August 23, 2013 | By Adam Bisby, MSN Travel
2013: The craziest summer in travel ever?

Never has so much nuttiness engulfed both globetrotters and the travel industry.

2013: The craziest summer in travel ever? (© Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
  • 2013: The craziest summer in travel ever? (© Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
  • An Allegiant Air jetliner flies past the Luxor Resort & Casino after taking off from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. (© David Becker/AP)
  • "The world's only floating pop-up hotel" was perched atop a parked van's seven-metre-tall scissor lift. (© Brennan Linsley/AP)
  • Tricking a rescue helicopter into picking you up can land you in jail in Austria. (© Dominic Ebenbichler/Newscom/RTR)
  • A sinkhole caused two buildings to collapse at Orlando's Summer Bay Resort. (© Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
  • Railway porters in India, like the fellow pictured here, make substantially less than the asylum-seekers employed by the German town of Schwaebisch Gmuend. (© Rex Features)
  • Sixty tons of bootlegged Eiffel Tower souvenirs were seized by Paris police in July. (© Jeff McIntosh/CP)
  • When it comes to souvenirs, most travellers prefer T-shirts to a "writhing mass of maggots" in their ears. (© Newscom/RTR)
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Like a car crash or crime scene, there was something captivating about the tomfoolery and buffoonery -- let's call it "tomfoonery" -- that engulfed globetrotters and the travel industry as the busiest vacation season of the year unfolded. Why has 2013 yielded a bumper crop of summer zaniness? It could be because so many of our on-the-road experiences are now shared via social media, and then cherry-picked by the omnipresent media when especially outrageous. Or perhaps it's because the human race travels more with each passing year. No matter the reasons, you can be sure about one thing: the less you had to do with the crazy-but-true tales that follow, the better.

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