Mario Hardy – 82 countries … and counting!



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A true global citizen who was inspired to country count after an impulsive wager with a friend.

Mario has lived on 3 continents in 7 different countries.  He has had a 30 year career in travel and in IT.  Mario on a bet with a childhood friend began his quest to travel the world.  I joined Mario at his office at the Pacific Asia Travel Association in Bangkok where he serves as the Chief Executive Officer.  In his role, he is able to mix business and leisure travel to explore the world.    

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About Counting Countries

Counting Countries is the only podcast to bring you the stories from the dedicated few who’ve spent their lives on the singular quest of traveling to every country in the world. Less people have traveled to every country in the world than have been to outer space.

Theme music for this podcast is Demeter’s Dance, written, performed, and provided by Mundi.

About GlobalGaz

Ric Gazarian is the host of Counting Countries. He is the author of three books: Hit The Road: India, 7000 KM To Go, and Photos From Chernobyl.  He is the producer of two travel documentaries: Hit The Road: India and Hit The Road: Cambodia.  

Ric is also on his own quest to visit every country in the world. You can see where he has traveled so far and keep up with his journey at GlobalGaz.com

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