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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".

Readuponit: Travel and voracious reading







 

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

Coffee Country in Central Colombia

Coffee Country in Central Colombia
Coffee Country of Colombia | A visit to Periera, a hacienda and the Corcora Valley

Return to Colombia: Prosperous and Safe in 2013

Return to Colombia: Prosperous and Safe in 2013
Colombia | Bogota, Cartagena Colombia, visiting Bogota and the shining Caribbean city of Cartagena.

Our 2012 Travels: GoNOMAD Staff

Our 2012 Travels: GoNOMAD Staff
2012 staff travels | Where the writers and editors of GoNOMAD traveled in 2012

Mexico City: Thriving, Cosmopolitan and Green

Mexico City: Thriving, Cosmopolitan and Green
Mexico City, a city that's endured a lot of hardship, is now cosmopolitain, cleaner and even has bikes to rent short term.

Plano's Balloon Festival in Texas

Plano's Balloon Festival in Texas
Plano Texas balloon festival. A photo gallery of images from last year's festival.

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom: Climbing Trees, Mountain Biking and Farm to Table Dining

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom: Climbing Trees, Mountain Biking and Farm to Table Dining
Vermont's Northeast Kingdom: Climbing Trees, Mountain Biking and Farm to Table Dining

Sacramento, the Leafy, Artsy Capital of California

Sacramento, the Leafy, Artsy Capital of California
Max Hartshorne pays a visit to Sacramento, California and finds a 'lovely leafy' city with great dining and lots of historic attractions.

California's Mendocino County: There's a Whole Lotta There There

California's Mendocino County: There's a Whole Lotta There There
A drive from Sacramento to Mendocino, California, via the Indian Grinding Rock State Park to Fort Bragg.

Visiting New Zealand: Off to My Favorite Land, Far, Far Away

Visiting New Zealand: Off to My Favorite Land, Far, Far Away
New Zealand | Max Hartshorne and Cindy Bigras visit New Zealand taking in the majestic scenery, the the fine dining, and the gracious, friendly kiwis.

The Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

The Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
The Coromandel peninsula, New Zealand. Remote, rugged, and worth the drive.

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

Norway in a Nutshell: A Photo Gallery

Norway in a Nutshell: A Photo Gallery
Bergen to Oslo by bus, train, ferry, scenic railway and then train. A long journey through a spectacularly beautiful country

Plano Texas Hotels: Three Reviews

Plano Texas Hotels: Three Reviews
Plano Texas, reviews of three top ranked hotels in this city near Dallas.

Wales: Hunting for Mushrooms and Enjoying the Sunshine

Wales: Hunting for Mushrooms and Enjoying the Sunshine
A visit to Wales where we hunted mushrooms and met people who create and capture wonderful foods

Dordogne, France: Gastronomy and Luxury Lodging in France's Dordogne Region | GoNOMAD.com

Dordogne, France: Gastronomy and Luxury Lodging in France's Dordogne Region | GoNOMAD.com
Gastronomy in Dordogne, France: A visit to a boutique hotel in the French countryside called La Thuiliere, as well as visits to local gastronomic sites such as foie gras, strawberry and liqueur produc ...

Anaheim, California: Antiquing and Puttering in Old Town Orange

Anaheim, California: Antiquing and Puttering in Old Town Orange
Anaheim, California: Antiquing and Puttering in Old Town Orange

In a Gascony Palombiere, Traditional Fare and Hunting Lore

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 ...

Far North New Zealand: Splendid Isolation

Far North New Zealand: Splendid Isolation
New Zealand's Far North: a trip to the far northern end of the North Island of New Zealand where Maori legends, the father of the forest and the Waka can be found

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7 minute Interview segments
Listen to GoNOMAD editor Max Hartshorne talk travel:

Vancouver  Big Bear Lake CA
Lewiston, Maine, Toulouse France
Sevierville, Tennessee, 
Nord Pas-de-Calais France 
Nova Scotia with hosts Brad Shepard and Bo Sullivan on WHYN-AM 560.
Champagne France Portland, Maine Belize with Kevin and Sue McCarthy of the Travel Planners Show
Read New Travel Stories on GoNOMAD!

Bend and Mount Bachelor, Oregon

Bend and Mount Bachelor, Oregon
Bend Oregon, home of the Mount Bachelor ski area, located on the hight desert of central Oregon.

Molokai, Hawaii's Almost Empty Island | GoNOMAD

Molokai, Hawaii's Almost Empty Island | GoNOMAD
Molokai, Hawaii's Almost Empty Island. A visit to the lightly populated island of Molokai where nature takes center stage and the kayaking is fantastic

Maui, Hawai'i: There's Something About Hana

Maui, Hawai'i: There's Something About Hana
Maui-Hawaii-Hana-a visit to a small village on the east side of Maui called Hana
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Bordeaux, France: A Shining City by the Garonne

Bordeaux, France: A Shining City by the Garonne
Max Hartshorne visits Bordeaux France where he finds top quality wines, gleaming limestone buildings, a lively city and great daytrips to famous wine towns in Southwestern France

Zagreb, Croatia by Bike

Zagreb, Croatia by Bike
Zagreb, Croatia by Bike: touring the capital city of Croatia by bike and seeing its sights.

Mexico: Painting and Dancing on the Pacific Coast

Mexico: Painting and Dancing on the Pacific Coast
Mexico:Max Hartshorne visits Casa de los Artistas in Boca de Tomaltan for painting and dance lessons.

Shiraz, Tehran, Iran Photo Gallery

Shiraz, Tehran, Iran Photo Gallery
Photos of Shiraz and Tehran, Iran by Max Hartshorne.

Grifoglia in Barga Tuscany: A Peaceful Oasis

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.

Bicycle Touring in Europe: How to Choose the Right Tour Operator

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.

Snow Basin, Powder Mountain and Sundance: Three of Utah's Hidden Gems

Snow Basin, Powder Mountain and Sundance: Three of Utah's Hidden Gems
A trip to Utah: Max hartshorne discovers three lesser known ski resorts, Powder mountain, Sundance, Snow basin.

Victoria, Australiá's Great Ocean Walk: Magnificent!

Victoria, Australiá's Great Ocean Walk: Magnificent!
Great Ocean Walk Australia | Max Hartshorne takes a walk on one of Australia's most magnificent trails, the Great Ocean Walk, along the Southern ocean in Victoria.

Australia's Great Ocean Road: From Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles

Australia's Great Ocean Road: From Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles
Max Hartshorne visits the West Coast of Victoria Australia, where he does a lot of hiking and biking and chatting with the locals.

An Alabama Man-cation: Hunting, Fishing and Cheering on our Team

An Alabama Man-cation: Hunting, Fishing and Cheering on our Team
Alabama | Max Hartshorne visits Alabama for hunting, fishing and cheering on the football team

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 Photo Gallery

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

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.

Naked in Vermont: A Clothing-Optional Resort

Naked in Vermont: A Clothing-Optional Resort
Max Hartshorne makes an October visit to the only clothing-optional inn in Southern Vermont.

Wyoming: Viewing Wolves in Yellowstone Park

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.

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.

Manchester England: The North's Groovin' Capital

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

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.

The Azore Islands of Portugal: Steaming volcanic islands

The Azore Islands of Portugal: Steaming volcanic islands
The Azore Islands of Portugal: Steaming volcanic islands.
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