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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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Costa Rica:Ecotourism and Outdoor Adventure
Laurie Ellis takes an eco-tour of Costa Rica with plenty of adventure. She goes ziplining, horseback riding, bicycling, rappelling, tubing and whitewater rafting.
Vaughantown: An Enclave of English in the Heart of Spain
The author writes about VaughanTown, a six-week English language immersion program in Spain where English speakers receive free room and board in exchange for conversation.
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park: Quintessential California Camping
Dorothy Carlson and her husband enjoy hiking and camping in California's Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
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Uruguay: Opening up to New Experiences
Kylie Jelley writes about her semester abroad in Uruguay and the close connection she formed with her host family and the country as a whole.
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. - nude couples
Australia's Coober Pedy: A Gemstone in the Desert
Coober Pedy Australia, the opal mining capital of the world, where half the residents live underground.

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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.
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.
A Real Ranch Vacation in Montana
Bynum, Montana | Travel writer Max Hartshorne writes about a ranch vacation in Bynum Montana at the SK Ranch.
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.
Vallecito: A Quiet, Primitive Desert Campground
Vallecito, CA: Gerald Burke writes about a delightful little campground called Vallecito in western San Diego County.
Learning Italian at Florence's Koine Center
Denene Brox takes an intensive Italian language course at the Koine Center in Florence.
An Eco-Adventure in Trinidad Tobago
Ginger Warder visits the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and hikes in the rainforest and watches giant sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach.
Dartmoor, England: Preserving an Ancient Man-Made Wilderness
Dartmoor, England: Preserving an ancient man-made wilderness.
What is Burning Man and Why Should You Go?
Questions and answers about the famous Burning Man Festival held in the Nevada desert each summer.
Cuernavaca, Mexico: The Perfect Place to Study Spanish
Cuernavaca, Mexico: The Perfect Place to Study Spanish
English Language Immersion in the Rolling Hills of Tuscany
English language immersion in the rolling hills of tuscany.
A Homestay with the Aymara on Lake Titicaca
Peru: Lake Titicaca.Eva Riccozzi describes a homestay with the Aymara people on Lake Titicaca.
Hiking to the Base of Mt. Everest
David Rich describes his journey to the base of Mt. Everest, explaining some of the dangers, including ice falls and altitude sickness, lukla to everest base camp
Hiking Along the Great Wall of China
Fiona Tunstall describes hiking along little known sections of the Great Wall of China.
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