Have no ideas of who I was in my past lives, but in this life I am currently a 30-year-old traveler, journalist and musician from the planet we humans call Earth, from the galaxy known on Earth as Milky Way. I was born with clavicle fracture to a family of Armenians in a country that doesn’t exist anymore on the day the Soviets performed nuclear test at Semipalatinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan. In first 8 years of my life I went through a genocide, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and a war. At the age of 17 I moved out from my parents’ and lived alone since then.

Worked on TV as a reporter, camera man, video editor, sound editor; wrote articles about politics for an online news agency; worked as a call center operator; 3 months I’ve been selling diesel petrol illegally; been a casting manager at ads agency; worked as a languages and music teacher; been making professional wedding videos; been a VJ, DJ and MC; served as an actor and musician in the theater; and once even worked as Santa’s helper.

Slept on tables, under the tables, on chairs, in temples and churches, in police stations, in tents, on the roadside, under the tree, outdoor at -40 C wrapped in clothes, on the beach, in a tipi, under the rain and in the snow, in the classroom, with 20 other people in one small room, and once I even fell asleep in the toilet. Spent one night in police station in the Mountain province of the Philippines, while policemen were on red alert, patrolling the surroundings in search for Kalinga headhunters. Another time I spent a night in a tent on the roof of a 30-storey building in Moscow. And once I was attacked by crabs while trying to sleep on Nai Yang beach in Phuket, Thailand.

Claim to be a Rainbow Warrior, though don’t like the word “warrior”. I do believe in old Native American prophecy: “When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow.”

Used to work on TV for 7 years with no holidays, until one day I was fed up with the material world. I left everything, got my backpack and walked to the Road. I’m a hitchhiker. I’ve hitchhiked in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, China, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Laos. I’m traveling here, there and everywhere, meeting new friends, visiting new cities and countries, taking photos and writing travel stories. I live a simple life, got no job, no money and no plans. “On The Road” is a blog about my travels and life on the road.

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  1. Hi!

    Very interesting and inspiring. Thanks for sharing. Like other commentators, I would not be able to take the cold temperatures all the time!

    I’m thinking of travel across Europe/Asia (southern Russia, probably) with my dog. I’d combine hiking and public transportation. Do you think that’s possible in terms of getting around with a dog? Do you have any experience or advice on this matter? Thanks!

    • Hello Jaime!
      I don’t have any experience of traveling with animals, but I have plenty of friends who even hitchhike in Russia with their cats and dogs.. From their own words, it’s a bit harder to get ride, but very much possible..

      Getting around with a dog is possible everywhere here.. Just as everywhere, in some places like shops, office buildings etc, animals are not allowed.. But no problem with public transportation!

      Just make sure to have all the medical documents for the dog with you.


  2. Your biography is impressive…so fascinating it could make a very interesting book! But most of all, I like your writing style which is so witty and enjoyable.
    I really enjoyed browsing your blog and I have just subscribed!

  3. Thanks for the post on the Indiana Museum Blog about the Beard contest. Free beer would get most of the American Beard team to show up!
    At our last event in Anchorage Alaska we ran out of beer and had to send into town and get more, ( there was a large German population at the contest) It was a good time. Cheers David Powell

  4. Wow!
    What fantastic stories you must have to tell… one of the more interesting travel blogs I’ve seen recently – I love you writing style too – definately a book or two in you… oh, and what are ants like to eat???

  5. I’m very much interested to know how you bear the travel expenses without having a job (and therefore no money). If it’s okay for you to say, of course.

    • Well, as I mainly hitchhike and couchsurf when traveling, the only money I need is for food and visas.. It’s not that much, and when there’s a need for money, I work.. Any job.. Can be a dishwasher, language teacher, or anything else.. Also I’m a musician, so I always can do busking.. For example, while living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I’ve been teaching Russian.. In China I did busking, here, you can read about it: https://harebeat.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/on-the-streets-of-dali/

      • Oh man! I know what you’re living may not be called a luxurious life. But I would love to live like that as I am a big fan of traveling (haven’t done many traveling in my 17 years of age, though 😦 ).

        Good luck with all your travelings across the world. 🙂

  6. I admire your courage. You are doing what most people only think of doing. So nice to follow a Dream. May all of yours come true.
    Keep on Truckin…well…Hiking

    • Hello Nadia! Thanks, I am fine! I was on the road again and didn’t have much time for blogging, and just few hours ago I arrived in Armenia where it is raining now:) I will become active again as soon as I settle down:) Hope, you’re fine! Take care!

      • I’m doing good too, thanks. You haven’t posted in a while so I thought I’d drop by and see if everything’s OK. Happy to know that all is well and you’re back on the road. Looking forward to read about your adventures!

  7. You have chosen “The Road Less Traveled” I would say that you really living life as it is meant to be. Travel on. Don’t worry the world is round.

  8. I have just happened upon your site and what a wonderful place it is. I have only read a couple of your posts so far but love your writing style so am looking forward to reading some more. Your life sounds fascinating and your spirit generous. Thank you!

      • Hello. I’ve heard about you through a friend who has visited Armenia recently. He has just all good things to say about you and the tour that you have given him and his friends. I am planning to visit Armenia a couple of weeks from now. Do you by any chance be in Armenia at that time? I would love to meet you and perhaps explore Armenia with you and my friends. Thank you. Please let me know. — koko

  9. I don’t know how I missed your About page! You have an absolutely fascinating life story. I’ve been a bit inactive on wordpress over the past few months or so, but now that I’m back I know I should be checking out more of your blog. :). Great going and great to meet you (even though its on wordpress)!

  10. Sounds like you have enough stories to last you a lifetime! It’s fascinating what you can do with passion and determination. 🙂

  11. Hi Arty, I’m travelling with a friend of mine to Armenia & Georgia for a week (July 28 to Aug 2). We’ll be arriving on 28th July 2014 and we still don’t have any itinerary for both countries. Will you be so kind to help organize something or meet us even during our stay there.
    We want to visit historical sites and experience Armenian & Georgian culture.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Hi Mary,

      Yes sure, let’s stay in touch.

      I can’t really say much about Georgia, but I can help with Armenia. How long do you plan on staying in Armenia?

      • Hi Arty, we’ll be staying for 2 days. Googled places to visit like Khor Virap, Monastery of Geghard and Vernissage Market.
        Will there still be snow capped mountains during this time of year?
        Does train (to and from Armenia & Georgia) do odd and even days still or it’s daily nowadays? What’s the schedule if you don’t mind?
        Is there anything you want from Dubai?

        • Hello. Oh, so it’s only 2 days? Well, then Khor Virap, Garni pagan temple and Geghard monastery – that can be done in one day. As for the second day you may choose Sevan lake, or Amberd Fortress and Aragats mountain. Depends on how are you going to travel around. As for Vernissage market, it is only open on weekends.

          I’m afraid there might be no snow by end of July, maybe just a little on top of Aragats. But that depends on the weather.

          The trains…according to their website it’s still the same way – odd days Tbilisi – Yerevan, train number #371, even days – Yerevan to Tbilisi, train number #372.

          From Dubai? Oh, no no, thank you very much 🙂

          P.S. Did you already book a hostel/hotel?

  12. Hi yah, thanks for tip. We’re looking at rent a car to go around the city.
    No hotel is booked yet since we’re still waiting for other friends to confirm if they want to come along.
    So psyched to be there and meet you 🙂

  13. Hi arty, were here in yerevan now. Staying in one way hostel til tomorrow. Are you ok to meet us? You can whatsappme 00971567350955. Looking forward to meeting you.

    • Hello! Ask them how to find Aeon. They have the poster on the door. I am working here now till midnight. But if you come over I’ll be happy to offer to some tea/coffe or ice-cream 🙂

    • Hello, Sebastian.
      Well, it’s going to be tough, but possible. But I’d recommend to write down some basic phrases at least to be able to tell people what you’re looking for or what you need.

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