“It’s an incredible experience to go to Thailand for a month and sit on a beach… It’s an entirely different experience if you build something in addition to that.” – Ric Gazarian

Rick GazarianFellow Boston-native turned world traveler and humanitarian, Ric Gazarian has visited 85 countries across all 7 continents. He documents his travels on his site GlobalGaz.com and most recently is the author of the book and documentary film, Hit the Road India: a road rally, and travel photo journal, through the heart of India.

Anyone who listens to this show regularly has heard stories of the Rickshaw Challenge, a freelance adventure across India (run by The Travel Scientists) in nothing more than a small 2-seater with no doors and, if you’re lucky, an engine strong enough to get you there. This is not a safe thing to do but it sure sounds legendary.

Ric let his curiosity of his ethnic background as an Armenian-American motivate him to begin traveling. After a few experiences overseas, Ric was hooked and began challenging himself further. When he was laid off from a miserable, well-paying job in corporate finance after the market crashed in 2008, he was compelled to try traveling full time — eventually letting his newfound curiosity drive his creativity and fuel his transformation into a filmmaker, photo-journalist, and world-traveler.


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I’m a lifelong international traveler, the host of The Travelers podcast, and founder of Holocene, a framework and community for writing the story of your life using travel and creativity.