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Alternative Travel:  Going for
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At GoNOMAD, we know there's more to travel than sightseeing


To really get close to the people and places you visit, you have to get involved. Take a language or cooking course, volunteer with children or community development, study Tibetan Buddhism or participate in an archaeological dig, teach English or work on a farm for a few days, weeks, or months. No matter your age or interest, there's an alternative travel opportunity for you at GoNOMAD.

Below you'll find articles about volunteering around the world, or slightly offbeat types of trips...definitely not your run of the mill, sit on the beach vacation. Some people want to learn a new language, others want to teach English, and others just want to do something they've never done before. 

 

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Ayurvedic Treatment in Sri Lanka: A Week of Bliss

Ayurvedic Treatment in Sri Lanka: A Week of Bliss
Margie Goldsmith travels to Sri Lanka for a week of Ayurvedic treatments, which include massage, herbs, medicines, meditation and a healthy diet.

Learning for the Good of It: Responsible Travel through Language Schools in Guatemala

 Learning for the Good of It: Responsible Travel through Language Schools in Guatemala
Learning for the good of it: responsible travel through language schools in Guatemala.

Finding and Choosing an Alternative Travel Vacation

Finding and Choosing an Alternative Travel Vacation
Finding and Choosing an Alternative Travel Vacation

Discovering a Lost World in the Asian Jungle

Discovering a Lost World in the Asian Jungle
Gold Rush in the Jungle. Dan Drollette writes about a Lost World in the rarely visited jungles of Vietnam and Laos.

Photo gallery: Tracking Animals in NJ

Photo gallery: Tracking Animals in NJ
New Jersey animal tracker school: Photos of Tom Brown's animal tracking school, where you can learn to follow animals in the woods.

Indonesia: Thriving Permaculture in Yogyakarta

Indonesia: Thriving Permaculture in Yogyakarta
Outside of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, farmer Pak Iskander raises crops sustainably using permaculture techniques.

Kurdistan: Crossing a War Zone

Kurdistan: Crossing a War Zone
Kurdistan: Walker Stephens spends a day hitchhiking through a war zone in Northern Iraq.

New Zealand: Working on a Movie Set

New Zealand: Working on a Movie Set
New Zealand: Mike Markoff arrives in Auckland with few hopes, then he gets a job on the set of Spartacus.

Vallecito: A Quiet, Primitive Desert Campground

Vallecito: A Quiet, Primitive Desert Campground
Vallecito, CA: Gerald Burke writes about a delightful little campground called Vallecito in western San Diego County.

Alamos, Mexico: The Pueblo at the End of the Road

Alamos, Mexico: The Pueblo at the End of the Road
Allen Coxdescribes the achitecture, scenic beauty and charm of Alamos, Mexico.

American Nudist: Living Nude in the California Desert | GoNOMAD.com

American Nudist: Living Nude in the California Desert | GoNOMAD.com
Naked in California: Max Hartshorne visits DeAnza Springs clothing optional resort in Jacumba California to explore the lives of nudists.

Making Your Travels a Pilgrimage

Making Your Travels a Pilgrimage
MAKING YOUR TRAVELS A PILGRIMAGE

Volunteer in Vietnam Finds Frankness, Spontaneity and Generosity

Volunteer in Vietnam Finds Frankness, Spontaneity and Generosity
Megan Tady describes the challenges and rewards of volunteering in Vietnam.

GoNOMAD-Learn Spanish on the Go in the Mexican Caribbean!

GoNOMAD-Learn Spanish on the Go in the Mexican Caribbean!
How you can enjoy a tropical vacation and learn Spanish at the same time with language adventures programs in Mexico

Desire Resort and Spa Cancun: One of the World's Sexiest Lifestyle Resorts.

Desire Resort and Spa Cancun: One of the World's Sexiest Lifestyle Resorts.
Sex therapist and syndicated talk show host Sue McGarvie visits Desire Riviera Maya, a couples-only resort in Mexico.

The Top Ten Best Stories of 2013

The Top Ten Best Stories of 2013
GoNOMAD selects the Top Ten Travel Stories for 2013

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.

Global Ears: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding World Music on the Road

Global Ears: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding World Music on the Road
Global Ears: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding World Music on the Road

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Domain Blue Lavender Farm in Magog, Quebec

Domain Blue Lavender Farm in Magog, Quebec
Domain Blue lavender farm in Magog, Quebeck

Auschwitz in Poland

Auschwitz in Poland
Auschwitz in Poland

Egypt: Why You Should Visit Right Now

Egypt: Why You Should Visit Right Now
Egypt: Five reasons to travel there right now, by an expat who lives in Cairo.
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When in Thailand, Don't...

When in Thailand, Don't...
Thailand's Taboos: Beware of Bare Feet and Too Much Skin. Reflecting on Thailand's peculiar obsessions.

A Real Ranch Vacation in Montana

A Real Ranch Vacation in Montana
Bynum, Montana | Travel writer Max Hartshorne writes about a ranch vacation in Bynum Montana at the SK Ranch.

Farmwork for Board in Argentina

Farmwork for Board in Argentina
WWOOFing in Argentina Pagagonia. George Nelson learns to crack walnuts on a rural farm in Southern Argentina as a WWOOF volunteer.

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.

GoNOMAD Do It Yourself Guide: Planning Your Own Safari

GoNOMAD Do It Yourself Guide: Planning Your Own Safari
GoNOMAD Do It Yourself Guide: Planning Your Own Safari

Berlin's Wild Nightlife - Page Three

Berlin's Wild Nightlife - Page Three
Award-winning GoNOMAD reporter Cindy-Lou Dale ventures into the famous KitKat Club (of Liza Minelli and Cabaret fame) and visits other wild and crazy nightspots in Berlin.

Volunteering in Dhikurpokhari, Nepal

Volunteering in Dhikurpokhari, Nepal
Volunteering in Dhikurpokhari, Nepal. The Villager's keep their promise.

GoNOMAD--Why Study Abroad?

GoNOMAD--Why Study Abroad?
A comprehensive guide to studying overseas: how much it costs, where you can do it, additional sources to do research on study abroad programs, directory of study abroad programs.

Finding and Choosing a Volunteer Program

Finding and Choosing a Volunteer Program
Finding and Choosing a Volunteer Program

Alternative Travel Picks in Southeast Asia

Alternative Travel Picks in Southeast Asia
Alternative Travel Picks in Southeast Asia

Miami on Wheels: Traveling With a Disability

Miami on Wheels: Traveling With a Disability
Sony Stark explores the hotspots in Miami with her friend Kristina, who needs a wheelchair because of her broken leg.

Living with the Camel Drivers of India's Thar Desert

Living with the Camel Drivers of India's Thar Desert
Jenny Coates spends three days in the desert with the camel drivers of the Thar Desert.

Where NOT to Do Good--A Tale of Albania

Where NOT to Do Good--A Tale of Albania
Melissa Shultz describes a volunteer mission in Albania during which she was nearly abducted.

Watching the Eclipse in Xinjiang, China

Watching the Eclipse in Xinjiang, China
Ed Burleigh travels to Xinjiang, China, to watch a total eclipse of the sun in Koktokay National Park.

Volunteering in In a Tibetan Refugee Village in Nepal

Volunteering in In a Tibetan Refugee Village in Nepal
A participant's report on volunteering with refugees in Tibet, and the happiness that it brought her.

Volunteering for Relief Programs

Volunteering for Relief Programs

Poland: An Unlikely Volunteering Destination

Poland: An Unlikely Volunteering Destination
Beth Simmons writes about volunteer opportunities for teaching English in Poland and lists opportunties to find teaching jobs there.

Utila Honduras: Killing Lionfish to Save the Seas | GoNOMAD

Utila Honduras: Killing Lionfish to Save the Seas | GoNOMAD
Utila, Honduras is where divers are hunting lionfish to help save other fish species.

Under the Volcanoes: Studying Spanish in Guatemala

Under the Volcanoes: Studying Spanish in Guatemala
Under the Volcanoes: Studying Spanish in Guatemala

 
 


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