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Max Hartshorne at the GoNOMAD Cafe in South Deerfield, which for five years was a gathering place for locals and travelers.
Max Hartshorne at the former GoNOMAD Cafe in South Deerfield, Massachusetts


GoNOMAD Writer Profiles

Max Hartshorne: A Passion for Travel

The Art of Having a Great Time


"If you approach something with real passion and dedication and think about it all the time, and work on it until one a.m., eventually you're going to succeed."

Max Hartshorne has always had a passion for travel and travel writing and through hard work and bold initiative, he is now in a position to "live the dream."

IN 2010, he was awarded First Place in the International Journalism Awards sponsored by Cancun Tourism Development for a story he wrote titled "Ecotourism in Cancun: Wilder than we Thought".

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WATCH A VIDEO of Max talking about using Social Media in 2012.

LISTEN TO MAX TALK TRAVEL ON THE RADIO

For five years, Max operated the GoNOMAD Cafe in the town where he lives, providing a space

Swimming in a cave in Hungary

to share community, travel photographs and great home-cooked food. Sadly, this venture closed in 2011, after struggling to gain traction in a tough economy. Still, he regards the experience as a great learning moment and a contribution to the vitality of his beloved New England village.

The latest development with the website is their new series of eBooks, called Plane Readers, which provide a portable selection of travel articles to get people excited about their upcoming trips. Already out are the Italy Plane Reader, Central America, Cuba, Naked Travel, California, England, Germany, France and many other destinations. 50 total ebooks will be created for the series-- PLANE READERS.

When he's home he enjoys publishing one of the country's top travel websites. Besides working with writers from prestigious publications like the Washington Post, the LA Times, the Explorer's Club and UK's Royal Geographic Society, he also helps aspiring travel writers get published for the first time. How cool is that?

Many aspiring travel writers have also gotten their start by working as interns at GoNOMAD, where they help work on the website, write articles and often take trips sponsored by local tourism boards. "Max is great to work with," said one student intern. "He's very motivated and he pushes you to do better."

In 2002 Max, then an editor at Transitions Abroad magazine, bought a travel website called GoNOMAD.com from its founder Lauryn Axelrod who lived in Vermont. At first GoNOMAD had its headquarters in Max's basement, where he worked on it part-time.

By 2005 the website had its own office in rural South Deerfield, Massachusetts and Max was working there full-time, along with Webmaster Joe Obeng and Associate Editor (and cousin) Stephen Hartshorne.

Max got his first editor's job at 21, when he helped start the Portland Chronicle in Maine. He worked in production, advertising sales, web design and editing for twenty-seven years.

His writing has been published in many newspapers and other publications including the Valley Advocate, the UMass Press, and Traveler's Tales Books.

Travel Articles by Max Hartshorne

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.

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.

Hopping Freight Trains: The story of Rapid T

Hopping Freight Trains: The story of Rapid T
Hobos | an interview with Rapid T, a hobo who rides the rails in the eastern US.

Quebec City's Carnaval: 400 Years on the St. Lawrence River

Quebec City's Carnaval: 400 Years on the St. Lawrence River
Quebec City's annual carnaval is described, a winter festival with games, music, cultural activities, snowball fights and a parade in the snow.

Jamaica's Nude Beaches

Jamaica's Nude Beaches
Jamaica's nude beaches. Finding a pocket size treasure in Montego Bay.

Mountain Hut Pontese, in the Italian Alps

Mountain Hut Pontese, in the Italian Alps
Pontese Mountain hut, outside of Torino, Italy.

Bellingham Washington: Chasing Spirits, Liquid and Ethereal

Bellingham Washington: Chasing Spirits, Liquid and Ethereal
Bellingham Washington: North of Seattle on Puget Sound, this one-time lumber town has lots to show off.

Wales: Hunting for Mushrooms and Enjoying the Sunshine

Wales: Hunting for Mushrooms and Enjoying the Sunshine
A visit to Wales where we hunted mushrooms and met people who create and capture wonderful foods

Cruising the Massachusetts Coast

Cruising the Massachusetts Coast
The author cruises the coast of Martha's Vineyard aboard a 42-foot Krogen trawler yacht and spends the night in Edgartown Harbor, where he spent summers as a child.

Coffee Country in Central Colombia

Coffee Country in Central Colombia
Coffee Country of Colombia | A visit to Periera, a hacienda and the Corcora Valley

Learning English in Malta

Learning English in Malta
Learning English in Malta. Malta Lingua provides a full range of instruction from native English speakers, with courses from one week to one year.

North Cyprus, at the Top of the Island of Cyprus

North Cyprus, at the Top of the Island of Cyprus
North Cyprus, the nation located at the top of the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean sea, is a great new tourism destination.

Alabama Attractions: A WWII Battleship and a Classic Performance

Alabama Attractions: A WWII Battleship and a Classic Performance
Exploring Alabama's small towns including Monroeville, Foley, and Fairhope and Orange Beach on the Gulf Coast.

California's Mendocino County: There's a Whole Lotta There There

California's Mendocino County: There's a Whole Lotta There There
A drive from Sacramento to Mendocino, California, via the Indian Grinding Rock State Park to Fort Bragg.

The NJ Coast: Finding Twilight Down the Shore

The NJ Coast: Finding Twilight Down the Shore
The New Jersey coast | Max Hartshorne and his family take a vacation at the New Jersey shore where they find amusement rides, sweeping beaches, kitsch and a singing ice cream shop.

Mingling with the Storks and Dolphins in Portugal

Mingling with the Storks and Dolphins in Portugal
Portugal | A guide to travel in Setubal, Portugal, also Alcazar de Sol, and the Sado River basin.

Cooking In Italy: Being Part of the Family at Mami Camilla

Cooking In Italy: Being Part of the Family at Mami Camilla
The author describes a visit to Mami Camilla's cooking school in Iraly.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Home of Great Beer, Music Festivals and Art

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Home of Great Beer, Music Festivals and Art
A guide to Milwaukee Wisconsin...where to stay, events to enjoy, what to see and where to eat.

max blogTRAVEL SOUNDS...

7 minute Interview segments
Listen to GoNOMAD editor Max Hartshorne talk travel:

Vancouver  
Lewiston, Maine,
Sevierville, Tennessee, 
Nord Pas-de-Calais France 
Nova Scotia with hosts Brad Shepard and Bo Sullivan on WHYN-AM 560.
Champagne France Portland, Maine Belize with Kevin and Sue McCarthy of the Travel Planners Show
Read New Travel Stories on GoNOMAD!

Sarawak, Malaysia: Adventures on the Island of Borneo

Sarawak, Malaysia: Adventures on the Island of Borneo
Sarawak,Malaysia | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne visits Sarawak, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo.

Colombia's Pacific Coast: Wild and Disconnected

Colombia's Pacific Coast: Wild and Disconnected
The author describes a trip to Colombia's Choco province, visiting the small villages of Nuqui, El Valle and Bahia Salono on the Pacific Coast of Colombia for jungle trekking and whale watching

The North of England: Where the British Go on Holiday

The North of England: Where the British Go on Holiday
The North of England | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne and his son Sam go hiking, biking, canoeing and pubbing in the North of England.
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GoNOMAD Destination Guide to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket

GoNOMAD Destination Guide to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
A guide to where to stay, where to eat, what not to miss and the details of visiting the islands of Marth's Vineyard and Nantucket, off Cape Cod Massachusetts.

Cyprus: A Divided Island Begins to Prosper

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

San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile's Desert Mars and Moonscape

San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile's Desert Mars and Moonscape
San Pedro de Atacama, Northern Chile's desert mars and moonscape

France: Burgundy Lives Up to Its Reputation

France: Burgundy Lives Up to Its Reputation
Burgundy France | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne visits the Burgundy region of France, enjoying the sights and the food and the wine.

Shiraz, Tehran, Iran Photo Gallery

Shiraz, Tehran, Iran Photo Gallery
Photos of Shiraz and Tehran, Iran by Max Hartshorne.

Alabama: Charming Small Towns and Downtowns

Alabama: Charming Small Towns and Downtowns
Mobile, Alabamba | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne takes a trip to Mobile, Alabama, where he takes in the historic architecture, the friendly people and the legendary Southern cuisine.

Beaumont, Texas: Wildlife and Nightlife in the Heart of the Oil Patch

Beaumont, Texas: Wildlife and Nightlife in the Heart of the Oil Patch
Beaumont, Texas | Max Hartshorne visits Beaumont, Texas, and finds lots of outdoor recreation, wildlife education, fine dining, happening nightlife and lots of Texas hospitality.

Huntington Beach, California: Surf City, USA

Huntington Beach, California: Surf City, USA
Surfing in Huntington Beach, California: Max Hartshorne visits with surfers in Huntington Beach, the ultimate surfer's paradise

Centre Loire, France: An Ancient Valley Full of Fascinating People

Centre Loire, France: An Ancient Valley Full of Fascinating People
Centre Liore, France | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne extols the many cultural, scenic and culinary attractions of the Loire Valley in France.

The Centuries Meet in Tours, A Vibrant City on the Loire

The Centuries Meet in Tours, A Vibrant City on the Loire
Tours, France | GoNOMAD Editor Max Hartshorne rents an apartment in Tours, France and enjoys shopping and cooking like a local.

Iquique, Northern Chile: Arid Land of Stark Beauty

Iquique, Northern Chile: Arid Land of Stark Beauty
Iquique, Northern Chile | Max Hartshorne visits Iquique in Northern Chile and meets native peoples at 12,000 feet, discovers Iquique's amazing fish and produce markets and lives life in the Alto P ...

Nelson, New Zealand: A Crafty, Artsy Coastal Community

Nelson, New Zealand: A Crafty, Artsy Coastal Community
Max Hartshorne visits Nelson, New Zealand and finds hundreds of artists, superb seaside dining and the glorious Abel Tasman National Park and the Kahurangi National Park

Normandy's D-Day Beaches and Museums

Normandy's D-Day Beaches and Museums
Normandy's D-Day beachs and musuems | Max Hartshorne travels to the northern peninsula called La Manches, in Normandy, France, meeting with friendly locals and visiting historical sites related to the ...

Sao Miguel and Santa Maria, Azores: Volcanic Islands of the Atlantic

Sao Miguel and Santa Maria, Azores: Volcanic Islands of the Atlantic
A visit to the Azores by Max Hartshorne, nine islands in the mid-Atlantic belonging to Portugal, where he goes horseback riding, visits a tea plantation, and has a dinner that's boiled in the ground.

Sacramento, the Leafy, Artsy Capital of California

Sacramento, the Leafy, Artsy Capital of California
Max Hartshorne pays a visit to Sacramento, California and finds a 'lovely leafy' city with great dining and lots of historic attractions.

Manchester England: The North's Groovin' Capital

Manchester England: The North's Groovin' Capital
Max Hartshorne visits Manchester, England and finds a groovin' place with new museums, historic sites and great attitude!

Wyoming: Viewing Wolves in Yellowstone Park

Wyoming: Viewing Wolves in Yellowstone Park
Max Hartshorne meets Rick McIntyre, a wolf expert who tracks the daily activities of the wolves in Yellowstone National Park.

Return to Colombia: Prosperous and Safe in 2013

Return to Colombia: Prosperous and Safe in 2013
Colombia | Bogota, Cartagena Colombia, visiting Bogota and the shining Caribbean city of Cartagena.

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom: Climbing Trees, Mountain Biking and Farm to Table Dining

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom: Climbing Trees, Mountain Biking and Farm to Table Dining
Vermont's Northeast Kingdom: Climbing Trees, Mountain Biking and Farm to Table Dining

 
 


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