03/05/2014 10:58 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Insanely-Tested Top Ten Travel Tips for Spring

Spring is the season hope is rekindled, when broken blades are renewed, and light washes the shadows. We can go barefoot in the grass, pluck the charms of flowers, whistle in the warming breeze, and hit the winding road.


Jasper Bangs celebrating Spring

But, as with any venture, travel can have its pitfalls and pitsprings, if the traveler is not rightly attuned to or aware of warning signs. Many, and I include myself, celebrate uncertainty, mystery, and well-planned trips gone wrong. But it is just to a point, as nobody wants to go over the cliff of recklessness.

For many years I've tested the parameters of travel, and have made discoveries, and mistakes. I've learned equally from both. And so, to guide those desirous of good travel this spring, passages without dread or detours, I've put together my list of the top ten travel tips for this spring, gleaned from delirious misadventures all over the world:












The author about to spring downstream