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Max Hartshorne, Editor of GoNOMAD Travel since 2002. Max Hartshorne, Editor of GoNOMAD Travel since 2002. 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.

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 tMax on Toughie, riding at the SK Ranch in Montana.Max on Toughie, riding at the SK Ranch in Montana.he 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." 

Getting into the Business

In 2002 Max, then an editor at Transitions Abroad magazine, bought a travel website called 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.

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

Swimming in a cave in Hungary
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.

Travel Much?

In 2012, Max went to or is going to Mexico, Oregon, Colorado, Vermont and who knows where else.

In 2011, Max visited Australia, Utah, France, Croatia, Wales, Norway, Maui and New Zealand.

In 2010 he visited the Azores, Manchester England, California, Rhode Island and Yellowstone National Park.

In 2009 Mexico, Texas, Chile, France and New Zealand.

2008's trips included Melbourne Australia, Quebec City, Centre Loire, France, Sarawak Malaysia, Colombia's Pacific Coast and the North of England.

In 2007 he visited Denmark, ranches in Montana, New Zealand's North Island, Bologna, Colombia, Italy, Burgundy France, the island of Elba and many others.

This is a guy who can have a great time in the frozen reaches of Arctic Greenland.

Max also did the "full monty" in the name of travel journalism when he traveled to De Anza Springs, the "clothing optional" resort in Jacumba, California, and wrote the most popular story in GoNOMAD's history: "American Nudist. "

Read stories by Max Hartshorne:

Getting Naked in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Biking in Mexico City: On Any Sunday

Climbing Trees in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

Martha's Vineyard MA: Serendipitous Discoveries
and Dockside Lodging

The Coromandel Penisula, NZ

Mount Bachelor in Bend, Oregon:
The Big Mountain We Didn't Know About

New Zealand's Far North: Splendid Isolation

Painting and Dancing on Mexico's Pacific Coast
Max with his partner, Mary Gilman, in Mexico.

Three hip hotels in Plano, Texas

Molokai: Hawaii's Almost Empty Island

Antiquing in Old Town Orange

Maui: There's Something About Hana

Mushroom Hunting and Other Delicious Stops in Wales

Zagreb, Croatia by Bike

Norway in a Nutshell: Seeing the Beauty of the Fjords by Coach, Train & Ferry

Gastronomy and Luxury in the Dordogne Region of France

Bordeaux: A Gleaming City on the Garonne

In a Gascony Palombiere, Traditional Fare and Hunting Lore

Hopping Freight Trains and Living the Life of a Hobo

Snow Basin, Powder Mountain and Sundance: Three of Utah's Hidden Gems

Australia's Great Ocean Walk: Victoria's Magnificent Trail

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

An Alabama Man-cation: Hunting, Fishing and Big-Time Football Dogsledding at Mt Bachelor.

Haulover Beach, Florida: The Ultimate Nude Beach

York, England: Romans and Vikings in The Original York

Wyoming: Viewing Wolves in Yellowstone Park


A Mancation in Spokane: Unforgettable Thrills

Manchester, England: The North's



Groovin' Capital

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

Sacramento: The Leafy, Artsy Capital of California

California's Mendocino County: There’s a Whole Lotta There There

Kayaking the Spokane Rivere River
Kayaking the Spokane River


The Azores: Nine Friendly Green Islands

Living Like Royalty at Chateau le Val, Normandy

Normandy France: Ancient Cities, Fine Food, Friendly French

Visiting Normandy's D-Day Beaches and Museums

Nelson, New Zealand: Artsy, Craftsy and Outdoorsy at the Top of South Island

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

Iquique, Northern Chile: Arid Land of Stark Beauty

Cruising the Massachusetts Coast

The New Jersey Coast: Finding the Twilight Down the Shore

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

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

Alabama Attractions: A WWII Battleship and a Movie Classic

Alabama's Small Towns and Downtowns

Ecotourism in Cancun: Really!


Hiking the Alps Outside of Torino

Shiraz, Esfahan and Tehran: An Iran Photo Gallery

Visiting Iran: Ancient Cities, Natural Wonders and Friendly People

Dasht-E-Kavir, Iran: A Day of Freedom in the Desert

The North of England: Where the British Go on Holiday

The Italian countryside
The Italian countryside in Le Marche.

Colombia's Pacific Coast: Wild and Disconnected

'Wild' Malaysia: Orangutans, Elephants, Birds and Monkeys Up Close

Sarawak, Malaysia: Adventures on the Island of Borneo

A Self-Catered Vacation in Tours, France

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

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

Melbourne Australia, Where Footy is King

Sardinia: Notes From a Big Wild Island

Huntington Beach, California: Surf City, USA

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

Quebec City's Winter Carnival: Getting to Love Being Outside in Winter

Isola d'Elba, a Jewel off the Coast of Tuscany

Humpback whales up close in El Valle, Choco, Colombia.
Humpback whales up close in Colombia. Max Hartshorne photos.

A Slice of Peace in Tuscany's Mountains

Medellin, Colombia: From Fear to Hope

Blogging from Burgundy

Denmark: Compact, Cozy and Well Designed

Riding in Montana Among the Aspens

Becoming a Part of a Ranch Family in Montana

Meeting the Maori on New Zealand's North Island

Bologna, Italy: Conversations and Blogs

Burgundy France Lives Up to its Reputation

Blogging From New Zealand

Blogging Greenland

Kitzbuhel Austria: Designed for the Hiker, Biker and Skiier

Graz, Austria: Whimsey and Green Ideals

Enjoying the nudist lifestyle in California
The hot tub at De Anza Springs Resort.

Journey to Mars: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Where the River Meets the Redwoods

Moments in Magyar: Hungary Is Ready for Visitors

Cyprus: A Divided Island Begins to Prosper

Malaysia: A Melange of Three Cultures

Local Guide: Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

Are We There Yet? At 46, I Take My Parents to Italy

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Peace Brings Prosperity

Nude Travel, Space Travel, Reality Travel: GoNOMAD's Editor Sizes Up Industry Trends

Against the Tide in the Off Season

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Great Beers, Music Festivals and Art

Ecotourism in Portugal: Mingling with the Storks and Dolphins of the Sado

A horseman in Hungary
An expert horseman in Hungary

Renting a Car in Europe: A GoNOMAD Italian Experiment in Savings

American Nudist: Living the Naked Life in California’s Desert

Cooking In Italy: Being Part of the Family at Mami Camilla

Set Sail on a Tall Ship from NZ to Easter Island

Adventures in Travel Expo Taps Into Hot Vacation Trend

Nature, History and Railroads: Enjoying Them All in Richmond, Virginia

Arkansas Ozarks: A Green and Pleasant Land

Wintering in Montana: Glacier National Park and Whitefish

Richmond Virginia: Nature, History and Railroads




Max Hartshorne

A Walking Tour of Tallinn Photos by Stephen Hartshorne A The Lower Town
. Max Hartshorne photos. By Max Hartshorne, GoNOMAD Editor View from the Best Western Villa Saint
Love in Manchester, England. Photos by Max Hartshorne. Northern EnglandAs Capital
A Walking Tour of Tallinn Page Three Photos by Stephen Hartshorne A
A Walking Tour of Tallinn Page Two Photos by Stephen Hartshorne A
The Tallinn TV Tower Photos by Stephen Hartshorne Tallinn's historic TV
In Medellin, you're almost never out of view of a cop or a soldier. Photos by Max Hartshorne
Hartshorne and Laurie Ellis: By Land, Sea and Air Husband and wife team Shady Hartshorne and Laurie
The Tallinn TV Tower Page Two Photos by Stephen Hartshorne A
Kayaking down the Spokane River. Photos by Max Hartshorne. A Mancation in Spokane
of the island of Porquerelles, these dramatic cliffs line the edge of land. Max Hartshorne photos. By Max
Running across a bridge near the Garonne River, Bordeaux, France. photos by Max Hartshorne
A Midwinter Escape to Amsterdam Ice skating in Amsterdam. Max Hartshorne photos. By Max Hartshorne
to the Max By David Rich What place would you nominate as the worldAs most spectacular mountain
Neighborhood, Palm Springs, California. Max Hartshorne photos. By Max Hartshorne GoNOMAD Editor

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