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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. 

 

Find articles about Alternative Travel

 

Travel Bookstores in the U.S. & Canada

Travel bookstores in the US and Canada

Tracking in New Jersey

Tom Brown runs a school where you can learn to track animals...in Southern New Jersey.

Tracing Family Roots Back to the Isle of Man

Tracing Family Roots Back to the Isle of Man
Bruce Marsland visits the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea and traces his ancestral roots through the history and geography of this unique island.

Top Picks for Alternative Travel in Europe

Top Picks for Alternative Travel in Europe
Top Picks for Alternative Travel in Europe

Top Picks for Alternative Adventures in Africa

Top Picks for Alternative Adventures in Africa
Top Picks for Alternative Adventures in Africa

To Give is to Receive! Funding Your Volunteer Vacation

To Give is to Receive! Funding Your Volunteer Vacation

The Top Ten Best Bare Beaches in the World

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.

The Hill Tribes of Thailand

The Hill Tribes of Thailand
Visiting with the many hill tribes of Northern Thailand, including the Akha, Hmong, Yao, Tibet, Akha, Lahu, Lisu, and Burma, Karen and others.

Teaching English Overseas

Teaching English Overseas

Teaching English in Valencia, Spain

Teaching English in Valencia, Spain
Teaching English in Valencia, Spain

Teaching English in South Korea

Teaching English in South Korea
The author describes his experience teaching English in several very different schools in Korea.

Teach English in Japan

Teach English in Japan

Sustainable Travel Vacations Give Back More than they Cost

Sustainable Travel Vacations Give Back More than they Cost
Sarah Freddie writes about sustainable travel, and how travelers can promote environmental protection and contribute to the economies of the countries they visit.'

Short-term Vacation Work Abroad

Short-term Vacation Work Abroad

Restoring Ancient French Castles

Restoring Ancient French Castles
Linda Handiak describes a program restoring ancienet castles in Provence, France.

People Helping People in Afghanistan: Marigold's Humanitarian Work

People Helping People in Afghanistan: Marigold's Humanitarian Work
Beth Simmons writes about the Marigold Fund's humitarian work in Afghanistan, focusing on the importance of building relationships with locals.

Northwest Vietnam: Friendly People and Breathtaking Landscapes

Northwest Vietnam: Friendly People and Breathtaking Landscapes
Siobhan McGeady describes her travels among the hill tribes of Northwest Vietnam.

Nevada's Burning Man Festival: Raunchy, Rainbow Picture Show

Nevada's Burning Man Festival: Raunchy, Rainbow Picture Show
David Rich visits the Burning Man Festival in Gerlach, Nevada, and reports on the remarkable antics there.

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Monastic Interludes: Learning to Chill in a Tibetan Monastery

Monastic Interludes: Learning to Chill in a Tibetan Monastery
Monastic Interludes: Learning to Chill in a Tibetan Monastery

Mednoye, Russia: Agritourism Gains Momentum

Mednoye, Russia: Agritourism Gains Momentum
Galina Iskakova visits the Pietro Mazza farm in Mednoye, Russia, where she samples many delicious cheeses and enjoys meeting all the animals.

Malaysia: A Home-Stay in Kampung Pachitan

Malaysia: A Home-Stay in Kampung Pachitan
Gary Singh enjoys a homestay in Malaysia, tours rubber and palm oil plantations, and joins in the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
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Learning, Volunteer and Alternative Travel - GoNOMAD - Page 2

Learning, Volunteer and Alternative Travel - GoNOMAD - Page 2
GoNOMAD Alternatives section provides you with directories to find teaching jobs, worldwide volunteering opportunities, and language schools, plus feature stories

Learning, Volunteer and Alternative Travel - GoNOMAD

Learning, Volunteer and Alternative Travel - GoNOMAD
GoNOMAD Alternatives section provides you with directories to find teaching jobs, worldwide volunteering opportunities, and language schools, plus feature stories

Learning Spanish on a Cultural Tour of Lima, Peru

Learning Spanish on a Cultural Tour of Lima, Peru
Alice Driver writes about learning Spanish in Lima, Peru by traveling solo, visiting museums, riding busses and eating at local restaurants.

Learning Italian at Florence's Koine Center

Learning Italian at Florence's Koine Center
Denene Brox takes an intensive Italian language course at the Koine Center in Florence.

Language Learning Overseas

Language Learning Overseas

Japan's Goodwill Guides offer Personal tour guides in exchange for language practice

Japan's Goodwill Guides offer Personal tour guides in exchange for language practice
Japan's Goodwill Guides offer Personal tour guides in exchange for language practice

India: A Day-Trip From Mysore

India: A Day-Trip From Mysore
Suruchi Dumpawar of Mysore takes a day trip to the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, the Somnathpura Temple and the Shimsha waterfalls.

Honduran Corn Tortillas

Honduran Corn Tortillas
In praise of the humble Honduran tortilla: Amigos gives volunteers a chance to do life fullfilling work in many different countries.

Hobknobbing With Sperm Whales in the Azores

Hobknobbing With Sperm Whales in the Azores
Wade Hughes describes scuba diving with sperm whales in the Azores.

Habla Ingles? Language Immersion at 'Englishtown'

Habla Ingles? Language Immersion at 'Englishtown'
Lisa Lubin enjoys a free vacation at Pueblo Ingles, an English language immersion program for Spaniards.

Habla Espanol?: Top Picks for Alternative Travel in Central America

Habla Espanol?: Top Picks for Alternative Travel in Central America
Habla Espanol?: Top Picks for Alternative Travel in Central America

GoNOMAD--The Peace Corps Offers You a Chance to Help Disaster Victims

GoNOMAD--The Peace Corps Offers You a Chance to Help Disaster Victims
How to join the Peace Corps and help disaster victims around the world

GoNOMAD MINI GUIDE: Discover teflboard and start teaching English abroad!

GoNOMAD MINI GUIDE: Discover teflboard and start teaching English abroad!
The new TEFL Board website links ESL programs all over the world

Global Good: Volunteering Your Way Around the World

Global Good: Volunteering Your Way Around the World
Global Good: Volunteering Your Way Around the World

From Touring to Learning: Alternative Travel in Southeast Asia

From Touring to Learning: Alternative Travel in Southeast Asia
From Touring to Learning: Alternative Travel in Southeast Asia

Finding a Job Teaching English in Paris

Finding a Job Teaching English in Paris
Finding a Job Teaching English in Paris

Doing Dharma in Dharma-ville: A Year in McLeod

Doing Dharma in Dharma-ville: A Year in McLeod
Doing Dharma in Dharma-ville: A Year in McLeod Ganj

Desire, Los Cabos, Mexico: The World's Sexiest and Best Couples-Only Resort

Desire, Los Cabos, Mexico: The World's Sexiest and  Best Couples-Only Resort
Sex therapist and syndicated talk show host Sue McGarvie visits Desire Los Cabos, a couples-only resort in Mexico.

Cuba: New Laws Loosen Travel Restrictions to Cuba | GoNOMAD

Cuba: New Laws Loosen Travel Restrictions to Cuba | GoNOMAD
Cuba-travel to cuba-Havana: After the U.S. government eased travel restrictions to Cuba this year, travel companies and tour operators are gearing up to welcome more visitors to this fascinating and l ...

 
 


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