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Hardie Karges was born in Jackson, Mississippi, USA in 1954, and grew up in nearby rural Brandon until 1971.  After two years of liberal arts studies at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, and a short stint as a union construction worker in Denver, Colorado, he returned to Mississippi in 1973 to resume liberal arts studies at Millsaps College.  In 1974 he made his first major trip, a cross-country US adventure that lasted six months, following the fruit harvests in Oregon and Washington, and included a stint living in San Francisco’s North Beach district.  He made his first trip out of his home country at the age of twenty-one, a trip to Yucatan, Mexico in the winter of 1975-1976.  Then followed a stint living in Austin, Texas, for several months.

Upon returning to Mississippi he built a rustic cabin in the woods on family land where he would live on-and-off for five years without electricity.  The next year he went to Central America and stayed almost three months, the following year South America for almost four.  He was hooked on a life of travel.  After filmmaking studies at all-black JSU and a burgeoning career as a carpenter, he graduated with a degree in philosophy from Millsaps College in 1980.  Then followed a year as head carpenter on a major construction project before finally leaving Mississippi.  First stop was Boulder, Colorado, and a summer session at Naropa Institute’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and classes with Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs.

After resettling in Portland, Oregon, and a winter living in Guatemala, he began a business dealing in the folk art and cottage industry products of the Third-World countries of Latin America, in the process becoming something of an expert in the indigenous arts and cultures of the world.  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, Arizona.  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 an interest in film and video-making, which resulted in several interesting works and collaborations, shown locally in venues around Flagstaff.  

At this time Karges also began to pay attention to an even earlier love, writing, including screenplays and poetry.  After a move to Thailand in 1997, he began to increasingly devote himself to this activity.  This resulted in several online poetry publishing credits, a music blog, and travel blogs.  After returning to the US in 2008 he embarked on a plan to travel to every country in the world.  He has now been to 143 countries—and counting—and lived in several of them.  He speaks three languages fluently and others to lesser degrees.  “Hypertravel: 100 Countries in 2 years (Backpacker’s Guide to the World and the Soul),” his first full–length book, was self-published in 2012.


Hardie Karges has the urge, this deep itch, to keep cruising—to keep gobbling up the countries and diving into new cultures…Once you settle into Karges’ style, a fine mix of chatty conversation interspersed with witty slices of poetry and moments of sheer beauty, you’ll find yourself extraordinarily engaged. “Hyptertravel” flies—Mark Stevens, “Don’t Need a Diagram,”  


Travel is more about the journey than the destination itself…The biggest goal of this website is to inspire others to travel. Reading Hypertravel did that for me—Ted Nelson,


What I most liked about the book is Karges’ description of the flavor of the cities and types of food available… This is a budget travel adventure and dining is on the cheap. For me, these are the best places to get a real flavor for a region—April M Williams, “Where Are You Today?”


“JRR Tolken once wrote, ‘Not all those who wander are lost.’ This idea is embodied in Hardie Karges book, Hypertravel”—Crystal Reel,


“Hardie is a smart man with a keen eye for detail. He effortlessly weaves in information about culture, people, traditions and music”—Leigh McAdam,


“Hypertravel is an essential reading for modern backpackers and young people travelling on limited budgets.  The writing is fluid, and unique with unexpected twists and turns, and outcomes”—Hrayr Berberoglu,


“Karges may or may not be a modern day Ibn Batuta or Marco Polo, but he wrote a fun and informative travel journal that really should be read”—Kaleel Sakakeeny,  


Hypertravel: 100 Countries in Two Years by Hardie Karges is one of the best written and most interesting travel books I ever read.”—Bonnie Neely, Amazon reviewer,



Here’s what some others are saying:


“Great voice. Very nicely done. The reader feels very comfy.  (Karges) is a terribly knowledgeable adviser, good to have around”—Amazon review by Barry Wightman, fiction editor of Hunger Mountain, author of the novel Pepperland, contributing essayist to WUWM Milwaukee


“Great writing…”—Tomas Belcik, editor of Top Travel Leads

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