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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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Medigo: Helping Solve the Medical Tourism Question

Medigo: Helping Solve the Medical Tourism Question
Medigo provides information on more than 300 clinics around the world.

Oxford: A True English Experience

Oxford: A True English Experience
Studying in Oxford, England with The Oxford Experience allows students to study in small classes with tutors,

New Zealand: Stay with a Farm Family

New Zealand: Stay with a Farm Family
Dirty Chick: Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer. How to WWOOF: work and live in New Zealand.

Uruguay, Peeking in on Pablo Neruda

Uruguay, Peeking in on Pablo Neruda
Uruguay: Home to Poets and Mystics. Exploring the home of poet Pablo Neruda.

Australia: Doing Farmwork in the Country

Australia: Doing Farmwork in the Country
Working in Australia: Sebastian Andreasson works three different kinds of jobs down under.

Rome: How I Became a Legal Resident

Rome: How I Became a Legal Resident
Rome: How I Became a Legal Resident. John Henderson shares how he got his Permesso di Soggiorno, the treasured card that shows you're legally living in Rome.

Plan A Trip with Amadeus!

Plan A Trip with Amadeus!
Plan A Trip with Amadeus! Test driving a new way to search for flights.

Guatemala: Four Weeks of Spanish School

Guatemala: Four Weeks of Spanish School
Guatemala: Learning Spanish in Quetzaltenango: how much can you learn in four weeks?

France: Helping with the Harvest

France: Helping with the Harvest
France: Harvesting grapes in Bordeaux has its benefits, and its difficulties.

Be Aware of Your Rights as a Flier

Be Aware of Your Rights as a Flier
Be Aware of Your Rights as a Flier: Flightright helps get you refunds for flight delays.

NY's Chautauqua Institution: A Rich History

NY's Chautauqua Institution: A Rich History
Programs, lectures, Activities and worshiping at Chautauqua Institute in NY

Read your Way through New England

Read your Way through New England
Literary sites of Mssachusetts and New Hampshire, made famous over the years.

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.

Germany for the Jewish Traveler

Germany for the Jewish Traveler
Germany for the Jewish traveler offers Jewish people the opportunity to explore their heritage in Germany.

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.

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.

Indonesia: Thriving Permaculture in Yogyakarta

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

Travel Sounds 7 minute Interview segments

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Listen to GoNOMAD editor Max Hartshorne talk travel:

Vancouver 
 
Big Bear Lake CA
Lewiston, Maine, Toulouse 
Sevierville,  Tennessee, 
Nord Pas-de-Calais France 
Nova Scotia,   Champagne France Portland, Maine   Belize 

The Top Ten Best Stories of 2013

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

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.

Volunteering in Dhikurpokhari, Nepal

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

Finding and Choosing an Alternative Travel Vacation - GoNOMAD MINIGUIDE

Finding and Choosing an Alternative Travel Vacation - GoNOMAD MINIGUIDE
Alternative travel vacations: Advice on finding and choosing the right program.

GoNOMAD - World Music

GoNOMAD - World Music
World Music

Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu: An Atmosphere of Complete Abandon

Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu: An Atmosphere of Complete Abandon
Amanda Shore describes the Maha Shivaratri in Katmandhu, Nepal, known for drug use, nudity and quirky behavior.

Vermont: Classic Cars and Rock Star Farmers

Vermont: Classic Cars and Rock Star Farmers
Vermont: Classic Cars and Rock Star Farmers, Elle Rahilly takes a trip to Randolph, Stowe and Shoreham to experience fall tourism in Vermont

Jamaica's Nude Beaches

Jamaica's Nude Beaches
Jamaica's nude beaches. Finding a pocket size treasure in Montego Bay - nude beaches, nude beach montego bay

Learning English in Malta

Learning English in Malta
Learning English in Malta. Malta Lingua provides a full range of instruction from native English speakers, with courses from one week to one year.

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.

Auschwitz in Poland

Auschwitz in Poland
Auschwitz in Poland

Royal Castle Square, Warsaw Poland

Royal Castle Square, Warsaw Poland
Royal castle square, Warsaw, Poland

Teaching ESL in Spain

Teaching English in Valencia, Spain A Great Place to Vacation--and teaching pays the bills By Susanne Eineigel You may think of Spain as a great place to go for a vacation—sun, beaches, and  ...

Domain Blue Lavender Farm in Magog, Quebec

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

Panama's Wild Side: An Undiscovere Eco-traveler's Paradise | GoNOMAD

Panama's Wild Side: An Undiscovere Eco-traveler's Paradise | GoNOMAD
Sony Stark visits the wild regions of Panama, talking with conservation experts about conserving the rainforest and its people and promoting eco-tourism with a new Discovery Center in Soberania Nation ...

Dijon, France by Segway Scooter

Dijon, France by Segway Scooter
Taking a tour of downtown Dijon, France by Segway Scooter is a great fun way to see the sights.

Educating through Travel: Pave Your Own Path

Educating through Travel: Pave Your Own Path
Educating through travel: Pave your own path.Together with their three kids, Jon and Pamela have traveled across Central America.

Equitrekking: Off the Bus and into the Saddle

Equitrekking: Off the Bus and into the Saddle
Kathleen Broadhurst writes about equitrekking, horseback riding vacations and her PBS TV show Equitrekking

Quy Nhon: Biggest Smiles in Vietnam

Quy Nhon: Biggest Smiles in Vietnam
Quy Nhon: Biggest smiles in Vietnam.

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.

Teach a Man To Fish: Volunteering in Nicaragua and Around the World

Teach a Man To Fish:  Volunteering in Nicaragua and Around the World
Nicaragua: a volunteering organization called Teach a Man to Fish operates farms in Nicaragua to teach agriculture skills

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