Passionate Traveller

Richard Bernabe

Talks about his travels & inspiration with Christine Lee

Contributor to National Geographic, The New York Times, Outdoor Photographer as well as Contributing Editor for Popular Photography magazine, Richard Bernabe is an internationally renowned landscape, wildlife, and travel photographer and widely published author from the United States. His passion for adventure has been the driving force behind his life’s quest to capture the moods and character of the world’s most amazing places, from Africa to the Amazon to the Arctic and countless places in between.

What inspires your work?
My work is inspired by what inspires me personally. That includes the quiet, remote places in the world’s last remaining wilderness areas, the creatures that inhabit them, and traveling to places I’ve not yet seen. My photography is often my raw, unrefined emotional reaction to seeing something amazing for the very first time.

What are your favorite five travel experiences?
Iceland, Patagonia, the Serengeti, Alaska and the Galapagos.

Is there any place where you would like to go back?
I would have to say the Galapagos Islands. As a nature and wildlife photographer, the experience was almost overwhelming. There were so many photo opportunities that I often felt it difficult to properly focus (my mind and attention, not my lens) so I feel like I might have missed some experiences I’d like to relive.

Your bucket list of travel destinations?
Greenland, Antarctica, Indonesia and China.

Your travel tips for our readers?
On every trip, something – it could be minor or not-so-minor – happens unexpectedly. Something goes wrong or is an unplanned detour to your lofty expectations. It’s almost inevitable. How you react will determine how enjoyable or miserable your trip becomes. If you simply go with the flow and concede that this mishap is merely “part of the experience” your attitude will be better and you will have much more fun. Besides, the things that do go wrong often make the best travel stories later.

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