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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


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

Haulover Beach, Florida: The Ultimate Nude Beach

Haulover Beach, Florida: The Ultimate Nude Beach
Haulover Beach | Max Hartshorne flees New England on a visit to Haulover Beach in Sunny Isles, Florida, one of the most popular clothing-optional beaches in the world.

York, England: The Original York

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.

Arkansas Ozarks: A Green and Pleasant Land

Arkansas Ozarks: A Green and Pleasant Land
The Ozarks of Arkansas--Wild, wet and Wonderful!

Where the River Meets the Redwoods

Where the River Meets the Redwoods
Russian River Valley in California's Sonoma County, where Max Hartshorne finds 'a perfect mix of scenery, greenery and laidback culture.'

Isola d'Elba: A Jewel Off the Coast of Tuscany

Isola d'Elba: A Jewel Off the Coast of Tuscany
Isola d'Elba | Elba, an island off Tuscany's coast in Italy, is explored by motorbike.

Ecotourism in Cancun: Wilder Than We Expected!

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.

A Mancation in Spokane: Unforgettable Thrills

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.

Norway in a Nutshell: Across the Fjords by Bus, Train and Ferry

Norway in a Nutshell: Across the Fjords by Bus, Train and Ferry
Bergen to Oslo by bus, train, ferry, scenic railway and then train. A long journey through a spectacularly beautiful country

Tall Ships Adventures in the South Pacific

Tall Ships Adventures in the South Pacific
Tall ship sailing is the ideal synthesis of seaborne adventure, exotic exploration and timeless romance. On the Søren Larsen your active participation adds to the authenticity of the experience. There ...

A Self-Catered Vacation in Tours, France

A Self-Catered Vacation in Tours, France
Self catering, renting an apartment in France where you can cook your own food

York England Photo Gallery

York England Photo Gallery
Visiting one of Northern England's most beautiful cities, York

 
 


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