Ric Gazarian is an avid traveler, travel blogger (at GlobalGaz), professional photographer, drone pilot, author, podcaster, documentary producer, and industry speaker. Gazarian has visited all 7 continents and has traveled to over 140 countries on his quest to visit every county in the world.

Gazarian is the host of the popular, long-format podcast, Counting Countries, where he interviews the world’s most traveled people.

Gazarian has published three books. Hit The Road: India and 7000 KM To Go, which document his time participating in multi-day road rallies in India and the Caucasus. He also published Photos From Chernobyl, which documents his two day stay in Chernobyl.

He is the producer and also featured in Hit The Road: India and Hit The Road: Cambodia, both full length, adventure-travel documentaries. These two films follow the adventures of racing a tuktuk across both India (2000 km) and Cambodia (1600 km). Hit The Road: India was a top selling film on iTunes, screened at multiple film festivals, and licensed by KLM and Virgin Australia. Hit The Road: Cambodia is the winner of the Mekong Minnies Award.

He is the Bangkok Chapter Leader as well as the Asia Coordinator for Travel Massive, a 60,000 person travel industry network. He founded and organizes a 3,500 person networking group of passionate travelers in Bangkok. And Gazarian is also a speaker and moderator, speaking at travel industry conferences and networking groups.

He is excited that the Extraordinary Travel Festival is being hosted in Yerevan, his home away from home. He has traveled to Armenia every year since 2003 (well, except in 2020 during Covid).