As a child Richard was always disappearing and following wherever his curiosity led him. And he’s spent his life since running over the next hill to see what lies beyond it. His life-long passion for stories stemmed from this childhood determination to find adventures he’d remember as an old man, and so a career as a travel writer became the natural way to give free rein to the wanderlust, satisfy the urge to look over the next hill, and all the while pretend it was a proper job.
A critically acclaimed career followed during which he’s written for everyone from the BBC, Elle, Tatler and the National Geographic; to the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Independent, Observer, Daily Mail, Financial Times and Herald Tribune.
In awe of travel’s ability to slap you out of life’s sleepwalk with its foreign smells, alien textures and language, Richard is especially passionate about experience travel and hunting the most intriguing storylines around the world to curate for others to enjoy. His experiences have seen him come face-to-face with the world’s largest bear on Kodiak Island in Alaska; spend a night in The Stanley - America’s most haunted hotel and the inspiration for Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King’s ‘Overlook Hotel’ in ‘The Shining’; hunt ‘Jaws’ off the coast of ‘Amity Island’ in Martha’s Vineyard; free-dive with endangered sperm whales in the Caribbean; and become one of the world’s first journalists to both secretly enter, and escape, Laos’ Forbidden Zone as he investigated the massacre of the Hmong and allegations of genocide by the Lao government.
He has written twenty books for Lonely Planet, chronicling experiences that have taken him across the globe, from Mexico to Transylvania, and Africa to Cambodia. He’s recently finished editing Richard Humphries’ forthcoming memoir ‘Under Pressure’, about his time working on a nuclear submarine. And next he’s scheduled to ghost write ex-Special Forces soldier turned TV celebrity Ant Middleton’s third book for Harper Collins.
Through all of his journeys, Richard resists the inclination to write about the world’s snazziest hotels and perfect beaches, more interested in telling the stories that affect the planet, its people, its quirks and its cultures and continues to travel the earth hunting for those stories that need to be told.