Our late Senior Travel Editor Kent St. John.
GoNOMAD Writer Profiles
Kent St. John -- GoNOMAD's Travel Connoisseur: 1955-2012
For ten years, Kent was a big part of the GoNOMAD family, contributing dozens of stories and sharing in all of our successes and tribulations. After a long, hard fought battle with cancer, he passed away on November 22, and will be missed by all of us and the hundreds of his fellow journalists who poured out their hearts with memories of traveling with him on his hundreds of trips over the years. These stories will always remind us of how much Kent loved to travel and sharing it with his incredible photos and well turned phrases--Max Hartshorne, Editor
1: EXPERT; especially : one who understands the details, technique, or principles of an art 2: one who enjoys with discrimination and an appreciation of subtleties
Kent St. John was GoNOMAD's Senior Travel Editor since the website was founded in 2000. During that time he circled the globe many times, visiting more than 100 countries.
Kent meeting Max Hartshorne with his usual pile of books to share, in Great Barrington, Mass in 2010.
Kent enjoyed travel "with discrimination and an appreciation of subtleties," always finding a way to capture the nuances and essences of a destination, whether he was whale-watching in Nova Scotia, riding the rails in Australia, bungee jumping in China or worshipping the sun on a beach in Brazil.
Kent owned a tour company in Arizona for many years before returning to his roots in Cottekill, New York, where he lived with his wife Lisa, a high school English teacher and a published poet. His son Chance, also a GoNOMAD travel writer, was close to Kent throughout his life.
He was also a Contributing Editor for Transitions Abroad magazine and a correspondent for Around the World Radio, which broadcasts on ten stations in California and on thirty throughout Australia. He frequently wrote for Travel International, MSNBC, PreviewMA magazine. as well as other media outlets.
His narratives appeared in several books such as Travelers’ Tales Ireland, Pilgrimage and The Best of Travelers’ Tales. His blog, Be Our Guest, about the Travel Press life was chosen as one of the 100 best travel-related blogs in the world by Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine.
He was a member of the North American Travel Journalist Association. Over the last eleven years he has traveled on assignment to more than 100 countries, many several times. At the time of his passing, he was working on a book titled Be Our Guest, covering the travails and treats of travel writing.
Kent dangles above Macau, China.
Kent has written dozens of articles for GoNOMAD:
Antigua's Sailing Week Regatta
On the Contemporary Art Trail in Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Sleeping in Castles in Northeastern Germany
Vermont Fall Foliage Gallery
Letting it All Hang Out In Rincon, Puerto Rico
A Northern Ireland Primer: Moors, Mountains and Sea
Rounding Cape Horn: The World's Wickedest Waters
Northern Ethiopia: Traveling Through Beauty, Back in Time
St. Martin: Paradise With a French Twist
Athens: Worth All the Marbles
Deep in the Jungles of Papua New Guinea
Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea: A Diver's Paradise
Up the Coast of Brazil: Salvador to Recife
Calgary Stampede Photo Gallery
A Return to Le Marche: Palaces, Painters and Pilgrims
Australia: Visiting Three Queensland Islands
France's Burgundy Region: Wining, Dining and Biking in Beaune
Belgium: Wandering Through Wallonia
The Champagne Region's Hidden Treasures
Merry Christmas from Sweden: A Kent St. John Photo Blog
Bartlesville, Okalahoma: A Unique American Destination
Warsaw: A City on the Rise
The French Alps: Spring Snow in Val d’Isere and Chamonix
Among the Sámi: A Visit to Finnish Lapland
Switzerland, Austria, Germany: The Three Faces of Lake Constance
Nairobi to Mombasa: Kenya's Safari Trail
St. Vincent and the Grenadines: A Pirate's Dream
Two Views of Puerto Rico: The Indiana Jones - James Bond Tour
Loading goods in Morocco
A Railway Tour of Sweden and Finland
Fes, Morocco: History and Mystery
St. Lucia: Adventures and Relaxation on Coconut Bay
France's Rhone Alpes Where Food is King
Nevis: The Queen of the Caribes
Marrakech, Morocco: A Step Back in Time
Sydney, Australia: A Date with the Cinderella City
Byron Bay: Australia's New Age Wonder Beach Town
France: Cruising on the Canal du Midi
Finding The Perfect Summer Rental: Cozy Harbor, Maine
Singapore and Batam: A Perfect Couple
Northern Croatia: Castles, Character and Wine
An orangutan in Singapore
Norway's Viking Voyage: The Hurtigruten
Mexico's wonderful small cities
Croatia's Istrian Peninsula: Full of Flavor
You Can Go Home Again: Our Travel Editor Returns to
His Roots in Upstate NY
Sleeping in the Hay:
Farm Stays in New England
Miraculous Macau: Modern and Mystifying
Island Travel Tips
South Africa: Model for the Future
Ring Around the Kremlin
Rio de Janeiro: Samba South of the Border
Coffee is served in Jordan.
Sailing the Maine Coast:
Schooner Time Down East
South Africa Photo Safari: Lions and Tigers and Rhinos, Oh My!
Buzios, Brazil: The Perfect Place to Worship Sun and Sea
Jerusalem: Mama Told Me Not To Come
Amazing North Jordan: Dead Sea, Jerash and Getting Biblical
South Jordan’s Biggest Treasure: Petra, Aqaba Down Under
Delightful Ascoli -- "Like Tuscany 30
Beauty and Serenity
in Paraty, Brazil
European Travel Tips
Feeding reindeer in Lapland
Kent's Web Picks: Our Travel Editor's favorite bookmarks
Southern Nova Scotia: Water, Whales and Wonder
South Africa's Cape Heaven: The Tip
Montana’s Spirited Southwest
The White Mountain's
Grande Dame: The Mt Washington Hotel is a Step Back in Time After
The Ghan Railway Arrives in Darwin, Australia
Whiskey and Water: Self-Cruising the Emerald Isle
Bridging the Gap of Peace in Ireland: Cruising the Waterway to the North
Galapagos Islands: A "Controlled Adventure"
Golfing and Exploring Wales:
Beautiful Castles and Courses
Baby leopards chow down at a
South African game preserve.
Guatemala and its Caribbean Treasure: "Seeing Snakes Make You Stronger
Bussing Mexico: Traveling "Classe Lugo" to Cuernavaca
Bra, Panties and Talent: An Interview with Jen Leo
A Traveler’s Insurance Kit:
Emergency Safety for
Cheap Seats: The "Ins and Outs" of Airline Consolidators
Taos, New Mexico: Still Heavenly
GoNOMAD Photo Gallery: Taos
Wandering Oaxaca’s Market Villages