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Max Hartshorne

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

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 a 2015 podcast about travel writing

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-logoWhen 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

York, England: The Original York
York England | Max Hartshorne travels to York, in Northern England, where he tours ancient ruins and archaeological excavations and takes a boat ride on the River Ouse.
Naked in Vermont: A Clothing-Optional Resort
Naked in Vermont: Max Hartshorne makes an October visit to the only clothing-optional inn in Southern Vermont, one of the nicest nudist resorts in New England that also features a clothing optional campground.
Wyoming: Viewing Wolves in Yellowstone Park
Max Hartshorne meets Rick McIntyre, a wolf expert who tracks the daily activities of the wolves in Yellowstone National Park.
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A Mancation in Spokane: Unforgettable Thrills
Max Hartshorne takes a man-cation in Spokane, Washington, where he rides an ATV and flies in an ultralight aircraft.
Manchester England: The North's Groovin' Capital
Max Hartshorne visits Manchester, England and finds a groovin' place with new museums, historic sites and great attitude!
Rhode Island's South County: Quirky Cuisine, Great Fishing
South County, Rhode Island, offers travelers fishing, local markets, historical sites and a whole lot of beautiful beach.

Travel Sounds 7 minute Interview segments. Listen to all 15 clips

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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

The Azore Islands of Portugal: Steaming volcanic islands
The Azore Islands of Portugal: Steaming volcanic islands.
Sao Miguel and Santa Maria, Azores: Volcanic Islands of the Atlantic
A visit to the Azores by Max Hartshorne, nine islands in the mid-Atlantic belonging to Portugal, where he goes horseback riding, visits a tea plantation, and has a dinner that's boiled in the ground.
Nelson, New Zealand: A Crafty, Artsy Coastal Community
Max Hartshorne visits Nelson, New Zealand and finds hundreds of artists, superb seaside dining and the glorious Abel Tasman National Park and the Kahurangi National Park
Travel Tips: 'I Wish I'd Thought of That!'
A veteran international traveler provides tips on things he wish he'd brought on trips.
Iquique, Northern Chile: Arid Land of Stark Beauty
Iquique, Northern Chile | Max Hartshorne visits Iquique in Northern Chile and meets native peoples at 12,000 feet, discovers Iquique's amazing fish and produce markets and lives life in the Alto Plano.
Cool Lodgings: Living Like Royalty at Chateau le Val, Brix, Normandy
Normandy France | Max Hartshorne stays at a 13th century chateau in Normandy called the Chateau le Val and samples an exotic local liqueur called 44 made from calvados, oranges and coffee beans.
Cruising the Massachusetts Coast
The author cruises the coast of Martha's Vineyard aboard a 42-foot Krogen trawler yacht and spends the night in Edgartown Harbor, where he spent summers as a child.
Normandy's D-Day Beaches and Museums
Normandy's D-Day beachs and museums| Max Hartshorne travels to the northern peninsula called La Manches, in Normandy, France, meeting with friendly locals and visiting historical sites related to the D-Day invasion in 1944.
The NJ Coast: Finding Twilight Down the Shore
The New Jersey coast | Max Hartshorne and his family take a vacation at the New Jersey shore where they find amusement rides, sweeping beaches, kitsch and a singing ice cream shop.
Beaumont, Texas: Wildlife and Nightlife in the Heart of the Oil Patch
Beaumont, Texas | Max Hartshorne visits Beaumont, Texas, and finds lots of outdoor recreation, wildlife education, fine dining, happening nightlife and lots of Texas hospitality.
Alabama Attractions: A WWII Battleship and a Classic Performance
Exploring Alabama's small towns including Monroeville, Foley, and Fairhope and Orange Beach on the Gulf Coast.
Alabama: Charming Small Towns and Downtowns
Mobile, Alababa. Editor Max Hartshorne takes a trip to Mobile, Alabama, where he takes in the historic architecture, the friendly people and the legendary Southern cuisine. Touring the best small towns in Alabama
Ecotourism in Cancun: Wilder Than We Expected!
Cancun ecotourism: GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne visits Cancun, Mexico, and finds lots of interersting ecotourism activities like caving, ziplining and dining with a Mayan family.
Alabama Attractions: To Kill a Mockingbird and more!
Exploring Alabama's small towns including Monroeville, Foley, and Fairhope and Orange Beach on the Gulf Coast.
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