The GoNOMAD Cafe in South Deerfield, MA was open from 2006-2011, and once served the village with great food and community. .
GoNOMAD--The Alternative Travel Network
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about GoNOMAD.com, the
alternative travel portal where you can read fresh travel articles and
accurate destination guides, browse hundreds of tour company listings,
and buy air, rail, hotels, cars, and anything else you'll need to take
your own journey.
GoNOMAD has officially been in the ebook business for more than one year and so far our titles include Plane Readers about Italy, Central America, Cuba, Naked Travel and England. Just about to be published are books on Spain, France, Ireland, California and Scandinavia. Our sales have exceeded our expectations so we are even more enthusiastic about our ultimate goal of a 50 book series. Our Italy Plane Reader tops the search results in an Amazon search for "Italy".
We have moved our offices as a result of the closing of the cafe and in the next month will be showcasing our new design, moving to an automated content management system with many new features and an even more robust search and site organization. We now have 13,800 followers on Twitter and send our daily articles our to our 2500 fans on Facebook.
Our partnerships with TripAdvisor and TravelScream are growing and providing greater opportunities for readers to find hotels and travel deals.
GoNOMAD is moving into the 21st century by launching new initiatives. We are now offering podcasts of our travel interviews that are available on iTunes. We are also launching a new line of ebooks called GoNOMAD Plane Readers, which give people the chance to read all of our content on their choice of devices: Kindles, iPhones, Android phones or iPads. So far ebooks about Italy and Central America and Cuba are in the pipeline.
June 2011 After a good run of five years, the GoNOMAD Cafe is shut down. Now more time to focus on website publishing and travel.
Many new features are added to GoNOMAD in 2009, and more await us in 2010. Two interns from UMass now are a part of GoNOMAD every semester.
Another partnership which will grow this year is with Orbitz, providing up to the minute airfare, hotel and car rental quotes through their trip.com brand.
As we come to the close of another year, we prepare to exhibit at a second major Travel Show, this will be the Boston Globe Travel Show in February 2010. We will join our friends at Bootsnall.com to offer a seminar to travel professionals about using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs to help market travel destinations. Later in February we will return for our third year to the New York Times Travel Show and there we will present a seminar on Travel writing for newbies and staff our own booth for three days.
Our traffic is at a record--159,000 monthly unique visitors--and we have never had so many excellent articles to publish. The word is spreading fast about the quality of our editorial and more and more people are finding us a useful place to begin travel planning.
The cafe is going great guns, full of neighbors and travelers enjoying pannini, homemade soups, coffee and conversation. In the works are a radio program to be aired three times a week on WHMP-AM, and a cable Television program to be aired on the local cable channel.
As usual, we have two interns joining us as we have done since 2005!
GoNOMAD"s editor Max Hartshorne is quoted along with Pauline Frommer, Peter Greenberg,
and other travel experts for a round up of summer travel ideas in READERS DIGEST magazine. This fall he may be getting a chance to write a blog for a local newspaper. Max and Kent St. John regularly go on travel radio shows to talk about their stories. Audio podcasts can be heard for many of these.
Three interns join the ranks at GoNOMAD, contributing articles, doing travel research, writing blogs and helping us promote the website. They also traveled, going on story assignments to interesting places around the world. Many of our newest articles are set closer to home, in New England and other US destinations.
Going into our third year at the GoNOMAD Cafe and bringing on many new features and a new catalog of exciting trips and tours, we have been seeing great traffic in the cafe and on the website! In our ninth year on the web, we're working on a redesign of the whole site. We continue to get the word out with our second year at the NY Times Travel Show exhibiting and developing a new TV show about our brand of travel.
It's been a great year for GoNOMAD, beginning with sending writers around the globe in search of stories. We were invited to go to Iran by the government tourism officials and joined 120 other professionals for a tour of Iran's great cities.
We began the year with the New York Times Travel Show, where we had a booth and met many of our readers and fans during the large travel trade show.
During the show Kent St. John, Max Hartshorne and guest Matthew Link offered a three person look at how to become a travel writer. We gave tips for dealing with editors and how to write for publications to a large audience at the NY show.
GoNOMAD has also will be speaking for the second year on Search Engine Optimizing for Travel sites at the Boston Globe Travel Show in February 2009.
The GoNOMAD Cafe celebrates one year in business and adds sandwiches, new coffee drinks, and salads to the menu. A larger new cappuccino maker joins an industrial sized oven to allow many more exciting foods to be served.
The cafe has become the hub of the town, a gathering place for many folks young and old. GoNOMAD.com counts 340,000 unique monthly visitors exploring the website and our CPC, CPA and CPM ad programs bear generous fruit. Internet Advertising Has Arrived.Content arrangements with Tribune Publishing and other newspaper companies provides added publicity plus a new revenue stream. Yahoo Travel links 400 of GoNOMAD's articles as expert guides on their site.
GoNOMAD.com owner Max Hartshorne opens the new GoNOMAD Café in bustling downtown South Deerfield, where customers can get coffee and pastries, check their email and surf the web. The new café features five pcs as well as wireless access.
A crew from WGBY Springfield visits GoNOMAD's offices to shoot a segment for their series "Making it Here " that was aired in May 2006. Watch the 6-minute episode.
GoNOMAD.com is written up The Associated Press.
This story appears in newspapers all over the US and Canada, including The Sacramento Bee, The Boston Herald, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Brandon (Ontario) Sun, The San Mateo County Times and the Windsor (Ontario) Star.
Traffic has never been higher on the site, and publicity continues to come in about our kind of travel.
More than 7500 readers visit GoNOMAD.com every day, view traffic stats.
GoNOMAD.com emerges from the cellar! The website officially moves out of editor Max Hartshorne's basement to a spacious office at 14A Sugarloaf Street in picturesque South Deerfield, Massachusetts, next to Charsky Insurance and Fisher's Garage.
GoNOMAD.com is written up in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. "If you approach something with real passion and dedication and think about it all the time, and work on it until 1 am," Hartshorne told Staff Writer Nick Grabbe, "eventually you're going to succeed. I'm already succeeding by traveling, editing and teaching people how to work with the Web. And I'm having a ball."
GoNOMAD.com Editor Max Hartshorne, Senior Travel Editor Kent St. John, Travel Writers Cindy Bigras and Lisa St. John, and Sales Director Joe O'Rourke staff an exhibit at the Adventure Expo at the Javits Center in New York City. 22,000 people attend.
August 15, 2000
GoNOMAD.com is officially launched by its creator, Lauryn Axelrod. Read her original press release:
New Travel Website offers Alternatives to Package Tours, Cookie-Cutter Hotels and Crowded Destinations
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