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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.

Molokai, Hawaii's Almost Empty Island | GoNOMAD

Molokai, Hawaii's Almost Empty Island | GoNOMAD
Molokai, Hawaii's Almost Empty Island. A visit to the lightly populated island of Molokai where nature takes center stage and the kayaking is fantastic

Lake Placid, New York: Winter Fun | GoNOMAD.com

Lake Placid, New York: Winter Fun | GoNOMAD.com
Lake Placid New York, home to winter sports and beautiful mountain scenery. Olympic traditions continue at Lake Placid, New York.

Benin: Where Lions Attack | GoNOMAD

Benin: Where Lions Attack | GoNOMAD
Benin lions attack cars in the national parks. A safari trip to see lions in Benin

Visiting Berlin...Balm for the Soul | GoNOMAD

Visiting Berlin...Balm for the Soul | GoNOMAD
A visit to Berlin, Germany where the author finds ultra modern hotels, lots of colorful street graffiti, and a burgeoning art scene

Aruba: Bon Bini and Mi Dushi All Year 'Round

Aruba: Bon Bini and Mi Dushi All Year 'Round
Aruba: Bon Bini and Mi Dushi all year 'round.

Norfolk, Virginia: A Bustling Port Full of Fun Things to Do | GoNOMAD

Norfolk, Virginia: A Bustling Port Full of Fun Things to Do | GoNOMAD
Norfolk, Virginia: A bustling nautical navy port town with lots to do. A wrap up of what to do in Norfolk VA.

Germany's Frankfurt Rhine-Main Region: Luxury Spas and Fairy-Tale Palaces

Germany's Frankfurt Rhine-Main Region: Luxury Spas and Fairy-Tale Palaces
Germany: Stephen Hartshorne tours Germany's Rhine-Main Region visiting Frankfurt, Mainz, Wiesbaden, Eberbach and Hanau.

India: A Magical Trip to the Andaman Islands

India: A Magical Trip to the Andaman Islands
Andaman Islands India: Mridula Dwivedi takes a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Andaman Islands where she goes scuba diving and visits the infamous Cellular Jail at Point Blair.

California's Central Coast: Nature vs Nurture | GoNOMAD

California's Central Coast: Nature vs Nurture | GoNOMAD
Central California coast... a road trip to towns including Monterrey, Carmel by the Sea, Pacific Grove and Marin County

Visiting Thailand: Golden Temples, Ancient Canals and Hill Tribe Villages

Visiting Thailand: Golden Temples, Ancient Canals and Hill Tribe Villages
Thailand: Jean Miller Spoljaric spends a week in Thailand, where she tours Bangkok in a canal boat, views the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, and pays a visit to a hill tribe village.

The Desert City of Yazd: Where Iranian Couples Go for Their Honeymoons

The Desert City of Yazd: Where Iranian Couples Go for Their Honeymoons
Yazd Iran: Marziyeh Ebrahimi takes us on a tour of Yazd, a city more than 3,000 years old with ancient aqueducts, ingenious wind-catchers and cypress trees nearly as old as time.

Yogyakarta and Central Java: Ancient Temples and Mystical Landscapes

Yogyakarta and Central Java: Ancient Temples and Mystical Landscapes
Mike Smith visits the island of Java in Indonesia, where he tours Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, Moslem mosques and volcanic black sand beaches.

Istria in Croatia And Beyond On Wheels

Istria in Croatia And Beyond On Wheels
Croatia, visiting Roman and Venetian historic cities and sunbathing on secluded beaches. Sound good? Take a read then start packing.

Maui, Hawai'i: There's Something About Hana

Maui, Hawai'i: There's Something About Hana
Maui-Hawaii-Hana-a visit to a small village on the east side of Maui called Hana

Kamloops, British Columbia: An Age-Old Meeting Place

Kamloops, British Columbia: An Age-Old Meeting Place
Kamlopps, British Columbia: Robin Schroffel visits Kamloops, British Columbia, where she learns about Native American culture, samples local ginseng products and dines at a brewhouse called the Nob ...

Myanmar: Peaceful Lakes and Ancient Pagodas

Myanmar's National League for Democracy has declared an end to its travel boycott, so Mike Smith set off to explore the marvels of this beautiful country.

Angkor Wat: A Jewel in the Jungle

Angkor Wat: A Jewel in the Jungle
Angkor Wat, a jewel in the jungle, exploring the ruins of Angkor Wat, in Siem Reap Cambodia

Princeton, NJ: A Fine Small Town in Just the Right Place | GoNOMAD.com

Princeton, NJ: A Fine Small Town in Just the Right Place | GoNOMAD.com
Princeton, New Jersey: Writer Esha Sampajpati visits Princeton New Jersey, home to the famous university and visits its charming downtown, battle sites and revolutionary war monuments

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Scaling Sand Dunes in Mozambique

Scaling Sand Dunes in Mozambique
In Vilanculos, Mozambique, Jennifer Delaney scales sand dunes and meets local villagers

Cayo Largo, Cuba: In Search of Piratical Adventure

Cayo Largo, Cuba: In Search of Piratical Adventure
Cayo Largo, Cuba: In a search for piratical adventure, Jennifer Wattam Klit takes a solo vacation in the sensuous, seductive atmosphere of Cayo Largo, a small island off the south coast of Cuba.

Kenya: Living the Simple Life in Sigomere

Kenya: Living the Simple Life in Sigomere
Kenya: Marianne Stenger enjoys a glimpse of the 'real' Africa during her visit to the village of Sigomere in the Ugenya district of Kenya.
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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa
Captown South Africa: both modern and quaint.

Colombia's Forgotten Pacific Coast

Colombia's Forgotten Pacific Coast
Colombia's Pacific coast is hard to get to, but provides travelers with some of the world's best whale watching plus a chance to go surfing, diving and mostly, to relax on a hammock in front of the se ...

Pittwater, Australia: A Place to Kayak, Hike and Enjoy Nature

Pittwater, Australia: A Place to Kayak, Hike and Enjoy Nature
Bonnie Way visits Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in Australia, where she goes hiking and kayaking and has a visit with a kookaburra.

Hiking Huangshan, China: Finding my Own Lost Horizon

Hiking Huangshan, China: Finding my Own Lost Horizon
Huangshan, China: Janis Turk visits Huangshan, china where she hikes up steep, steep steps to find her own Lost Horizon

Huangshan, China: Finding my Own Lost Horizon

Huangshan, China: Finding my Own Lost Horizon
Huangshan, China: finding my own lost horizon.

Hanoi Vietnam Visiting the Old Quarter

Hanoi Vietnam Visiting the Old Quarter
Hanoi, Vietnam guide with advice on where to eat, where to stay, and where to have fun

Hawaii's Big Island: Lava, Love and Luxury

Hawaii's Big Island: Lava, Love and Luxury
Hawaii's Big Island: Connie Maria Westergaard visits the Island of Hawaii, known as the big island, where she views an active volcano, gets a spa treatment and kisses a dolphin on the nose.

Bordeaux, France: A Shining City by the Garonne

Bordeaux, France: A Shining City by the Garonne
Max Hartshorne visits Bordeaux France where he finds top quality wines, gleaming limestone buildings, a lively city and great daytrips to famous wine towns in Southwestern France

Tasmania: Return to the Emerald Isle

Tasmania: Return to the Emerald Isle
A return to the island of Tasmania, below Australia, where the author hikes mountains and revels in the natural beauty

Hasankepf, Mardin and Urfa, Southeast Turkey

Hasankepf, Mardin and Urfa, Southeast Turkey
Turkey:Inka Piegsa-Quischotte visits Hasankepf, Mardin and Urfa Turkey and discovers an ancient civilation in Hasankepf which will some day be under water

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A return to the island of Tasmania, below Australia, where the author hikes mountains and revels in the natural beauty

Old and New Intertwine in Qatar

Old and New Intertwine in Qatar
Old and New Intertwine in Qatar, where the World Cup soccer tournament will be held in 2022

Gloucester, MA: America's Oldest Seaport

Gloucester, MA: America's Oldest Seaport
Gloucester, Massachusetts, Elayne Badrigan where she takes part in an old tradition, visits the home of America's first interior decorator and watches a play at the seaport's beloved Stage Company

Louisiana's Cajun Coast: Canoeing and Cavorting in the Swamp

Louisiana's Cajun Coast: Canoeing and Cavorting in the Swamp
Louisiana's Cajun Coast: Canoeing and Cavorting in the Swamp

A Trip to the Unknown: Lunch with a Village Chieftain in Sudan

A Trip to the Unknown: Lunch with a Village Chieftain in Sudan
Andrea Kaucká and René Bauer visit Hadjaralmak, Sudan, where they have lunch with the village chieftain and watch the ceremonial Kambala Dance.

Tigers, Elephants and Jungle Trekking in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Tigers, Elephants and Jungle Trekking in Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Thailand: Joseph Lobo visits Kanchanaburi, Thailand, where he plays with tiger cubs in the Tiger Temple, rides and elephant, and passes over the famous bridge over the River Kwai.

Howling with the Wolves in Ely, Minnesota

Howling with the Wolves in Ely, Minnesota
Ely, Minnesota: Heidi Hunt learns about wolves at the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota, views an eagle's nest on Basswood Lake and visits the Vince Shute Bear Sanctuary.

Zacatecas: Mexico's Overlooked Colonial Gem

Zacatecas: Mexico's Overlooked Colonial Gem
Christina Lalanne presents a comprehensive guide to Zacatecas, Mexico, a Colonial gem which is much more popular with Mexicans than with tourists from other countries.

Cano, Ecuador: Surfing, Relaxing, Helping

Cano, Ecuador: Surfing, Relaxing, Helping
Cano, Ecuador: The author takes a bus eight hours out of Quito to the surfing village of Canoa, Ecuador and finds great waves, cool people and a chance to volunteer in a school teaching English
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