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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.


For five years, Max operated the GoNOMAD Cafe in the town where he lives, providing a space

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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 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

Vermont Culinary Weekend: Cooking in the Country
Cooking in Vermont: In Brandon, Vermont, Max Hartshorne learns French cooking techniques and stays in a 1909 country inn.
Toulouse, France Photo Gallery
Toulouse, France. A photo gallery of images from this exciting city in Southwest France by Max Hartshorne.
Argentina: A Women's Trip to BA and Iguazu Falls
Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls: a women-only trip to Argentina is a perfect choice for many.
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Winnipeg, Manitoba Photo Gallery
Winnipeg Manitoba photo gallery from February 2014, by Max Hartshorne.
Turku and Hanko, Finland: The Youngest Nordic Nation
Turku and Hanko Finland: Exploring these exciting and vibrant cities in Southern Finland.
California: Hooked on Morro Bay
Morro Bay California is home to a fishing fleet and is a great getaway for couples, families and dog-lovers about 230 miles south of SF.

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

Vero Beach Florida: Far From Miami
A profile of Vero Beach Florida, with sophisticated dining, lodging plus local attractions like kayaking, biking, fishing and nightlife
Travel Gadgets for 2013
Travel Gadgets 2013 | Hercules laptop backpack, iTwin Connect, Phiaton Moderna earphones, Sensu artist brush and stylus, braven wireless HD speaker and phone charger
Interview with GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne is interviewed by David Wilkening of about new trends in the travel industry including space travel, nude travel and reality travel.
Our 2012 Travels: GoNOMAD Staff
2012 staff travels | Where the writers and editors of GoNOMAD traveled in 2012
Ecuador Photo Gallery
Quito, Cuenca and Otavalo: An Ecuador photo gallery by Max Hartshorne.
Photos from a Nova Scotia Summer 2013
Nova Scotia: a photo gallery of Lunenburg, Wolfville and along the coast of this seafaring land.
Dijon and Champagne Photo Gallery
Dijon, Champagne photo gallery by Max Hartshorne. A golden part of France.
A Central California Coast Escape
Central California's coast: Driving in Oceano's dunes, dining in Nipomo and enjoying the Edna Valley wines.
Coffee Country in Central Colombia
Coffee Country of Colombia | A visit to Periera, a hacienda and the Corcora Valley
Zagreb, Croatia by Bike
Zagreb, Croatia by Bike: touring the capital city of Croatia by bike and seeing its sights.
Plano's Balloon Festival in Texas
Plano Texas balloon festival. A photo gallery of images from last year's festival.
Newport Vermont: At the Very Top
Newport Vermont: Big plans are afoot to bring many more visitors and prosperity to this town on a big lake at the top of Vermont.
Vietnam: A Women's Only Adventure
Vietnam: Why it's on every traveler's bucket list. A woman-only trip from North to South Vietnam with Sights and Soul Travel for Women.
Vero Beach Florida: Far From Miami's Crowds
Vero Beach Florida, with sophisticated dining, lodging plus local attractions like kayaking, biking, fishing and nightlife, how far is vero beach from miami
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