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Max Hartshorne


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, Editor of GoNOMAD since 2002. Max Hartshorne, Editor of GoNOMAD since 2002.

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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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 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

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.
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
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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 Ocean Walk.
Cliffords Tower, York England, Scene of a Massacre
Cliffords tower York, England, the scene of a massacre
Caskets by the Roman Wall in York, England
Caskets by the Roman wall in York, England

Travel Sounds 7 minute Interview segments. Listen to all 15 clips

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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

Betty's Tea House in York, England
Betty's tea house in York, England
Biking Through the Vineyards of Greytown, New Zealand
Biking through the vineyards of Greytown, New Zealand
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.
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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
New Zealand | Max Hartshorne and Cindy Bigras visit New Zealand taking in the majestic scenery, the the fine dining, and the gracious, friendly kiwis.
Bend and Mount Bachelor, Oregon
Bend Oregon, home of the Mount Bachelor ski area, located on the hight desert of central Oregon.
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
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
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, reviews of three top ranked hotels in this city near Dallas.
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
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 production in the Dordogne region of France.
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
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 and pot au poule in the hunting lodge.
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