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.
During a recent voyage along South America's eastern coast, Justin Hofman was surprised to get close-up footage of an unfazed mother whale and her newb... More During a recent voyage along South America's eastern coast, Justin Hofman was surprised to get close-up footage of an unfazed mother whale and her newborn calf. Hofman is the undersea specialist on the National Geographic Explorer, whose expedition team was granted special permission to dive with southern right whales in the nature reserve of Península Valdés, Argentina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn more about the Patagonia expedition: http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/destinations/southamerica/category/patagonia?utm_source=NGdotcom-Video&utm_medium=link&utm_content=20140619_LEX_Video_RightWhaleEncounter_AllPatagonia&utm_campaign=NGdotcom Click to see more video highlights from the National Geographic - Lindblad fleet of expedition ships traveling around the globe: video.nationalgeographic.com/video/ngexpeditions/
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