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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.

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.

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 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 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

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.
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.
San Francisco Hotel G
Hotel G a boutique hotel newly renovated in San Francisco, California.
Riding in Ecuador
Otavalo, Ecuador: riding horses in volcano country in a place with a rich equestrian tradition.
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Sleep on Air New Zealand's Skycouch!
Air New Zealand offers service to six Australian cities for $1368 round trip from the west coast.
France: Caen Memorial Museum
Caen Memorial Museum in Normandy, France
Travel Fitness Gear for the Fall
Asics running shoes and shorts, Coolibar sun protective clothing and other travel wear reviewed.
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.
Turku and Hanko, Finland: The Youngest Nordic Nation
Turku and Hanko Finland: Exploring these exciting and vibrant cities in Southern Finland.
Renting a House in Le Marche, Italy
Renting a house in Le Marche Italy, where I took my parents for a special trip.
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.
Republic of Georgia: Svaneti Photo Gallery
Republic of Georgia: Photo gallery from the northern province of Svaneti and Ushguli.
Car Rental Made Easier: Enterprise
Car Rentals made easy: Max Hartshorne gets out his stopwatch and is pleasantly surprised at Enterprise LAX.
Peru: Andean Women's Culture
Peru: Seeing Andean Culture Through the Eyes of Women. A women-only trip to Machu Picchu and other sites in Peru.
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.
New Products for Travelers June 2014
New travel gadgets including Nomad keychain charger, Neptor battery pack, windmeter, VModa XS headphones,Bolle Anaconda glasses, Backtrack tags are reviewed.
California: Hooked on Morro Bay
Morro Bay California is home to a fishing fleet and is a great getaway for couples, families and dog-lovers about 230 miles south of SF.
Travel Gadgets to Entertain & Put You to Sleep
New gadget reviews: Minx Go music system, SleepPhones, Sound911 personal alarm,Arka Lantern, V Moda headphones and many more.

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