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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.

Taiwan's New Year: Welcomed Like Royalty

Taiwan's New Year: Welcomed Like Royalty
Taiwan: the author visits Taiwan and is stunned by the warmth and hospitaly, along with the interesting food and the lantern festival

Walk On, Fido: A Guide to Dog-Friendly Portland, Oregon

Walk On, Fido: A Guide to Dog-Friendly Portland, Oregon
Portland Oregon: Jane R. Stevenson presents a guide to the many dog-friendly features of Portland Oregon from walking trails and beaches to doggie boutiques and grooming salons.

The Boston Boy Visits Dublin: "Wicked Brilliant!"

The Boston Boy Visits Dublin: "Wicked Brilliant!"
A trip to Dublin by Stephen Hartshorne on St. Patrick's day where he rides in a parade and attends a conference of 30 great Irish writers.

To the 5 Boroughs: A New York City Beastie Boys Tour

To the 5 Boroughs: A New York City Beastie Boys Tour
Beastie Boys NYC: Trevor Brightman arrives in New York City with an iPod loaded with Beastie Boys tunes to experience the city through their music, starting at White Castle.

Piemonte, Italy: Getting High on Skis in the Via Lattea

Piemonte, Italy: Getting High on Skis in the Via Lattea
Piemonte Skiing | Cindy Bigras finds the perfect setting to relearn the art of skiing: the Via Lattea, near Torino in the Piemonte region of Italy.

Baja California, Mexico: Nothing to Worry About

Baja California, Mexico: Nothing to Worry About
Gary Singh visits Tijuana, Mexicali, Rosarito, Ensenada and Tecate in Baja, Mexico, where he meets the mayors and learns things are a lot safer than you might think.

Bukovel Resort: Skiing the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine

Bukovel Resort: Skiing the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine
Ukrain: Roman Skaskiw goes skiing in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine at Bukovel, the nation's first ski resort.

La Manigua Botanic Garden: The Beauty and Mystery of Colombia's Pacific Coast

La Manigua Botanic Garden: The Beauty and Mystery of Colombia's Pacific Coast
Pilar Quintana and Conor McShannon write about their efforts to conserve the amazingly diverse plants and wildlife on Colombia's Pacific Coast.

Malaga, Spain: Roman Ruins, Moorish Castles, and Tapas Bars

Malaga, Spain: Roman Ruins, Moorish Castles, and Tapas Bars
Tristan Cano describes the many attrations of Malaga in Andalucia, including Roman ruins, Moorish castles and the birthplace of Picasso.

Montana's Northern Tier: Dinosaurs, Diners and Drag Racing

Montana's Northern Tier: Dinosaurs, Diners and Drag Racing
Esha Samajpati travels to Montana's Northern Tier where she visits ancient buffalo hunting grounds and modern dragstrips, samples hearty diner fare and finds a real dinosaur bone.

Norway: Cross-Country Skiing in the Rondane Mountains

Norway: Cross-Country Skiing in the Rondane Mountains
Norway: a cross-country ski trip in the Rondane Mountains of Norway, and finds himself smitten by the sport and the country.

Snow Basin, Powder Mountain and Sundance: Three of Utah's Hidden Gems

Snow Basin, Powder Mountain and Sundance: Three of Utah's Hidden Gems
A trip to Utah: Max hartshorne discovers three lesser known ski resorts, Powder mountain, Sundance, Snow basin.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Lanzarote, Canary Islands: A Volcanic Dream.

Australia's Great Ocean Road: From Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles

Australia's Great Ocean Road: From Apollo Bay to the Twelve Apostles
Max Hartshorne visits the West Coast of Victoria Australia, where he does a lot of hiking and biking and chatting with the locals.

Bruges, Belgium: Great Art, Ancient Grandeur

Bruges, Belgium: Great Art, Ancient Grandeur
Tristan Cano takes us on a tour of the ancient Belgian city of Bruges, known for beer, chocolate, lace, and Tintin.

Discovering Muang Ngoi, Laos: Village Life on the Nam Ou River

Discovering Muang Ngoi, Laos: Village Life on the Nam Ou River
Zoë Smith enjoys swimming, trekking and kayaking in the village of Muang Ngoi, Laos, on the banks of the Nam Ou River.

Great Ocean Road Attractions in Southern Victoria, Australia

Great Ocean Road Attractions in Southern Victoria, Australia
Great Ocean Road Attractions in Southern Victoria, Australia Weiner roast near the Redwoods off the Great Ocean Walk, Victoria Australia   Tiffany Jones of GORGE chocolates, in  ...

Lanzarote, Canary Islands: A Volcanic Dream

Lanzarote, Canary Islands: A Volcanic Dream
Lanzarote, Canary Islands: A Volcanic Dream.

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Miami on Wheels: Traveling With a Disability

Miami on Wheels: Traveling With a Disability
Sony Stark explores the hotspots in Miami with her friend Kristina, who needs a wheelchair because of her broken leg.

Norway's Svalbard Archipelago: The Land of the Ice Bear

Norway's Svalbard Archipelago: The Land of the Ice Bear
Norway: Greg Roensch takes a cruise to Norway's Svalbard Archipelago hoping to see some polar bears, and he is not disappointed.

Travel Warning: 'Sumatra, Indonesia, Dangerously Beautiful'

Travel Warning: 'Sumatra, Indonesia, Dangerously Beautiful'
Michael Norwood enjoys the natural beauty of the Island of Sumatra in Indonesia, but senses an element of danger from volcanos, tsunamis, and from go-lke-hell busses.
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Victoria, Australiá's Great Ocean Walk: Magnificent!

Victoria, Australiá's Great Ocean Walk: Magnificent!
Great Ocean Walk Australia | Max Hartshorne takes a walk on one of Australia's most magnificent trails, the Great Ocean Walk, along the Southern ocean in Victoria.

A Northern Ireland Primer: Moors, Mountains and Sea

A Northern Ireland Primer: Moors, Mountains and Sea
Kent St. John takes a tour of Northern Ireland, from the Saint Patrick Centre to the Giant's Causeway to the Bushmills Whiskey Distillery.

An Alabama Man-cation: Hunting, Fishing and Cheering on our Team

An Alabama Man-cation: Hunting, Fishing and Cheering on our Team
Alabama | Max Hartshorne visits Alabama for hunting, fishing and cheering on the football team

City Island, New York: A Small Fishing Village in the Bronx

City Island, New York: A Small Fishing Village in the Bronx
Rachel Khona takes a bicycle tour of City Island, New York, a quaint New England-style fishing village located in the heart of the Bronx.

Kuks, Czech Republic: Eerie Remains of Past Glory

Kuks, Czech Republic: Eerie Remains of Past Glory
Kuks, Czech Republic: Melinda Brasher visits the Kuks Hospital near Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic, which was once the center of a luxurious for the nobility in the 17th century.

Nepal's Annapurna Circuit: Hiking Across the Roof of the World

Nepal's Annapurna Circuit: Hiking Across the Roof of the World
Nepal: Robert Painter fulfills a lifelong dream by trekking across 'the roof of the world' -- the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.

One Day in Bangkok for Less Than Ten Dollars (US)

One Day in Bangkok for Less Than Ten Dollars (US)
Bangkok Thailand: Shelley Seale lists fun actitivites in Bangkok that don't cost much including historic sites, river taxis, dance troupes and street markets.

Panama: Climbing a Volcano With Views of Two Oceans

Panama: Climbing a Volcano With Views of Two Oceans
Panama: Ron Mitchell and his wife Mare climb Volcan Baru,a volcano in Panama with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

The Berkshires: Keeping It Local in Western Massachusetts

The Berkshires: Keeping It Local in Western Massachusetts
The Berkshires: Joanna Eng visits the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts and enjoys farm-to-table cuisine, outdoor recreation and top-notch art museums.

The Greek Isle of Rhodes: Endless Beaches, Picturesque Villages

The Greek Isle of Rhodes: Endless Beaches, Picturesque Villages
Rhodes, Greece: Paul Joseph visits the sunny Greek Isle of Rhodes and enjoys the scenery, the historic sites, the secluded villages and the legendary beaches.

Trekking Te Araroa, New Zealand's Newest & Longest Hiking Trail

Trekking Te Araroa, New Zealand's Newest & Longest Hiking Trail
Mariel Kennison writes about the TastyTrekkers, three friends who are trekking the length of New Zealand to raise money for charity.

Gujarat, India: Traveling to Gir National Park in a Skoda Yeti

Gujarat, India: Traveling to Gir National Park in a Skoda Yeti
Gujarat,India: Mridula Dwivedi travels to Gir National Forest in Gujarat, India, in a brand new Skoda Yeti and gets her first sighting of a lion in the wild.

An Invitation from the Cherokee Nation: Rediscover America

An Invitation from the Cherokee Nation: Rediscover America
Stephen Hartshorne visits the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, where he gains a new perspective on American history.

Christmas and New Year's in Riga, Latvia

Christmas and New Year's in Riga, Latvia
Latvia: Olga Volobuyeva presents a guide to Riga, Latvia, a beautiful historic city where they celebrate Christmas and New Year's twice.

Dogsledding in Finland: Silence Speaks Volumes

Dogsledding in Finland: Silence Speaks Volumes
Finland: Andy Buswell goes on a five-day dogsledding expedition in Finland, braving 30-below temperatures and 60-mile-per-hour winds.

Haulover Beach, Florida: The Ultimate Nude Beach

Haulover Beach, Florida: The Ultimate Nude Beach
Haulover Beach | Max Hartshorne flees New England on a visit to Haulover Beach in Sunny Isles, Florida, one of the most popular clothing-optional beaches in the world.

Malaysian Borneo: A Visit to the Garden of Eden

Malaysian Borneo: A Visit to the Garden of Eden
Malaysian Borneo: Beth Abrahams visits the island of Borneo and views orangutans and other wildlife at a forest reserve on the Kinabatangan River.

Memphis, Tennessee: Land of Elvis and Martin Luther King

Memphis, Tennessee: Land of Elvis and Martin Luther King
Memphis, Tennessee: Margie Goldsmith visits Memphis, Tennessee, where she tours Beale Street, Sun Studio, Graceland, and the National Civil Rights Museum.

Montana's Glacier Country: Majestic Mountains, Hip Downtowns and Cozy Lodges

Montana's Glacier Country: Majestic Mountains, Hip Downtowns and Cozy Lodges
Esha Samajpati visits Glacier Country, Montana, and goes horseback riding on the Bar W Ranch and enjoys the scenic splendor of Glacier National Park.
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