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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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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.

Caring for the Rejected: Helping People Living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand

Caring for the Rejected: Helping People Living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand
Natalie Lefevre shares her experience working with orphans and AIDS patients at the Camillian Social Center in Rayong, Thailand.

Building a House in Guatemala: The Gift of a Home

Building a House in Guatemala: The Gift of a Home
a fourteen-year-old from Seattle joins his cousins to help build a house for a needy person in Guatemala

Brazil: Life Lessons through International Volunteering

Brazil: Life Lessons through International Volunteering
Natalie Andrews writes about a life-chaning experience valunteering in Brazil.

Teaching in Nepal: No Salary But Great Rewards

Teaching in Nepal: No Salary But Great Rewards
Volunteer teaching opportunities in Nepal.

Hammering out the Kinks at an Alternative Spa and Carpentry School

Hammering out the Kinks at an Alternative Spa and Carpentry School
Alternative Spa and Carpentry School in Wisconsin

Sundance: The Other Festival

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

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.

A New Life in an Old City: Living in Rome

A New Life in an Old City: Living in Rome
Rome: A guide from an American Expat on Living and Working in Rome, Italy

Finding and Choosing an Alternative Vacation

Finding and choosing an alternative vacation.

Quy Nhon: Biggest Smiles in Vietnam

Quy Nhon: Biggest Smiles in Vietnam
Quy Nhon: Biggest smiles in Vietnam.

Royal Castle Square, Warsaw Poland

Royal Castle Square, Warsaw Poland
Royal castle square, Warsaw, Poland

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

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.

GoNOMAD - World Music

GoNOMAD - World Music
World Music

Costa Rica:Ecotourism and Outdoor Adventure

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.

Australia's Coober Pedy: A Gemstone in the Desert

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.

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.

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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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.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park: Quintessential California Camping

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park: Quintessential California Camping
Dorothy Carlson and her husband enjoy hiking and camping in California's Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Coasteering in Wales: It Only Sounds Dangerous

Coasteering in Wales: It Only Sounds Dangerous
Steven Bochenek and his family try out the sport of 'coasteering' -- climbing up cliffs on the scenic coast of Wales and jumping into the sea.
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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.

Learning Vacations at the Campbell Folk School

 Learning Vacations at the Campbell Folk School
Stephen Bugno visits the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, where they offer some 860 courses including photography, quilting, cooking, dancing and playing the hammer dulcimer.

Dartmoor, England: Preserving an Ancient Man-Made Wilderness

Dartmoor, England: Preserving an Ancient  Man-Made Wilderness
Dartmoor, England: Preserving an ancient man-made wilderness.

Raw Nature, Rawhide: Touring Florida's Eco-Ranches

Raw Nature, Rawhide: Touring Florida's Eco-Ranches
Chelle Koster Walton takes a tour of Florida eco-ranches.

Sea Kayaking in British Columbia

Sea Kayaking in British Columbia
Sea Kayaking in British Columbia

Lavender: An Historic Natural Perfume Gives Tourists an Uplift in Quebec

Lavender: An Historic Natural Perfume Gives Tourists an Uplift in Quebec
Habeeb Salloum visits the Domain Blue Lavender Farm in Magog, Quebec, where he learns about the history and cultivation of lavender.

Kes Kes, and Kasbah: Cooking With Kitty Morse in Morocco

Kes Kes, and Kasbah: Cooking With Kitty Morse in Morocco
Kes Kes, and Kasbah, Cooking in Morocco with Kitty morse.

GoNOMAD--Learning Italian in Ascoli

GoNOMAD--Learning Italian in Ascoli
A guide to Ascoli Italy, in a region called Le Marches, which is like Tuscany 30 years ago.

Hopping Freight Trains: The story of Rapid T

Hopping Freight Trains: The story of Rapid T
Hobos | an interview with Rapid T, a hobo who rides the rails in the eastern US.

Dijon, France by Segway Scooter

Dijon, France by Segway Scooter
Taking a tour of downtown Dijon, France by Segway Scooter is a great fun way to see the sights.

Vaughantown: An Enclave of English in the Heart of Spain

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.

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.

Jamaica's Nude Beaches

Jamaica's Nude Beaches
Jamaica's nude beaches. Finding a pocket size treasure in Montego Bay.

Finding and Choosing an Alternative Travel Vacation - GoNOMAD MINIGUIDE

Finding and Choosing an Alternative Travel Vacation - GoNOMAD MINIGUIDE
Alternative travel vacations: Advice on finding and choosing the right program.

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.

Volunteer to Save Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park

Volunteer to Save Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park
Volunteer to save buffalo in Yellowstone National park. Keeping the buffalo in so they don't get shot by ranchers.

WWOOFing on the Farm: Volunteering On An Organic Farm in New Zealand

WWOOFing on the Farm: Volunteering On An Organic Farm in New Zealand
WWOOFing on the Farm: Volunteering On An Organic Farm in New Zealand

Educating through Travel: Pave Your Own Path

Educating through Travel: Pave Your Own Path
Educating through travel: Pave your own path.Together with their three kids, Jon and Pamela have traveled across Central America.

Learning English in Malta

Learning English in Malta
Learning English in Malta. Malta Lingua provides a full range of instruction from native English speakers, with courses from one week to one year.

 
 


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