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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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Berlin's Wild Nightlife - Page Three

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: 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

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

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
Dartmoor, England: Preserving an ancient man-made wilderness.

What is Burning Man and Why Should You Go?

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
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
English language immersion in the rolling hills of tuscany.
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A Homestay with the Aymara on Lake Titicaca

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

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

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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Restoring Ancient French Castles

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

Chile's Elqui Valley: A Zen Experience in 'Travel Therapy'

Chile's Elqui Valley: A Zen Experience in 'Travel Therapy'
Jade Frank describes a visit to Chile's Elqui Valley, said to be the magnetic center of the world - elqui valley chile

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.

Hong Kong's Adventurous Side: Hills, Mountains and Sea

Hong Kong's Adventurous Side: Hills, Mountains and Sea
The author takes a hike with the hong kong trampers, an outdoor adventure group on the island of hong kong.

Alamos, Mexico: The Pueblo at the End of the Road

Alamos, Mexico: The Pueblo at the End of the Road
Allen Coxdescribes the achitecture, scenic beauty and charm of Alamos, Mexico.

Volunteering in Vietnam Finds Frankness, Spontaneity and Generosity

Volunteering in Vietnam Finds Frankness, Spontaneity and Generosity
Megan Tady describes the challenges and rewards of volunteering in Vietnam.

Ise: Japan's Holiest Shrine

Ise: Japan's  Holiest Shrine
Ryan Cole describes a visit to Ise, Japan's holiest Shinto shrine.

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.

Goa on Foot: A Trek to Remember

Goa on Foot: A Trek to Remember
Mridula Dwivedi describes a family hike through the forests of Goa.

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.

Sundance: The Other Festival

Sundance: The Other Festival
Sundance: The Other Festival, in New Mexico. A shaman teaches vision quests and animal medicine.

Teaching English in South Korea

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

Habla Ingles? English Language Immersion in Salamanca, Spain

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

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.

Travel Bookstores in the U.S. & Canada

Travel bookstores in the US and Canada

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

Teaching English in Valencia, Spain

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

Volunteering in Nigeria: Burning Food and the Complexities of Saying 'Hello'

Life in a Nigerian village learning how to get around in a place where there are 500 dialects and many different tribes.

Where NOT to Do Good--A Tale of Albania

Where NOT to Do Good--A Tale of Albania
Melissa Shultz describes a volunteer mission in Albania during which she was nearly abducted.

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

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.

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. - best nude beaches in the world

Working with Elephants in Sri Lanka

Working with Elephants in Sri Lanka
An account of volunteering in Sri Lanka taking care of elephants.

Brazil: Life Lessons through International Volunteering

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

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

Finding a Job Teaching English in Paris
Finding a Job Teaching English in Paris, teaching english in paris, each english in paris

Sea Kayaking in British Columbia

Sea Kayaking in British Columbia
Sea Kayaking in British Columbia

Amigos in Oaxaca: A Life Changing Experience.

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

GoNOMAD-Volunteering in Tanzania with Amizade
Danille Kobet writes about a fantastic experience volunteering in Tanzania.

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