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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".

Readuponit: Travel and voracious reading
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

Medellin, Colombia: From Fear to Hope
Medellin, Colombia | Max Hartshorne visits Medellin, Colombia and sees a city that has come back from the brink.
Greenland: The Greatness of Silence
Greenland: Max Hartshorne visits Greenland where he enjoys the local attractions as well as the silence of the Arctic reaches.
Bologna, Italy: Conversations and Blogs
Bolgna, Italy | Max Hartshorne chronicles his visit to Bologna, Italy, on his blog, ReadUpOnIt.
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The Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
The Coromandel peninsula, New Zealand. Remote, rugged, and worth the drive.
Blogging From Denmark: Page Two
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne chronicles his trip to Denmark on his blog ReadUpOnit.
Blogging From Denmark: Compact, Cozy and Well Designed
Blogging from Denmark | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne chronicles his trip to Denmark on the blog ReadUpOnit.

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

Meeting the Maori in New Zealand
Meeting the Maori people of New Zealand's North Island...a visit with three tour guides who provide tours of the Maori areas in New Zealand.
Blogging From Burgundy
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne writes about his trip to Burgundy.
Blogging From Cyprus
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne chronicles his trip to Cyprus on the blog ReadUpOnit.
New Zealand Photo Gallery: Summer in the North Island
Photos by GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne from his trip to New Zealand's North Island.
Blogs From New Zealand - Page Two
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne writes about his trip to New Zealand.
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.
Blogging From Burgundy
Burgundy France | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne writes about his trip to Burgundy.
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.
Anaheim, California: Antiquing and Puttering in Old Town Orange
Anaheim, California: Antiquing and Puttering in Old Town Orange
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, 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
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