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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

GoNOMAD Blogs From New Zealand
New Zealand | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne writes about his trip to New Zealand.
Sardinia: Notes From a Big Wild Island
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne visits the big, wild island of Sardinia, savoring the local food and wine and enjoying the friendly locals and the impressive ancient ruins.
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.
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Blogging From Burgundy
Burgundy France | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne writes about his trip to Burgundy.
Anaheim, California: Antiquing and Puttering in Old Town Orange
Anaheim, California: Antiquing and Puttering in Old Town Orange
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.

Travel Sounds 7 minute Interview segments

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Listen to GoNOMAD editor Max Hartshorne talk travel:

Vancouver 
 
Big Bear Lake CA
Lewiston, Maine, Toulouse 
Sevierville,  Tennessee, 
Nord Pas-de-Calais France 
Nova Scotia,   Champagne France Portland, Maine   Belize 

Cyprus: A Divided Island Begins to Prosper
A guide and information for travelers to Cyprus.
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, Alabamba. Editor Max Hartshorne takes a trip to Mobile, Alabama, where he takes in the historic architecture, the friendly people and the legendary Southern cuisine. - best small towns in ala ...
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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.'
Grifoglia in Barga Tuscany: A Peaceful Oasis
Grifoglia in Barga Italy. A quiet b&b in the Tuscan hills is a retreat without tv or newspapers, a relaxing place to be.
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.
In a Gascony Palombiere, Traditional Fare and Hunting Lore
Gascony France | Max Hartshorne visits a Palombiere or bird hunting lodge, in Gascony, southwest France, and learns about how they hunt palombes using ancient methods and decoys and enjoys escargots a ...
Greenland: Recording a Trip on a Blog
Greenland | Author and travel journalist Max Hartshorne visits Greenland and writes about life in the main towns of Nuuk, Ilulissat, Sisimiut and Kangergueseag.
Hiking the Alps Outside Torino, Italy
Hiking in Italy's Piedmonte region, outside of Torino, torino alps
Graz, Austria: Whimsey and Green Ideals
Graz, Austria Max Hartshorne visits Graz Austria and reports about travel conditions and information about travel to Austria.
Belfast, Northern Ireland: Peace Brings Prosperity
Belfast, Northern Ireland | Max Hartshorne describes history, the recent economic boom and the many attractions of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Quebec City's Carnaval: 400 Years on the St. Lawrence River
Quebec City's annual carnaval is described, a winter festival with games, music, cultural activities, snowball fights and a parade in the snow.
Cooking In Italy: Being Part of the Family at Mami Camilla
The author describes a visit to Mami Camilla's cooking school in Iraly.
San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile's Desert Mars and Moonscape
San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile's desert mars and moonscape

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