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.
Fifty years ago, in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, setting 54 areas aside for federal protection. It opened th... More Fifty years ago, in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, setting 54 areas aside for federal protection. It opened the way for an American wilderness system that has grown to more than 110 million protected acres in which, the act says, "the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." More proposed areas await congressional approval, including the Rocky Mountain Front in Montana and the Columbine-Hondo in New Mexico. Read more about the legacy of the Wilderness Act online in National Geographic magazine: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/09/wilderness-act/kolbert-text
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