From the Costa Concordia wreck to the flooding in Venice, Italy, this was an eventful year in the world of travel.
Weather was responsible for more than its fair share of travel headlines this year, with Superstorm Sandy pummelling the east coast and tourists swimming in the Piazza San Marco, but perhaps the story that hit the hardest was the January sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Tuscany. Cruise ships are supposed to be pure overindulgent pleasure, so their vulnerability in the hands of one misunderstood/criminally negligent sea captain is a sad reminder to us all to travel mindfully. Here are our top 10 travel stories of 2012 in chronological order; in one of life’s neat little full-circle moments, the first big travel story of the year could also be the last, with that one billionth tourist due this month.
National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey travels back to Svanetia, a remote region of Georgia, to revisit the people and the place that inspired his... More National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey travels back to Svanetia, a remote region of Georgia, to revisit the people and the place that inspired his future career. Re-reading journals full of recipes, songs, and vocabulary he learned on his first visit, Huey talks about the family that took him in when he first arrived. “The whole family still sings in the kitchen. There are just some of those things that never change, and I found a lot of those again.” Huey discovers many similar scenes on his return, such as traditional Svan singers and dancers, in a place few have witnessed.
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