Hardie Karges was born in Jackson, MS, US in 1954 and graduated from Millsaps College there—almost as an afterthought—in 1980.  By this time his first major period of travel had already occurred—extended trips into Central and South America—and filmmaking studies and a career as a carpenter largely consummated.  After resettling in Portland, OR, he began a business dealing in the cottage industries and folk arts of those same Third-World countries and in the process becoming something of an expert in the indigenous cultures.  With a move to the San Francisco bay area this business expanded into wholesale trade shows, and reached its peak after another move to Flagstaff, AZ. 
By 1994, Karges was doing business in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal—simultaneously—so with his free time began to re-ignite his interest in film and video-making, which resulted in several interesting works and collaborations.  At this time Karges also began to pay attention to an even earlier love, writing, including screenplays and poetry.  This resulted in several online publishing credits, a music blog, travel blogs, and finally the publication of his first full-length book on January 26, 2012, titled Hypertravel: 100 Countries in 2 Years (A Backpacker’s Guide to the World and the Soul).  His second book, first in a series of guides to world hostels, was published Dec. 15, 2012, and is titled Backpackers & Flashpackers: 500 Hostels in 100 Cities in 25 Countries. 

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