Richard’s Picks: Best Hotels in the World, Fall 2017

Peer-to peer-hotel evaluations do a great service, but they also come up short in a number of ways. The first is that studies suggest most people who write reviews are venting, as the property and experience did not meet expectations set by the website or recommendations. Also, most reviewers don’t travel for a living, so […]

2018 Sobek Heritage Rafting Trips

Brief descriptions of the trips follow, in chronological order.  If you have questions or would like the detailed itineraries for any of these trips contact: John Yost at wantokwhitenile@gmail.com for more information. **’Tis the season, so I’m throwing in a bonus gift. If you sign up for one of these trips below, you’ll also receive a signed […]

Isn’t It Iranic?

The taproot of the tree of civilization, Iran. While the USA is an entity less than a quarter a millennium young, Iran’s recorded history bows back 5000 years. At its height, about 500 B.C., Persia controlled more than 2.9 million square miles of land spanning three continents, east into India, south to Egypt, westward to […]

Racism on the Road: 3 Friends Drive Across America in the 1960’s

by Al Hirshen In September 1961, two college friends and I picked up a yellow and green Ford taxicab in New York City, to be delivered to its new owner in Kennewick, Washington. Anyone who wanted to purchase a new or second-hand car in NYC, without having to pick it up in person, used a […]

Dhows, Souqs, and Mosques of Oman with Atlas Obscura

Explore the treasures of Oman, from the dunes and oases of the desert to a vibrant coastline rich in fortifications, historic port cities, and tropical gardens. February 26th -March 5th, 2018 Combining breathtaking natural beauty with a well-preserved cultural heritage, the Sultanate of Oman is one of the most overlooked tourist destinations in the Middle […]

Travel Quote Video #2: “Travel Infuses Vigor and Elasticity….”

“Travel infuses vigor and elasticity into every nerve and muscle; it unwearies the eye; it cools the skin; and the whole frame tingles with anticipation of the adventures of the day.” Do you agree? This is the second of our travel quote series, in partnership with Adidas Outdoor.  

Travel Quote Video #1: “Travel is Living…”

The first of our travel quote series, in partnership with Adidas: “Travel is living vicariously through yourself.” Do you agree?

The Richard Bangs YouTube Channels Hits 2 Million Views!

The Richard Bangs Channel on YouTube achieved another noteworthy milestone last week, passing the two million views mark, making it one of the top sites for original travel video content in the world. Produced by Emmy-winning White Nile Media, Inc., the Richard Bangs Channel has over 300 original videos, and features destinations, hotels, airlines, restaurants, […]

Friends of Richard Save (FOR) 15% off Middle Fork of the Salmon River Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Activity Level: Easy Trip Length: 6 days To Save 15% as a Friend of Richard’s, Call 1-888-831-7526 and mention Special Code “MFS15RB” when you book on the Jul 9, Jul 17, Jul 25, and August 10, 2017 departures. Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is both a fun-filled ride down one of the world’s greatest […]

The Best River Trip in America! Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

View the Itinerary for this Summer’s Rafting Adventure on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River  When I was a river guide on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon I found myself with a couple of weeks off between assignments. I had read Tom Brokaw’s account of his wild trip down the Middle of […]