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Max Hartshorne
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

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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-logoA recent 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.

Max is a regular speaker at travel industry events including the New York Times Travel Show, Public Relations Society of America and TBEX, the travel bloggers conventions. 

Travel Articles by Max Hartshorne

Western Massachusetts: Where to Enjoy the Summer
Western Massachusetts, home to Amherst, Northampton, Easthampton and Lenox--great towns for summer fun.
Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown Mass
Harbor View Hotel, a grand and elegant historic hotel on Edgartown Harbor, Martha's Vineyard, MA. An elegant place to stay.
France: The Best of the Loire Valley
Loire Valley France. Max Hartshorne highlights the history, cuisine and other attractions of a road trip across the Loire Valley.
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Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
France: A Loire Valley Photo Gallery
Clisson, Sancerre, Menetou-Salon--touring France's Loire Valley, vineyards and chateaus. Photo gallery by Max Hartshorne.
The Joseph Stalin Museum in Georgia
Joseph Stalin Museum, Gori Republic of Georgia: Awkward memories of a famous native son.

Travel Sounds 7 minute Interview segments

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Listen to GoNOMAD editor Max Hartshorne talk travel:

Vancouver 
 
Big Bear Lake CA
Lewiston, Maine, Toulouse 
Sevierville,  Tennessee, 
Nord Pas-de-Calais France 
Nova Scotia,   Champagne France Portland, Maine   Belize 

San Francisco Hotel G
Hotel G a boutique hotel newly renovated in San Francisco, California.
Riding in Ecuador
Otavalo, Ecuador: riding horses in volcano country in a place with a rich equestrian tradition.
Sleep on Air New Zealand's Skycouch!
Air New Zealand offers service to six Australian cities for $1368 round trip from the west coast.
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Antarctica: A Sensory Overload!
Antarctica: Three travelers provide useful information on what to bring, how cold it is, and why they loved it.
France: Caen Memorial Museum
Caen Memorial Museum in Normandy, France
Renting a House in Le Marche, Italy
Renting a house in Le Marche Italy, where I took my parents for a special trip.
Car Rental Made Easier: Enterprise
Car Rentals made easy: Max Hartshorne gets out his stopwatch and is pleasantly surprised at Enterprise LAX.
Republic of Georgia: Svaneti Photo Gallery
Republic of Georgia: Photo gallery from the northern province of Svaneti and Ushguli.
Travel Fitness Gear for the Fall
Asics running shoes and shorts, Coolibar sun protective clothing and other travel wear reviewed.
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.
Japan: For 2015, It's a Bucket List Destination
Japan. More and more Americans are putting Japan on their travel bucket list. A women-only trip to Japan.
Where We Went in 2013
Where we went: GoNOMAD staff reflect on the places they went in 2013.
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.
Biking Through the Vineyards of Greytown, New Zealand
Biking through the Vineyards of Greytown, New Zealand

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