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  • hardie karges 12:59 pm on March 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Air Asia, , , , budget, cell phones, , hostels, ,   

    W*sh Lists and Sh*t Lists: E-kit, Hostel World, Air Asia, B of A… 

    IMG_0549Every once in a while, when travel and inspiration are slow, I feel like I should update my publicly accessed info just once for the record, and one for the road. For one thing, companies and businesses that I once supported and promoted, for free, no longer provide the service that I once endorsed. For another thing, I myself may no longer provide the service(s) that I once worked so hard for. Things change. Get over it. Life goes on. It’s a big world. Good luck out there…

    First, the bad news—my sh*t list. It gives me no pleasure, I assure you, to diss companies that once provided a valuable service at a reasonable price, and there’s no reason why they can’t do so again. But sometimes they’re slow to get the message and change their business plan, so there needs to be a public airing of grievances…

    Now if this just seems like a way to get back at companies that I feel may have done me wrong, I should mention that sometimes I patronize companies just for the purpose of testing their waters, whether I truly need them or not, and many times far beyond the bounds of necessity, just for the sake of loyalty, curiosity and convenience… (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 2:06 pm on March 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Trouble, trouble. I’m staying home – as you already knew.

  • hardie karges 5:04 pm on August 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Australia, , , , hostels, , New Zealand, Oceania   

    NOW AVAILABLE: 500 Hostels in Australia, New Zealand, & Pacific Islands 

    If you like hostels, then you’re going to love Australia and New Zealand, for here is the greatest concentration of backpackers’ hostels in the world, on both coasts and everywhere in between.  These are some of the nicest people and the nicest landscapes in the world, too, something of a cross between America and Europe, and maybe the best of both, loads of spectacular nature and some of the most refined cities, ranging in latitudes and altitudes from tropical to Antarctic, from beaches and nightclubs to glaciers and fireplaces.  The attitudes are almost universally warm.  (More …)

    • thetravelingyoyo 6:33 pm on August 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on thetravelingyoyo and commented:
      I feel like Australia is on all of our bucket lists. If you’ve had the chance to visit/live there, I envy you!

      • hardie karges 7:14 pm on August 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Well, the exchange rate is not so favorable right now for Oz, but there are hostels literally everywhere, and cheapo airlines, too, so not so difficult to make it part of a SE Asia trip now. It’s harder to get to New Zealand, which is truly one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve only visited the region, so it’s on my bucket list to return, also. I’ll have to if I want to visit Nauru and Tuvalu (before they’re submerged), the only two countries I lack in the region…

  • hardie karges 7:48 pm on May 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , hostels, , ,   

    Announcing the Publication of “500 Hostels in the USA (& Canada & Mexico): Backpackers & Flashpackers” 


    Backpackers & Flashpackers

    Well, the files are prepared and the digital proofs look good.  I’m just waiting for an actual physical copy to make sure it doesn’t have a marshmallow center or something weird like that, then the book should be up on Amazon within a few days.  I’ve been known to skip the final step to speed up the process, but considering that the first physical proof two weeks ago had forty-four blank pages, it’s not just idle speculation or misplaced caution.  So I rejected it and spent $200 more to save you two bucks off the price of a book.  How’s that for service?  Maybe you’re scratching your head wondering what this hostel bizniz is all about, anyway.  Here’s the back cover:

    Have you been to Europe before, staying in hostels all over, and wondered why there were so few in the US, and so hard to find?  Well, you’ve come to the right place, and I’m happy to report that American hostels are alive and well, and on the verge of breaking big any day now.  Already the two coasts have quite a few and the interior is gradually filling up in places like Chicago and New Orleans.  The surprising thing is that the quality is actually quite good, up to modern ‘flashpacker’ standards, so it’s just a matter of time before any place worth its name will have a good hostel or two, or ten or a hundred.  (More …)

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