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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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China: Finding Peace at Mt. Qingcheng
Mt. Qingcheng: Searching for solitude and adventure, this travel writer found happiness in the city of Chengdu in China.
Siberia: Experience the End of the World
Explore the ends of of the world with the Nenets on their migration across the Gulf of Ob.
Utah: The Majesty of Grand Staircase
Utah: Working as a field tech in the Grand Staircase National Monument in southern Utah.
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Baseball: Cuba’s Passion
If you're heading to Cuba, don't forget to see a baseball game: it's one of the best ways to experience true Cuban culture!
United States: Crossing on a Skateboard
Skate Travel: Brian Zygomontowicz will soon travel the US by skateboard, a form of travel called "pushing"
Peru: Peeking in at the Life of the Poorest
Peru: In Lima, Hannah Vickers take a tour of the slums, high above the city.

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Nord Pas-de-Calais France 
Nova Scotia,   Champagne France

Cartagena: A Fitness Escape
A fitness escape might be your perfect vacation: exercise and eat healthy food while exploring the local culture.
Helping Solve the Medical Tourism Question
Medigo provides information on more than 300 clinics around the world.  ...
Sri Lanka's Endangered Sea Turtles
Observing protected sea turtles in Sri Lanka
New Zealand: Stay with a Farm Family
Dirty Chick: Adventures of an Unlikely Farmer. How to WWOOF: work and live in New Zealand.
Oxford: A True English Experience
Studying in Oxford, England with The Oxford Experience allows students to study in small classes with tutors at Oxford University
Uruguay, Peeking in on Pablo Neruda
Uruguay: Home to Poets and Mystics. Exploring the home of poet Pablo Neruda.
Walking and Hawking with Nora Roberts
Ireland.Ginger Warder goes to Ireland and follows the path of her favorite author, Nora Roberts.
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. John Henderson shares how he got his Permesso di Soggiorno, the treasured card that shows you're legally living in Rome.
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: Harvesting grapes in Bordeaux has its benefits, and its difficulties.
Read your Way through New England
Literary sites of Mssachusetts and New Hampshire, made famous over the years.
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 ...
Plan A Trip with Amadeus!
Plan A Trip with Amadeus! Test driving a new way to search for flights.
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