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Earl Hardie Karges
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blogger, author
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
SE Asia, Latin America, Europe
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
East Africa, Central Asia
Other travel / language expertise?
Thai, Spanish

Earl Hardie Karges's Blog

Manila, Cousin to Bangkok: A Tale of Two Cities

Manila is one of those sprawling mega-cities that somehow defines the modern era, somehow defines Southeast Asia, and somehow defines what it is to be human in an era in which quantity seems to have triumphed over quality.  We just may be victims of our own success—reproductive, that is—as the fruits of our collective loins threaten to overwhelm us.  The Philippines…


Posted on April 10, 2014 at 4:11pm

In the Philippines, the Boondocks of Bontoc, Sagada, Banaue

After a near panic-attack—or maybe it was claustrophobia, I’m not sure—from being in rooms without windows for six days straight, I get on the bus from Baguio to Sagada resolving to do better.  I even find banana bread.  That’s a good sign.  “You ever have before?” the lady behind the smile asks.  I smile back.  Does a hippie live…


Posted on April 3, 2014 at 9:36am

Micronesia: Guam's Glitter Gulch & Pohnpei's 'No-Service' Atoll

Unbeknownst to most of us Guam has had much of the same history as the Philippines, first coming to the world’s attention during Ferdinand Magellan’s famous booty call to the region in 1521.  I suspect he found more in the Philippines because he died there and Spain didn’t get around to formally colonizing Guam until 1565. That’s the way it stayed…


Posted on March 25, 2014 at 7:51am

Dynamic Pricing, Dynamic Booking, Dynamic Travel (Part 2)

I'm not a travel hacker, not really. I enjoy the places, not the interfaces. And traveling in coach is just fine with me, thanks. As a matter of fact, I do much of my traveling BY coach—bus, that is. I went all over Mexico and Central America before I ever crossed an ocean thirty-five years ago.…


Posted on December 3, 2013 at 9:12am

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At 1:09pm on January 14, 2012, Tripatini said…

Earl, welcome to Tripatini, the Web's smartest travel/food community and blog. On Tripatini, you can mingle with travelers and top travel experts alike, so everybody learns how to travel better and smarter. A few tips to get you rolling:

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