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Max Hartshorne at the GoNOMAD Cafe in South Deerfield, which for five years was a gathering place for locals and travelers.
Max Hartshorne at the former GoNOMAD Cafe in South Deerfield, Massachusetts


Max Hartshorne: A Passion for Travel


The Art of Having a Great Time


"If you approach something with real passion and dedication and think about it all the time, and work on it until one a.m., eventually you're going to succeed."

Max Hartshorne has always had a passion for travel and travel writing and through hard work and bold initiative, he is now in a position to "live the dream."

IN 2010, he was awarded First Place in the International Journalism Awards sponsored by Cancun Tourism Development for a story he wrote titled "Ecotourism in Cancun: Wilder than we Thought".

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WATCH A VIDEO of Max talking about using Social Media in 2012.

LISTEN TO MAX TALK TRAVEL ON THE RADIO

For five years, Max operated the GoNOMAD Cafe in the town where he lives, providing a space

Swimming in a cave in Hungary

to share community, travel photographs and great home-cooked food. Sadly, this venture closed in 2011, after struggling to gain traction in a tough economy. Still, he regards the experience as a great learning moment and a contribution to the vitality of his beloved New England village.

readuponit-logo The latest development with the website is their new series of eBooks, called Plane Readers, which provide a portable selection of travel articles to get people excited about their upcoming trips. Already out are the Italy Plane Reader, Central America, Cuba, Naked Travel, California, England, Germany, France and many other destinations. 50 total ebooks will be created for the series-- PLANE READERS.

When he's home he enjoys publishing one of the country's top travel websites. Besides working with writers from prestigious publications like the Washington Post, the LA Times, the Explorer's Club and UK's Royal Geographic Society, he also helps aspiring travel writers get published for the first time. How cool is that?

Many aspiring travel writers have also gotten their start by working as interns at GoNOMAD, where they help work on the website, write articles and often take trips sponsored by local tourism boards. "Max is great to work with," said one student intern. "He's very motivated and he pushes you to do better."

In 2002 Max, then an editor at Transitions Abroad magazine, bought a travel website called GoNOMAD.com from its founder Lauryn Axelrod who lived in Vermont. At first GoNOMAD had its headquarters in Max's basement, where he worked on it part-time.

By 2005 the website had its own office in rural South Deerfield, Massachusetts and Max was working there full-time, along with Webmaster Joe Obeng and Associate Editor (and cousin) Stephen Hartshorne.

Max got his first editor's job at 21, when he helped start the Portland Chronicle in Maine. He worked in production, advertising sales, web design and editing for twenty-seven years. His writing has been published in many newspapers and other publications including the Valley Advocate, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, the UMass Press, and Traveler's Tales Books.

Travel Articles by Max Hartshorne

Louvre-Lens Shines Bright in a Once-Sad City in France

Louvre-Lens Shines Bright in a Once-Sad City in France
Louvre Lens in Northern France: New hope new art in a depressed city.

Winnipeg, Manitoba's Two Big Surprises

Winnipeg, Manitoba's Two Big Surprises
Winnipeg, Manitoba: Two big new attractions, a human rights museum and a polar bear park opened in 2014.

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 - freight train travel

Mexico: Fishing on Isla Holbox

Mexico: Fishing on Isla Holbox
On Isla Holbox, a sleepy island off the Yucatan Peninsula, Max Hartshorne catches fish and enjoys the freshest ceviche in the world.

Newport Vermont: At the Very Top

Newport Vermont: At the Very Top
Newport Vermont: Big plans are afoot to bring many more visitors and prosperity to this town on a big lake at the top of Vermont.

Travel Fitness Gear for the Fall

Travel Fitness Gear for the Fall
Asics running shoes and shorts, Coolibar sun protective clothing and other travel wear reviewed.

New Zealand: For Women Only

New Zealand: For Women Only
New Zealand is the perfect place to experience your first women-only trip. A Jan 2015 tour is previewed.

Coos County, the Top of New Hampshire

Coos County, the Top of New Hampshire
Coos County, New Hampshire. A photo gallery from the top of the Granite State, where Moose nearly outnumber residents.

Sleep on Air New Zealand's Skycouch!

Sleep on Air New Zealand's Skycouch!
Air New Zealand offers service to six Australian cities for $1368 round trip from the west coast.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

France: Caen Memorial Museum

France: Caen Memorial Museum
Caen Memorial Museum in Normandy, France

Central Portugal: Hard Times in a Beautiful Place

Central Portugal: Hard Times in a Beautiful Place
Central Portugal: Few visitors discover the cities of Coimbra and Vizeu and the Serra da Estrella Mountains--they're beautiful and affordable!

New England: A Cruise Up the Coast

New England: A Cruise Up the Coast
Cruising the coast in a small ship. Finding joy in familiar RI and MA islands: Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Cuttyhunk, Block Island.

Armagnac: Southwest France's Drink

Armagnac: Southwest France's Drink
Armagnac: An ancient brandy distilled in Southwest France, photos of producers and the region by Max Hartshorne.

Armagnac, the Drink of Southwest France

Armagnac, the Drink of Southwest France
Armagnac is the drink of Southwest France. Max Hartshorne meets producers and enjoys fine food and scenery in Le Gers, France.

Dining in Sardinia: Mountaintop and on a Farm

Dining in Sardinia: Mountaintop and on a Farm
Sardinia: Two unique dining experiences, one with a lonely shepard, and one where everything came from 50 feet.

Antarctica: A Sensory Overload!

Antarctica: A Sensory Overload!
Antarctica: Three travelers provide useful information on what to bring, how cold it is, and why they loved it.

Toulouse, France Photo Gallery

Toulouse, France Photo Gallery
Toulouse, France. A photo gallery of images from this exciting city in Southwest France by Max Hartshorne.

max blogTravel Sounds

7 minute Interview segments
Listen to GoNOMAD editor Max Hartshorne talk travel:

Vancouver  Big Bear Lake CA
Lewiston, Maine, Toulouse France
Sevierville, Tennessee, 
Nord Pas-de-Calais France 
Nova Scotia with hosts Brad Shepard and Bo Sullivan on WHYN-AM 560.
Champagne France Portland, Maine Belize with Kevin and Sue McCarthy of the Travel Planners Show

Read New Travel Stories on GoNOMAD!

New Products for Travelers June 2014

New Products for Travelers June 2014
New travel gadgets including Nomad keychain charger, Neptor battery pack, windmeter, VModa XS headphones,Bolle Anaconda glasses, Backtrack tags are reviewed.

Marina Del Rey: Created Cool

Marina Del Rey: Created Cool
Marina del Rey California, created in 1965, is a perfect place to learn to sail. Or just feel rich.

Ventura, California: The Coastal Choice

Ventura, California: The Coastal Choice
Ventura California: A city of surfers, bohemians and dreamers where the weather is as perfect as the waves.
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Argentina: A Women's Trip to BA and Iguazu Falls

Argentina: A Women's Trip to BA and Iguazu Falls
Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls: a women-only trip to Argentina is a perfect choice for many.

Car Rental Made Easier: Enterprise

Car Rental Made Easier: Enterprise
Car Rentals made easy: Max Hartshorne gets out his stopwatch and is pleasantly surprised at Enterprise LAX.

Winnipeg, Manitoba Photo Gallery

Winnipeg, Manitoba Photo Gallery
Winnipeg Manitoba photo gallery from February 2014, by Max Hartshorne.

Where We Went in 2013

Where We Went in 2013
Where we went: GoNOMAD staff reflect on the places they went in 2013.

Vancouver British Columbia

Vancouver British Columbia
Vancouver, BC. Surrounded by beauty and water, and 1000 acres of park right in the center. Vancouver doesn't disappoint!

Riding in Ecuador

Riding in Ecuador
Otavalo, Ecuador: riding horses in volcano country in a place with a rich equestrian tradition.

Cuenca, Ecuador's Pretty City

Cuenca, Ecuador's Pretty City
Cuenca Ecuador: Max Hartshorne visits this historic city filled with American expats and rides horses in the hills.

Ecuador Photo Gallery

Ecuador Photo Gallery
Quito, Cuenca and Otavalo: An Ecuador photo gallery by Max Hartshorne.

Northern France's Secret Places

Northern France's Secret Places
Nord Pas de Calais is a region in Northern France bordering Belgium where Max Hartshorne finds a lot to like.

Nova Scotia Roadtrip: Summer 2013

Nova Scotia Roadtrip: Summer 2013
Nova Scotia: Max Hartshorne takes a road trip around this big seafood lovers paradise, Halifax, Lunenburg, Wolfville.

Photos from a Nova Scotia Summer 2013

Photos from a Nova Scotia Summer 2013
Nova Scotia: a photo gallery of Lunenburg, Wolfville and along the coast of this seafaring land.

Travel Gadgets to Entertain & Put You to Sleep

Travel Gadgets to Entertain & Put You to Sleep
New gadget reviews: Minx Go music system, SleepPhones, Sound911 personal alarm,Arka Lantern, V Moda headphones and many more.

Champagne France: Perching in the Faux

Champagne France: Perching in the Faux
Champagne France: Exploring the open country, Champagne houses, and ancient cities Troyes and Reims.

Dijon and Champagne Photo Gallery

Dijon and Champagne Photo Gallery
Dijon, Champagne photo gallery by Max Hartshorne. A golden part of France.

Eastern Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Eastern Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Sevierville, Tennessee. Max Hartshorne visits the Great Smoky Mountain Nat'l park & many outdoor attractions of Eastern Tennessee.

Vermont Culinary Weekend: Cooking in the Country

Vermont Culinary Weekend: Cooking in the Country
Cooking in Vermont: In Brandon, Vermont, Max Hartshorne learns French cooking techniques and stays in a 1909 country inn.

Mountain Hut Pontese, in the Italian Alps

Mountain Hut Pontese, in the Italian Alps
Pontese Mountain hut, outside of Torino, Italy.

Mexico City: Biking in a Vast City

Mexico City: Biking in a Vast City
Mexico City: On any Sunday, you'll see bikers taking over the Reforma and other major boulevards.

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts: Serendipidous Discoveries and Dockside Lodgings

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts: Serendipidous Discoveries and Dockside Lodgings
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts: Serendipidous Discoveries and Dockside Lodging. A trip to the island of Martha's Vineyard for kayaking, biking, seafood eating and sightseeing
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