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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

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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 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

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.
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.
Ecuador Photo Gallery
Quito, Cuenca and Otavalo: An Ecuador photo gallery by Max Hartshorne.
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Photos from a Nova Scotia Summer 2013
Nova Scotia: a photo gallery of Lunenburg, Wolfville and along the coast of this seafaring land.
The Twelve Apostles, Port Murray, Australia
Some of the Twelve Apostles, Port Murray, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Max Hartshorne. Click on photo to return to the story about the Great ...
Interview with GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne
GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne is interviewed by David Wilkening of TravelMole.com about new trends in the travel industry including space travel, nude travel and reality travel.
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Dijon and Champagne Photo Gallery
Dijon, Champagne photo gallery by Max Hartshorne. A golden part of France.
Traverse City Michigan: A Favorite Getaway
Traverse City, Michigan. It's a favorite getaway for residents, and has many fun attractions for visitors.
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.
Coffee Country in Central Colombia
Coffee Country of Colombia | A visit to Periera, a hacienda and the Corcora Valley
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.
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
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
Georgia: Time Traveling through the Caucasus
Republic of Georgia: Traveling through this country next to Russia is time traveling, and the friendly people and fresh food makes it an exciting destination.
GoNOMAD The Adventure Expo, New York's Wildest Travel Trade Show
Adventures in Travel Expo Taps Into Hot Vacation Trend Meet GoNOMAD's Staff By Max Hartshorne, GoNOMAD Editor Which travel trend is on the rise, generates more tha ...
Malaysia Melds Three Cultures
Malaysia | Max Hartshorne visits Malaysia and finds three cultures melded into one.
Plano Texas Hotels: Three Reviews
Plano Texas, reviews of three top ranked hotels in this city near Dallas.
Travel Tips: 'I Wish I'd Thought of That!'
A veteran international traveler provides tips on things he wish he'd brought on trips.
Central Portugal: Hard Times in a Beautiful Place
Central Portugal: Few visitors discover the cities of Coimbra and Vizeu and the Serra da Estrella Mountains--they're beautiful and affordable!

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