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Richard Bangs

Why Squeezing the 'Meridians of Adventure' Can Make You a Smarter Traveler

Christopher Elliott | Posted 04.04.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Bangs is a role model for the rest of us, and not just because of his impressive credentials. 'Embrace the unknown,' he advises. 'Take risks. Don't be afraid of the dark. Get off the beaten path. Allow some terror in your travels.'

WATCH: Hell Is Grand Cayman

Richard Bangs | Posted 02.04.2013 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Hell, it turns out, is a flash in the road near West Bay, named for a swatch of spiky, tortured, black, ironshore that looks like midday in the garden of evil.

Getting Down With Rays In Grand Cayman

Richard Bangs | Posted 12.03.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

This final soft-blue morning, I catch a fishing boat named Heavenly Hooker and head out to find the scene of the slime.

WATCH: The Magic Of The Cayman Islands

Richard Bangs | Posted 11.29.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Over the years I've caressed many of the Caribbean gems, but never a set like the Cayman Islands.

WATCH: Wonders Of The Andes And Machu Picchu

Richard Bangs | Posted 12.29.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Jose and I set out as well, though in a fashion more comfortable than Bingham. We take the Inca Rail, which spirals into the valley like the shell of a nautilus.

PHOTOS: The Inscrutable Faces Of Easter Island's Past

Richard Bangs | Posted 10.24.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

At Tongariki stands a line of giant Moai, one crowned with a massive stone headdress. The achievement of donning this fellow's hat might be compared with putting a man on Mars today.

PHOTOS: The All-Consuming Wonder Of Iguaçu Falls

Richard Bangs | Posted 10.23.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Here at Iguaçu, fluid beauty and violence collide.

Visiting North Korea, The Hermit Kingdom

Richard Bangs | Posted 10.16.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

"We were victorious," our guide, who wears three stars on his shoulder, says, adding, "We have very powerful weapons. Though you in America are very far away, you are not safe... but don't be nervous."

Quest For The Water Castle: Geneva And The Matterhorn Region (PHOTOS)

Richard Bangs | Posted 06.29.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Water is over-tapped and under-tended in many places around the world -- but not here. How has this alpine haven resisted temptation to bleed its most precious resource?

Our 11 Best Travel Blogs Of 2011

Posted 12.20.2011 | Travel

2011 has been a big year for HuffPost Travel. We've introduced a lot of new writers for our site and these new writers have, in turn, introduced us to...

Africa Unplugged

Richard Bangs | Posted 01.07.2012 | Travel
Richard Bangs

So many of the once secret paradises of the world are overrun with resorts and tourist dollars that it is easy to appreciate this uninterrupted view of the wild.

LISTEN: Richard Bangs On Becoming An Adventure Traveler

Richard Bangs | Posted 12.17.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Then we were in the rooster tails of the rapids, being flung up and down on a dizzy aquatic seesaw, paddling with all our strength. "Let's go higher," I screamed over the rapids' roar.

Exploring The Yangtze: China's River Of Dreams (AUDIO)

Richard Bangs | Posted 12.08.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

The epic story of an eight-year correspondence and an even longer quest to raft China's Yangtze.

AUDIO: Descending Canada's Remote Blackfeather River

Richard Bangs | Posted 12.03.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

As we turned our canoe over to become a makeshift dinner table, I saw the bottom scored with a matrix of scratches and dents, the scars from a season in tough waters.

Costa Rica And The Quest For 'Pura Vida'

Richard Bangs | Posted 11.12.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Costa Rica is like the monkey who locked up the zookeeper. It's put away the constrained thinking that keeps others stuck in unproductive routines and allowed its wildness to escape the margins.

My Birthday On The Islands Of Love (AUDIO)

Richard Bangs | Posted 10.24.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

The Trobriands were made famous by Polish anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski, who studied them during World War I and wrote a classic monograph about the precocious sexuality of the islanders, The Sexual Life of Savages.

African Water Rights in DeNile

Peter Guber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Guber

What happens when a group of film and television producers -- master modern storytellers -- travels to Africa, the cradle of Man and the source of all storytelling, on adventure? They find stories, some with an unexpected twist.