

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

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts: Serendipidous Discoveries and Dockside Lodgings

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts: Serendipidous Discoveries and Dockside Lodgings
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts: Serendipidous Discoveries and Dockside Lodging. A trip to the island of Martha's Vineyard for kayaking, biking, seafood eating and sightseeing

Grifoglia in Barga Tuscany: A Peaceful Oasis

Grifoglia in Barga Tuscany: A Peaceful Oasis
Grifoglia in Barga Italy. A quiet b&b in the Tuscan hills is a retreat without tv or newspapers, a relaxing place to be.

Renting a House in Le Marche, Italy

Renting a House in Le Marche, Italy
Renting a house in Le Marche Italy, where I took my parents for a special trip. Details on how to rent a house, costs, and local attractions in the Le Marche region of Eastern Italy.

Nova Scotia Roadtrip: Summer 2013

Nova Scotia Roadtrip: Summer 2013
Nova Scotia: Max Hartshorne takes a road trip around this big seafood lovers paradise, Halifax, Lunenburg, Wolfville.

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

Greenland: The Greatness of Silence

Greenland: The Greatness of Silence
Greenland: Max Hartshorne visits Greenland where he enjoys the local attractions as well as the silence of the Arctic reaches.

Where We Went in 2013

Where We Went in 2013
Where we went: GoNOMAD staff reflect on the places they went in 2013.

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.

American Nudist: Living Nude in the California Desert

American Nudist: Living Nude in the California Desert
Nudist Resort | Life in a nudist colony in the California desert; what it's like to visit a nudist resort.

max blogTRAVEL SOUNDS...

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

Vancouver  Big Bear Lake CA
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!

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.

Interview with GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne

Interview with GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne is interviewed by David Wilkening of TravelMole.com about new trends in the travel industry including space travel, nude travel and reality travel.

Norway in a Nutshell: A Photo Gallery

Norway in a Nutshell: A Photo Gallery
Bergen to Oslo by bus, train, ferry, scenic railway and then train. A long journey through a spectacularly beautiful country
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Riding in Ecuador

Riding in Ecuador
Otavalo, Ecuador: riding horses in volcano country in a place with a rich equestrian tradition.

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Peace Brings Prosperity

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Peace Brings Prosperity
Belfast, Northern Ireland | Max Hartshorne describes history, the recent economic boom and the many attractions of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Richmond, Virginia: Where History and a Great River Meet

Richmond, Virginia: Where History and a Great River Meet
Richmond, Virginia, is a true city of the South; this medium-sized city has a surprising abundance of surprises. A vast array of parks, a thriving financial center, distinctive neighborhoods in full b ...

Our 2012 Travels: GoNOMAD Staff

Our 2012 Travels: GoNOMAD Staff
2012 staff travels | Where the writers and editors of GoNOMAD traveled in 2012

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.

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.

Mexico: Painting and Dancing on the Pacific Coast

Mexico: Painting and Dancing on the Pacific Coast
Mexico:Max Hartshorne visits Casa de los Artistas in Boca de Tomaltan for painting and dance lessons.

Bicycle Touring in Europe: How to Choose the Right Tour Operator

Bicycle Touring in Europe: How to Choose the Right Tour Operator
Max Hartshorne presents advice from bike tour experts on how to select the right bicycle tour company for a trip in Europe.

Biking Through the Vineyards of Greytown, New Zealand

Biking Through the Vineyards of Greytown, New Zealand
Biking through the Vineyards of Greytown, New Zealand

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.

Molokai, Hawaii's Almost Empty Island | GoNOMAD

Molokai, Hawaii's Almost Empty Island | GoNOMAD
Molokai, Hawaii's Almost Empty Island. A visit to the lightly populated island of Molokai where nature takes center stage and the kayaking is fantastic

The Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

The Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
The Coromandel peninsula, New Zealand. Remote, rugged, and worth the drive.

Far North New Zealand: Splendid Isolation

Far North New Zealand: Splendid Isolation
New Zealand's Far North: a trip to the far northern end of the North Island of New Zealand where Maori legends, the father of the forest and the Waka can be found

Zagreb, Croatia by Bike

Zagreb, Croatia by Bike
Zagreb, Croatia by Bike: touring the capital city of Croatia by bike and seeing its sights.

Blogging From Burgundy

Blogging From Burgundy
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne writes about his trip to Burgundy.

New Zealand Photo Gallery: Summer in the North Island

New Zealand Photo Gallery: Summer in the North Island
Photos by GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne from his trip to New Zealand's North Island.

Vancouver British Columbia

Vancouver British Columbia
Vancouver, BC. Surrounded by beauty and water, and 1000 acres of park right in the center. Vancouver doesn't disappoint!

Cuenca, Ecuador's Pretty City

Cuenca, Ecuador's Pretty City
Cuenca Ecuador: Max Hartshorne visits this historic city filled with American expats and rides horses in the hills.

A Real Ranch Vacation in Montana

A Real Ranch Vacation in Montana
Bynum, Montana | Travel writer Max Hartshorne writes about a ranch vacation in Bynum Montana at the SK Ranch.

 
 


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