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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

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 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

Winnipeg, Manitoba's Two Big Surprises
Winnipeg, Manitoba: Two big new attractions, a human rights museum and a polar bear park opened in 2014.
Champagne France: Perching in the Faux
Champagne France: Exploring the open country, Champagne houses, and ancient cities Troyes and Reims.
Eastern Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Sevierville, Tennessee. Max Hartshorne visits the Great Smoky Mountain Nat'l park & many outdoor attractions of Eastern Tennessee.
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Jamaica's Nude Beaches
Jamaica's nude beaches. Finding a pocket size treasure in Montego Bay - nude beaches, nude beach montego bay
Vancouver British Columbia
Vancouver, BC. Surrounded by beauty and water, and 1000 acres of park right in the center. Vancouver doesn't disappoint!
Mountain Hut Pontese, in the Italian Alps
Pontese Mountain hut, outside of Torino, Italy.

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

Return to Colombia: Prosperous and Safe in 2013
Colombia | Bogota, Cartagena Colombia, visiting Bogota and the shining Caribbean city of Cartagena.
Northern France's Secret Places
Nord Pas de Calais is a region in Northern France bordering Belgium where Max Hartshorne finds a lot to like.
Cool Lodgings: Living Like Royalty at Chateau le Val, Brix, Normandy
Normandy France | Max Hartshorne stays at a 13th century chateau in Normandy called the Chateau le Val and samples an exotic local liqueur called 44 made from calvados, oranges and coffee beans.
Mexico City: Thriving, Cosmopolitan and Green
Mexico City, a city that's endured a lot of hardship, is now cosmopolitan, cleaner and even has bikes to rent short term.
Nova Scotia Roadtrip: Summer 2013
Nova Scotia: Max Hartshorne takes a road trip around this big seafood lovers paradise, Halifax, Lunenburg, Wolfville.
'Wild' Malaysia: Orangutans, Elephants, Birds and Monkeys Up Close
Malaysia | Getting up close and personal with orangutans, exotic birds, monkeys and elephants.
Set Sail on a Tall Ship
Set Sail on a Tall Ship from New Zealand to Easter Island
Beaumont, Texas: Wildlife and Nightlife in the Heart of the Oil Patch
Beaumont, Texas | Max Hartshorne visits Beaumont, Texas, and finds lots of outdoor recreation, wildlife education, fine dining, happening nightlife and lots of Texas hospitality.
Renting a Car in Europe: See More, Do More!
A guide to renting a car in Europe--based on an actual case history
Tall Ships Adventures in the South Pacific
Tall ship sailing is the ideal synthesis of seaborne adventure, exotic exploration and timeless romance. On the Søren Larsen your active participation adds to the authenticity of the experience. There ...
A Real Ranch Vacation in Montana
Bynum, Montana | Travel writer Max Hartshorne writes about a ranch vacation in Bynum Montana at the SK Ranch.
Naked in Vermont: A Clothing-Optional Resort
Naked in Vermont: Max Hartshorne makes an October visit to the only clothing-optional inn in Southern Vermont, nude in vermont
North Cyprus, at the Top of the Island of Cyprus
North Cyprus, the nation located at the top of the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean sea, is a great new tourism destination.
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.
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