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Max Hartshorne
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.


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-logoA recent 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 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.

Max is a regular speaker at travel industry events including the New York Times Travel Show, Public Relations Society of America and TBEX, the travel bloggers conventions. 

Travel Articles by Max Hartshorne

Western Massachusetts: Where to Enjoy the Summer
Western Massachusetts, home to Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton and Lenox--great towns for summer fun.
Sardinia's Sinis Peninsula: Photo Gallery
Sinis Peninsula, Sardinia. A photo gallery of local scenes in Cabras, nature and people by Max Hartshorne.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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The Joseph Stalin Museum in Georgia
Joseph Stalin Museum, Gori Republic of Georgia: Awkward memories of a famous native son.
Hotel RL Baltimore: Hip and Fun
Hotel RL Baltimore, built for the millennials in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. Exploring the city.
Riding in Ecuador
Otavalo, Ecuador: riding horses in volcano country in a place with a rich equestrian tradition.

Travel Sounds 7 minute Interview segments

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Listen to GoNOMAD editor Max Hartshorne talk travel:

NEW! Porquerelles, France, Rep of Georgia Vancouver 
Big Bear Lake CA
Lewiston, Maine, Toulouse 
Sevierville,  Tennessee, 
Nord Pas-de-Calais France 
Nova Scotia,   Champagne France

Falmouth, Cape Cod's Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Sea Crest Beach Hotel, an ocean front old time resort in North Falmouth Mass, what a blast!
The Islands of Provence: Porquerolles
Porquerolles, a small island off the coast of Hyere, Provence, is perfect for bike riding and is dramatically beautiful. Max Hartshorne sails over for a few days.
France: MEET Brings Ecotourism to Provence
MEET Program, or Mediterranean Eco-tourism Experience Travel provides new eco-tours to discover hidden Europe.
Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown Mass
Harbor View Hotel, a grand and elegant historic hotel on Edgartown Harbor, Martha's Vineyard, MA. An elegant place to stay.
France: Caen Memorial Museum
Caen Memorial Museum in Normandy, France
France: A Loire Valley Photo Gallery
Clisson, Sancerre, Menetou-Salon--touring France's Loire Valley, vineyards and chateaus. Photo gallery by Max Hartshorne.
Antarctica: A Sensory Overload!
Antarctica: Three travelers provide useful information on what to bring, how cold it is, and why they loved it.
Renting a House in Le Marche, Italy
Renting a house in Le Marche Italy, where I took my parents for a special trip.
France: The Best of the Loire Valley
Loire Valley France. Max Hartshorne highlights the history, cuisine and other attractions of a road trip across the Loire Valley.
San Francisco Hotel G
Hotel G a boutique hotel newly renovated in San Francisco, California.
Mexico: Fishing on Isla Holbox
On Isla Holbox, a sleepy island off the Yucatan Peninsula, Max Hartshorne catches fish and enjoys the freshest ceviche in the world.
New England: A Cruise Up the Coast
Cruising the coast in a small ship. Finding joy in familiar RI and MA islands: Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Cuttyhunk, Block Island.
Biking Through the Vineyards of Greytown, New Zealand
Biking through the Vineyards of Greytown, New Zealand
Japan: For 2015, It's a Bucket List Destination
Japan. More and more Americans are putting Japan on their travel bucket list. A women-only trip to Japan.
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