My Travel Tales: Richard Rankin

The star of Outlander shares his fondest travel memories.

March 2020

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Lost Highway

I road tripped last year and drove down Oregon’s coast with absolutely no plans and no accommodations. I diverted off Highway 101 and my GPS couldn’t keep up. Around 2 a.m., in pitch-black darkness and heavy fog, I reached a barricade. I thought it was for maintenance and ignored it. A couple miles down the road, I saw a huge crack in the pavement with a 10-foot drop, so I had to turn around. Don’t get me wrong, the Oregon coast is beautiful. But for a while there I didn’t know if I was going to make it.

Wee Hours

I tend to wake up at crazy hours, when the light is just right, to take photographs. I stayed in San Francisco during a photography trip and spent a lot of time in Marin Headlands shooting the Golden Gate Bridge. I would shoot around 3 a.m., when the bridge was empty enough that you could get some amazing shots. I love San Francisco. When I visit, I mostly wander around the city with my camera.

Live in Music City

In Nashville, I spent a lot of time on Honky Tonk Row listening to live music, which is what the city is all about. I went to the Grand Ole Opry with some friends and saw Kelsea Ballerini perform, and then took pictures of Little Big Town backstage. I also spent a lot of time in Shelby Farms Park, which made for some really interesting photos. On a freezing cold day, I went out to tour The Parthenon, a copy of the Greek Parthenon in the middle of Tennessee, which was completely unexpected.

Desert Trance

I spent a few days exploring Joshua Tree National Park and captured some amazing photos. Most of the time, I was waiting for the right light or for an animal to stir out in the middle of the desert. It might sound boring, but I also drove around in a Ford Mustang to keep up the classic American vibe.

Richard’s Packing List

Camera Kit

I use a Sony a7RIII and I bring a selection of lenses and a tripod everywhere I go. They weigh a ton, but I can’t do without these things.

Nintendo Switch

A must-have. I’m currently playing The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. I fancy role-playing games.

Running Shoes

Just bringing them with me makes me feel like I’ve at least thought about exercising.


I can watch TV on it or edit my photos on Lightroom while flying. I also use it to write; it serves many functions.


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