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Around the World: Stories of Great Places

GoNOMAD's Destinations and Travel Guides


Been there? Done that? So have we. That's why GoNOMAD researchers scout the ends of the earth in search of interesting, unusual and off-the-beaten-path destinations that offer a wide range of outdoor, cultural and alternative activities.

Our original Guides go beyond standard guidebook descriptions to bring you accurate information on places, unusual activities, attractions, alternatives, lodgings and happenings.

If you've got a suggestion about a place you think we should feature, please send the editor an email and we'll see what we can do. Check back here often, as we are adding new stories, features and guides every day.

Behind Libya's Green Door

Behind Libya's Green Door
Jono David describes his 15-day visit to Libya.

Cyprus: A Divided Island Begins to Prosper

Cyprus: A Divided Island Begins to Prosper
A guide and information for travelers to Cyprus.

Floating the Dead Sea, Exploring Jordan's Wonders

Floating the Dead Sea, Exploring Jordan's Wonders
Kent St. John explores Jerash and the Dead Sea and other fascinating sites in Jordan.

Italy's Umbria Region: New World Threads in an Old World Cloak

Italy's Umbria Region: New World Threads in an Old World Cloak
Umbria, Italy: The author describes a visit to the Umbria region of Italy.

Italy's Umbria Region: New World Threads in an Old World Cloak

Italy's Umbria Region: New World Threads in an Old World Cloak
The author describes a visit to the Umbria region of Italy.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan: A Good Place to Get Lost

Samarkand, Uzbekistan: A Good Place to Get Lost
A guide to Samarkland Uzbekistan, where a seasoned traveler can get happily lost--where to stay, where to eat, what monuments and museums are worth the admission.

Taiwan: Festivals, Fireworks and Fantastic Food

Taiwan: Festivals, Fireworks and Fantastic Food
Taiwan| Paul Shoul describes the festivals, fireworks and fantastic food in Taiwan.

Sailing Antarctica in a World-Class Racing Yacht

Sailing Antarctica in a World-Class Racing Yacht
Sailing Antarctica in a world-class racing yacht.
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Emilia Romagna: The Heart and Soul of Italy

Emilia Romagna: The Heart and Soul of Italy
Emilia Romagna, Italy: Jennifer Kin describes the many attractions of Emilia Romagna in northern Italy.

Experiencing Philadelphia Using All Five Senses

Experiencing Philadelphia Using All Five Senses
Philadelphia: Jennifer Kim describes the Philadelphia experience in terma of sight, smell, touch, sound and tastes.

Georgia: On the Road to Europe

Georgia: On the Road to Europe
Republic of Georgia: Natalia Motili describes the Republic of Georgia and its capital, Tiblisi.
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Oman: Storybook Enchantment

Oman: Storybook Enchantment
Oman: Ulrike Lemmin-Woolfrey describes the sultanate of Oman with its rich heritage, splendid scenery and many other attractions.

Pakistan's Karakorams: Mountains to the Max

Pakistan's Karakorams: Mountains to the Max
David Rich describes the Karakoram Mountains in northern Pakistan as the top mountain vacationland in the world.

South West England: A Valentine's Day Ramble in the Cotswolds

South West England: A Valentine's Day Ramble in the Cotswolds
A hiking holiday in England's Cotswold hills.

Tarragona, Spain: History and Heart on the Mediterranean

Tarragona, Spain: History and Heart on the Mediterranean
Tarragona, Spain: History and Heart on the Mediterranean

Where the River Meets the Redwoods

Where the River Meets the Redwoods
Russian River Valley in California's Sonoma County, where Max Hartshorne finds 'a perfect mix of scenery, greenery and laidback culture.'

Montana's Wildest Winter Resorts

Montana's Wildest Winter Resorts
Sony Stark checks out the skiing and other attractions at Montana's premier winter resorts.

Croatia's Istrian Peninsula: Full of Flavor

Croatia's Istrian Peninsula: Full of Flavor
Croatia is a fast becoming a hot European destination. Kent E. St. John takes us around.

Slovenia at Fifteen: Hip, But Unspoiled

Slovenia at Fifteen: Hip, But Unspoiled
Slovenia's top attractions are illustrated through Christine O'Toole's trip to the region.

Turin, Italy: Regal Grandeur, Bohemian Nightlife

Turin, Italy: Regal Grandeur, Bohemian Nightlife
Turin, Italy: The author describes the ancient city of Turin, host for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Backpacking in Kazakhstan: Negotiations at 10,000 Feet

Backpacking in Kazakhstan: Negotiations at 10,000 Feet
a backpacking trip in Kazakhstan.

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Peace Brings Prosperity

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Peace Brings Prosperity
Belfast, Northern Ireland | Max Hartshorne describes history, the recent economic boom and the many attractions of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Miraculous Macau: Modern and Mystifying

Miraculous Macau: Modern and Mystifying
Kent E. St. John describes the many changes in Macau since it was transferred to Chinese rule.

Nicaragua: Many Attractions, Few Tourists

Nicaragua: Many Attractions, Few Tourists
Nicaragua:Janine S. Pouliot describes the many attractions of Nicaragua.

Ruse, Bulgaria: An Elegant "Mini Vienna"

Ruse, Bulgaria: An Elegant "Mini Vienna"
Bennett Toharay describes a visit to Ruse, Bulgaria.

San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico: An Ethereal Highland City

San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico: An Ethereal Highland City
Richard Arghiris describes the attractions of San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico.

Shanghai: On the Cutting Edge of China's Economic Miracle

Shanghai: On the Cutting Edge of China's Economic Miracle
Shanhai China: Steenie Harvey reports on the economic boom in Shanghai

Springfield, Illinois: Relearning the Legacy of Lincoln

Springfield, Illinois: Relearning the Legacy of Lincoln
Springfield Illinois: Relearning the legacy of Lincoln.

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 - elqui valley chile

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay: In Search of the Fabled Ombu Tree

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay: In Search of the Fabled Ombu Tree
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay: Kelly Westhoff describes her trip to Cabo Polonio, Uruguay, to view the rare Ombu Tree.

Northern Croatia: Castles, Character and Wine

Northern Croatia: Castles, Character and Wine
Croatia; you know it has great beaches but did you know it also has great wine? Kent E. St. John shows us Zagreb, Croatia and beyond.

A Tale of Two Koreas

A Tale of Two Koreas
David Rich his visit to North and South Korea.

Montana's Spirited Southwest

Montana's Spirited Southwest
Montana: Kent E. St. John describes the many attractions of Southwest Montana.

Muscat, Oman: An Undiscovered Middle Eastern Treasure

Muscat, Oman: An Undiscovered Middle Eastern Treasure
Oman: Linzi Hill describes her visit to Muscat, Oman.

Northwest Portugal's Vinho Verde Route

Northwest Portugal's Vinho Verde Route
Portugal:A.P. Rodriguez describes the attractions of northwest Portugal's Vinho Verde Route.

Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik: Three Pearls of Croatia

Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik: Three Pearls of Croatia
Croatia Coast:Terje Raa describes the attractions of three cities in Croatia: Hvar, Split and Dubrovnik.

Myanmar: Friendly, But Not Free

Myanmar: Friendly, But Not Free
Myanmar: Sony Stark writes about the hopsitality of the people Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Ladakh The Hard Way: By Road

Ladakh The Hard Way: By Road
Ladakh, India: Mridula Dwivedi describes a 34-hour journey from Delhi to the city of Leh, in Ladakh, including spectacular scenic views, traffic jams, washouts and other adventures.

Costa Rica: History, Geology and Pageantry

Costa Rica: History, Geology and Pageantry
Costa Rica: Terry Braverman recounts the tumultuous history of Costa Rica and lists the country's many scenic, historic, geological, and archaeological attractions.

Island Hoppin in Scotland's Inner Hebrides

Island Hoppin in Scotland's Inner Hebrides
Scotland: Karen Cunningham describes the spectacular scenic views, historic ruins, and other attractions of the Scotland's Inner Hebrides.

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