submit to reddit GoNOMAD Travel          Instagram

Alternative Travel:  Going for
monk-handsDifferent Reasons


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. 


Find articles about Alternative Travel


Honduran Corn Tortillas
In praise of the humble Honduran tortilla: Amigos gives volunteers a chance to do life fullfilling work in many different countries.
The Top Ten Best Bare Beaches in the World
A guide to the world's top ten bare beache: Where to sunbath, hike and enjoy life without wearing clothes. - best nude beaches in the world
Working with Elephants in Sri Lanka
An account of volunteering in Sri Lanka taking care of elephants.
gonomad bloggers box
Brazil: Life Lessons through International Volunteering
Natalie Andrews writes about a life-chaning experience valunteering in Brazil.
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.
Finding a Job Teaching English in Paris
Teaching English in Paris, tips on finding a job teaching English in Paris, where you can find jobs and best practices.

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

max blog

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

Sea Kayaking in British Columbia
Sea Kayaking in British Columbia
Amigos in Oaxaca: A Life Changing Experience.
Sarah Austin writes about a life-changing experience as a volunteer in Oaxaoa, Mexico.
GoNOMAD-Volunteering in Tanzania with Amizade
Danille Kobet writes about a fantastic experience volunteering in Tanzania.
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
Teaching in China
Teaching in China | Adjusting to the stares, attention, and the endless fascination with exotic Western Women
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.
Tracking in New Jersey
Tom Brown runs a school where you can learn to track Southern New Jersey.
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.
GoNOMAD--Learning Italian in Ascoli
A guide to Ascoli Italy, in a region called Le Marches, which is like Tuscany 30 years ago.
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.
Rome: A New Life in an Old City
Rome: A guide from an American Expat on Living and Working in Rome, Italy
Teach English in Japan
Teach English in Japan
Teaching English Overseas
Teaching English Overseas
Top Picks for Alternative Travel in Europe
Top Picks for Alternative Travel in Europe
New Travel Articles


Subscribe to GoNOMAD's monthly enewsletter for all of our new travel articles
Get our free monthly travel newsletter
and help support sustainable and responsible tourism.
No spam, no selling
your email, we promise!

Subscribe to our email newsletter!

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter!

amazon ad300x250