How to Visit Saudi Arabia

I recently returned from a 9-day trip through Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter. Learn how you too can go on take once-in-a-lifetime trip and discover a beautiful place so rarely visited by tourists. (This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.) The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hosts millions of visitors each year, as the religious faithful […]

Why I’m Going to Burma (Myanmar)

When word got out I was thinking of taking a group to Burma this November, I received this email: Dear Mr. Bangs: I strongly advise you to drop travel to Burma. The treatment of the Rohingy minority is so appalling that I feel that no one should be visiting that country… This is not the […]

Taste Taiwan Wins Silver Telly

The Telly Awards has honored White Nile Media with the top award for Travel/Tourism (Silver) in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for the production entitled Taste Taiwan: A Culinary Tour. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor. We wish to thank our partners in this production: […]

“Richard Bangs’ Quests” Wins SATW Gold Lowell Thomas Award

The American Society of Travel Writers has awarded Richard Bangs the highest award given in the 2013 Travel Journalism Competition for the production entitled Richard Bangs’ South America: Quest for Wonder. This is the 29th annual Lowell Thomas contest, overseen by the SATW Foundation and Richard Bangs’ Quests for Wonder TV Special has taken the gold […]

Travel Tip #27- How to Get the Right Exchange Rate

At the Costa do Sol restaurant, in Maputo, Mozambique, I bet my friend Paul he couldn’t eat a full plate of the famous piri-piri prawns. He boasted that of course he could. After chomping through half of the huge crustaceans, he slumped over and gave up. But being a sporting winner, I offered to pay […]

Travel Tip #26- Beware of Thieves You Can’t See- Manage RFID Risks

Connecting home from the Congo, I had a six-hour layover in Heathrow, and walked the crowded corridors for exercise, window shopping and people watching. A few days later, back home in Los Angeles, I received a call from Visa, asking about my recent purchases in Harold’s in London, including Sophia Webster shoes, a Valentino purse, […]

Travel Tip #25- How to Thwart Thieves on the Road

I was at LAX, in the check-in line for a trip to Berlin. I had just finished a first draft of a book I was writing about exploration in Africa, and had it in my new leather briefcase for review on the plane. The wait was interminable, so I pulled out a book, set the […]

Travel Tip #24- What to Bring on Every Trip

It was January. I was in Sulawesi, Indonesia, on the Equator, sweating up a storm, when I got the call that the Chinese authorities would finally meet with me about a permit I was seeking to run the Yangtze. But the meeting was scheduled for the next day, and it was snowing in Beijing. I […]

Travel Tip #23- Don’t Get Lost in Translation

I was leading the first American group into China since the Revolution, and we were well-minded throughout. But during a museum tour in Shanghai I was feeling a bit off, so snuck out to make my way back to the hotel. But, I couldn’t read any street signs, nor could I communicate with anyone, and […]

Travel Tip #22- How to Prepare for the Unexpected

On an afternoon canoe trip down the upper Shenandoah River in May, I took only the bare essentials: suntan lotion, hat, shorts, knife, kneepads, lifejacket, some snacks. But, half-way through the trip we capsized and destroyed the canoe, and had to spend the night on the wet river bank. A cold snap came in, and […]